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True Christianity

  • A prayer for the social/economic upheaval of the world

    "It is 'a consummation devoutly to be wished' that all nations shall speedily learn and practise the intermediate line of justice between the classes and masses of mankind, and thus exemplify in all things the universal equity of Christianity.” (Miscellany)

    "In all things the universal equity of Christianity" is the will of divine Love.

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  • Any higher Christianity than this?

    Imagine a woman with no formal religious training, in an age long before women had the right to vote, and certainly, in religious circles, outrageous to think a woman could have a divine revelation! writing the selection below (Science and Health, Mary Baker Glover, published in 1875):

    Is there any higher Christianity than this?  

    It is either heresy, or the clearest articulation of Jesus' Christianity. You decide. 

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  • Are you challenged when you study?

    One of the biggest traps for those who "study" Christian Science is to get a high from it - a high which actually stunts spiritual growth! If the study does not translate into a change in how we think and act once we leave the proverbial "prayer chair," then it is actually harmful, for it produces self-satisfaction in place of spiritual growth!!

    Please bring something from your study of Science and Health that challenges you, NOT something you agree with - something you realize you do not do, NOT something that you are already do.

    Once you find the challenge, look for something in the Bible and or S&H that may help in facing the challenge.

    PLAYBACK of session on Are you challenged when you study?  

     

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  • Can universal love and intolerance co-exist?

    The following earth-shaking chapter in the Bible presents a challenge to any thinking person. On the one hand, it declares, for the first time anywhere, that God IS love. Nothing could be more universal! On the other hand, it makes a statement that has given rise to the worst intolerance among Christians! 

    I John 4  

    "Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist." What gives? Here is my take:

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  • God is love. Is love God?

    If someone loves to love, does that mean they believe in God? Of course we are not talking about the sham of personal affection which fluctuates depending upon circumstance - but about the universal love which loves no matter who is there, no matter what.

    When Jesus said that the first commandment was to love God above all, he then made the astounding declaration that the second commandment, to love your neighbor as yourself, was like unto the first - in other words loving your neighbor as yourself equates to loving God!! To make it abundantly clear, Jesus followed with the parable of the Good Samaritan: a Levite and a priest, both professers of loving God, avoided a beaten up and robbed man alongside the road, while the Samaritan, of a despised class of “non-believers”, stopped to help the victim, took him to an inn, paid for his stay as long as he needed it. The Samaritan did not know the victim from Adam, yet risked his own well-being to help him.

    The takeaway is that the Good Samaritan demonstrated his love of God, while the Levite and priest, though esteemed religionists, demonstrated that they did not love God at all. Profession counts for nothing before the Judgement Seat of Love.  

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  • How to approach God, Life

    TEXT:

    "We approach God, or Life, in proportion to our spirituality, our fidelity to Truth and Love;" (S&H, p.95:6-9)

    DISCUSSION:

    Please bring examples of fidelity to Truth and Love from the Bible, and any correlative you may find in the writings of Mary Baker Eddy.

    Consider how you might do better in this department.

    Identify misconceptions of spirituality which skip this requirement, and why this is bad!

    Playback of session on How to approach God  

     

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  • I John 2 - no vicarious atonement!

    Study this chapter, I John 2, with a critical eye, challenging what is contained in the chapter - be ready with questions and answers.

    We will read it together, and discuss each few verses.

    Playback of session on I John 2 - no vicarious atonement  

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  • No Truth needed at a Super Bowl party?

    Is there anything in my life that is outside of the jurisdiction of Truth? Do I ever get a break from God? Silly, isn't it. But ironically church "culture" tends to cultivate this. A special place to worship, special times to pray, a life segregated into church activities and "other" activities...

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  • Peace on earth, good will towards men - revisited

    This Christ message, so prevalent during the Christmas Season - where does it come from? I used to think it was the feeling of relief when all the rushing stopped on Christmas morning. But now it is apparent the message is HUGE, embracing all mankind.

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  • Practical import of Mind imparting, etc.

    TEXT: 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." (S&H)

    DISCUSSION: 

    What is the practical import of "Mind can impart purity instead of impurity..."?  How does It work?

    What is the practical import of "Truth is an alterative in the entire system, and can make it 'every whit whole.' "?  Where does It operate?

    Hi-lites of session on Practical import of Mind imparting  

     

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  • Realization vs Understanding vs Knowing

    What might be the difference between realization, understanding and knowing? - using the woman's WWII experience (read in last session) as backdrop...

