Bible Study From October 26th, 2019
Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness
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Bible Study Questions and Readings
“Law as used in the Bible. ‘But his delight is in the law of the Lord;’ …. (Ps.) The law of the Lord is the fullness of the activity of divine Principle. The Commandments are an intermediary state towards obedience, but not the full revelation. When Jesus gave the commandment ‘Be ye perfect,’ he attached no penalty. This commandment is conceived from the standpoint of Divine Mind itself, and is of the greatest importance. ‘Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.’ (Matt.) I am come to fulfill the law – I am come to reveal the operation of divine Principle.”
From “Notes from a Class as Taught by Laura Sargent”
by Laura Sargent
Topic: Ten Commandments: Part 6
Moderator: Chardelle from PA
Bible Readings: Exodus 20: 3 – 17
Addotional Readings: Spiritual Interpretation of the Ten Commandments by Mary Baker Eddy
Be prepared to discuss the following Commandments:
- 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
Forum post — Thou Shalt Not Steal; here or hereafter. by Mike from NY
False: Not honest or just; not fair; as false play. Unfaithful; deceitful; treacherous; betraying secrets. Counterfeit; hypocritical; feigned; made or assumed for the purpose of deception;
— From Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
‘Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.
— by William Shakespeare
Students: And lead us not into temptation. but deliver us from evil.
Mrs. Glover: And lead man into Soul, and deliver him from personal sense.
— From Mary Baker Eddy’s Six Days of Revelation, page 47
I look with the eye of spiritual innocency and behold no evil, for we are in the divine presence. I behold man in Love and blot out all sense of imperfection, all fear and dislike. I look with the eye of Love’s benevolence and behold in man all the hues and qualities of God.
— from “Love” Some Notes on True Vision by John L. Morgan
“My dear Students: Guard your tongues. When you see sin in others, know that you have it in yourselves, and become repentant. If you think you are not mortal, you are mistaken. I find my students either in an apathy or a frenzy. I am astonished at your ignorance of the methods of animal magnetism. Your enemies are working incessantly, while you are not working as you should. They do not knock, they come with a rush. They do not take me unawares. I know before they come. Would that my head were a fountain of waters, and my eyes rivers of tears that I might weep, because of the apathy of the students and the little that they have accomplished. You have never seen me in my real home, but you may sometime. Come with me into it.”
— from Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Footsteps by Gilbert Carpenter, Introduction
Some people yield slowly to the touch of Truth. Few yield without a struggle, and many are reluctant to acknowledge that they have yielded; but unless this admission is made, evil will boast itself above good. The Christian Scientist has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death; and he will overcome them by understanding their nothingness and the allness of God, or good. Sickness to him is no less a temptation than is sin, and he heals them both by understanding God’s power over them. The Christian Scientist knows that they are errors of belief, which Truth can and will destroy.
— From Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 450
Read the Ten Commandments, and pause at each one, and confess that you have broken it either in thought, or word, or deed. Remember that by a glance we may commit adultery, by a thought we may be guilty of murder, by a desire we may steal.
— by C. H. Spurgeon
These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
— Proverbs 6:16-19 from the Kig James Bible
Are You Part of the Building Crew or to the Wrecking Crew?
— from Bible Study
Truth is always the victor.
— From Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 379