Sunday, March 10th, 2019 Roundtable

The Time for Thinkers Has Come

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Man

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Morning Prayers

Oh, my God, I offer as a consecrated gift upon Thine altar, a heart dedicated to Thy service, lips speaking only words of charity, love, and truth, thoughts striving to be only the true thoughts of the Mind of God. Help me to endure unto the end, strong in the faith, powerful in the truth, all the influence that I can bring to bear, all the force of tongue or pen that is mine, I offer in Thy service. May heaven help, consecrate, and accept.

— Mrs. Eddy’s Prayer, given at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, found in both the April 1885 Christian Science Journal and in Mary Baker Eddy’s Six Days of Revelation, page 171

We, to-day, in this class-room, are enough to convert the world if we are of one Mind; for then the whole world will feel the influence of this Mind; as when the earth was without form, and Mind spake and form appeared.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 279: 27-2

Discussion points

Golden Text — “O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong.” — Daniel 10 : 19

The Hon. Charles Evans Hughes, former Governor of New York State, who ran for President of the United States, and later became Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, summarized Eustace v. Dickey (1921) thusly: “It seems most unjust to Mrs. Eddy, most contrary to her teachings, to assume for one moment that she relied upon the despotic power which these Directors have arrogated to themselves. The unity that these Directors wish, the unity of despotic power, the absolute control of the entire government of Christian Science in the church and in the publications, and everywhere else, is the unity which might well destroy the very faith of the organization for the propagation of the faith, to which they profess to be devoted. “There is nowhere now any more centrally controlled religious organization than the church founded by her [Mrs. Eddy]. It is the rigidity of the organizational structure with its extraordinary controls over branch churches, practitioners, and other responsible leaders, that has been the occasion for most of the conflict that has been aroused. “Every measure the Directors have taken to guard their authority has stifled freedom of thought and expression, inhibited initiative and responsibility, and has closed off the means of inspiration and instruction. Their every step has tended to dilute and emasculate Christian Science.”

— from Mary Baker Eddy Betrayed : Exhibits on Appeal by David Robinson, page 187

The time for thinkers has come. Truth, independent of doctrines and time-honored systems, knocks at the portal of humanity. Contentment with the past and the cold conventionality of materialism are crumbling away. Ignorance of God is no longer the stepping-stone to faith. The only guarantee of obedience is a right apprehension of Him whom to know aright is Life eternal. Though empires fall, “the Lord shall reign forever.”

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page vii : 13-21

Truth does mighty things when left to its own vitality.

I thank Thee, dear Father, that there is nothing between Thee and this little child.

According to your spiritual growth, you will hear and see things.

A lie has no voice and no audience.

Disturbed thought needs healing, not nursing.

My individual Christ Jesus will go before me and lead me in the work.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 268

308 — WATCH in your efforts to see yourself and others perfect, that you include the effort to see them seeing you in the same light. This way of working, which was revealed to Gilbert Carpenter, when he was living in Mrs. Eddy’s home, can be extended without limit, until every bit of error is ruled out of the picture.

Once when a patient suffering with consumption came to him, he demonstrated the efficacy of this line of work as follows: He treated this lady for a week.

When she was no better, he prayed to know what the trouble was. It came to him to tell her to stop trying to help herself, since her unscientific effort was making the error more real by causing her thought to turn in on herself. He told her to let him tend to that part of the work, while she gave herself over to the effort to see everyone around her seeing her perfect.

This lady and her sickness were well known in Sharon, Mass., and so her realization had to include the butcher, the baker, the postman, etc., in order to heal the false concept of her that was being held in the minds of those around her. She might well have used Mrs. Eddy’s statement, “Malpractice cannot form a false concept of me in the minds of others.” The result of this cooperative effort was that she was healed in a week.

…It is important to realize that we are not truly seeing our brother-man as perfect, unless at the same time we see him seeing us and all as perfect. How could we realize that a man was perfect, and believe that he held an imperfect outlook toward anyone?

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Forum post — “More than conquerors” by Susanne from VT and Jeremy from NJ

Forum post — Law Unto Yourself by Lynda from PA and Florence from GA

Christian Scientists, be a law to yourselves that mental malpractice cannot harm you either when asleep or when awake.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 442 : 30-32

Forum post — “Replenish the Earth” by Parthens

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