Sunday, November 26th, 2023 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Abide in the 91st Psalm and know that such abiding is treatment and protection. There is nothing that can make laws or influence you. There is but one Mind and that is Love. Do not give life to evil by attaching it to a person or thing. It cannot live without a body. Man is immortal, one. There is but one infinite manifestation. No error can attach itself to man and why deceive ourselves by thinking it can do so? Every manifestation of life is ever-present and omnipresent good and this carries within itself all healing, sustaining. Know that the kingdom of heaven is within you and this is your armor.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 222

Discussion points

477 — WATCH lest you deny the existence of animal magnetism as a belief, before you have done the work to uncover it. Mrs. Eddy said, “The rule to ensure victory for Science is this: Bear faithful testimony to the existence of animal magnetism as an evil belief, which must be met and mastered. A denial of the existence of this error prevents your victory over it.”

Does this statement by our Leader contradict the one in Science and Health, “You conquer error by denying its verity‛? (Page 339). How does one destroy a serpent? It must first be uncovered. Animal magnetism must be acknowledged as the mesmerism of belief that would claim to becloud man’s consciousness of God. One must awaken to the existence of animal magnetism as an evil belief, before he can apply the rule which makes it unreal. If you take the stand that it does not exist before you have uncovered its operation, you may receive the impression that you can ignore it.

Error has to be uncovered from the standpoint of material sense, since it is as real as material sense. It can be seen as unreal only by spiritual sense. It is self-evident that animal magnetism is a false belief. Yet you must acknowledge that you entertain it and learn why you entertain it, in order to get rid of it. A blanket denial that there is such a thing as a false belief called animal magnetism, is like cutting off the top of a weed and leaving the roots.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Ephesians 6 : 13

“Take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

…St. Paul tells us to “put on the whole armor of God,… that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” The verb “to stand,” used in this sense, is plainly not indicative of passivity. It is defined as “to occupy a certain position; to be at rest or fixed; continue; remain without injury or ruin; be safe; not to fail or yield; be firm.”

Each one of these definitions studied in its spiritual sense and application implies unwavering mental activity; a mental state that stands in the activity of right thinking, that resists the arguments of material sense, that refuses to yield to the contemplation of evil as fighting personality, but that continues in the activity of right mental work, constructive thinking.

“See that ye be not troubled” from Christian Science Sentinel,(excerpt) March 11th, 1916, by Mildred Corning Hamilton

Article — The Covenant by Nathaniel Dickey

“Put Up Thy Sword”, from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 214-217

“One Step Enough for Me”, from by Blanche Hersey Hoag

In Psalms we read, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” The importance of the word “steps” in this sentence is corroborated by the fact that all through the Bible each achievement of the prophets and of the disciples is shown to have been accomplished by steps. In the vision of Jacob, the angels of God were seen ascending and descending a ladder composed of steps, indicating that even the angels, “God’s thoughts” (Science and Health, p. 581) do not precipitate themselves upon us, nor do we reach them by spontaneous soaring, but by being obedient in taking the steps which eventually bring us to spiritual heights.

“Step By Step” from Christian Science Sentinel,(excerpt) February 17, 1912, by Mabel Reed

In the twenty-sixth chapter of Leviticus there is a remarkable picture of the good that will come to those who are obedient to the law of divine Principle. This does not merely include power to cast out all evil and put all enemies to flight, but the assurance is given that the entire environment will be benefited and become more harmonious. In part the promise reads: “If ye walk in my statues, and keep my commandments, and do them; then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field their fruit. And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid.” As this promise related largely to the Ten Commandments, the value of obedience thereto, especially as their metaphysical significance becomes apparent, cannot be overestimated. Thus as men become obedient to divine law they come under the government of God, which can bring only good into their experience.

…The price God requires of us in return for the good He has bestowed, is that we shall do His will. Through obedience to divine Love, and not by the repetition of a formula, the individual is protected from disease; he passes safely through seeming danger, or it vanishes as a mirage when approached; and he finds fear, worry, and trouble disappearing from his life as he becomes submissive to the operation of divine Principle. Above all, by this simple process, “precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little,” he has found through demonstration the path that leads to increasing and enduring happiness.

“Proving Our Gratitude” from Christian Science Sentinel,(excerpt) August 16, 1919, by Henry H. Lindsey

To preserve a long course of years still and uniform, amid the uniform darkness of storm and cloud and tempest, requires strength from above, — deep draughts from the fount of divine Love.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page ix

Thoughts shared on the Lesson from readers:

Psalms 37:23 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.”

Barnes Notes on the Bible, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” The word rendered “ordered” means to stand erect; to set up; to found; to adjust, fit, direct. The idea here is, that all which pertains to the journey of a good man through life is directed, ordered, fitted, or arranged by the Lord. That is, his course of life is under the divine guidance and control,…The word “steps” here means his course of life; the way in which he goes. And he delighteth in his way – In his course of life; and, therefore, he blesses him. The general idea is that he is the object of the divine favor, and is under the care of God.”

(Got Questions) “In other words, the person who has committed his way to God will have his steps made sure by God. He will guard them and ensure that they are solid steps. How encouraging to know that even our small, seemingly inconsequential steps are not too insignificant for God! He loves and cares for us so much that He actually takes pleasure in guiding our steps. When we fall, we won’t fall to destruction because the Lord holds our hand (Psalm 37:24). Because the law of God is in our hearts, our steps or our path won’t be slippery (Psalm 37:31). What an incredible truth to know that God is right there, ready to establish our walk if we will simply commit our walk to Him!” Mrs Eddy tells us in Science and Health on page 444′ “Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Final Readings

Mental Malpractice

From ordinary mental practice to Christian Science is a long ascent, but to go from the use of inanimate drugs to any susceptible misuse of the human mind, such as mesmerism, hypnotism, and the like, is to subject mankind unwarned and undefended to the unbridled individual human will. The currents of God flow through no such channels.

The whole world needs to know that the milder forms of animal magnetism and hypnotism are yielding to its aggressive features. We have no moral right and no authority in Christian Science for influencing the thoughts of others, except it be to serve God and benefit mankind. Man is properly self-governed, and he should be guided by no other mind than Truth, the divine Mind. Christian Science gives neither moral right nor might to harm either man or beast. The Christian Scientist is alone with his own being and with the reality of things. The mental malpractitioner is not, cannot be, a Christian Scientist; he is disloyal to God and man; he has every opportunity to mislead the human mind, and he uses it. People may listen complacently to the suggestion of the inaudible falsehood, not knowing what is hurting them or that they are hurt. This mental bane could not bewilder, darken, or misguide consciousness, physically, morally, or spiritually, if the individual knew what was at work and his power over it.

This unseen evil is the sin of sins; it is never forgiven. Even the agony and death that it must sooner or later cause the perpetrator, cannot blot out its effects on himself till he suffers up to its extinction and stops practising it. The crimes committed under this new-old régime of necromancy or diabolism are not easily reckoned. At present its mystery protects it, but its hidden modus and flagrance will finally be known, and the laws of our land will handle its thefts, adulteries, and murders, and will pass sentence on the darkest and deepest of human crimes.

Christian Scientists are not hypnotists, they are not mortal mind-curists, nor faith-curists; they have faith, but they have Science, understanding, and works as well. They are not the addenda, the et ceteras, or new editions of old errors; but they are what they are, namely, students of a demonstrable Science leading the ages.

— from Message for 1901 by Mary Baker Eddy, page 19-21

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