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[Wash UP! Delivered from a soiled self by Christ
that rescues us from every ill that “flesh is heir to”.
(Section 3)]
Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Are sin, disease, and death real?”
for Sunday, October 9, 2016

By Rick Stewart, C.S. Dresden, Germany
+49 351 312 4736

On a midsummer’s day in 1932 a 15 year old teenage lifeguard walked out of the public swimming pool in Perry, Iowa. She was on her way home for lunch. A man she did not know approached her and commented, “That’s a nice pair of legs you got there young lady!” The girl, to say the least was surprised. Obviously the man could see in her eyes that she had no idea who he was. He asked, “You don’t know who I am, do you? Why, I am the doctor that examined you when you were 18 months old. You had a fever and we did not think you would make it through the night. You should be very grateful for that pair of legs!”

The lifeguard was my mother, Glatha Lafferty. When she arrived home for lunch she did not ask, “What’s for lunch?” Instead it was, “Mother, what was he talking about?” And for the first time she heard of her healing through Christian Science of a fever that had threatened her life and paralyzed her for several days when she was only 18 months old in 1919.. With no hope through the doctor’s treatments, her life was rescued by Christian Science.

Since Mary Baker Eddy discovered what she termed, “Christian Science” in 1866 my mom was not the last child rescued by these “divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love” (S15, SH 107) And this wonderful Bible Lesson explains how that has been taking place even since the days of our Master, Christ Jesus and even before.

This lesson makes clear who our real rescuer, life-saver, and deliver is. Just take a look at how it all begins.

Golden Text | Psalms 18:2 (to 1st 😉 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

AMP – The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and the One who rescues me;

NLT – The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;

MSG – God is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight.

CEB – The Lord is my solid rock, my fortress, my rescuer.

This portion of the Responsive Reading as shared in the New Living Testament clearly states who the Life Guard is keeping watch, “

Psalms 18:6, 16, 19, 27 (to ;), 30, 32 NLT6 But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears. 16 He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters.
19 He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me. 27 You rescue the humble, 30 God’s way is perfect.

As a Water Safety Instructor training life guards, a swimming pool manager, and also as a lifeguard keeping watch over pools and beaches I learned a lot how to keep people safe in the water. And then as I have spent a career in the Christian Healing ministry I learned even more about how to maintain harmony and where to look when there is the need for a rescue to take place. God saves, rescues, delivers when all other helpers fail. God is ever ready to save.

Section 1: Heavenly rules, harmonious pools, and lives.

Almost every pool I have watched over or swam in had a list of rules that were posted for all to see. The rules were there to keep everyone safe, happy and healthy. And lifeguards were on duty to maintain these rules and thereby to prevent accidents. But when there was a need a well-trained life guard was also there to rescue in a moment’s notice.

Perhaps the best Lifesaver of all time drew upon the rules in Jewish scripture and a clear understanding of the Kingdom of heaven to give us rules that bring harmony and health to all of our lives. One very clear rule Jesus presented is that God does not produce evil, but rather “delivers us from evil.” For example in the Science and Health citation S3, with the spiritual interpretation of the “Lord’s Prayer” we read,

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death”. (S3, 17:9)
[Insights on the Lord’s Prayer (B6, S2, S3, B10) from C. Crisler can be found below in W’s PS #2 & PS#3. Others from Barry Huff, Principia College professor, can be heard by clicking on in the series of Lord’s Prayer podcasts posted on]

A key point in the understanding of the rules of the kingdom of heaven and of Christian Science is simply that God is not and cannot be the source of evil. Evils such as sin, disease, and death do not belong to God’s kingdom.

Some individuals find themselves saying, “How could God allow this awful situation to exist?” And what mental freedom we find when we realize that it is not God “that allows evil to exist!” This is a portion of the joy that comes from understanding the mission of our Master and how Christian Science helps in our understanding of the truth.

As citation S6 puts it “The evidence of the physical senses often reverses the real Science of being, and so creates a reign of discord, assigning seeming power to sin, sickness, and death; but the great facts of Life, rightly understood, defeat this triad of errors, contradict their false witnesses, and reveal the kingdom of heaven, — the actual reign of harmony on earth.”

