Theories about the universe—when it began, how it will end, and what happens in between—have perplexed individuals since time began. Even time itself is questioned.
This week’s Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly, titled “God the Preserver of Man,” shows us that the understanding of our relationship to God is a wonderful source of protection and deliverance. In the Responsive Reading, the book of Isaiah declares this promise from God: “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” ( 43:2 ).
This week’s Bible Lesson in the Christian Science Quarterly is teeming with joy, and there’s good reason for that. Its title, “God the Only Cause and Creator,” confirms these reassuring words from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “God, Spirit, alone created all, and called it good” (p.
Several countries have a national holiday called “Thanksgiving” in which families, friends, and communities pause to give thanks to God and to share their bounty with those in need. But “Thanksgiving,” the title of this Bible Lesson, goes beyond those sentiments.
The subject of this week’s Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly, “Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced,” conveys a lot! But it boils down to the fact that anything based on the belief that mental malpractice has intelligence or power is not only denounced but impossible in the face of the allness and omnipotence of God, good. The Golden Text immediately focuses our thought on the absolute power of good: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” ( Galatians 5:22, 23 ).
The human mind tends to divide everything into categories—good/bad, true/false, tangible/intangible, and so forth. It’s no surprise that from that perspective we think of ourselves as consisting of two parts: body and soul—the “material” and the “spiritual.
This week’s Bible Lesson in the Christian Science Quarterly, “Mortals and Immortals,” reveals how we can see God more clearly. This comes as we are newborn of Spirit, as the darkened view that we are mortal is replaced by the true view of our immortal, spiritual nature.
The importance of having a role model, someone to be looked to and used as a guideline for one’s own life, is a widespread idea today. We just want to be sure we’re looking at the right one.
Need punishment be everlasting? In the Golden Text of this week’s Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly, titled “Everlasting Punishment,” the Psalmist assures us that the Lord has “delivered my soul from the lowest hell” ( Psalms 86:13 ). And in the Responsive Reading, which follows, we are assured that the Lord does not “afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men” ( Lamentations 3:33 ).
The subject of this week’s Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly, “Probation After Death,” addresses the question of salvation: When, where, and how does it come to an individual? This Lesson shows that salvation comes through deep, ongoing spiritual transformation of thought and life, and that death holds no power to affect one’s true life. The Lesson draws heavily from the Gospel of Luke, often noted for its emphasis on compassion for the poor and criticism of those who are too preoccupied with their own wealth to care for those in need.