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In the Christian Science Bible Lesson

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For me, this week’s Bible Lesson answers the question “Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?” in a very practical way. Just before reading it, I’d found out that—through my own clerical error—I’d managed to miss an important deadline and inconvenienced several very special friends.

Not good = not real

Here’s a simple touchstone to test the reality or unreality of everything that appears in our experience: “Everything good or worthy, God made. Whatever is valueless or baneful, He did not make,—hence its unreality” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.

What do you see?

As children, my sister and I would lie on the grass, look up at the night sky, and ask each other, “What do you see?” At first we saw the typical constellations: the Little Dipper; Big Dipper; Leo, the Lion. Then we’d giggle and point to the sky again, as it suddenly seemed there was so much more before us—wild animals, paths to rainbows, weeping willow trees, etc.

Matter’s masks stripped away

This Bible Lesson, titled “Matter,” shows how Christian Science reveals not only what is not substantial (matter), but also reveals what is: Spirit. Like a physicist committed to finding the building blocks of the universe, the student of Christian Science can explore this Lesson to understand the spiritual building blocks that make up reality.

A man of substance

The life of David is a real rags-to-riches story: a shepherd boy becomes king. And a very successful king, too.

Our pure, spiritual nature—one with God

God’s man—the man and woman created in His image—exemplifies pure goodness. Purity, to a chemist, for example, is something composed of one substance, and nothing else.

The Savior and the divine nature

This week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson, “Christ Jesus,” opens in the Golden Text with a declaration of Jesus’ mission—“to be the Saviour of the world” ( I John 4:14 ). The Responsive Reading informs us that, through a knowledge of God and of Jesus, we “might be partakers of the divine nature” ( II Peter 1:4 ) and enjoy the grace and peace this knowledge brings.

No steering off course

This week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson, titled “Mind,” shares insights and examples that point to our innate connectivity to one divine Mind. And further, it shows us that Mind, God, provides us with unfailing guidance.

A forever promise

This week’s Bible Lesson, titled “Soul,” explores the covenants—agreements between God and humankind—in the Bible. In one of the earliest covenants, God announces to the patriarch Abram, “I am the Almighty God” ( Genesis 17:1 , Golden Text ).

Hearing Spirit ‘speak’

What if you were invited to a film debut, only to discover the dialogue was in Urdu, an Indian and Pakistani language? You might have trouble understanding! While human language has its limitations, this Bible Lesson, “Spirit,” illustrates how the language of Spirit, God, can be understood by anyone, anywhere. The opening story in the Responsive Readings from Acts 1 and 2, now known as the “Pentecost,” shows how the language of Spirit communicates without restriction.