Writings on Passover By: Mary Baker Eddy

“To-day you have come to a sumptuous feast, to one that for many years has been awaiting you. The guests are distinguished above human title and this feast is a Passover. To sit at this table of their Lord and partake of what divine Love hath prepared for them, Christian Scientists start forward with true ambition” (Message to The Mother Church, 1900 p.15).

“Our great Master administered to his disciples the Passover, or last supper, without this prerogative being conferred by a visible organization and ordained priesthood. His spiritually prepared breakfast, after his resurrection, and after his disciples had left their nets to follow him, is the spiritual communion which Christian Scientists celebrate in commemoration of the Christ. This ordinance is significant as a type of the true worship, and it should be observed at present in our churches” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896 p. 90).

“When Jesus directed his disciples to prepare for the material passover, which spiritually speaking is the passover from sense to Soul, he bade them say to the good-man of the house: ‘The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? and he shall show you a large upper room furnished:  there make ready.’

In obedience to this command may these communicants come with the upper chambers of thought prepared for the reception of Truth — with hope, faith, and love ready to partake of the bread that cometh down from heaven, and to “drink of his blood” — to receive into their affections and lives the inspiration which giveth victory over sin, disease, and death” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany p. 156).

“The Passover, spiritually discerned, is a wonderful passage over a tear-filled sea of repentance — which of all human experience is the most divine; and after this Passover cometh victory, faith, and good works” (Message to The Mother Church, 1900 p. 15).

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Thoughts for beginners

Thoughts from our friend and fellow seeker, Violet Snow, of Truth.

If, like me, you didn’t grow up in Christian Science but came to it on your own, you might feel confused by some of what you read. In the past year and a half, as I try to grasp these new and wonderful but challenging ideas, The Sentinel articles have been enormously helpful to me. But sometimes I have wished for more of a beginner’s guide on how to navigate the learning process.

Now that I am starting to have a more established practice, I thought other beginners might benefit from my reflections on my baby steps.

One day when I was feeling especially frustrated in my efforts to understand what Science and Health was trying to tell me, I managed to sit still for five minutes and got a message from God.

“You are making progress here in kindergarten,” God said. “I know you think you’re supposed to get all A’s, but this is just kindergarten. If you already knew this stuff, you’d either be bored or you wouldn’t be here. You’re supposed to be in kindergarten, struggling, that’s how it works.”

Some people, especially if they’re in a life-and-death situation, have instantaneous revelations, but for me, learning has been a slow, gradual process. Here’s how it might go:

At first you remember maybe once a day, or once a week, to pause and look at a situation through the lens of God as All-in-All. It’s God as everything, God as perfect, and us as expressions of that perfection, despite the evidence of our materially conditioned senses. It’s a radical idea, that God is everything, including us, and it’s not so easy to remember to think that way.

Okay, so you start small, and once in a while, you get a whisper of joy when you think about the possibility of perceiving yourself as part of a divine whole with infinite potential. You get a little taste of how love can encompass you and everything you do, even if most of the time you’re not aware of it. Those little moments come and go, and after a while, you find yourself really attracted to the kind of thinking that evokes them.

You start to read more, you try to empty your mind once in a while and listen for the voice that comes in with surprisingly wise comments that bring up little spurts of love. You remember to do that more and more.

Then something upsets you and wipes it all away. You can’t get there, can’t get that little burst to happen in your soul. You try and try, and it doesn’t work. You read Mrs. Eddy’s words, “Emerge gently from matter into Spirit,” so you try to calm down, but you’re feeling thwarted.

You renounce spiritual practice. But the ideas are still rattling around in your head. Maybe you get sick, and you have lots of time to try it out again, since you can’t do much else. You keep trying and succeeding and failing, and you get down to a deeper level, where the understanding is there at your fingertips more of the time.

You remember more often, maybe five times a day, maybe even once an hour on some days, that the feeling you cherish is near at hand. You apply the ideas more often, trying to grasp their meaning in different situations. You read more, you have a little talk with God most mornings, you spend a little more time in that expanded state because you’re getting more adept at getting there. Your joy leaks out to other people, and you start feeling that the work is not only for you but can help others, just by osmosis.

As Jesus said, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”

Then just when you’re starting to feel like you’ve made progress, you get thrown into some violent upset, and it’s all gone again, and you start over–but it’s closer than it used to be. The upset doesn’t remain quite as long as it used to. You get the feeling you’re on a very long path, and you want to keep going.

