Among the 26 recurring Lesson subjects that Mary Baker Eddy chose, some have been theologically perplexing to thinkers through the ages. This Bible Lesson, “Soul and Body,” brings clarification to the still common assumption that an immaterial “soul” somehow resides in a fleshly body, and escapes at death.
Spending time at the ocean this spring, I often woke to dark, thunderous waves rising ten feet high, then pounding down on the beach. Within a few days, the view changed to one of peace as blue-green waves swayed, barely touching the sand, yet depositing a serendipitous assortment of sea treasures.
The Apostle Paul put it bluntly to the church he’d founded in Corinth, where false teachers were luring the members away from pure Christianity: “I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” ( II Corinthians 11:3 ). That warning is the Golden Text for this week’s Bible Lesson on “Adam and Fallen Man.
This week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson, titled “Everlasting Punishment,” begins with the promise of God’s “everlasting kindness” ( Isaiah 54:8 , Golden Text). The phrase “everlasting punishment” comes from Matthew 25:46.
Some Christians believe that the life we spend here on earth is a big test for us. Then, after we die, we are evaluated and sent to heaven or hell.
Anyone who has ever felt alone and aimless like a lost sheep can find comfort in this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson, titled “Doctrine of Atonement. ” The Lesson describes the lengths to which the Christ goes to bring us into the embrace of divine Love.
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.
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.
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.
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.