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[PSST: Explore the dominion and freedom given to all of us as children of God!]
P
ossible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Adam and Fallen Man”
for May 10, 2020

By Lindsey Biggs, C.S. Maryland Heights, MO
540 460 3515 biggs.lindsey@gmail.com

P.S.S.T. for Golden Text

What is the “curse” mentioned in the Golden Text? Is this passage a promise for redemption and healing? Why or why not? Salvation includes the realization of who and what we really are as God’s spiritual ideas; how does this passage indicate this full realization for everyone?

P.S.S.T. for Responsive Reading

Explore the “new heaven and new earth” mentioned in Isaiah. What does this mean to your class? Look up references to this “new heaven and earth” that Mary Baker Eddy mentions in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. She wrote two great Sunday School questions here:

“Were this new heaven and new earth terrestrial or celestial, material or spiritual?” (p. 572)
“Have you ever pictured this heaven and earth, inhabited by beings under the control of supreme wisdom?” (p. 91)

Isn’t it neat that all the animals of God’s creating are also included in this new heaven and earth? The wolf, lamb, and lion all dwelling together in perfect harmony. (Isaiah 65:25) What a beautiful sight! All the animals and people living together in perfect harmony!

How can we live the ideals of this “new heaven and new earth” now?
See if your class can list some ways to recognize and live in the “new heaven and new earth” today. Kindness, love, dominion over fear, limitation, and lack are some examples.

P.S.S.T. for Section 1 – Stick with Genesis 1 as the basis for reality

Genesis 1 elaborates on this perfect heaven and earth that God created that was mentioned in the Responsive Reading. Genesis 1 – the spiritual view of spiritual creation — is, of course, the spiritual foundation for all of our progress Spirit-ward. How important to be really clear that this is an underlying point for demonstrating Christian Science.

Genesis 2 gives the view of a distorted view of reality and creation basing it on matter. According to scholars these are two different documents written at different times by different authors. Recognizing they are two distinct views of creation helps us get clearer views and enables us to ask ourselves – which view of creation am I accepting?

Genesis 2 gives us some really good tools to help us on our spiritual journey.
What does that “mist” represent?
How do we overcome that mist and get clearer, more spiritual views of creation?
What does it mean that we are made by Spirit and to stick with that?

How can we “try the spirits” (B5)?
Can we stand porter at the door of thought and question each thought and determine if it is allowed to enter in?

P.S.S.T. for Section 2 – Don’t be deceived!

That sneaky serpent! Good thing that we can utilize this allegory to uncover those sneaky, lying thoughts!

What does the snake offer? That you “shall be as gods”!
How is that different from being the Godlike men and women that God has created?
How did Jesus demonstrate this distinction?

Recognizing our oneness with God is how we live our true harmony.

Mary Baker Eddy interprets that passage this way:

“‘Ye shall be as gods;’ that is, I will make error as real and eternal as Truth.” (S6) So, if we don’t believe the serpent then error will not seem as real as Truth! What a safeguard knowing the Truth is! How have your students demonstrated this in their lives?
How can we be more alert to the false promise you “shall be as gods”?
What does the serpent’s lie mean to your students?

God is the one infinite Mind who gives us all the right ideas and information we need all the time. What is the serpent promising to give us the ability to know? A mixture of good and evil – as if that is opening our eyes!
How do we truly open our eyes? Your class might be interested in checking out the definition of “knowledge” in the Glossary of Science and Health that shows us the kind of knowledge the serpent is really offering.

Mary Baker Eddy gives us the key! She tells us we can overcome error by knowing all the claims of error are “worthless and unreal.” (S7)

P.S.S.T. for Section 3 – God blesses His own image and likeness

This section shows us how we can prove that this allegory is not true! “God could not impart an element of evil” and the Creator doesn’t “condemn His own creation”!

How empowering it is to know that we can have the victory over every little thought that doesn’t come from God. We don’t need it for even a second! If God didn’t say it, then we don’t need to have it. How can students put this empowering truth into action this week?

