Bible Study from May 18th, 2019
Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery
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Bible Study Questions and Readings
“In contradistinction to the ‘ism of Spiritualism, let it be remembered other doctrines name the name of God with reverence; hold the Bible the book of books; teach our infant lips the Lord’s prayer; and bid man obey the ten commandments, that are perfect in Wisdom.”
From Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures,
First Edition (1875) by Mary Baker Eddy, pages 94 – 95
Topic:Ten Commandments: Part 5
Moderator: Chardelle from PA
Bible Readings: Exodus 20: 3 – 17
Click on title to listen to YouTube reading:The Greatest Thing in the World by Henry Drummond, pages 3 – 4
Be prepared to discuss the following Commandments:
- 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
This law God had given man before (it was written in his heart by nature); but sin had so defaced that writing that it was necessary, in this manner, to revive the knowledge of it.
— by C. H. Spurgeon
There is within us a divine selfhood that recognizes the genuine, good and true; a reflection of the divine perfection and intelligence, that enables us to lay hold of the Truth when it is presented to us.
— from “Prayers” in Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 175
“God’s Law in Man’s Heart”: ” by C. H. Spurgeon, June 28, 1885
TEMPLE. Body; the idea of Life, substance, and intelligence; the superstructure of Truth; the shrine of Love; a material superstructure, where mortals congregate for worship.
— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 595
Chapter 3 — Marriage: Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy page 56
Prevention and Cure of Divorce
The nuptial vow should never be annulled so long as the morale of marriage is preserved. The frequency of divorce shows that the imperative nature of the marriage relation is losing ground, — hence that some fundamental error is engrafted on it. What is this error? If the motives of human affection are right, the affections are enduring and achieving. What God hath joined together, man cannot sunder.
Divorce and war should be exterminated according to the Principle of law and gospel, — the maintenance of individual rights, the justice of civil codes, and the power of Truth uplifting the motives of men. Two commandments of the Hebrew Decalogue, “Thou shalt not commit adultery” and “Thou shalt not kill,” obeyed, will eliminate divorce and war. On what hath not a “Thus saith the Lord,” I am as silent as the dumb centuries without a living Divina.
This time-world flutters in my thought as an unreal shadow, and I can only solace the sore ills of mankind by a lively battle with “the world, the flesh and the devil,” in which Love is the liberator and gives man the victory over himself. Truth, canonized by life and love, lays the axe at the root of all evil, lifts the curtain on the Science of being, the Science of wedlock, of living and of loving, and harmoniously ascends the scale of life. Look high enough, and you see the heart of humanity warming and winning. Look long enough, and you see male and female one — sex or gender eliminated; you see the designation man meaning woman as well, and you see the whole universe included in one infinite Mind and reflected in the intelligent compound idea, image or likeness, called man, showing forth the infinite divine Principle, Love, called God, — man wedded to the Lamb, pledged to innocence, purity, perfection. Then shall humanity have learned that “they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God.” (Luke 20 : 35, 36.) This, therefore, is Christ’s plan of salvation from divorce.
All are but parts of one stupendous whole,
Whose body nature is, and God the Soul.— Pope
“Prevention and Cure of Divorce” in Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, page 268 – 269
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
— Proverbs 30:5
Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. .
— Isaiah 11:1
Honesty is spiritual power. Dishonesty is human weakness, which forfeits divine help.
— Citation 8 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 453
In one of Mrs. Eddy’s classes there was a woman who had a strong sense of resentment and condemnation toward her husband, who was very immoral. Mrs. Eddy said to her that Jesus healed the Magdalen by con demning the sin, but not the woman. The lady answered, “Yes, but I have not the consciousness that Jesus had.” Our Leader instantly rebuked this by saying that she could claim the Christ-consciousness, for otherwise she could not heal a single case of sin or sickness.
The student’s consciousness was so illumined that her state of mind completely changed toward her husband, and when she returned home, she found him healed.
— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 243
O, Love take me in, give me one Mind, one consciousness; and enable me to love my neighbor as myself. When I cease to judge, criticize or condemn, I begin to make progress.
— from “A Treatment for Every Day” in Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 125