Sunday, July 2nd, 2023 Roundtable

Assert Your Freedom in the Name of Almighty God

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: God

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Morning Prayers

Hold to the omnipotence of God, Truth.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 32

God made all His creatures free;
Life itself is liberty;
God ordained no other bands
Than united hearts and hands.

So shall all our slavery cease,
All God’s children dwell in peace,
And the newborn earth record
Love, and Love alone, is Lord.

— Hymn 83 from the Christian Science Hymnal

Man is free, and freedom is the God-given birthright.

The ‘liberty of the sons of God’ is for each one to desire God and for each one to desire for his mortal neighbor just what he desires for himself.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 90, 220

Discussion points

271 — WATCH lest you seek to “marry” God for His money. When a girl is going to marry a rich man, if she is being prompted more by the desire for his money than by a love for him, the world considers that her motivation is blameworthy. If you could imagine being given your choice between having God or health, which would you choose? Many a student fancies that he is seeking God when he is really seeking relief from error. Mrs. Eddy once wrote, “God, good, is ‘jealous’ in our sense of the word. It admits of nothing unlike simple honesty, goodness, truth and love to be put into good’s foundation or superstructure. This I have seen proven beyond cavil over a half century.” If God is jealous, then He permits nothing to come ahead of Him in man’s procession, not even the blessings He bestows upon His children.

When we seek to establish our unity with God, we should ask ourselves which we desire most, God, or the rewards God bestows for faithfulness. We will find that it is necessary often to rededicate our love for Him as being first, and to know that no error can tempt us to put anything ahead of Him in our affections.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Deuteronomy 6 : 4

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.”

Mrs. Eddy’s Requests

The Boston Herald

A request and an explanation in this article were later republished in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany: My. 280:14-281:14

The request from Mrs. Eddy which follows was published in the Christian Science Sentinel of July 1. It referred to her solicitation of the prayers of the members of her Church “for the amicable settlement of the war between Russia and Japan” and for the peace and prosperity of these nations.

“Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord.

“I now request that the members of my Church cease special prayer for the peace of nations, and cease in full faith that God does not hear our prayers only because of oft speaking, but that He will bless all the inhabitants of the earth, and none can stay His hand ‘nor say unto Him, What doest Thou?’ Out of His allness He must bless all with His own Truth and Love.”

Mary Baker G. Eddy.

Pleasant View, Concord, N. H., June 27, 1905.

The following article is copied from The Boston Herald of July 13, and we take pleasure in republishing it so that there may be no excuse for misunderstanding our Leader’s position respecting this important matter. The article appeared in the Herald as follows:—

During the annual business meeting of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, the Rev. Mary Baker G. Eddy, through a written message, requested her Church to make special prayer in behalf of the peace of nations. Later she issued another request, advising that this special prayer be discontinued.

The second request evoked a great deal of comment from the public press and other sources, which indicated that it had been taken to mean a cessation of prayer for peace rather than a cessation of the special prayer which the first request enjoined. Mrs. Eddy has issued the following, presumably in explanation of her real attitude:—

“Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is One.

“In no way nor manner did I request my Church to cease praying for the peace of nations, but simply to pause in special prayer therefor. And wherefore this asking? Because a spiritual foresight of the nations’ drama presented itself and awakened a wiser want, even to know how to pray other than the daily prayer of my Church,—’Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.’ I cited as our present need faith in God’s disposal of events; faith, full-fledged, soaring to the Horeb height brings blessings infinite, and the spirit of this orison is the fruit of rightness,—’on earth peace, good will toward men.’ On this basis the brotherhood of all peoples is established; namely, one God, one Mind, and ‘love thy neighbor as thyself,’ wherein and whereby the infinite God, good, the Father-Mother Love, is ours and we are His in divine Science.”

Mary Baker G. Eddy.

Pleasant View, Concord, N. H., July 12, 1905.

“Individual Unfoldment” from Christian Science Journal, August 1905 By Editor with contributions from Mary Baker G. Eddy

Click here to listen — “Psalm 119”, Bible Study from September 12th, 2020

Moses, through his apprehension of God as “I am that I am,” or divine Principle, that which underlies all the manifestations of being, discerned the correlated facts that there is one God whose nature is infinite good and that good is manifest in us only as we recognize and acknowledge the oneness of God and His supreme, all-embracing power. Through his clear perception of this fundamental truth, Moses freed the children of Israel from the bondage of their belief in the dominion of Egypt, and led them out in a wilderness of uninformed, uninstructed conditions of thought, where their reliance was first upon the leadership of Moses, whose spiritual power they had recognized as superior to the material domination of Pharaoh. Very soon, however, their thought was lifted to the recognition of a more impersonal guidance in their apprehension of an ever-present God, expressed in the pillar of cloud and fire.