Let’s explore some of the lies about women in this Genesis 2 allegory. Did God need to put a human man to sleep to acquire material to make a woman? No! Women aren’t cursed. Women are blessed and equal!

We have the right to stand up for true girlhood and womanhood as courageous, intelligent, poised, strong, beautiful, and worthy of original thought!

Good thing we have woman role models in the Scriptures, in Mary Baker Eddy, and other amazing women in the world to counteract this false, limiting view of women.

What is one good thing we can learn from the Eve character in the Bible? Mary Baker Eddy points out that she is the first to acknowledge and confess that she was duped by the serpent. Recognizing this is a great step towards healing and prevents us from making the same mistake again!

Have you students ever had to stop, recognize a mistake, and correct it? It can be a very humbling and sometimes challenging experience! But God never condemns us. God only sees us and knows us as beloved, blessed children. Mistakes come to the surface only so they can be corrected in a loving, healing way for everyone. So, that can shield us from excessive feelings of guilt, shame, or self-condemnation and pave the way for us to move forward with healing progress!

How can we live and demonstrate that “man, created by God, was given dominion over the whole earth”? How have your students demonstrated this? Share the victories you all have gained over the lying serpent – use examples from the periodicals, if that adds a helpful element to your discussion.

P.S.S.T. for Section 4 – Wait patiently on God and magnify the good!

How have your students experienced examples of trusting and turning to God when faced with decision making?

Have they ever had to wait patiently for the right idea to come forward?

These experiences of waiting on God can strengthen our relationship to God through patience, perseverance, and humble listening. Sometimes we do have to be patient and wait while we continue diligently to serve God. Explore the value of spiritual growth and how challenges are opportunities to grow spiritually.

How does expressing joy contribute to a healing?
How do students feel when people express joy around them?
Joy is like a light that reminds us of the naturalness of good. See if they can magnify joy around their homes this week.
How can radiating joy in the midst of challenges aid us?

Joy and gratitude are like cousins. They go hand in hand. I find that sharing gratitude at the start of class is a great way to open thought and reflect on the good that happened during the week. It’s also a neat way to find out more about what your student's week has been like. You might even suggest they keep a gratitude journal and develop a daily practice of keeping track of what they are grateful for. This helps to illuminate our thinking!

P.S.S.T. for Section 5 – Discover your divine inheritance as a child of God!

This story of Jesus healing the man that was blind from birth is a great one to reiterate that God doesn’t cause error to curse or punish us! Healings are opportunities to glorify God and make God more visible in our experience.

We can overcome error by detecting it, removing the mask and affirming what God is and our dominion over error. Deny the error and affirm the Truth. This can be done quickly – even while we are on the road – and it can also be strengthened by deeper study. Sometimes it takes persistence! It is simply our job to yield our thought to God’s loving control!

There is “no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus…”! I love how freeing this statement is. So, there is no blame or condemnation for the problem. Just an opportunity to prove God’s lovingkindness for everyone and our oneness with God. This can keep our prayers light, healing, and fresh.

Each of us has a beautiful ancestry. So, there are no evil “inheritances” that we could have from a “fallen man”/mortal creation. Our divine inheritance is joy, health, freedom, energy, and renewal! Consider making a list of all the attributes that we have inherited from our Father-Mother God! This shows us the good that is always ours to express and embody.

P.S.S.T. for Section 6 – Rejoice that God upholds us!

We close this beautiful Lesson by reiterating the blessings that God bestows on His children! And it is God who rebukes/denies/denounces that serpent/evil! We can reiterate the fact that God only loves and blesses His creation. A beautiful standpoint for us all to rejoice in.

God is able to keep us up – to uphold us – so that we are never that “fallen man” or woman.

Our birthright is dominion – not subjection! Explore synonyms for “dominion” in the thesaurus this week.
How does "dominion" contrast with "subjection"?
Which one are we expressing and embodying throughout the week?

What does “subordinate” mean, and what does it mean to be subordinate only to our Maker? How is that type of subordination actually liberation?

List some goals for the week – ways that your students can be upright, Godlike, and manifesting God’s goodness in their homes and communities.

Enjoy your classes!

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