Section 2: Rescued, preserved, protected, saved from “the evil one.”

It might sometimes seem that the evil or evils we face are insurmountable, just too much for one person to handle. Praise the Lord, thank goodness, that we are not alone and that we really only face one enemy. That’s right, not multiple threats, but in fact just one suggestion! The belief in a power and presence apart from God.

In citation S8 we read, “In the phrase, “Deliver us from evil,” the original properly reads, “Deliver us from the evil one.” This reading strengthens our scientific apprehension of the petition, for Christian Science teaches us that “the evil one,” or one evil, is but another name for the first lie and all liars.” (16:15)

When my family found themselves moved to northern Alabama because of my dad’s work they were not very happy. They had been living in Florida in a beautiful area they loved. What faced them in Gadsden, Alabama seemed very disappointing. The work atmosphere was far from ideal for my dad with a spirit of lies and a boss that seemed to be “hitting on,” or approaching all his employee’s wives with improper advances. My brother was being bullied at school and also faced prejudicial treatment just because of Christian Science. The duplex neighbor had been gossiping about my mom with others in the neighborhood.

As my mom prayed she was out by the clothes line hanging up her laundry. Even that presented problems because of a backed up septic tank that made the backyard just as smelly as all the other problems seeming to rule their lives. That particular day she found herself feeling that her family was God-forsaken! As she hung the clothes she suddenly remembered the Bible promise to Joshua, “as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (Joshua 1:5) Mom felt the promise was right to her, “I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” So Mom began to affirm that God was indeed right there.

As she affirmed the fact of God’s ever-presence and of never being forsaken, affirming what was true in the presentation or attempt of evil to claim superiority, things began to change. My brother stood up to the bullies and they left him alone. Through the quick healing of a broken arm that everyone at school witnessed, the Principal said, “Gary, these children will remember what they saw happen here.” My dad was offered a promotion and the promise to pay for the move back to Florida. And my mom’s relation with the neighbors became one of great respect, not gossip.

God likes to rescue all His children from every seeming evil situation, but guess what?—the awakening to His abiding, all-embracing Presence opens our thought to see what is already the fact, “I am right here.”

Section 3: God’s law overrules disease with the real pool rules!

This section gives us the example of Jesus healing a blind man. It includes a visit to the local pool, Siloam! (B13, John 9:1-7) Warren’s friend and Christian Science Bible Scholar, Cobbey Crisler, has some interesting insights into this healing by Jesus.

Cobbey Crisler’s Commentary for citation B13 (John 9:1-7)
John 9:2. “Who did sin? (A) This fellow over here? Or (B) his parents?”
John 9:3. Jesus had that paper before him as in the examination room on that point many times before. “He says, (C), none of the above… [Or as Warren proposes (D) DNA (DeoxyriboNucleic Acid (DNA) the molecule that supposedly carries encoded genetic instructions Does Not Apply!)] Neither hath this man sinned or his parents.” What’s that saying about origin? Where is that man? His roots are not in parents of in some reincarnated experience…”
Notice what he does in John 9:6 and what it may remind you of. “He spat on the ground, made clay of the spittle.” That reminds you of man being made of the dust in the Second Chapter of Genesis Verse 6 and 7, doesn’t it? Would Jesus ever mock God if he considered that was the real way that creation occurred? Yet, it almost looks like a mockery of that. He’s taking on that concept of the man of dust. He’s spitting on that ground, into the dust, making clay of it, and slapping it on the eyes of the blind man.
John 9:7. The man goes to the pool of Siloam. He can’t see his way there. He’s got mud all over his face. He doesn’t go seeing. “He comes seeing.” He comes only after he has washed off that symbolic making or formation of man out of the dust.
In a way, it might even give us a greater hint on what the true meaning of baptism is, the immersion in Spirit, nativity, and washing off every trace of the dust man.”
Transcribed in PS#4 below as well from a talk by B. Cobbey Crisler entitled Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple. To buy your own copy, see Warren’s PS#6.]

