Sunday, February 19th, 2023 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

The true man, really saved, is ready to testify of God in the infinite penetration of Truth, and can affirm that the Mind which is good, or God, has no knowledge of sin. In the same manner the sick lose their sense of sickness, and gain that spiritual sense of harmony which contains neither discord nor disease.

— from Unity of Good, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 2

We, to-day, in this class-room, are enough to convert the world if we are of one Mind; for then the whole world will feel the influence of this Mind; as when the earth was without form, and Mind spake and form appeared.

— from Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 279

When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible.

— from Science and Health, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 180

Discussion points

209 — WATCH lest you approach your problems as if you had to use your understanding to solve them, when the only scientific attitude with which to approach a problem is to know that you have none. Divine Mind holds the solution for every problem, on the basis that to God there are no problems. Thus you do not solve a problem in Christian Science; you reflect the Mind that knows no problems, and the effect of this reflection on your seeming problem is to meet it, whatever it may be. Human sense then rejoices, declaring that the problem has been solved. In reality the belief that you had a problem has been destroyed.

The student who goes around believing that he has problems, and seeking help from divine Mind to solve them, will find that that attitude may prove a deterrent. From the human standpoint, everything is a problem; from the divine standpoint there are no problems.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Philippians 4 : 7

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

[Rev. Alexander MacColl in New York Observer.]

Healthfulness is contagious; the sunny spirit will radiate sunshine. But if his work is to be permanent, he must remember always that his plea is not for a mood, but for a Master. The peace that brings “quietness and confidence” is Christ’s peace. It is not an achievement, though persistent effort helps to make it effective, but a gift to the man who has made a whole-hearted surrender to Christ and is eager to learn of and be led by him. The peace of God which passeth all understanding shall guard your heart and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

“From Our Exchanges” from Christian Science Sentinel, June 26, 1909

From I.C.T. Collection

In one of Mrs. Eddy’s classes there was a woman who had a strong sense of resentment and condemnation toward her husband, who was very immoral. Mrs. Eddy said to her that Jesus healed the Magdalen by condemning the sin, but not the woman. The lady answered, ‘Yes, but I have not the consciousness that Jesus had.’ Our Leader instantly rebuked this by saying that she could claim the Christ-consciousness, for otherwise she could not heal a single case of sin or sickness. The student’s consciousness was so influenced that her state of mind completely changed toward her husband, and when she returned home, she found him healed.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 128-129

Jesus’ life, outwardly, was one of the most troubled lives that was ever lived. Tempest and tumult, tumult and tempest, — the waves breaking over it all the time. But the inner life was a sea of glass. The great calm was always there. At any moment you might have gone to Him and found rest.

— Henry Drummond

Article “God Is Individual Consciousness” by Bicknell Young

How does man develop spiritual sense? By use. Before he can use it he must know he has it, and begin to lose faith in the adequacy and satisfactory nature of the false sense. Thus, when a problem is placed before the student, the solution of which defies his trained human mind, the despair he feels over the inadequacy of the human mind to supply the solution helps to drive him to the use of the divine Mind, which of necessity involves the use and development of spiritual sense.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page viii

“I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me,” says the Scripture. Hence, there is in reality no other kingdom but God’s kingdom. Mrs. Eddy tells us that “God is infinite Love, which must be unlimited” (Science and Health, p. 312). We, then, really dwell in the kingdom of Love. Can Love be or do evil? Let us ponder seriously this question. Surely it cannot. Why, then, should we ever doubt our Host, God? Emphatically we should not!

As a guest of a friend or a loved one, seldom, if ever, does there enter a doubt but that we shall be fed and comfortably housed. Naturally we accept these things—the best that he has—from our earthly host. We have no fear whatever for our comfort or welfare while his guest. We receive the pleasantness and comfort of his hospitality as a consequence of friendship and love. Dear ones, we are the guests of God! Our earthly host is but a symbol of our heavenly, ever present Host, God. We are in God’s kingdom always, every second. There is no separation from God, no other kingdom than His! No one, no thing, can be anywhere else; for God’s kingdom is as infinite as God Himself.

