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.
This week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson, titled “Reality,” invites us to “Come and see the works of God” (Psalms 66:5, Golden Text). But how do we attain such a spiritual vision? Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, found the answer in the Scriptures and wrote of her experience, “… I won my way to absolute conclusions through divine revelation, reason, and demonstration” ( Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.
Visual images have long been used to reinforce messages of power and authority, ranging from the Romans affixing Caesar’s image on coinage to modern media showings of a dictator’s collapsed statue. This Christian Science Bible Lesson, titled “Matter,” employs the biblical story of the fall of Jericho to symbolize the collapse of the belief of matter through the understanding of Spirit’s allness.
“Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not?” asks Proverbs 23:5 in the Responsive Reading of this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson, titled “Substance. ” Wouldn’t you rather take in the glories of the spiritual sense of substance than cling to a limited material sense? Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Truth, Life, and Love are substance ….
This week’s Bible Lesson, titled “Man,” begins with a Golden Text from the final chapter of the Bible: “He that is holy, let him be holy still” ( Revelation 22:11 ). Or, as the Contemporary English Version puts it, “God’s people will always be holy.