When I was 19 I was travelling in Colombia. We climbed the Nevado del Ruiz volcano on a crystal clear day with intense sunlight bathing the pure white snow fields. I climbed with no sun glasses because the only pair of glasses we had for me were typical pointy, lady style sunglasses which I was too proud to wear. (Remember I was 19!) The result was that I ended up with an intense sun burn and a very painful case of snow blindness. When the pain seemed unbearable I of course began to pray. And the handling of “sin” came to my thought. The sin of pride that kept me from wearing the funny-looking sunglasses. As I prayed with the simple idea that there was “no condemnation” to them who “walk after… the Spirit of Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1, 2). This was in the middle of the night and in just a few minutes the pain left; I was able to sleep comfortably and awoke with perfect sight in the morning.

Later that same summer I again suffered similar symptoms after a long day of welding at my summer job. Once again I handled the belief of “condemnation” and specifically, self-condemnation, basically the belief that I deserved to suffer because of a mistake I had made during my welding work. The healing was quick and permanent, enabling me to complete my day’s assignment. Blame, guilt, condemnation, sin are all healed through a deep plunge in the pool of Siloam which thereby washes away all belief of the necessity of sin, disease, or even death.

Section 4: Freedom from imprisoning fear.

The wonderful freeing of Peter from the prison, with chains falling away impressed me with the tangible presence and power of angels. [See CC insights and the rest of the story in W’s PS #5.] And doesn’t this demonstration encourage us to remember that there is and can be no situation beyond God’s power and ability to bring our deliverance, our rescue?

As our Leader writes in citation S19, “The power of God brings deliverance to the captive. No power can withstand divine Love. What is this supposed power, which opposes itself to God? Whence cometh it? What is it that binds man with iron shackles to sin, sickness, and death? Whatever enslaves man is opposed to the divine government. Truth makes man free.” (224:29)

While serving as First Reader in the Christian Science church in Ocala, Florida I used this story of Peter in the readings one Wednesday night. It was prompted because of the capture and imprisonment of an American soldier in Iran. With great joy I read newspaper accounts on Friday with news that the young Sargent had been released!

I find these promises from citation B15 in Psalms so powerful and practical, “Some of the redeemed had been sitting in darkness and deep gloom; they were prisoners suffering in chains 12 They stumbled, and there was no one to help them. 13 So they cried out to the Lord in their distress, and God saved them from their desperate circumstances. 14 God brought them out from the darkness and deep gloom; he shattered their chains. 15 Let them thank the Lord for his faithful love and his wondrous works for all people, 20 God gave the order and healed them; he rescued them from their pit.” (B15, Psalms 107:10. 12-15, 20, Common English Bible)

Let’s make this prayer practical and powerful!

Section 5: God’s angels come to our rescue.

What a wonderful thing it is to see how many individuals accept the presence and help often found in angelic presence. I have long remembered a testimony I heard in the Ocala Christian Science church. A lady told of having to drive through a section of a city that was deemed very dangerous and violent. She had no choice of routes that avoided the dangerous area, so she prayed to know that she was never alone, but always in the presence of the Most High. One day she had occasion to hear from a friend that he was very concerned to see her car driving through that area, but how relieved he was when he saw a really big guy accompanying her in the passenger side of the car. “That was a really smart move,” was his comment. As she listened to this friend’s comment she was tremendously moved because she knew she had no one with her in the car; she had only prayed deeply that she was not alone! But she felt certain she knew what her friend had seen and gave thanks to God for His eternal presence and the legion of angels that He gives us all.

As the Psalmist wrote in citation B20, “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” (Psalms 91:10, 11)

The practicality of this understanding is clear in Science and Health citation S24 “The footsteps of thought, rising above material stand- points, are slow, and portend a long night to the traveller; but the angels of His presence — the spiritual intuitions that tell us when “the night is far spent, the day is at hand” — are our guardians in the gloom.” (174:9–14)

[Warren Huff’s (W’s) PS#1 from Cobbey Crisler’s insights on Psalms 145:11 (B3) Stop talking of illness!
“Psalm 145, Verse 11. A receptive, spiritually-educated human race going to God with total commitment for the answer to all ills will no longer talk about illnesses. "They shall speak of the glory of God's kingdom, and talk of thy power."’

