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[PSST: Learn how to reverse the curse in a Christian Science prayer treatment!]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Everlasting Punishment”
for April 29 – May 5, 2019 prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S.

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P.S.S.T. Golden Text – What is the opposite of a curse? A blessing.

Ask your students to use this reversal process as part of a Christian Science prayer treatment. Help them see that the blessing absolutely nullifies any curse placed on man.

What is the believed original curse or original sin on man? That man is material and can be separated from God.

Ask students to read the blessing in Genesis 1:31, “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” This is the absolute blessing that nullifies the false belief of an original curse. Read together Science & Health 340:23,

“One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself;’ annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.”

This is a good memorization opportunity to remember as an applicable blessing whenever a blessing is needed.

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading – Does God have pleasure in wicked behavior, in death, in evil ways, in robbery?

Does God have pleasure in living, in righteousness, in our drawing near to God, in acknowledging that we are one with God?

Read together SH 249:6-10, “Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine ‘powers that be.’”

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – What is the message God has for you in Jeremiah 31:3 (citation B3)? How do you answer the question posed by Mary Baker Eddy (MBE) in citation S2? “Does divine Love commit a fraud on humanity by making man inclined to sin, and then punishing him for it?”

Where else in MBE’s writings do we find citation S3? SH 497:9. And in the Church Manual 15:10. This is Tenet number 3:

“We acknowledge God’s forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that casts out evil as unreal. But the belief in sin is punished so long as the belief lasts.”

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – How did the people in the Bible portion of this section exercise choice? Did they choose to remember their deliverance from Egypt, or did they choose to forget all the benefits/blessings God provided to/for them? How does this story relate to our own opportunities when confronting a belief in a curse on us?

There is a Church Manual Bylaw that speaks to your being alert when challenged. Read together Church Manual 42:4:

“Alertness to Duty. SECT.6. It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to defend himself daily against aggressive mental suggestion, and not be made to forget nor to neglect his duty to God, to his Leader, and to mankind. By his works he shall be judged, – and justified or condemned.”

This is your/our daily duty. With this duty comes the power to fulfill it. See also another demand of Christian Science stated in citation S9. Shall we use the tools at our disposal to worship spiritually or to worship matter? Citation S11 (SH 140:16-17).

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – See another statement of the message in citation B10 found in Micah 6:8,

“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

This is a direct message to each of us as to how to avoid punishments that come from worshipping matter.

Read together the Scripture story in citation B13. What did Jesus see that the others did not? How was the woman benefitted because Jesus saw her as blessed and not cursed?

Read together SH 476:32-4,

“Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy.”

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – What was easier for Jesus to heal – sickness or sin? See citation S18.

Pray together citation B15, then read together citation S19. How can God punish and love man? What is more powerful – love or hate, love or punishment? Which is omnipotent, omnipresent?

Citation S21 is a good memorization opportunity. This passage lays out guidance in how to approach any suggestion that you are separated from God or cursed by God. If you can never be separated from God, can you ever be separated from your fellow man? How does this truth allow us to bless each other, instead of curse each other by focusing falsely on how we are different rather than how we are alike?

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – Read together citation B17. No one is condemned!

Because B19 states: “where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” What does liberty mean to you? What are some synonyms for liberty? Freedom, the ability to choose, blessed.

Does God love you? Does God bless you? Do you love God? Do you bless God? How can you demonstrate/put into practice this love and blessing?

Read together citations S24 and S25. What a magnificent call to action is stated in citation S27: “Citizens of the world, accept the ‘glorious liberty of the children of God,’ and be free! This is your divine right.”

Read together Hymn 83 from the Christian Science Hymnal (words below).

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – What is the blessing stated in citation B20?

Read also (or listen to a YouTube link below to) the blessing given by God to Aaron to bless all the people in Numbers 6:24-26: “The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”

You are blessed, not cursed!

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Hymn 83:

God made all His creatures free;
Life itself is liberty;
God ordained no other bands
Than united hearts and hands.

One in fellowship of Mind,
We our bliss and glory find
In that endless happy whole,
Where our God is Life and Soul.

So shall all our slavery cease,
All God's children dwell in peace,
And the newborn earth record
Love, and Love alone, is Lord.

(Hymn. 83:1–3)

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