Here in this wilderness Moses taught the Law, the difference between good and evil, the necessity of serving one God, and the certain overthrow resulting from serving evil. During the forty years of his teaching there was one thing upon which he insisted always as of supreme importance. When you enter into the land, said he, you must utterly overthrow the inhabitants, and you must not follow after any of their ways nor learn of them, but you must serve the one God and keep His laws. You must not educate your sons nor your daughters in any of their ways, even though the nations be much greater than you, but you must always teach the supremacy of Spirit. If you do this, God himself will drive out the inhabitants from before your face; but if you do it not. then you will be utterly overthrown by them. This is the oft-repeated warning of the Christ-truth voiced in the law and the statutes which Moses gave to his people.

The record tells us of their triumphant entry into the promised land, their obedience to this teaching, their victories, their final occupancy of the land, apparently in full possession; yet the records show here and there, first a violation of the law followed by swift punishment, then further violation in small ways without immediate punishment, and as the years go by, little by little the acceptance of some of the good of the enemy. Then we find the enemy regarded as more powerful, accompanied by an increasing reliance upon material methods, the payment of tribute, and the acceptance of aid from enemies,—in short, with attempts to overcome evil with evil. This growing weakness and fear, born of forgetfulness of the ever-present God, brought them more and more frequently into open conflict with evil, which appeared as an ever-increasing host and with bolder leaders. Nevertheless, in the hour of supreme need, born of their own daily sinning, there was always a sufficient “remnant” of underlying knowledge of divine Spirit to enable them to call upon the invisible yet ever-present God to deliver them, and He always did so.

“The Promised Land” from Christian Science Journal, January 1906 By Clara E. Macmahon

Article — “Lest We Forget” The Christian Science Sentinel, September 18, 1909, by Samuel Greenwood

Psalm 119:33-40: Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes; and I shall keep it to the end.

The verses of this section contain, apparently, an enumeration of various facts which rendered it essential that the Lord should teach him, if ever he were to learn. As it has been said, the man who wrote this psalm knew two things – first, that there was something he must and would learn, for all his well-being depended upon it; and this something was the Word of God, which he calls now by one name and now by another. But he knew a second thing, and that was – he could never teach himself; God must teach him. This is the burden of his prayer, not only in this section, but throughout the psalm. For the difficulties in the way of his acquiring this knowledge were many and great. He suggests some of them here.

LACK OF PERSEVERANCE. What knowledge he already had gained was sufficient to make him set out on the way; but soon he became ready to halt, and did halt. God must instruct him if he were ever to continue steadily on to the end. “Ye did run well; who did hinder you?” So said St. Paul to some of his converts: and how often the like has to be said still (cf. the seed on the stony ground, Matthew 13.)!

HALF-HEARTEDNESS. (Ver. 34.) Here was another difficulty, as it is to this day. People can be got to keep part of the Law of God, but not all of it – they will make some reserves. And if they are not conscious of this, they know that it is not with the “whole heart” that they serve God. The psalmist confesses his failure here, and prays that God would so give him understanding that he may observe God’s Law with his whole heart.

INABILITY TO DO WHAT HE WOULD. He delighted in the path of God’s commandments (ver. 35), but yet was unable “to go” therein. No doubt he could talk about it, pray about it, feel warmly, speak fervently, and desire sincerely about it, but then came this miserable powerlessness which he asks God to overcome, and to make him “go in,” etc. (Romans 7:14-19). Here is another reason for seeking the help of God, and it exists still.

COVETOUSNESS. (Ver. 36.) If the Lord does teach the soul, then there will follow “understanding” (ver. 34) – power of will (ver. 35) and inclination of the heart to God’s testimonies (ver. 36), so that all these requests are but different forms of that with which the section begins, “Teach me, O Lord.” And here in this thirty-sixth verse he names another hindrance – covetousness. St. Paul speaks of it as “the root of all evil,” as indeed it is (cf. 1 Timothy 6:9, 10; Colossians 3:5; Matthew 13:22). It so drags the heart away from God, that only he can turn it back again.

