Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 Roundtable
The Lord Shall Preserve Thee From all Evil
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“May the divine light of Christian Science that lighteth every enlightened thought illumine your faith and understanding, exclude all darkness or doubt, and signal the perfect path wherein to walk, the perfect Principle whereby to demonstrate the perfect man and the perfect law of God. In the words of St. Paul: “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned;” and St. John says: “For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.”
May the grace and love of God be and abide with you all.”
— from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 187
38 — WATCH lest, in reducing error to zero, you neglect to rub out the zero. Once a lecturer told of a little Science girl who had a cold. She drew a zero on the front stoop with a piece of chalk to indicate that she had made nothing of the cold. After a few moments she ran back and rubbed out the zero.
In destroying error you must first translate it into a false belief. This does not destroy it, but uncovers it for self-destruction through your recognition of its nothingness. You must finally rub out the zero by knowing that, since God is All, no claim of an opposite to Him ever existed even as a false belief, to tempt His children; and even if it did, they could not be tempted by it, since they have no capacity to believe a lie, or even to be tempted to believe one.
— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter
Golden Text — “The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil.” — Psalm 121 : 7
We lose the high signification of omnipotence, when after admitting that God, or good, is omnipresent and has all-power, we still believe there is another power, named evil. This belief that there is more than one mind is as pernicious to divine theology as are ancient mythology and pagan idolatry. With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science. The supposed existence of more than one mind was the basic error of idolatry.
— Citation 2 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, 469 : 25-6
Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.
— Psalm 97:7 from the Responsive Reading in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
— Proverbs 3
If you’re going through hell, keep going.
— Winston Churchill
For thou, Lord, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.
— Psalm 97:9 from the Responsive Reading in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson
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And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,
— Citation 5 from II Chronicles 33:12 from the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson
Evil is a negation, because it is the absence of truth. It is nothing, because it is the absence of something. It is unreal, because it presupposes the absence of God, the omnipotent and omnipresent. Every mortal must learn that there is neither power nor reality in evil.
— Citation 8 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 8. 186 : 11-16
Since God is All, there is no room for His unlikeness. God, Spirit, alone created all, and called it good. Therefore evil, being contrary to good, is unreal, and cannot be the product of God. A sinner can receive no encouragement from the fact that Science demonstrates the unreality of evil, for the sinner would make a reality of sin, — would make that real which is unreal, and thus heap up “wrath against the day of wrath.” He is joining in a conspiracy against himself, — against his own awakening to the awful unreality by which he has been deceived. Only those, who repent of sin and forsake the unreal, can fully understand the unreality of evil.
— Citation 9 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 339 : 7 (Since)-19
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