Excerpted from a transcript of a talk by B. Cobbey Crisler entitled “Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms” To buy your own copy, see W’s PS#6]

[W’s PS#2: Cobbey Crisler’s Commentary on Matthew 6:6 (B6):
[Step 1 of prayer: mentally go to where our supplies already are & leave problems behind.]

Matthew 6:6 “But when you pray,” first, now notice, here are the rules for praying. If we think we’re praying, wait till we get through with what his requirements are, and then ask again. “When you pray,” here’s what we do. There’s no way around these requirements, because this is Jesus’ specific answer to how we pray. When we pray, number one, we do what? “Closet.” Number two, “Shut the door.”

Often we do one or two of these things but not all of them. Number three, “Pray.” Don’t forget why you’re in that closet. Don’t go to sleep with the door closed. What’s good about studying the Greek that’s behind this? The Greek word for closet is tameion. It really is not translated as closet, I don’t believe any other time it’s used. Tameion has in the Greek this meaning: it’s a storehouse. It’s a place in which our supplies are kept. Now ask yourself if you’re really praying.

In prayer, in our first step, do we actually go mentally into the place where our supplies already are? That means in prayer we can’t take any problem with us. In prayer we’re in the presence of the solution, or it’s not prayer, as far as Jesus’ definition is concerned. Once we’re in there where the supplies are, shut the door so that the problem doesn’t nag.”

Excerpted from a transcript of a talk by B. Cobbey Crisler entitled Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax Collector’s Report. To buy your own copy, see W’s PS#6]

[W’s PS#3: Cobbey Crisler’s Commentary on Luke 11:4 (B10) & the Lord’s Prayer in Luke:

“Verse 2. “Our Father,” the greatest source of oil on this planet are those two words, “Our Father.” It pours a consecrated relationship over each and every one of us. If we pray it sincerely, if it leaps from our heart, i f it finds at-one-men t with the source of that revelation, then it establishes not only our relationship with our Father but it establishes our relationship with every other part of His creation. "Our Father" stated sincerely, deeply and understandingly makes all of us brothers and sisters, like it or not. If we don’t like it, don't say the prayer. But if we say, "Our Father,” the inevitable logical conclusion is we’re all related, every one of us.

So, "Our Father which art in heaven," is no geographical location either. That statement is just as true in Moscow, in Cambodia, in Atlanta, in a Washington, D.C. hospital, in Korea, or in Warsaw, Poland.

"Our Father” doesn’t depend on oil out of the ground. We don’t run out of the resource represented by that concept. If it embraces us all, it may be the single most infinite source of power at our disposal and we don’t have to move.

If we do "hallow God’s name," anything synonymous with God must be hallowed. If John had revealed to him that God is Love, then Love must be hallowed. If John tells us that God is Spirit, it is Spirit then that needs to be hallowed. Not its opposite. The opposite would be unhallowed.

If God is Mind, as Job had revealed to him, then it's the Mind that is divine and hallowed, and no other. What a relief not to have to hallow mentality which falls short of the divine, for God never hallowed it.

"Thy kingdom come.” We've already discovered from Jesus where it is. All that is left is to see it here. "Thy will be done " subordinates any other claim to will or motivating power for you and me. That 's what it is in heaven, and the likeness on earth is expressing it, with all the heavenly freedom that doing God 's will conveys to us. Jesus said what relates us to him is doing the Father’s will. We are as close to him as his brother and sister.

Verse 3, "Give us day by day our daily bread," in one early translation, "super­ substantial bread.”

Verse 4, "Forgive us our sins, " but in proportion to that motivation being identified i n our thought. Again an equation. "The forgiveness in our thought for others" is the fulfillment of commandment Number 2, to love one's neighbor. God is pouring down that same element of forgiveness because we have arrived at that altitude, and experienced what exists at that altitude of thought.

