Sunday, January 22nd, 2023 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

“You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free.” The knowing is the thing that counts; not human reasoning, or diagnosis, which is an admission of hundreds of causes, but none of them God or in God or Mind. This knowing the Truth is silent or audible, and is silent or audible declaration.

from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 285

Falsehood is on the wings of the winds, but Truth will soar above it. Truth is speaking louder, clearer, and more imperatively than ever. Error is walking to and fro in the earth, trying to be heard above Truth, but its voice dies out in the distance. Whosoever proclaims Truth loudest, becomes the mark for error’s shafts. The archers aim at Truth’s mouthpiece; but a heart loyal to God is patient and strong. Justice waits, and is used to waiting; and right wins the everlasting victory.

from Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 277, 3-12

Discussion points

55 — WATCH lest, in your endeavor to apply absolute Science to the human problem, you feel that you should ignore the claims of material sense, since it is unscientific to acknowledge them. This error is seen in those who talk in terms of absolute Science all the time, and rebuke those who voice anything concerning the human problem. Such an attitude Mrs. Eddy says may be a tedious mischief-maker. On page 252 of Science and Health she writes, “A knowledge of error and of its operations must precede that understanding of Truth which destroys error.”

When an architect designs a structure, he draws his conception on paper; then comes its construction. In establishing the true sense of man, the perfect model must be formed in thought. Then with this perfect ideal before one, he can carve it out in his daily life. Thus the practical demonstration in Science is the effort to make one’s ideal an actuality, always bearing in mind the difference between the ideal and the demonstration of the ideal. One is the Science one sees, and the other is the Science one understands. One must never permit an element of error to enter into one’s scientific conception. In his demonstration of that ideal there is much error to be detected and eliminated. Thus demonstration involves error to be acknowledged as a false claim to be destroyed, whereas absolute Science makes no such acknowledgment.

The healer in Christian Science carries two lines of thought, first the approximation to the truth, and second, the final truth. He argues for all the manifestations of health of body. At the same time he argues that man is God’s own image and likeness. In the words of St. John, Noware we the sons of God.’ The full consummation of Life, Truth and Love is not reached at once, but through the footsteps as did the apostle. When we have reached divine understanding, through these footsteps, we shall then know ‘the Way, the Truth and the Life.’ Then we shall find ourselves the image and likeness of divine Love — the child of God, the offspring of Spirit — never born of the flesh nor of the will of man, but co-existent with the eternal and infinite God.”

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Exodus 23 : 1

“Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.”

Audio: Moving interview with Joe Carter on the subject of Spirituals

Book Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Footsteps , by Gilbert Carpenter

Text with audio: “Chapter Sixty-seven” Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Footsteps , by Gilbert Carpenter

The spirit of unrest is abroad. All men and nations are moved by it to question everything that is and to wonder what the next things will be. Every institution is challenged to show cause for its existence, and the assertion is frequently made that everything is different from what it was, say, fifty or a hundred years ago. The home and the church are conspicuous targets for criticism, assertion, and prophecy. All this is well, and good will come of it in due time; but it is well to remember that false spirits and false prophets are abroad, and that the unrest of the times is in part an artificial intoxication, while much of the assertion and prophecy is mere guesswork, and therefore worthless, if not injurious.

“From Our Exchanges” from Christian Science Sentinel, February 15, 1913, by [Christian Register.]

Mother said, ‘My students give me all the trouble I have. It is difficult for me to cope with their error.’ Mother wrote the Manual because she said, ‘If the success of the Church depended upon the Board of Directors, they would be taking up penny collections in the streets.’ At one time Mother said, ‘Half the Board of Directors are stuffed shirts, and the other half are trained monkeys!

“From Our Exchanges” from Mary Baker Eddy’s
Lessons of The Seventh Day
, compiled by Richard Oakes]

Final Readings

There is no quality of character which tends so much to integrity, to soundness, to progress, and to leadership as the telling of the truth at all times and in all circumstances. The truth sometimes seems harmful in certain circumstances or in serious pinches; but the truth never harms permanently. It brings its reward if one is but patient enough to wait upon it. In the morals of business, in the ethics of credit, veracity is the most highly needed quality. What does it profit a man to misrepresent the goods he is selling or his affairs? What good is accomplished in credit work by giving an inquirer a false report of a debtor’s standing? … We cannot build up the morals of business or the ethics of credit without a faithful adherence to truth, no matter how urgent the circumstances may be or the temptation to prevaricate.

What a loss it would have been to our history had Abe Lincoln lacked veracity! He would have remained a struggling lawyer in Springfield. His name would not have dignified American history; his statue would not have looked upon the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. So it is with some who remain obscure. They have failed in leadership; they have offered nothing to the nation’s upbuilding because they lacked veracity, because they put their faith in lying. Of all human qualities, truth in season and out of season yields the largest profits.

“Signs of the Times” from Christian Science Sentinel, September 18, 1926, contributions from Kensington, G. A. Studdert Kennedy, [From an article in Credit Monthly, New York, New York]

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