12/19/99 Unto Us A Child Is Born

Notes and References from Sunday School December 19, 1999 Unto Us A Child Is BornÖ

If you were having your first child what question would you immediately want to know about your baby? Is he okay? Is it a boy or girl? How much does he weigh? Whatís he look like, is he wonderful? Well letís answer those questions as if the newborn were the reflection of God. Letís answer those questions as though the child were the perfect idea or God sent angel. Mrs. Eddy did that and her answers are below. First letís look at the reference she was quoting from Isiaih:

Isa 9:6,7 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Mis 167:1-2 np The material questions at this age on the reappearing of the infantile thought of God's man, are after the manner of a mother in the flesh, though their answers pertain to the spiritual idea, as in Christian Science:--

Is he deformed? He is wholly symmetrical; the one altogether lovely.

Is the babe a son, or daughter? Both son and daughter: even the compound idea of all that resembles God.

How much does he weigh? His substance outweighs the material world.

How old is he? Of his days there is no beginning and no ending.

What is his name? Christ Science.

Who are his parents, brothers, and sisters? His Father and Mother are divine Life, Truth, and Love; and they who do the will of his Father are his brethren.

Is he heir to an estate? "The government shall be upon his shoulder!" He has dominion over the whole earth; and in admiration of his origin, he exclaims, "I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes!" Is he wonderful? His works thus prove him. He giveth power, peace, and holiness; he exalteth the lowly; he giveth liberty to the captive, health to the sick, salvation from sin to the sinner--and overcometh the world!

(As a side note, this ties in with what we discussed about sexual activity two weeks ago. S&H 61:29

The formation of mortals must greatly improve to advance mankind. The scientific morale of marriage is spiritual unity. If the propagation of a higher human species is requisite to reach this goal, then its material conditions can only be permitted for the purpose of generating. The foetus must be kept mentally pure and the period of gestation have the sanctity of virginity. )

Canít we answer these questions about anyone? When we do we are actually loving that person, according to Christian Science. We are loving them because we are recognizing what God knows about them. The answers to those questions are, in fact, a treatment in Christian Science. This treatment does not contain a single material element. Therefore there is no material element to hide the idea of God from your thought or, for that matter, the world. Look at this reference from Mis:

Mis 152:22 Thus founded upon the rock of Christ, when storm and tempest beat against this sure foundation, you, safely sheltered in the strong tower of hope, faith, and Love, are God's nestlings; and He will hide you in His feathers till the storm has passed. Into His haven of Soul there enters no element of earth to cast out angels, to silence the right intuition which guides you safely home.

S&H 581:4 ANGELS. God's thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality.

To take this thought further, you can work right now for your new-born, your future family, career, etc. Give a treatment for yourself and establish the expectancy of good. The opposite thought, goverened by earthly fear is the expectancy of possible evil. Thatís called malpractice. Tis reference from Eccliastes gives you the authority to work right now for your future happiness:

Eccl 3:15 15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

With regard to the class question about why Mrs. Eddy stated that women should stay in the home and men in business (exact citations below), it is important to note that Mrs. Eddy was referring to the importance of women in preventing crime, establishing strong homes and families and was that she was the strongest educator. The man shouldnít be expected to do that and support the family. Nor should the womanís role in raising a family have to be thought of a secondary or less important. She was not saying the women shouldnít be successful in business or that men shouldnít be involved in the home. Her writings and her life proved that she believed in full equality of the sexes.

S&H 59:7 Mutual compromises will often maintain a compact which might otherwise become unbearable. Man should 9 not be required to participate in all the annoyances and cares of domestic economy, nor should woman be expected to understand political economy. Fulfilling the different demands of their united spheres, their sympathies should blend in sweet confidence and cheer, each partner sustaining the other,--thus hallowing the union of interests and affections, in which the heart finds peace and home.

S&H 517:8 The ideal man corresponds to creation, to intelligence, and to Truth. The ideal woman corresponds to Life and to Love. In divine Science, we have not as much authority for considering God masculine, as we have for considering Him feminine, for Love imparts the clearest idea of Deity.

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