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P
ossible Sunday School Topics (PSSTs) for the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced”

for November 25 – December 1, 2013

by Merrill Boudreaux [with title & posting by Warren]

PSST: Golden Text (GT):  There are some key words in the subject of this week’s lesson.  Help students define:  Necromancy, Mesmerism, Hypnotism, and Denounced.

Necromancy:  The practice of talking to the spirits of dead people; the use of magic powers, especially for evil purposes.

Mesmerism:  A strong or spellbinding appeal, fascination.  Hypnotic induction believed to involve animal magnetism.  Hypnotism.

Hypnotism:  The act of putting people into a state of hypnosis.  Hypnosis:  A state that resembles sleep but in which you can hear and respond to questions or suggestions.

Denounced:  To publicly state that someone or something is bad or wrong.

PSST:  Responsive Reading (RR):  OK, it is decision time, whether one is going to sleep or be awake.  Taking the definitions above, ask students to share what might fall into the categories of necromancy, mesmerism, and hypnotism.  Then ask, how are you going to be alert and awake to the world’s suggestions claiming to be your own thinking?  How will you know if they are suggestions or truths?  How can you test?  Is it harmonious, universal, provable?  Is it an apple appealing to the eye for acceptance?  When picked, does it truly provide satisfaction?  Harmony is the test, otherwise don’t pick that apple.

PSST:  Section 1:  Will you be deceived and turn aside to serve other gods – fashion, food, money, false friends, material gain, or will you denounce them because they do not take you where you want to go?  Where do you wish to go, that is, what do you desire to know about yourself and your world?  Ask students to take a piece of paper and write a word or phrase about what they most desire to know.  How does one get there? (Citation S-5)

     Define “subtle” – hard to notice or see, clever and indirect. 

     Beware of suggestions that come as one’s thought but are indirectly coming from outside of you, begging for acceptance.

PSST:  Section 2:  What house or consciousness are you walking in?  Do you challenge that walk to be delivered from deceptions?  What is the primary deception?  That man is both spiritual and material, both good and evil.  Read aloud together citations S-6, S-7, and S-8.  Who created good?  Who created evil?  (Trick question, see citation S-10.)  Remember our test for truth in the RR section of these notes.  A thing cannot be both.  As you denounce one, the other gains prominence in your experience.

PSST:  Section 3:  Within the human realm are subtleties that would take us off task.  Solomon declared them in Proverbs 6:16-23.  They are listed as the seven deadly sins:  lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride.  The remedy is also in this same proverb:  keep the Commandments and forsake not the law of thy mother.  Read the Bible story in citation B-11.  What deception was it that was used to bind Samson?  What set him free?  What makes you strong?  What guides you so you are not deceived? (S-13)  What is moral courage?  The courage to take action for moral reasons despite the risk of adverse consequences. (S-14)

PSST:  Section 4:  How did Delilah mesmerize Samson?  With her beauty, her sweet talking, her promises of a future together.  How did Samson succumb to Delilah?  He told her all and he slept.  Sleep is often one of the subtle offers to avoid denouncing the sin.  By sleeping and avoiding, one gives permission to the error, one acquiesces.  Read aloud together citation S-17.

PSST:  Section 5:  Each of us must choose.  What will you believe or accept?  What was the key question Jesus asked the man at the pool in citation B-15?  It is the same question for us.  Have we become so comfortable with a certain condition or state of affairs that we are reluctant to denounce it?  Jesus was not afraid to denounce the long-held claim or way of life that had become natural to the man.  He denounced it and freed the man.  Will mortal mind forsake its claims of life in matter?  It must, it has to.  The body will then follow suit.  Get it right.  Bind mortal mind, and free the human body.  Read together citations S-21 and S-22.

PSST:  Section 6:  Who did Jesus caution his disciples against in citation B-19?  Who are the scribes of today?  Who would prescribe for you?  Who would ask you to subscribe to their false doctrine?  What is the antidote for these scribes? (B-21)

PSST:  Section 7:  OK, what is your desire, to inhabit the Kingdom of Heaven or the binding subtleties of hell?  Read together Science & Health 249:1.

     Claim your rights.  Do not be mesmerized or hypnotized, whether the claim is ancient or modern.  The claim does not indicate that is the way it always was, or is.  You can and must awake to your new birth of freedom.

 

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