    Hi-lites of session on Realization vs understanding vs knowing  

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  • Self-awareness just does not work here

    Self-awareness receives a severe rebuke in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus specifically calls out three activities commonly associated with "good" people, alms-giving, prayer, and fasting. In all three cases, he makes it clear that if you are aware of how you look, how righteous you look, you will have your reward, self-satisfaction? But in order gain God's ear, so to speak, to align yourself with the Principle of being, self-awareness must be gone!

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  • Sinners are never saved?

    “Sinners are never saved.” (1st Ed S&H) To most Christians this is heresy. Their whole pitch of Christianity is that Jesus died for our sins! But what says Paul, the earliest documenter of Christianity (some contend, the most accurate)? “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” A sinner who stops sinning is dead! - no longer a sinner.

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  • Smooth sailing is anathema to progress

    Many hold smooth sailing, or easy progress, as the goal in life. The Socialist ideal is caring for people from the cradle to the grave, minimizing the bumps along the way.

    In business, in sports, in the arts, in research, in education, etc. smooth sailing is a recipe for failure - and it is an anathema to spiritual growth, to true Christian living. Why is this?

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  • Spirituality the only Christianity

    Why is it that so many today feel comfortable identifying themselves with spirituality rather than religion? This question is particularly relevant for those concerned about the diminishing presence and influence of Christianity in the Western world.

    Yes, the term spirituality has taken on a self-centered meaning for many. As described in Wikipedia, it can refer to “personal growth, blissful experience, or an encounter with one’s own ‘inner dimension.’” The Christian typically feels uncomfortable with such a definition because it is self-centered. But clearly, today there is a persistent yearning for something beyond the material or physical.

    Why are so many not finding it in Christian churches? Here is my take:

    If we consider the history of Western Civilization, in the 1700s, we find the introduction of empiricism, reality defined by the physical senses, a philosophy that became increasingly prominent, so that today it rules! If you cannot prove something scientifically, based upon empirical evidence, then it is not considered real. Prior to this, the things of Spirit were considered reality.

    Over the years, the Christian churches have done what any successful organization must do, ensure their perpetuity, which inevitably means drawing people into the flock and holding on to them. But the path of spirituality, cultivating our relationship with God is entirely individual and involves change (after all, the subject of infinity is hard to nail down!), which, unless it is encouraged by the church organization, it is suppressed by it! As was addressed in a past blog, God has become peripheral, and the yearning for something beyond the material is not being met for an increasing number who do not see joining a church group as a stepping stone to spirituality.

    Here is statement about Christianity followed by an observation made by Mary Baker Glover in 1875, more relevant than ever:

    Spirituality is the only Christianity; and its basis is, “to be absent from the body and present with the Lord;” sensuality is personality ever present with the body. We have already sufficient professions of goodness without the Spirit: too many religions and not enough Christianity is the genius of the age... What we want is, “Christ and Him crucified,” in other words, Truth and the cross-bearing that attends it, to make mankind better.

    Sensuality is personality ever present with the body -is another way of saying: "The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." (Romans) But how many Christians make this practical on the road to spiritualizing thought.

    We have already sufficient professions of goodness without the Spirit is addressed in a recent blog Good Intentions Pave the Way to Hell.

    The following are examples from the Bible that further support the premise "Spirituality is the only Christianity:"

    It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: (Jesus)

    But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (Jesus)

    Those sincerely seeking spirituality are hungering for the genuine Christian message as here expressed.

     

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  • The Christian entitled? Nonsense!

    Many Christian denominations promise salvation just by professing Jesus Christ and passing through the baptism ritual. Too often Christian Scientists assume they are a child of God just by claiming it! What utter nonsense!

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  • The Good Samaritan a Christian ideal

    "Be­lieving in God never made a Christian."  (1st Edition of Science and Health)

    What?? I spent a lifetime reciting the Nicene Creed (starts off with "I believe in...) which defines what a Christian must believe. Who did Mary Baker Glover think she was?

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  • Tit for Tat is not of Love

    This morning I read another challenging passage in the Bible (I look for the challenging passages!) Jesus taught that when you have guests over for dinner or whatever, don't invite your friends, family members or "important people", lest they reciprocate. Instead, invite "the poor, the lame, the maimed, the blind," those who cannot give back - and you will be blessed and rewarded "at the resurrection of the just." (Luke 14)

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  • Truth makes us free from what?

    This morning I opened to "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." (from Paul to the Galations)

    What's this all about? Free from what? Paul then went on to say "if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing." "Christ shall be of no effect unto you, whosoever are justified by the law." Ouch!! to those faithful church-going types who do everything they are supposed to do...

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  • What chance have we?

    We have a choice, although few choose... either everything is chance or there is no chance. Either existence is made up of good luck and bad luck, or there is no such thing as luck. If chance or luck is legitimate, then we are doomed to amoral non-intelligence, for that is what luck is.

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