"Lead us not into temptation,” instead the deliverance from evil is what God brings to us. The oil in that prayer is pure Christ-oil. Christ is a Greek word related to the meaning "oil." It means "anointed."

If we are suffering an oil-crisis, and if Jesus is correct that our outward things are resulting from our state of thought, then our 'Oil-crisis may reflect that we are concentrating more on crisis and less on Christ, the source of the oil.

The disciples had asked what to pray, and Jesus had given it to them. Now he's going to tell them how. From Verse 5 on down, and there throughout the rest of the Gospel of Luke, it is necessary to be persistent in prayer. Don't give up.”

Excerpted in part from a transcript of a talk by B. Cobbey Crisler entitled “Book of Luke: Luke the Researcher”. To buy your own copy, see W’s PS#6]

[W’s PS#4: Cobbey Crisler’s Commentary on John 9:1-7 (B13) –Jesus heals man born blind:
See in the body of Rick’s Met, Section 3]

[W’s PS#5: Cobbey Crisler’s Commentary on Acts12 (B17)—Prayer frees Peter from prison:

And here at the Passover season, which seems to be the popular time for execution… Herod arrests Peter, throws him into prison with sixteen soldiers guarding him with full intent to bring him out and try him and execute him after the Passover festival. (…This is Herod Agrippa the First, who ruled all Palestine in the years 41-44 A.D. He was grandson of Herod the Great…) As one might translate the Greek in Acts 12, verse 5: “Instant and earnest prayer was made unceasing of the church unto God for him.”…

This focus collectively on prayer – does it have power? Well, that very night, we can see the effectiveness of such prayer because Peter suddenly, not knowing really what is happening himself, is fast asleep in the prison when he is awakened, told to “rise up quickly. His chains fall off from his hands.”… The angel, with a note of human practicality, “suggests that Peter put on his sandals. He does, still really not knowing what he is doing, thinking it’s almost a dream he is going through.”… “He goes out through the first and second ward and finally to the gate that leadeth unto the city. It opens, as if by itself. They go out together. The angel disappears.”…

Peter, for the first time in Acts 12, verse 11, realizes what has happened and states “now I know for sure that God hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod.

Fun additional reading beyond the selected citation.
Peter makes his way to what was apparently a favorite Christian assembly point. And that is called the house of Mary,” the mother of John, whose surname was Mark… John Mark being the one to whom the gospel has been attributed.

This may have been the house church in Jerusalem where the early church held many of its meetings. It was here that the church was praying for the release of Peter.

And now we’re about to be introduced to one of my favorite characters in the Bible. Her name Is Rhoda. This Rhoda acts like many little girls I know, and I’m sure that you know.

“Peter knocks at the door of the gate.” (Knocking sound) And everybody’s praying so heavily inside no one hears him “except for this child.” (Acts 12:13) Rhoda comes to the gate and recognizes Peter’s voice. Now do you think that Rhoda let’s Peter in? No.

“She’s so excited she leaves Peter standing there and races inside the house and tells everybody that Peter’s out there.”… You can imagine what this adult church-going group said to Rhoda. “They turned to her and say, ‘You are mad!”… (See Acts 12:15)… Many groups of adults dismiss children in similar terms. And isn’t it a commentary somewhat on the conviction, or lack of it, behind their prayer? “Don’t bother us, Rhoda, we’re praying.” And yet, the answer to their prayer stood outside the gate, and a little child was trying to lead them there. Now, when it says “she constantly affirmed that it was so,” I think you could get very easily a picture of a little girl stamping her foot on the ground, insisting that Peter was there…
Finally, to shut her up, they are willing to concede that “it might be his angel,” something other than Peter himself, assuming perhaps that Peter had been executed… “But Peter persistently keeps knocking.” (See Acts 12:16) (Knocking sound) …

You notice it’s harder for him to get into John Mark’s Mother’s house than it was for him to get out of jail.

And they come and open the door and are astonished.” (Acts 12:16 paraphrased)

Excerpted in part from a transcript of a talk by B. Cobbey Crisler entitled “After the Master, What? The Book of Acts”. To buy your own copy, see W’s PS#6]

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