Sunday, May 21st, 2023 Roundtable

Body Cannot Be Saved Except Through Mind

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Soul And Body

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Morning Prayers

“Beloved brethren, the love of our loving Lord was never more manifest than in its stern condemnation of all error, wherever found. I counsel thee, rebuke and exhort one another. Love all Christian churches for the gospel’s sake; and be exceedingly glad that the churches are united in purpose, if not in method, to close the war between flesh and Spirit, and to fight the good fight till God’s will be witnessed and done on earth as in heaven.” (Christian Science versus Pantheism, p. 13.) My 18

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

He who hath made thee whole, Will keep thee day by day;
He who hath spoken to thy soul, Hath many things to say;
He who hath gently taught,
Yet more will make thee know; He who hath wonders wrought, Still greater things will show,
He loveth always — faileth never; Then rest in Him today — forever.

— from Collectanea, (Addendum), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 16

Discussion points

285 — The world of mortal belief malpractices on food just as it does on nerves. This malpractice is the talking serpent that must be handled. Jesus encouraged the eating of food, showing that at our present stage of experience, it is not food that we must eliminate, but the belief that it is material, that it can affect man adversely either through quality or quantity, or that it can be the medium for mortal mind. If God is not absent from the blessings He bestows, then we must never consider that His goodness and love are absent from the food He supplies to His children.

When Jesus met with his disciples at supper, the eating of food became a channel for a spiritual uplift. When food is seen as a channel for inspiration and blessing, man’s spiritual nature is fed, at the same time his temporary material needs are taken care of.

Food and nerves are never the cause or the source of man’s discords. It is the serpent, or mortal belief, that claims to use matter as a medium through which to enslave mortals. When this mortal belief is extracted from food, it might be likened to dehydrated vegetables, out of which all water has been taken. One might say that this is what the prodigal son did. When he had taken all life, truth, substance and intelligence out of matter, nothing but husks remained, that which no longer had any weight to hold his thought on a mortal level. Then he rose spontaneously into the consciousness of Mind as the only true substance; the husks became the channel for Mind’s blessing and were no longer seen as matter.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: I Corinthians 6 : 19

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”

Big women ran in my family. My grandmother was big, my mother was big, and after a while, I was big. And I didn’t realize that it was a type of thinking.

Many times an obese condition can be a condition of leaning; leaning on something other than God. I remember in the early years of my marriage, my husband said to me, “Will you please find something besides me to be interested in!” I knew it was God speaking through him, and I did! I found God, and I found Christian Science.

But that wasn’t all of it. I was seriously overweight, and losing weight took work. It took consciously handling this belief of fat. I’d gotten to be a size twenty. I used to look at myself in the mirror from the waist up, and think I looked all right. They say people do that quite often, and don’t realize what the rest of them looks like. But when I realized that I was fat, and that the weight wasn’t going to go away miraculously, overnight, and that I was going to have to change my thinking habits, I turned to God. Three statements came to me that helped immense! y. First: When I was hungry, I asked myself, “Is this hunger or is it appetite?” If it was not genuine hunger, then it was appetite, which was merely amusing myself with food, and it was ungodlike. Second: I found that what satisfied me was paraphrasing a verse from Mrs. Eddy’s hymn 30, “Fed by Thy love divine I live.” So, any time I was tempted by false appetite, I declared that I was fed and satisfied by divine Love. The third statement was: God proportions me.

— from Sermons and Articles on Christian Science by Doris White Evans

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Article — “king’s meat or King’s meat” by Parthens

Mrs. Eddy, following obediently in the footsteps of Christ Jesus, iterates and reiterates the necessity for all seekers for the kingdom increasingly to rely upon God for strength, guidance, and sustenance. Emphatically does she point out that Christian Scientists must fully rely upon God in every thought and under all circumstances and, relying upon God, give Him all the glory. She especially enjoins her students to abstain from reliance upon diet, hygiene, baths, manipulation, or any material substance or method to restore or maintain health.

In this age of numberless discoveries in the realm of so-called physical science, great attention is given to diet and to the preparation and amount of food deemed necessary to insure health. Calories and vitamins have become household words. As Christian Scientists, however, we know that attention to these things lessens our reliance upon God, and therefore retards our spiritual growth. Mrs. Eddy assures us that to “bow down to a flesh-brush, to flannels, to baths, diet, exercise, and air” is a form of idolatry. “Nothing,” she declares (Science and Health, p. 174), “save divine power is capable of doing so much for man as he can do for himself.” We follow the behests of our great Leader when we lessen the claims of matter and exalt Spirit.

