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.
For centuries, the ancient Israelites believed that the only way they could be forgiven (or atone) for their sins was to sacrifice animals or other farm products to God, as “burnt offerings,” according to their ritual law. Yet this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson, titled “Doctrine of Atonement,” tells us about the new model for atonement that Christ Jesus established—the law of self-sacrificing love.
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 Golden Text in this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson, titled “Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?” opens with the Psalmist’s plea for salvation from “mine oppressors” ( Psalms 119:121 ). What greater oppressors does humankind have than sin, disease, and death? And what greater salvation could we experience than freedom from these oppressors? The Golden Text closes with the Psalmist’s delight in God’s law (see 119:174 ).
At times we may feel that the world is arrayed against us and we are victims of the apparent circumstances. But is this true, or is it only what seems to be? This week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson, titled “Unreality,” challenges us to look beyond appearances to see what God has in store for us—the freedom of being His child.