What would you say about a man who buys a parcel of land in a country on the verge of collapse? A dubious investment? Actually, no. The man is the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah, and the country is Israel, whose king (Zedekiah) is about to be carried off captive to Babylon.
In this week’s Lesson, titled “God the Preserver of Man,” we are presented with the comforting truth that the originating source of life is also the same power that preserves life. Popular thought credits nutrition, exercise, hygiene, medicine, and genetics as the preservers of man, but Christian Science affirms that the creator Himself, divine Principle, God, holds man’s life eternally under His wings, where “No weapon formed against you shall prosper” ( Isaiah 54:17 , Responsive Reading).
Johannes Kepler, a brilliant 17th century astronomer, discovered laws of planetary motion that helped propel the scientific revolution. He’s been called the father of physical astronomy, but his lifework was permeated with a deeply held conviction that God is the creator of the universe.
This week’s Bible Lesson, titled “Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced,” opens with a line from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatians: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked” ( 6:7 , Golden Text). In other words, God is the only power, and it’s important to be mindful that you aren’t tricked into thinking that whatever you do in the name of God, religion, or ethics, is for your own glory.
There is an infamous section of highway between Northern and Southern California called “the Grapevine. ” Motorists who drive it regularly know how alert they must be when the “tule fog” descends and they are barely able to see the front of their vehicle.
Sometimes our lives seem more dark than light, with international conflict, illnesses, and family turmoil hanging over us like heavy clouds. That’s the way the Christians in Thessalonica must have felt some 20 years after Christ Jesus’ ascension.
In Christian Science, “Adam” stands for “error,” and “Christ” stands for “Truth. ” Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy explains First Corinthians 15:22 this way: “ ‘As in Adam [error] all die, even so in Christ [Truth] shall all be made alive.
You might say that the title of this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson, “Everlasting Punishment,” is a hot topic! At least it is for those who fear fire and brimstone at a final judgment. But will God at any point cast off His own children? No, answers Christian Science—God and the real man are inseparable.
This week’s Bible Lesson, titled “Probation After Death,” asks us to ponder deep questions about life after death. While some may believe they are destined to go directly to a place called heaven or hell after death, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy speaks of a probationary time and ultimate salvation for all: “Universal salvation rests on progression and probation, and is unattainable without them.
This week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson, titled “Doctrine of Atonement,” isn’t complicated. According to Harper’s Bible Dictionary, atonement is a core Christian doctrine (or teaching) “concerning the means and condition of the reconciliation by which man returns into complete communion with God.