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Embody Good, Overcome Suggestions of evil!
Metaphysical application ideas for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“God the Preserver of Man”
for Sunday, December 13, 2020

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, of House Springs, MO
Kerry.helen.jenkins@gmail.com 314-406-0041

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Sometimes I like to ask myself, "What am I looking for in my study of Christian Science?" (Sometimes I ask my patients this as well!) Are we focused on preserving ourselves from challenges, or "getting rid of them" as quickly as possible? There is nothing wrong with calling for help when facing difficulty, or studying more earnestly when we are in trouble of some kind!

Mary Baker Eddy puts it this way in this week's lesson: "Christian experience teaches faith in the right and disbelief in the wrong. It bids us work the more earnestly in times of persecution, because then our labor is more needed." (citation S23) But it is helpful to be clear in our thought that we are not an "outcome based" religion. That is, while we are certainly focused on daily demonstration of our faith and understanding of God and His Christ, we are doing this out of our deep love for God, our desire to understand the power and presence of Good, not out of a sense that if we do everything "right" we will receive something, such as God's love and protection. That would be a false understanding of God altogether, and will not set us on the rock that is spoken of in our Golden Text this week.

Our safety and preservation from all forms of evil is brought about here and now in our spiritual consciousness, no matter what we are humanly facing. This is a practical help, because as we understand this presence of God, we experience true peace, safety, limitless good, freedom from sin and sickness, on a human level. The two great examples of this in our lesson this week are those of Christ Jesus, and Saul/Paul. Yet, you might say, they both had violent deaths and both experienced beatings, among other things. This is true, but they undeniably demonstrated God's power and protection under a multitude of circumstances that presented evil as present and powerful. We have only a couple of these examples in this week's lesson, but they are many in the Bible. In the end, we have to ask ourselves if our life is enriched, made worthwhile, more joyful and satisfying, by accepting these examples for their great lessons of divinely Scientific salvation, or if we are going to accept all on a purely human level as a cosmic material battle between good and evil in the world.

Christian Science compels us to rise to a consciousness of divine reality right here and now. It does not prevent us from having challenges, indeed, these seem necessary to promote our spiritual growth. But, through an understanding of God that we can gain in our study of Christian Science, we are able to perceive the peace, beauty, and power of the divine right here in our human experience. In Philippians 4:7 we have this verse that illustrates this idea: "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." This is the peace and solid salvation spoken of in our Golden Text this week: "…The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; …the one who saves me from violence." (New Living Translation of the Bible—2 Samuel 22:2, 3 the one)

Section 1: We are not separate from God, therefore not separate from safety.

Our true security, ultimately, resides in the divine. That might sound a little lofty. So, this section gives us some pointers about how to demonstrate this and bring this safety into our day to day view. One necessary quality is courage, strength, or mental toughness. These qualities are already within us as God's reflection or "manifestation, or object" as we see in citations S3 and S5 (SH 304:9-14 and SH 471:17-19). We cannot be separate from our reflection; a reflection requires a source. In the same way we are not separate from our Father-Mother, Love. When things seem "dark" as it says in citation B4 (Ps. 18:28-30), we can express the courage to stick with what we know of Christian Science. This can be similar to how we are not deterred if a mist were to hide our reflection in a pond on a cool morning. We would calmly wait for the sun to burn away such obscuring mist to reveal our reflection.

Likewise, our reflection is not partial. It is complete. It reminds me of where in citation S4, Mary Baker Eddy is quoting John's statement about "perfect Love" and how it eliminates fear. (SH p. 410:14) This kind of "perfect" indicates the completeness or wholeness of divine Love which cannot include any part of evil. We cannot look for more than "allness". Citation S2 tells us: "’God is Love.’ More than this we cannot ask, higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go." (SH p. 6:17-18)

Section 2: We are safe from "tyranny, intolerance, and bloodshed". (SH 94:14)

While we have seen many theological explanations for the appearance of evil in a divinely created universe, Christian Science gives the most logical one. It is not a dualistic explanation, (a material and a spiritual creation), nor one that is too lofty to be of use to us in our human experience. We are told in citation S9 that "Tyranny, intolerance, and bloodshed, wherever found, arise from the belief that the infinite is formed after a pattern of mortal personality, passion, and impulse." (SH 94:14)

Why would the belief that God is a man-like, "spiritual" being, cause such things as tyranny, etc. to appear to us? Why would our concept (and others') of God, influence experience? There are a multitude of studies that scientifically show that our outlook on life can determine many things about our health, our success, our joy, and so on. If our view of God is one that is man-like, then God stands to play a very small, and largely useless role in our day to day existence. If, however, we see God the way Jesus showed us, God becomes a vital part of our very being.