Mrs. Eddy writes, “Each successive stage of experience unfolds new views of divine goodness and love.”

Maybe you never get out of kindergarten, but that’s okay. There are no grades, and you’re right where you need to be.

S&H 485:14

S&H 66:6

John 15:11 

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Belief and Its Effect on Our Health

A guest post by Russ Gerber, Spokesperson for the Christian Science church.

Penny Sarchet doesn’t think of herself as a detective, but she’s been acting like one. She recently received a prize for her science essay on the nocebo effect, one of the winning entries in a writing contest sponsored by the Wellcome Trust in association with theGuardian and The Observer, who have been on the lookout throughout the UK for the next generation of outstanding science writers.

Like any good detective, Sarchet carefully examined the evidence, the scientific research, on nocebos (harmful effects linked to a harmless substance — the opposite of placebo effect). This led her to some compelling observations about the link between a negative mental state and physical suffering.

She saw that in a doctor-patient relationship the patient’s belief makes a world of difference as to that person’s health. What a doctor says and what the patient believes may be more closely tied to the patient’s outcome than what the doctor does physically.

If a doctor’s warnings about possible negative side effects increases the likelihood of the patient experiencing pain or suffering, as research consistently suggests will happen, the leading culprit is the patient’s mental state. Fear or a deep pessimism that they won’t get better can be the underlying enemy to health. Sachet concludes: “As scientists begin to determine how the nocebo works, we would do well to use their findings to manage that most 21st century of all diseases — anxiety.”

The flip-side of the belief coin is the health benefit linked to a positive mental state — the placebo effect.

According to a landmark review published earlier this year, positive expectations are associated with better health. Science Daily reported that the reviewers of more than 160 studies on the mind-body connection were shocked by the consistency they saw in the data. Over and over the evidence showed that a person’s positive beliefs are a strong influence for good on their health.

Exploration of a mind-body connection has a rich history, even crossing into other disciplines. I recently reviewed the research and medical experiments conducted in the last half of the 19th century by Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science Church. Her conclusions parallel what today’s researchers discover as they connect the dots of a placebo and nocebo effect. She noted: “The physical side of this research was aided by hints from homeopathy, sustaining my final conclusion that mortal belief, instead of the drug, governed the action of material medicine.” She wrote in greater depth about her research and the connection she saw of a patient’s belief to his or her health in her book Science and Health.

What’s the bigger picture here? The sleuth instinct in us may sense a need to revise our fundamental assumptions about health and rethink our health practices.

If the root driver of the body’s health (good or bad) lies in what’s occupying our mind, we should be much more alert to what’s tugging at us for attention.

Most people don’t question how often they hear, read, ruminate on and talk about unhealthiness. They take for granted that the risks, symptoms, aches and pains they hear about and are familiar with are involuntary. Since they don’t question such thinking they don’t realize the good effect that comes from reversing it. And that they can.

Why not seriously explore what adds to hope? Find out what builds confidence. What thoughts and conversation about health counteracts fear rather than adding to it? Learn how an increase in spirituality — compassion, prayer, forgiveness and the like — grounds us in positive expectations and purges negative ones, which could have a positive impact on our health.

Sooner or later we’ll see for ourselves what Penny Sarchet and countless others have uncovered — that what we take in, what we believe, has a correlation to our health. The days of thinking that the body operates independent of our beliefs about it are fading away.

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The article can also be found at: The Huffington Post
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Ancient Wisdom Benefits Modern Health Care

A guest post by Russ Gerber, Spokesperson for the Christian Science church.

The rising tide of health information — from advertising, studies, statistics, media reports, personal advice and professional opinions — has reached flood level. As anyone who has experienced a real flood will tell you, the challenge is keeping your head above water and not getting swept away by rushing currents.

And it’s not just the sheer quantity of information that’s worrying, it’s the questionable quality as well.

Drs. Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband, co-authors of “Your Medical Mind,” have seen the conflicting medical research, the sometimes dangerously misleading drug advertisements, the professional disagreement among physicians regarding tests, diagnoses and appropriate treatment, and in their book they ask the obvious question: “How do you know what is right for you?”

Experts and authority figures may not have the best answer to that question, they say, but there are ways to cut through the confusion and make wiser individual health care choices.

Think carefully about your choices before making them, for one thing. Don’t back down from the decision-making process. Patients make clearer choices if they’re aware of the biases and influences that obscure their thought.