There is ample supply for all in God’s kingdom, which is infinite in its abundant spiritual love. Therefore, nothing can enter it “that defileth … or maketh a lie.” Health, peace, eternal life, all good, abound in God’s kingdom for every one of His guests, “from the least of them even unto the greatest.” What blesses one cannot help blessing all, for we are His guests, dwelling together in infinite Love,—God’s kingdom; therefore every blessing, however seemingly individual, is universal.

Do you want health, weary wanderer? Is there a seeming lack? Is the error discouragement? Do you think some one has wronged you, and that you stand alone in the world? You are still the guest of God! It matters not what your problems are. None are so poor but that they may start on the road to peace as did Abraham. Humility and gratitude are two of the most precious spiritual gems; and they will illumine the way for the sincere seeker for Truth to the realization and understanding of infinite Love, where rests secure from all harm or want every one of God’s guests “under the shadow of the Almighty.” Humility and gratitude! Lay these at His feet and go thy way in peace, for there is no place where God is not; and our Host, God, who is “a jealous God,” demanding that we shall not recognize or countenance any other kingdom but His kingdom, amply provides and cares for His guests who trust Him wholeheartedly, naturally, and without question.

“Guests of God” from Christian Science Sentinel, September 5, 1925, (excerpt) by Charles Buford Stanton

In the Old Testament the heart is viewed frequently as the seat of thought, but in later references it is figuratively used to designate the origin of the emotions and sentiments. There have been various translations of the passage above quoted which bring the meaning closer to the original. The following might be given as a helpful rendition: “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your feelings and your thoughts through Christ Jesus.”

The teachers of Jesus’ day dealt largely with externals. We can see how formal must have been the interpretation of the Ten Commandments when a man could honestly say of them, “All these have I kept from my youth up.” But Jesus turned attention to the life within, and showed how the rules for living given by Moses, applied to thought and feeling. He explained how the command, “Thou shalt not kill,” really meant, “Do not indulge the feeling of hatred towards any one.” Indeed he carried it to its climax in suggesting that there should be no deviation from benignant love even when enemies and persecutors confront us. Such a sense of love certainly makes the peace of God its guardian, and is protected and maintained by “the very God of peace.”

This era is enriched by the brave example of our Leader, whose heart and mind is so guarded by God’s peace that she can show us how to love our enemies. In a recent interview she was heard to say, “I pray for my enemies that they may love God—then I shall have no enemies.” Mrs. Eddy truly has gained the heights of spiritual outlook when she can simply and kindly desire that the best good in life may come to those who seem to be earning only contempt. Furthermore her assurance of peace with God is inspiring when she clearly sees that if men learn to love God they will be her friends.

“Guarding The Feelings” from Christian Science Journal, November 1907, (excerpts) by Rev. William P. Mckenzie

Mortal mind is the opposite of immortal Mind, and sin the opposite of goodness. I am the infinite All. From me proceedeth all Mind, all consciousness, all individuality, all being. My Mind is divine good, and cannot drift into evil. To believe in minds many is to depart from the supreme sense of harmony.

— from Unity of Good, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 24

Final Readings

Mind’s demonstration of intelligence has never been reversed, interrupted, or impeded. Man’s oneness with the intelligence and divine faculties of Mind is forever demonstrated. A divine idea carries within itself the power to accomplish the divine purpose, and the responsibility of its unfoldment belongs to divine Principle, who cares for each detail of its progressive being. All the qualities of God, good, are expressed in man, His reflection, and no one quality or function is missing or inactive. There is a vast wealth of ideas hidden to material sense, but ceaselessly flowing from God and available to all. Mind expresses itself in continuous activity, in harmony, joy, and infinite unfoldment, in ever self-renewal, in inexhaustible self-refreshment.

It is not a matter of what others may think. In the measure of our clearness, we are unassailable. The only Mind there is, is right here, and we only need to claim it as ours to find how available God is to us. All of Mind is present with all of its infinite possibilities, and that is the law to this occasion.

Exceprts from 1937 by Bicknell Young

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