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[PSST: Discover Principle only governing your life course!]
P
ossible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

"Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?"
for December 17, 2017

prepared by John Biggs, CS of Maryland Heights, MO
(541.418.1176 / JohnBiggsCS@gmail.com)

This week's Bible Lesson gets at the heart of the systems which seem to surround and define us. What governs life, what are the 'rules of the game,' what system determines the course of my life? Popular thought has all sorts of responses, everything from genetic history to the social and economic 'rat race.' Christian Science, however, reveals the diametrically opposite truth: that Principle is the only Life of the universe, and the only reality there is, is this Being and the manifestation of this supremely good Being. As you consider your preparation for class this week, you may enjoy this interview between Dr Laurance Doyle and Nathan Talbot, CSB: "CREATION CONTROVERSY taking the questions deeper" https://sentinel.christianscience.com/shared/view/2bobp9ztim4?s=t

PSST Golden Text: Here is the answer! But like all the answers of God, this isn't just stated and set out there randomly; it demands and impels our active engagement. How can we engage with this truth? What does it mean for your life? What does it imply about our relations with others? What does this statement mean for us when it seems that everything is NOT ordered?

PSST Responsive Reading: Do you ever find yourself in Job's place, feeling humbled by the awareness of God's magnificence? Have you ever felt the power of God's glory? How did you respond, if you have? If you haven't, why do you think that is? Is it important to recognize and honor God's power? Why or why not?

PSST Section 1: What could be the importance of starting off this consideration of God's all-power, with praise? What role does praise play in recognizing God? Do we need to wait to praise until everything is settled, or can we legitimately praise no matter what? What does it mean, that God created everything?

Does Christian Science present a 'blinders on' view of the world, just ignoring evil? Theodicy is "the vindication of divine goodness and providence in view of the existence of evil." This is often a very interesting discussion, especially in a high school class. Before diving in to this question, though, be sure to recognize the fallacy in the premise of the question: that the existence of evil is presupposed. What does citation B3 (and indeed the whole lesson, of course) bring to this discussion? I would caution you not to dive into this discussion lackadaisically, but if you do go this route, consider the immediacy and relevancy of this question to your students, and be well prepared to be humble and prepared with Scripture and Christianly scientific responses directly rooted in Mrs. Eddy's writings, and not just resting on your own opinions.

PSST Section 2: Faith! What is faith? What role does faith play in your life? How important is faith? Is faith opposed to understanding? Does faith imply ignorance? Can you still have reasoned, approachable discussions with others if your life is based on faith? Are there perhaps different contexts or connotations for 'faith' which would lead people to differing opinions about it? Perhaps a discussion of what faith means to each of your students would be helpful, so you can all be clear about your context / background and motivations when discussing faith.

PSST Section 3: Have you ever heard an angel? How did you know it was an angel? If you don't think you have, why is that? Do angels say the same thing to everyone?

What relation does the story in citation B8 have to your life? How could it inform or inspire your prayers for yourself, your family, your community, your (our!) world? Did God cause a mortal to be born? What are the systems that truly govern stable families and relationships? If a family situation is not so great, how can we pray to see God's work more clearly? How can we pray effectively for families or communities that we are aware of but that have not specifically requested you to pray for them?

PSST Section 4: What are the 'signs' that tell you someone is worth being with, or not? What are the signs that assure you that you are on the right path spiritually, emotionally, financially, relationally? Does your spiritual nature and identification inform and affect all these others aspects of your life, or are your prayers for your life and others, more like playing 52-card pickup? How can you find and feel more of a sense of unity in your life and activities?

PSST Section 5: Do you believe this story of the multiplying of loaves and fishes in citation B12 actually happened? Why or why not? [See Craig Ghislin's Met, W's PS#7 and S&H citations for reasons to believe it actually happened.] If you don't think it happened, what bothers you about it – does it just seem impossible? What does this story illustrate about God's creative power? Is this something you could experience in some way in your own life? How did Jesus pray to enable his expression of this full supply? Is there an attitude of thought that is crucial to this experience? What are the different roles / attitudes that others express in this story? How can you live it today?

PSST Section 6: How can you “give unto the Lord glory and strength” (B16) – indeed, how can you live in your life today all of these statements? How can you honor God more clearly and more lovingly? Are you or others excluded from the fullness of God's love if you don't glorify Him? If He is the only Creator, the only power of the universe, then what does it matter if you don't glorify Him – He'll still love you anyway, right? What is the big deal with caring about this, if it's all going to work out because God is good? In other words, why does your intentional engagement matter?

Thank you so much for your care for your community! Our Sunday Schools need devoted, prayerful, correct teaching and models of thought and action. Thank you for being willing to serve in this capacity.

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