Some doctors, too, recognize that individual patients may not be best served by routinely applying the clinical model that guides physicians. The best choice for the patient may be for the doctor to do nothing. Dr. Danielle Ofri wrote in New York Times piece that “while insurance companies won’t reimburse for deliberation, and report cards pointedly penalize, it’s interesting to consider that there are many patients who may have been saved by inertia.”

Most people will tell you that doing nothing, physically, isn’t exactly doing nothing. The body may be stationary while the mind is as active as ever. Someone’s whole life can change for the better simply as a result of a burst of inspiration or a sudden change of attitude.

Those who make it a practice to set aside quiet time to connect spiritually — to pray, to watch for wisdom, to nurture compassion, to shut out distractions and fight off fears — describe the experience as quiet outwardly but freeing mentally. They feel an inner peace and often a renewal of energy from a divine source. They also talk about feeling healthier as they overcome limitations and anxieties and stop relating to the steady stream of at-risk scares that drug advertising sends their way.

It’s empowering to discover how positively the body responds to a fearless mind — to a more spiritual state of consciousness. Even a majority of doctors in the U.S. recognize the benefits of spirituality in health. It’s a completely natural way to improve health and well-being, and we all have the ability to exercise it right now.

Who knows, maybe the Psalmist who said “Be still and know that I am God” also learned the physical as well as mental benefit of having quiet time and space in which to feel the presence of the Divine. In any case, it’s ancient wisdom that may be coming to our rescue in the surging waters of today’s health care information.

Follow Russ Gerber on Twitter: www.twitter.com/@russgerber
The article can also be found at: The Huffington Post
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Can a Shift in Thought Push us Past Limitations?

A guest post by Tony Lobl, Christian Science practitioner and blogger in England. You can find him on his blog, “Healing neither myth nor miracle.”

Around the country sportsmen and sportswomen are diligently preparing for the London Olympics.

Everyone wants to do the best they can and, if possible, perform better than they ever have before. Most are committed to competing and winning fairly although a few might be struggling with the temptation to take drugs to enhance their performance.

But what if we find ourselves pressed up against a limit we are apparently unable to get beyond, whether in sports or in our day to day routines? Is that the end of the story?

An experiment recently conducted by Northumbrian University Head of Sports Medicine and Exercise Science suggests it might not be.

The research was focusing on the influence of deception. However, the results also illustrate how physiological limitations we have come to accept for ourselves might not be as final as we believe.

Dr Kevin Thompson and colleagues had nine male cyclists pedal the equivalent of 4,000 meters on stationary bikes. In front of each was a screen showing two computer-generated avatars. One represented the speed of the cyclist himself, the other avatar was going at a pace he was told represented his baseline performance, which had been previously measured over that distance.

Without letting on to the cyclists, the second avatar was actually programmed to ride faster than the cyclist’s best time by using two percent more power. That represents an increase in speed sufficient to make the difference between first and last place in a 4,000m race.

Despite the second avatar’s added power the cyclists kept pace all the way to the finish line, each significantly bettering their previous best.

In an interview with The New York Times Dr. Thompson said the improved results observed in his experiment are “not just day-to-day variability, but a true change in performance.”

How could that occur?

The survey concludes that cyclists are operating with something in reserve even when they are stretched to the limit and “this reserve can be accessed following deception.”

If there is still something in reserve when we are tricked into believing we can perform better, what might it take to access that extra capacity without being duped or taking steroids and other banned substances?

Not just athletes but people in all walks of life use the “believe in yourself” approach to help push their performance boundaries. Others take a different approach by focusing on spiritual values like gratitude, calmness and joy to identify, challenge and overcome limitations.

An inspiring example of the latter is Punjab-born Londoner Fauja Singh. He recently completed the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 3,850th place after eight hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds, ahead of five other competitors.

Not the greatest result? Not bad for a centenarian, though! Mr Singh’s 100th birthday was in April this year.

Said the retired farmer: “‘The secret to a long and healthy life is to be stress-free. If there’s something you can’t change then why worry about it? Be grateful for everything you have, stay away from people who are negative, stay smiling and keep running.”

Could the real issue of deception perhaps be a question of self-deception? Are we often being duped into taking on board limitations we don’t have to?

No doubt research will continue to probe this and other possible implications of experiments like the Northumbrian study and performances like Mr Singh’s.

In the meantime perhaps the rest of us can take heart from these pointers and challenge some of the limitations in our lives.

