Itís as easy and 1, 2, 3!


SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS NOTES Ė 9/15/02 Itís as easy and 1, 2, 3!

Theme of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures is found in nearly every paragraph and supports the Two Cardinal points of Christian Science and the Central Point of Christian Science.

THE CENTRAL POINT
The superiority of spiritual power over sensuous is the central point of Christian Science.-S&H.454.29.-31

TWO CARDINAL POINTS
The "man of sorrows" best understood the nothingness of material life and intelligence and the mighty actuality of all-inclusive God, good. These were the two cardinal points of mind-healing, or Christian Science, which armed him with Love. -S&H 52:19-23

You will find that nearly every paragraph is about Truth vs. error, mortal mind vs. divine Mind; corporeal vs. incorporeal, matter vs. Spirit, human vs. divine, mortal vs. immortal and so forth. Basically the bookís theme is the allness of God, good and the nothingness, powerlessness of error. Open the book to any page and look for the comparison.

Our textbook is divided into two main sections:

1. Science and Health
Look at the last chapter: Recapitulation. These questions and answers are from Mrs. Eddyís classbook and is used by Christian Science Teachers when you go through class. (and you will go through class.) Now look at the last page of the last chapter. You will find the six Tenets of Christian Science. Now go to the last Tenet and you will find six promises:

1. Watch
2. Pray for that mind to be in you which was also in Christ Jesus
3. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
4. Be merciful
5. Be just
6. Be pure

2. Key to the Scriptures
a. Genesis
b. Apocalypse (Revelation)
c. Glossary (of Bible terms according to Christian Science)

Letís go back to that first promise to watch. You asked this morning how to watch and what to watch for. We read the following: My 232:9-27 np (to ))

WATCHING versus WATCHING OUT

Comment on an Editorial which Appeared in the Christian Science Sentinel, September 23, 1905

Our Lord and Master left to us the following sayings as living lights in our darkness: "What I say unto you I say unto all, Watch" (Mark 13 : 37);

Here we ask: Are Christ's teachings the true authority for Christian Science? They are. Does the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," read on page 252, "A knowledge of error and of its operations must precede that understanding of Truth which destroys error, until the entire mortal, material error finally disappears, and the eternal verity, man created by and of Spirit, is understood and recognized as the true likeness of his Maker"? It does. If so-called watching produces fear or exhaustion and no good results, does that watch accord with Jesus' saying? It does not. Can watching as Christ demands harm you? It cannot. Then should not "watching out" mean, watching against a negative watch, alias, no watch, and gaining the spirit of true watching, even the spirit of our Master's command? It must mean that.
Is there not something to watch in yourself, in your daily life, since "by their fruits ye shall know them," which prevents an effective watch? Otherwise, wherefore the Lord's Prayer, "Deliver us from evil"? And if this something, when challenged by Truth, frightens you, should you not put that out instead of putting out your watch? I surely should. Then are you not made better by watching? I am. Which should we prefer, ease or dis-ease in sin? Is not discomfort from sin better adapted to deliver mortals from the effects of belief in sin than ease in sin? and can you demonstrate over the effects of other people's sins by indifference thereto? I cannot.


Christian Science is never difficult to understand. If you are finding it complicated or difficult then you do not really get it. The beauty of it is in its simplicity. We will work on
that together this year.

Turn to Mis. 107. The following on line 14 is an extract from Mrs. Eddyís very first address in The Mother Church. Look how simple the message is:

Three cardinal points must be gained before poor humanity is regenerated and Christian Science is demonstrated: (1) A proper sense of sin; (2) repentance; (3) the understanding of good.

Letís close with a simple definition of sin: Sin is knowing something is wrong and doing it anyway or knowing something is right and not doing it. See sin as nothing (not part of you), quit sinning and understand good. Itís as simple as 1, 2, 3.

For those who were here for the first time this morning, I hope you enjoyed it. See you all in two weeks.


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