LOVE OF VANITY. (Ver. 37.) The runner in the race that does not keep his eye fixed steadily on the goal, but turns his eyes now to this side and now to that, whenever they are attracted by some vanity, will indeed need quickening in God’s way. This wandering gaze of the soul, how many failures in the Christian race is it answerable for!

INSTABILITY. Here it is again, as in vers. 35 and 40 – delighting in the path of God’s commandments, yet needing power to go; so now here is the soul devoted to God’s fear, but yet needing to be established. The Word of God is not insecure and unstable, but the soul is so in regard to it. As to its truth, as to its value, as to its power, Lord, make it sure to us!

FEAR OF REPROACH. This does, indeed, bring a snare. How many know God’s judgments are good, but yet fear “reproach”!

LACK OF SPIRITUAL ENERGY. (Ver. 40.) Longing, yet unable to attain. Longing without God’s quickening will not avail.

— Teach Me, O Lord, by S. Conway from

What, then, is the greatest need of all mankind? Mary Baker Eddy saw it clearly and expressed it plainly throughout her writings. Mankind’s greatest need is to learn to think truly. Even the finest and best of human reasoning is not infallible, and the only certain course is to turn quietly, confidently, and directly to One who never makes mistakes, to God, the divine Mind, who is man’s only real intelligence. That is just what Christian Science is teaching men to do, for Christian Science is essentially the Science of correct or true thinking, based up, on the one and only Mind, God its clarion call reaches the listening ear and hungry heart: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord,” or, as Mrs. Eddy expresses the same truth in Science and Health (p. 468), “All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all.”

“Individual Unfoldment” from Christian Science Journal, November 1921 by Blanche M. Colley

Final Readings

These are the claims that would seek to veto national and world peace. Let us look at each claim long enough and intelligently enough to take the props out from under it that we may relegate it to eternal oblivion.

Let us truly appreciate our American Declaration of Independence which states that God has endowed us all with the right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This American Bill of Rights is as a beacon light to millions in other lands. We need to understand that this Declaration of Independence did not just happen. It came about as the result of divine inspiration in the consciousness of Godloving men. We need to see that there is no human law nor manmade legislation that can veto these basic human rights in America. And we need to see further that because of the supremacy of Mind, these basic human rights shall be extended to all men everywhere. It is God’s will that all men be free.

Let us forever be alert and see that it is not just in other countries that human liberties would sometimes seem to be in jeopardy. In America, we need to be alert on the subject of such things as compulsory medical insurance, or State Medicine. Let us realize that no human legislation can ever be passed which can veto the divine right of individuals to choose God as their only healing agency.
There is not and there cannot be any law which would prevent parents from giving religious instruction to their children in such a manner as will enable the children to follow the Master in depending entirely upon Spirit as the source of health and all good. In the name of the Scriptures they would seek to take away the life and liberty of the young people of our country. Be very alert to know that no legislation can rob our young people, or the young people of the world, of the freedom to worship God the way their conscience points out.

We need to declare vehemently and realize without the shadow of a doubt that either politics, human power, nor political expediency can veto the divine law that there shall be good, effective, and honest government in the world. For you to sit back and constantly find fault with overnment and government officials is neither Christian nor Scientific; but for you to know daily that nothing can be done to veto the mandate of Truth, intelligence, and Love in government, is for you to be an effective, divine law- enforcing agency.

Now let us consider our attitude toward people of the world. If you have a dispute with a member of your family, what is the solution? Hatred? Never! If you have a disagreement with a neighbor, will intolerance and recrimination solve the differences? No, love alone is your remedy in both situations. So it is with nations. We shall never bring about world peace through resentment and hatred.
These qualities only foster war. It is through love that we win over our enemies and make them our friends. There is no other way to establish world peace. We love everyone this afternoon and forever, because we know that right where we are there is nothing but divine Love manifesting itself. We love through no virtue of our own, but only because we are the reflection of God who is Love. By the same token we know that love is in the heart of all mankind, for the Lord He is Love, and there is none else beside Him. In this universe of ours there is no room for anything but Love.

“No Power Veto” from 1948 Addresses , by Herbert Rieke

Booklet — “True Government”, compiled prayers given by Mary Baker Eddy and others

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