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[PSST: Open the way for everlasting blessings! Deal with one another as God deals with us!]
Possible Sunday School Topics (PSSTs) for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“Everlasting Punishment”
for October 26-November 1, 2020

prepared by Merrill Boudreaux, C.S. • 314-308-1059

P.S.S.T. Golden Text (GT), Matthew 5:7 – This is probably a good opportunity to review the Beatitudes from Matthew 5. They are part of what is known as the Sermon on the Mount. Ask students to help identify other well-known passages from this sermon in Matthew, chapters 5-7.

P.S.S.T. Responsive Reading (RR) – Rather than “judging” one another or putting a “stumbling block” in our neighbor’s path, what are we admonished to do in the Responsive Reading?

  • Recompense to no man evil for evil
  • Provide things honest in the sight of all men
  • Live peaceably with all men
  • Give place unto wrath
  • If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink
  • Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good

These admonitions along with the Beatitudes provide a pathway to forego either receiving or handing out punishment. Instead they open the way for everlasting blessings.

P.S.S.T. Section 1 – Look for the use of the word “everlasting” in Section 1. The prophet Isaiah and the psalmist state clearly God’s kindness and mercy. How then are we to deal with one another in the way God deals with us? Citation B3, Ps. 103:10.

Citation B4 contains a passage (I John 3:1-3) read in Christian Science church services every Sunday. This is a good memorization opportunity.

Read Citation S1, 2:23. Ask students where can they see these “God is Love” words written on the wall in every Christian Science church? See also some of the qualities of love in citation S2, 465:14.

Answer this question when reading citation S4, 356:25-5: Does God punish man – you? Why or why not? “God is ‘of purer eyes than to behold evil.’” (Hab. 1:13, SH 357)

P.S.S.T. Section 2 – Help students identify key phrases in Section 2 of how we can live in everlasting harmony with our neighbors:

  • Execute true judgment
  • Show mercy and compassion every man to his brother
  • Repent
  • Thou shalt not kill
  • Be not angry with your brother without a cause
  • Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight
  • “The way to extract error from mortal mind is to pour in truth through flood-tides of Love.” (citation S12, 201:17)

P.S.S.T. Section 3 – How are you blessed of the Lord? God gives you your very life. Can/will God ever abandon you? Therefore, we should never abandon our neighbor. Read together the directive for how to live in everlasting harmony found in citation B14, Matt. 25:35-45.
What are additional qualities to be practiced when loving everlastingly, as stated in citation S20, 248:29?

P.S.S.T. Section 4 – What love was shown for the sick man by his friends in the scripture story in citation B17, Luke 5:18-25? O, that we should all have such friends. God punishes not and neither should we.

Read together Hymn 160 from the Christian Science Hymnal (printed here).

Hymn 160

It matters not what be thy lot,
So Love doth guide;
For storm or shine, pure peace is thine,
Whate'er betide.

And of these stones, or tyrants' thrones,
God able is
To raise up seed-in thought and deed-
To faithful His.

Aye, darkling sense, arise, go hence!
Our God is good.
False fears are foes-truth tatters those,
When understood.

Love looseth thee, and lifteth me,
Ayont hate's thrall:
There Life is light, and wisdom might,
And God is All.

The centuries break, the earth-bound wake,
God's glorified!
Who doth His will-His likeness still-
Is satisfied.

P.S.S.T. Section 5 – What places could Paul expect to find friends based on his travels? Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, Colossae, Thessalonica, among others. Where can you find Paul’s correspondence to these friends? Paul’s admonition to them might be best summed up in Mary Baker Eddy’s words in citation S29 (SH 542), “Let Truth uncover and destroy error in God’s own way, and let human justice pattern the divine.”

P.S.S.T. Section 6 – In order to alter “Everlasting Punishment” to Everlasting Love, Everlasting Harmony, Everlasting Happiness, what should we do? Practice the Golden Rule for starters; “Love one another” as an absolute practice, have one God, one Good.

Read together citation S31 (SH 340:23) and citation S32 (SH 58:7) (both printed here) as a summation of this Lesson.

“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.”
(S31–Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 340:23)

“Unselfish ambition, noble life-motives, and purity, — these constituents of thought, mingling, constitute individually and collectively true happiness, strength, and permanence.”
(S32–Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 58:7)

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