Follow Tony Lobl on Twitter: www.twitter.com/@tonylobl

The article can be found at: Huffington Post UK

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Health and Leisure

A guest post by Bob Clark, Committee on Publication for Florida

The “Healthy Living” section at Aol’s internet newspaper carries a timely article by Russ Gerber titled, Better Leisure Time, Better Health.


It contains an unusual definition of “leisure” by German philosopher, Joseph Pieper, whose modern thought was deeply rooted in the venerable teachings of Plato and St. Thomas Aquinas.

“Leisure is the disposition of receptive understanding, of contemplative beholding, and immersion — in the real.” Joseph Pieper

Gerber amplifies this definition by telling us that,

“This reality we’re to immerse ourselves in transcends the ordinary stuff of the world that we hold in our hands and see with our eyes and that we’ve been taught is foundational to existence. What we can experience during periods of stillness, when we contemplate the nature of things, is a glimpse of life as it really is.

Our thought is drawn to the idea that life is spiritual. Instead of thinking of time away from routine obligations as merely escape, think of it as the freedom to contemplate the nature and harmony of the things of the spirit, and to experience the rewarding effect such a state of thought can have on your attitude and health.”

Great to know that modern thinkers…and bloggers….are tapping into some ancient wisdom from the world’s best thinkers and translating it into modern modes of healthy thought.

 

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“Worshipping Prozac” by Bob Clark

Here is a great post from Colleague, Bob Clark, Committee on Publication for Florida.

Worshipping Prozac

“Over the past quarter of a century, Americans have been gobbling up antidepressants like M&Ms. Now there are scientists claiming that these same antidepressants are about as effective as M&Ms. Oddly enough, the argument has all the zeal of a religious debate”.

So begins an article in yesterday’s St. Petersburg Times, titled “Not so sure when there’s a pill, there’s a way”.

It turns out that in 1993 Dr. Peter Kramer published a blockbuster bestseller called Listening to Prozac. Kramer claimed in the book that Prozac and other SSRIs (selective serotonin uptake inhibitors) provided a near miraculous cure for depression. For those whose faith in the power of drugs may have reached an almost religious zeal, the reality has turned out to be more nightmare than miracle. Listening to Prozac, or to Dr. Kramer for that matter, was maybe not such a great idea.

Gordon Marino, author of the Times article quoted above, is a professor of philosophy, director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College and ethics fellow at the Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuropharmacology at the University of Minnesota. Marino refers to Dr. Kramer as the “John the Baptist of the new anti-depressants” (new in 1993).

By 2008, Marino tells us, 8.9 percent of Americans were on anti-depressants, and now Dr. Kramer is on the defensive. A few weeks ago, he published an article in the New York Times called, “In Defense of Antidepressants”. He claimed that “…it is dangerous for the press to hammer away at the theme that antidepressants are placebos. They’re not. To give the impression that they are is to cause needless suffering.”

A new book by Irving Kirsch called, The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth reveals that a number of recent studies show that the supposed powers of these Prozac type drugs are apparently nothing more than a placebo effect since the placebos given were 82 percent as effective as the drugs.

Later in his St. Pete Times article, Marino makes this interesting comment: “For many, belief in the possibility of divine assistance has been replaced by a blind faith in the idea that where there is a pill there’s a way. That this kind of trust in pharmaceuticals has become an important article of secular faith is echoed in the fact that seriously questioning their usefulness and value can, a la Kramer, trigger a response that is not far from the charge of heresy.”

Marino’s religious phrasing is interesting. Perhaps he sees what many others have seen; that we worship at the altar of pharmacology at our own peril.

As our nation recovers from its drug worshipping phase, which it must and will do, religion will continue to offer permanent and transformational answers to depression. No pharmaceutical giants, doctor’s prescriptions, or government assistance is needed, just an open mind and the willingness to explore spiritual solutions.

Below are several examples of open minds finding freedom from depression through religious faith.

Clinical depression healed
“Drug free answers to treating depression”

There are many thousands more where these come from.

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Truth’s humanity

-          This is the final post on our discovery journey that started with a discussion on how Christian Science prayer heals through our understanding, application and demonstration of the Laws of God – Truth as based on the teaching and practice of Christ Jesus and its healing efficacy today, rediscovered by Mary Baker Eddy as revealed in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

 -          Our mission was to clarify what is Christian Science healing – in the vernacular of Christian Science jargon “Knowing the Truth.”