We must be a part of God if his kingdom is within us, as Jesus said. This God, must, of necessity be infinite, unlimited, immortal—not material. This is not a matter of having a positive versus a negative outlook … one that is pleasant, one that is not. This is the difference between a life of genuine, deep joy, constant freshness, hope, and the very real demonstration over such things as tyranny, intolerance, and bloodshed.

Along with courage, we are told that it is "The good [we] do and embody…" which gives us power over the suggestions of evil. (cit. S11, SH p. 192:19) How does the good we do and embody give us protection from evil? Doing and embodying good in a conscious way each day, is scientific demonstration of the presence of God, or His Christ. When we consciously acknowledge this, are aware that this is God in our experience, we feel, in a tangible way, God's power and presence, and we find solutions to suggestions of injury, violence, injustice, illness, and so on.

In one situation where a dangerous substance was left in a publicly accessible place I was praying to know where to look. A particular Bible passage led me to feel the confidence and certainty that the safety and security of those who might come into contact with this substance was assured in Mind. There was infinite wisdom to guide us, and all, to find what needed finding, to stay safe from what didn't need to be accessed by the wrong people. It was so clear when, within 24 hours two separate individuals were given the same guidance, from what could only be Mind, of where to look. The substances were found there and disposed of safely. The goodness that we all were embodying by upholding standards of love, safety, confidence in God as All, were a powerful influence over the seeming irresponsibility, disobedience, and dishonesty that seemed initially to hold sway. This also goes to another of Mary Baker Eddy's "pointers" in this section about demonstrating our power over evil. We can always "overcome evil with good" and we must "know" ourselves (cit. S12, SH p. 571:15). Rather than dwell, ruminate, gossip about, the evil of others, we can totally overcome the suggestion of evil by knowing ourselves truly, and understanding more clearly, the allness of good.

Section 3: The human mind is powerless to oppose the Christ.

In the main Bible story from this section we have Jesus passing through an angry mob bent on killing him for what he revealed to them of his nature as the Messiah. And we have a lunatic recognizing, but rejecting Jesus' Christly nature. Both are examples of the human mind's resistance to the power of the Christ to diminish the human mind, or even "kill" it. Ultimately, even the attempt at crucifixion failed to destroy this Christ! But the human mind feels, at times, small, insignificant, a "nothing" next to the Christ power. This is because it is! But this sense of its own nothingness can cause consternation.

In this case Jesus passed right through the angry crowd, and healed the lunatic, proving Mary Baker Eddy's statement that "The human mind has no power to kill or to cure, and it has no control over God's man." (cit. S14, SH 151:21) "Let Christian Science instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony." (cit. S16, SH 495:20)
This last statement tells us that we must look past the obvious signs that material sense picks up. Much as we allow science to inform our understanding of the roundness of earth, rather than believing our "flat earth" material senses, we must subjugate the egoic human mind to the allness and goodness of divine government in order to allow the presence of Christ to unfold to us in our experience. Otherwise, we run the risk of figuratively pushing the Christ off the brow of a hill, just because we don't like the way it manifests to us!

Section 4: Love frees us from all kinds of evil.

Most of the Bible citations in this section were written when Israel was occupied by foreign powers. In that context we can see that they were speaking both metaphorically and literally about slavery and captivity! Paul's expression that "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." Citation B16 captures the scientific fact that there is no place where God's, Love's rule has not granted us present freedom or liberty. This is born out in many Bible stories where prophets and others were put under stress of circumstances, imprisoned, or worse, and set free even during horrific experiences.

As I mentioned earlier, we are not always preserved from difficult challenges, but we can always dig deep and find our freedom even in the midst of these times, truly experiencing the liberty from fear, suffering, unhappiness. The fundamental freeing fact is that there is no true intelligence in a so-called evil mind. There is only power in good. Remember that passage in citation S11 about how the good we do and embody give us power? (SH 192:19) Well, we have a twin to that statement in citation S19: "The history of our country, like all history, illustrates the might of Mind, and shows human power to be proportionate to its embodiment of right thinking." (SH 225:14) We can "embody" that right thinking, that goodness, and demonstrate our freedom from that which is a false, powerless, intelligence. Sometimes this seeming power is manifest as human will—a strong personal desire to have or do something, regardless of God's guidance.