“Bread from Heaven from Christian Science Sentinel, July 16, 1927 by Albert F. Gilmore

THE Master’s disciples, pondering on the saying, “The bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world,” said, “Lord, evermore give us this bread.”

To Mrs. Eddy “a feast of Soul” meant “a famine of sense” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 263). It was no idle promise: “They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house.” Love spreads “a table in the wilderness” of mortal hopes, and in the presence of the enemies of good, when the true spiritual sense of food is understood.

The souvenir spoon manufactured in recognition of Concord’s most distinguished citizen, Mrs. Eddy, carried this message from her to her followers: “Not matter but Mind satisfieth.” It was her request that these spoons be used every day and the motto be noted at each meal. It found an immediate response in many homes; but as the years have passed there has perhaps less evidence of this reminder of the truth that feeds thought and refreshes with the spiritual ideas which Christian Science presents. The material type instead of a correct sense of Scripture is too often regarded as the substance of life. The temporary nature of our present sense of bread, much taking of thought as to “what shall we eat?” and the betray Christlike dietary theories, and rules of health betray the lack of Christlike dependence on Love’s care for each and all.

A lesson from Daniel points the way to true health. Captives in Babylon, he and a few other Hebrew youths requested pulse and water instead of the dainties of a heathen king’s table. Their spiritual sense of God and His Word, they knew, would do more for them than prescribed rules of diet. Moreover, probably like Daniel, the youths refreshed their thoughts three times a day, opening the window towards the Jerusalem which they reverenced as the place to worship God “in spirit and in truth.” The almighty God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob was their hope, and sustained them spiritually. That this concept was correct was fully demonstrated at the time, and later, when Daniel was delivered from the devouring lions.

“Feeding On The Bread Of Life” from Christian Science Sentinel, November 19, 1927 by Mary Alice Dayton

Article — The Command Statements by Mary Beth Singleterry

Thoughts shared on the Lesson from readers:

In Bible citation 8. Matthew 6:24 We are told that “Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” I really liked how Matthew Henry’s Commentary explained this, making it clear to me whom I must endeavor to “serve” – to obey, to work for, to attend at command; to wait on. (Webster’s 1828)

Matthew 6:24: Ye cannot serve God and Mammon. “Mammon is a Syriac word that signifies gain; so that whatever in this world is, or is accounted by us to be, gain (Phil. 3:7), is mammon. Whatever is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, is mammon. To some their belly is their mammon, and they serve that (Phil. 3:19); to others their ease, their sleep, their sports and pastimes, are their mammon (Prov. 6:9); to others worldly riches (James 4:13); to others honours and preferments; the praise and applause of men was the Pharisees’ mammon; in a word, self, the unity in which the world’s trinity centres, sensual, secular self, is the mammon which cannot be served in conjunction with God; for if it be served, it is in competition with him and in contradiction to him. He does not say, We must not or we should not, but we cannot serve God and Mammon; we cannot love both (1 Jn. 2:15; Jam. 4:4); or hold to both, or hold by both in observance, obedience, attendance, trust, and dependence, for they are contrary the one to the other. God says, “My son, give me thy heart. “Mammon says, “No, give it me.” God says, “Be content with such things as ye have.” Mammon says, “Grasp at all that ever thou canst….Money, money; by fair means or by foul, money.” God says, “Defraud not, never lie, be honest and just in all thy dealings.” Mammon says “Cheat thine own Father, if thou canst gain by it.” God says, “Be charitable.” Mammon says, “Hold thy own: this giving undoes us all.” God says, “Be careful for nothing.” Mammon says, “Be careful for every thing.” God says, “Keep holy thy sabbath-day.” Mammon says, “Make use of that day as well as any other for the world.” Thus inconsistent are the commands of God and Mammon, so that we cannot serve both. Let us not then halt between God and Baal, but choose ye this day whom ye will serve, and abide by our choice.

Final Readings

Article — Body, unabridged Attributed to Mary Baker G. Eddy, copyrighted January 19th, 1886, available at the Congressional Library in Washington, D. C.

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