-          The discovery of Truth led us to the seven synonyms for God which open the full spectrum of how we pray in Christian Science. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Prayer in Christian Science is discovery not recovery and is based on a desire to let God’s ever-presence be realized – and knowing that God is always good in evidence of peace, joy, health and holiness.

-          Christian Science prayer is healing through turning to God for solutions to any and all human problems. It is not blind faith, will power, mental suggestion, or mere positive thinking. It is understanding God in demonstration of reflection as created in His image and after His likeness. We discover this reflection in the spectrum of light, revealed through the seven synonyms for God – Mind. Soul, Spirit, Principle, Life, Truth, Love and experienced by our divine coincidence with Truth. Our discovery and understanding of God reveals our identity and individuality in consciousness which is thus reflected in being – the Truth of our image, our identity (oneness) with God and of our likeness, our individuality (sameness) with God.

-          Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health “Mankind will improve through Science and Christianity. The necessity for uplifting the race is father to the fact that Mind can do it; for Mind can impart purity instead of impurity, strength instead of weakness, and health instead of disease. Truth is an alterative in the entire system, and can make it ‘every whit whole’” (page 371). What does alterative mean? The dictionary suggests it is “the act or choice, likely or able to produce a change or modification.” It is important to also remember that the all powerful and always present sunlight of Truth invigorates and purifies our human experience in many important ways!

-          Each of us have our own epiphany in Truth discovery and I loved Bob Vessel’s comment in further discovery of his freedom – he writes: “Your opening statement about knowing the truth shall make you free is on the wall at a Christian Science church that I have the pleasure of visiting from time to time as it is on the walls of many Christian Science churches. So over the years I have seen it a lot. But at this particular church in Saratoga Springs the statement took on special meaning for me. As I sat down in this church several weeks ago I looked at the statement which is on the left hand side of the wall in the front of the church. I thought to myself —What is this truth that will set us free? I found the answer to that question on the wall in the middle of the church. ‘God is Love’ Clearly that is the truth that will set us free! Then I thought to myself — Well how will that freedom be manifested in our human experience? I found the answer to this, my final question, in a statement on the right hand side of the wall of that church.  ‘Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need’ (Science and Health p.494:10).  I feel certain that the statement about truth setting us free will take on special meaning to me from now on, and as I have been pondering this I thought of Mrs. Eddy’s statement: ‘The depth, breadth, height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all space. That is enough!’ (Science and Health p. 510:3-5) ‘Free at last. Thank God I am free at last.’”

-          In opening the view to our seven synonyms – windows to Truth, Mary Baker Eddy writes in her work entitled, No and Yes, “True prayer is not asking God for love; it is learning to love, and to include all mankind in one affection. Prayer is the utilization of the love wherewith He loves us. Prayer begets an awakened desire to be and do good. It makes new and scientific discoveries of God, of His goodness and power. It shows us more clearly than we saw before, what we already have and are; and most of all, it shows us what God is” (p.39).

-          “If the kingdom of God is understood as the consciousness of divine Truth-of the infinite, divine Principle, Love-then healing is indeed an evidence of the appearing of this consciousness in human experience. As individuals, we all still have a great deal to learn as to how to demonstrate more effectively the infinite power of good, or God. But the way has been made clear, and we can rejoice for the progress already made as well as the boundless possibilities ahead” (Christian Science: A Sourcebook for contemporary materials p.125-126).

Note: The blog intends to move on with application of our Truth discovery to healing impositions on Christian Science – relevant to today’s specific challenges to humanity – TruManity – be there!

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Know the Truth – “The substance of things hoped for” (1)