We can think of human will as similar to an "occupying force". It is not our thought. In Section 2 it would seem that human will is the "evil" we are uprooting; in Section 3 it is the belief in the anti-Christ—a supposed force of mortal thought that opposes whatever would try to diminish it. In this section it is, perhaps, a "foreign" enemy, or an imposed thought of fear that can represent any number of evils that might seem to enslave man, such as contagion, injustice, corruption, and so on. We are not the slave of a false intelligence that appears to oppose Good! To demonstrate this fact, we have to embody and act on that goodness within. We must consciously acknowledge that we are driven by goodness, purity, love, intelligence, and then carry out the impulses that come from the Divine.

Section 5: We have "enlisted to lessen evil", to promote good! (SH 450:19-22)

I quite enjoyed this idea from citation S27 about how we have "enlisted to lessen evil"! (SH 450:19-22) If we agree to enlist in the military, or enlist to help in a project at school or in our community, we wholeheartedly commit to putting our weight behind a cause, supporting it with all that we are! Unlike some projects, this is not a three-year, or one-week commitment, but a life-long one.

This lessening of evil comes, as Mary Baker Eddy tells us in this citation, through our ever-deepening understanding that evil, disease, and death are nothing in the presence and allness of God and goodness. Much like darkness is nothing when light is present, evil cannot stand in the face of divine Good. This is proved in the story of Paul's (Saul's) escape from Damascus in this section (cit. B18/Acts 9:19, 20, 23-25). Previous to this story, Paul had been a persecutor of Christians. Here he has discovered the Christ and has begun preaching Christianity.

You might imagine that the Christians would have been skeptical of, perhaps antagonistic towards this man who had been responsible for the violent deaths of Christians up to this point. And likewise, you can imagine that the Jews, who had supported his mission of destroying the Christians would have been equally offended by his change of heart. Yet, the Christians in that community did embrace Paul/Saul, and they found a way to help him to escape from a violent end by letting him down in a basket over the wall of the city! It reminds me a bit of citation B4 in Section 1 where it says: "For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall."!! (Ps.18:29)

Paul certainly dropped his human-will viewpoint, and embraced and embodied good. There are so many examples of how this embodiment of good freed him from evil! He was saved while in prison, from drowning, from a poisonous snake bite, from stoning, and death. His courage was based in his love for God, his consciousness that his life was truly lived only in as much as he embodied God's goodness and love which is Life itself. This gave him power over disease and even death. (Remember in Acts 20 when Paul raised Eutychus from death after he fell from a high loft during Paul's sermon?)

Paul famously tells us in Romans that he was convinced that man cannot be separated from the love of God (Romans 8:38, 39). In this section Mary Baker Eddy states in citation S26: "Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love. here is the great point of departure for all true spiritual growth." (SH 91:5) Maybe this is a clear answer to my initial question about why we study Christian Science—we want to know, understand that we are never separate from God, and we want to have that "true spiritual growth".

Section 6: Divine Science reveals our harmonious and eternal being.

We are revisiting the initial statements in this lesson about our absolute safety and security. The Psalmist promises that when we are looking from a spiritual vantage point—when we “put (our) trust under the shadow of (God’s) wings” (cit. B20, Ps. 36:7) – when “the law of God is in (our) heart; none of … (our) steps shall slide.” (cit. B21, Ps. 37:31) Usually, this requires and enables us to face our challenges with courage, even joy, in the knowledge that evil cannot stand up to the light of Truth. We are not "rewarded" by a capricious God because of our good works, rather, the good we embody opens our thought, our eyes, to the ever-presence of God/Good. Paul saw this clearly when he told us how he was convinced that man cannot be separated from the love of God, which he wrote from prison, by the way! (Romans 8:38, 39)

Christian Science is about revealing man's inherent safety, security, wholeness. It is not about making man whole! The journey is in our consciousness, and it comes through our demonstration, which is that "embodying" of good that we have been talking about. Let us enjoy the embodiment of good this week and the accompanying power over the suggestions of evil that this embodiment gives us!

CLICK LINKS below for more APPLICATION IDEAS from CedarS-team for this Lesson:

  • CedarS ONLINE GEMs will be sent soon with insights and application ideas from Cobbey Crisler and others to help us more fully demonstrate anew, here and now, our spiritual nature as supremely good.
  • Enjoy on YouTube Ken Cooper’s insights on Jesus' stirring visit to his hometown synague in Nazareth. Hear Ken read a custom, moving monologue called "A Life changed and Preserved." from a man who was a boyhood friend of Jesus.


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