Sunday, June 25th, 2023 Roundtable

Science Needs to be Thoroughly Learned and Properly Digested

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Christian Science

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Morning Prayers

Our work is not to change God’s work, for that is finished and perfect. Neither is it to make error nothing, for it is that already; but to stand (apparently) in the midst of it, unmoved, knowing its nothingness. Isaiah 43: 2.

No mortal thought put in action by any mesmerist, or combined force of mesmerists, or anyone whom they should employ, has any power to affect. There is no M.A.M. ‘The Lord He is God and there is none beside Him.’ Deuteronomy 4:35

Meet every false claim with the absolute Truth, nothing short of that will answer. John 8: 32.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 186

The power of Christian Science and divine Love is omnipotent. It is indeed adequate to unclasp the hold and to destroy disease, sin, and death.

— from Science and Health, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 412

Discussion points

302 — WATCH you discern what absolute or divine Science is, and see that Christian Science is its application to the human need. Mrs. Eddy had Science revealed to her; then she demonstrated it in every possible way. Divine Science would be of little value to mortals without the bridge that makes it practical and operative in our present experience as Christian Science. Electricity filling the atmosphere was of no value to mortals until it was harnessed and made available for use.

Mrs. Eddy gave her revelation to the world in her authorized writings. Then in her life she gave her own practice or demonstration of it. Her life is linked with her revelation in that the latter can never be understood in its fulness without a study and understanding of the former.

Once Mrs. Eddy wrote to a student: “I thank God for your faith in Him and your true sense of me. Why? Because in over one quarter of a century I have never in one single instance seen these fail to carry a student safely on in growth and prosperity. But in every single instance the loss of those mental conditions has wrecked the student. Once I was young (and now am young) but I have never seen the righteous forsaken — those who are right, misled.”

One might tell a patient with heart trouble that his only true heart was divine Love pulsating in heaven, but to be practical and to meet the human need one would also have to assure the patient that his response to this pulsating of Love was perfect, indestructible and perpetual. Then he would awaken to realize that he had no heart trouble.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: II Timothy 2 : 15

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Book Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Footsteps by Gilbert Carpenter

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

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

Do not treat a man for his belief — but as a belief without a believer.

— from Collectanea, by Mary Baker Eddy

“Heart trouble or stomach trouble does not require matter through which to express itself. It requires belief only. Mortal belief fulfills all its own conditions in consonance with its belief in matter as substance, Mind as mortal, cause as material, and law as the activity of mortal mind.” (Mr. Young)

— from Addresses by Martha Wilcox, page 70

Thoughts shared on the Lesson from readers:

Within Bible pages she had found all the divine Science she preaches; noticing, all along the way of her researches therein, that whenever her thoughts had wandered into the bypaths of ancient philosophies or pagan literatures, her spiritual insight had been darkened thereby, till she was God-driven back to the inspired pages. Early training, through the misinterpretation of the Word, had been the underlying cause of the long years of invalidism she endured before Truth dawned upon her understanding, through right interpretation. With the understanding of Scripture-meanings, had come physical rejuvenation. The uplifting of spirit was the upbuilding of the body.

She affirmed that the Scriptures cannot properly be interpreted in a literal way. The truths they teach must be spiritually discerned, before their message can be borne fully to our minds and hearts. That there is a dual meaning to every Biblical passage, the most eminent divines of the world have concluded; and to get at the highest, or metaphysical, it is necessary rightly to read what the inspired writers left for our spiritual instruction.

The literal rendering of the Scriptures makes them nothing valuable, but often is the foundation of unbelief and hopelessness. The metaphysical rendering is health and peace and hope for all.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 169

Final Readings

It is interesting to learn the attitude which Mrs. Eddy commends in the individual while engaged in prayer. In an address to the Concord church she pictures a placid lake wherein is peacefully reflected the expanse of sky and the mild glory of the moon. She notes how this will stir the heart, and says (Miscellany, p. 150): “Then, in speechless prayer, ask God to enable you to reflect God, to become His own image and likeness, even the calm, clear, radiant reflection of Christ’s glory, healing the sick, bringing the sinner to repentance, and raising the spiritually dead in trespasses and sins to life in God.”

The Leader of the Christian Science movement did not deal in precepts merely, but was in all points an example. Peter’s exhortation to the elders about not overruling God’s heritage, “but being ensamples to the flock,” and Paul’s guidance to Timothy when he said, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth;” and his exhortation that this young disciple should be “an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity,” were fully understood and exemplified by Mrs. Eddy. Consequently it is of great moment to-day to know her way of prayer and the thoughts she gained in communion with divine Mind. She writes (Miscellany, p. 220) regarding this: “Each day I pray for the pacification of all national difficulties, for the brotherhood of man, for the end of idolatry and infidelity, and for the growth and establishment of Christian religion—Christ’s Christianity. I also have faith that my prayer availeth, and that He who is overturning will overturn until He whose right it is shall reign.” These words appear as if written for our help in this very hour of the world’s need.

We are not, then, without resource if we wish to help ourselves and others. A child’s hands may be weak, but a child can pray. Wherever there is love there may also be prayer. Joy and strength are awaiting all mankind and they can find the solution of all their problems in the way indicated by Christian Science. Mrs. Eddy states this in “No and Yes” (p. 39): “True prayer is not asking God for love; it is learning to love, and to include all mankind in one affection. Prayer is the utilization of the love wherewith He loves us. Prayer begets an awakened desire to be and do good. It makes new and scientific discoveries of God, of His goodness and power. It shows us more clearly than we saw before, what we already have and are; and most of all, it shows us what God is. Advancing in this light, we reflect it; and this light reveals the pure Mind-pictures, in silent prayer, even as photography grasps the solar light to portray the face of pleasant thought.”

— from Christian Science Sentinel, August 31, 1918, Prayer, Silent and Effective William P. McKenzie.

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