-          This blog has been focused on discovery of “Know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free” (John 8:32) or knowing the Truth, which is Christian Science jargon for spiritual healing.
-          We settled on to know the Truth is to demonstrate an understanding of God through the seven synonyms that in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures defines God as the “The great I AM” (p. 587), Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love (p.465).
-          We discussed these truths in their healing efficacy of all sin, sickness and death as taught and practiced by Christ Jesus in admonishing and inspiring us to greater works.
-          We used the testament of David and Goliath to frame in consciousness a picture of the full spectrum (seven synonyms for God) and their spiritual meaning within the descriptive power of Truth (David) and their application to the destruction (with a polished stone) of any of life’s challenges (Goliaths).
-          We made reference to the seven synonyms as seven polished stones – polished by their continual use in demonstrating the presence of the Christ Spirit – God.
-          In final furtherance to our discovery discussion, George Henke, in his recent comment to the blog gives us an excellent “key” to the spiritual significance of “stone,” as a spiritual metaphor for the seven synonyms for God as provided by Mary Baker Eddy in her book Miscellaneous Writings where she says “But, say you, is a stone spiritual? To erring material sense, No! but to unerring spiritual sense, it is a small manifestation of Mind, a type of spiritual substance, ‘the substance of things hoped for.’ Mortals can know a stone as substance, only by first admitting that it is substantial. Take away the mortal sense of substance, and the stone itself would disappear, only to reappear in the spiritual sense thereof” (p. 27: 27-2).
-          George further provides another Mary Baker Eddy “key” to the significance of the discovery (educational) process as essential to know (understand) the Truth (God) so as to live in the Christ (idea). “The entire purpose of true education is to make one not only know the truth but live it — to make one enjoy doing right, make one not work in the sunshine and run away in the storm, but work midst clouds of wrong, injustice, envy, hate; and wait on God, the strong deliverer, who will reward righteousness and punish iniquity. ‘As thy days, so shall thy strength be’” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany p. 525: 10-17).
-          Finally, in The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany it states “Goodness never fails to receive its reward, for goodness makes life a blessing. As an active portion of one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man with universal good.” It continues, “Rise above the oft-repeated inquiry, What am I? to the scientific response:  I am able to impart truth, health, and happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason for existing” (p. 165: 15-22). “Rock. Spiritual foundation; Truth” (Science and Health p. 593).
Christian Science Health Care – Patient centered, rock solid, polished perfect, “the evidence of things not seen” (1)!

(1)   Hebrews 11:1

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Prophetic Truth – “Deity which outlines but is not outlined” (1)

In II Corinthians 10:3,4 Paul writes, (3) “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (4)  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;).”

The following guest post by Bob Vessels, CS, Christian Science Practitioner, is his testimony to the last blog post “The Truth – Seven Smooth Stones”:

“Sometime ago I found myself spending a great deal of time pondering the significance of what Mrs. Eddy had written on page 151 of Science and Health where she tells us that: ‘Fear never stopped being and its action. The blood, heart, lungs, brain, etc., have nothing to do with Life, God. Every function of the real man is governed by the divine Mind. The human mind has no power to kill or to cure, and it has no control over God’s man. The divine Mind that made man maintains His own image and likeness. The human mind is opposed to God and must be put off, as St. Paul declares. All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal.’ I took portions of this statement and thought about them a great deal; they became what I called ‘ponderables.’ I thought of the significance of the statement that ‘Every function of the real man is governed by the divine Mind’ (Science and Health p. 151). I realized the significance of the statement that when the divine Mind made man and than said OK lets see what you can do with what I have made. No you see that same Mind maintained what was made in a state of perfection so that it could be a continuing part of God’s ‘very good’ creation. At the time when I was pondering all of the powerful statements on page 151 of Science and Health I didn’t realize that I was busy polishing one of the seven synonyms for God because I was going to need  it to destroy a Goliath that was about to challenge me in combat. When this Goliath straight at me my ‘stone,’ Mind was already polished so I would be victorious. What was that Goliath you might ask? Well here is your answer. My wife woke me up late at night before we were going to go on a trip indicating she was passing out. I got up and went to her in the bathroom as she passed out in my arms. I thought do I call 911 and realized that I already had an immediate answer for this emergency, Goliath, in what I had been pondering, polishing, so I used each and every one of the facts about Mind that I had thought about for weeks. My wife responded to me with a statement about expunge and turned, expelled a golf sized object from her mouth into the toilet. She than tells me she is OK and went to bed. I continued to pray before I went back to bed. Needless to say we left for our trip as we had planned on the next day. [More details about this healing can be found on pages 58 & 59 of the March 1997 Journal] Some would say that I was prayed up. I believe I had polished an important stone in our arsenal for destroying false beliefs. Am I done polishing this stone? No way this is a continuing lifetime process. What I know now about the unfathomable Mind and it’s expression is way beyond what I new on the night that I was called on to bring healing to a discordant condition that had tried to disrupt my life.  I am in the polishing business and Paul’s Blog has got me busy working with a very important Goliath destroying stone, Truth. In closing let me urge you to keep polishing!”

Mary Baker Eddy gives us some polish when she writes in Science and Health “MAN. …the full representation of Mind” and “MIND.  The only I, or Us; the only Spirit, Soul, divine Principle, substance, Life, Truth, Love; …or God, of whom man is the full and perfect expression;” (p.591).

The magnificent Seven – ponderables!

(1) Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p.591

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