Bible Study From April 13th, 2019
The Ten Commandments, Part 4
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Bible Study Questions and Readings
“Affirmations of Christian Science
“What does it declare? It affirms that God is the supreme Being, Infinite, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, the Life of man, Cause of the universe, the allness of Truth, Love, Intelligence, and Substance, whom to know aright is life eternal. It affirms the immortality of Life, the divinity of Christ, and the actuality of his resurrection and ascension. It acknowledges him as the way and the only way of salvation. It demands absolute obedience to the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount. It demands the annihilation of sin and shows mankind how to resist and destroy it.”
From Teaching and Addresses by Edward A. Kimball, page 25
Topic: Continued Study of the Ten Commandments
Moderator: Chardelle from PA
Bible Readings: Deuteronomy 8; Exodus 20: 1-22
Be prepared to discuss the following Commandments:
- Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee..
- Thou shalt not kill.
- Thou shalt not commit adultery.
- Thou shalt not steal.
- Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
- Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
Notes from the Discussion
Children should obey their parents; insubordination is an evil, blighting the buddings of self-government. Parents should teach their children at the earliest possible period the truths of health and holiness. Children are more tractable than adults, and learn more readily to love the simple verities that will make them happy and good.
— from Science and Health, 1875, by Mary Baker Eddy page 236 : 21-22
To the child complaining of his parents we have said, “Love and honor thy parents, and yield obedience to them in all that is right; but you have the rights of conscience, as we all have, and must follow God in all your ways.
— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 236 ; 10-13
Does the argument come to you that you didn’t come from a good family, or have the same opportunities as someone else? Stand on the fact that you came forth from God; that your background is God Himself.
You came forth from the background of the infinite grandeur of Mind — from the capabilities and capacities of Principle itself; you came forth from the sound and stable foundation of Truth. Sincerity, genuineness, and fidelity are the very nature of your being.
Thou art Truth’s honest child, Of pure and sinless heart; — Hymn #382
You came forth from, and are the substance of, Spirit; you are the loved of God. Your whole background is the background of Love, and Love only; and there never has been, and never can be, a power that can change the status of Love’s child. You emerged from the background of radiance and beauty.
You were made of the inspiration and stimulation of Soul; Life eternal is your life. You were not created delicate or weak or with a predisposition to take cold and have indigestion. You were created of Life-substance, and Life can never be less than vigorous and warm and energetic and spontaneous. You are Life expressing itself; then there is never anything less than life in your being. Your sense, faculties, and functions are operated by Life, Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit, Truth, Love.
— by Una Willard
“Thou shalt not kill;” that is, thou shalt not strike at the eternal sense of Life with a malicious aim, but shalt know that by doing thus thine own sense of Life shall be forfeited.
— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 67 : 10-13
Security for the claims of harmonious and eternal being is found only in divine Science.
— from Science and Health, by Mary Baker Eddy page 232 : 7-8