Archive for February 2022

“God with us” all   Leave a comment

The February 24, 2022 edition of the weekly Christian Science Sentinel features an article by Jeannie Ferber who describes how she is praying about situations of conflict and war. In her prayers she takes inspiration from Bible stories where similar situations were averted and harmony restored. She also takes courage from the personal stories of friends who have been caught up in war zones. In describing one of these situations she writes:

The destruction all around my friend was so extreme that a mortal, material sense of life began to lose its meaning. As must always be the case, the greater any discord seems to become, rather than actually becoming more real, it begins to lose its legitimacy. In the midst of all the destruction, when my friend felt an irrepressible sense of life, he knew that what he was feeling could only be of God. 

Click here to read the full article in which Jeannie shares the spiritual reasoning that brought her peace.

War – An Evil   1 comment

Nothing is gained by fighting, but much is lost.

Peace is the promise and reward of rightness. …

War is in itself an evil, barbarous, devilish. Victory in error is defeat in Truth. War is not in the domain of good; war weakens power and must finally fall, pierced by its own sword.

(The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy p278: 21)

‘Mark’ the Man and Woman of God’s Creating   Leave a comment

An article from the Christian Science Monitor by Blythe Evans

When my children were in elementary school, they played soccer through a local sports program. Before each game, the coach would assign each child a player on the opposing team to “mark.” That meant to focus on and stay right with the player at all times, rather than meandering around the field of play. Sometimes the coach would even say, “Mark that player so closely you feel like you’re in their shirt! Stay right with them.”

The importance of this was not lost on the young athletes, and the better they each marked their player, the better the game went for them.

I think of this sometimes when I read in the Bible, “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace” (Psalms 37:37). Practically speaking, who is “the perfect man” we are to “mark”? How do we do that? And why should we?

Well, it is clear there is no perfect human being, so the “perfect man” must be a higher, more spiritual concept of man than we experience with our material senses. In fact, the teachings of Christian Science help us see that the “perfect man” is the spiritual man (meaning all of us) of God’s creating, made in the image of divine Spirit.

Blythe goes on to explain how this reasoning and spiritualisation of thought brought about a quick healing of her young grandson’s injured finger. She concludes by saying:

This doesn’t mean putting our heads in the sand when we or someone we encounter is not well or acting wrongly. Rather, we can silently affirm that everyone’s true nature is one of harmony, health, and integrity, because God, Spirit, is all good. Understanding this enables us to overcome illness or bad character traits, and to help others do the same.

Click here to read the complete article.

God’s Promise   Leave a comment

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… prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

(The Bible – Malachi 3: 10)

Freedom – a Divine Right   Leave a comment

Wednesday Testimony Meeting Readings

This recording is of readings on the topic:  Freedom – a Divine Right

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I love Thy way of freedom, Lord,

To serve Thee is my choice,

In Thy clear light of Truth I rise

And, listening for Thy voice,

I hear Thy promise old and new,

That bids all fear to cease:

My presence still shall go with thee

And I will give thee peace.

(Christian Science Hymnal 136 by Violet Hay)

Hearing God   Leave a comment

Spirit, God, is heard when the senses are silent.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p89: 20)

Identity – Distinct and Eternal   1 comment

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The divine Mind maintains all identities, from a blade of grass to a star, as distinct and eternal.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p70: 12)

All One in Love   1 comment

‘Love’ what a word!

Isn’t it Love that makes us happy?  Isn’t it Love that heals our hurts and fears?  Isn’t Love the thing that at every stage of our lives we need in order to flourish and thrive, not just survive?

Isn’t it Love that makes life worth living?  Isn’t it Love and only Love that can bring ‘… on earth peace, goodwill to men’?

Golden Rule

Love is what unites us all.  No matter what our religion or philosophy, Christian, non-Christian, atheist, sectarian, Love is at the heart of us all. In fact, most great spiritual thinking has the Golden Rule as a core value.

Judaism says, ‘What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbour.’

Buddhism – ‘Hurt not others with that which hurts yourself.’

Sikhism – ‘Treat others as you would be treated yourself.’

Islam – ‘Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.’

In the Christian Bible, Christ Jesus says, ‘… all things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do even so to them.’

Love for one another is at the core of all of them.

However, this Love that is such a core principle, has to be more than mere human affection.  So, what then is it?

What Does the Bible Say?

The Bible does tell us very clearly when it says in 1 John, ‘God is Love’. 

For many, that term ‘God’ is variously thought of as the non-physical, all good, supreme Being; the governing benevolent power in our lives and of the universe.  Too often though, we can also overlay our sense of God with all sorts of human traits and limitations.  But, to think of the supreme, wholly good, governing power of all things, as Love, lifts our thoughts of God beyond the human into something far greater; it lifts it into the realm of the divine.  It takes away a sense of the distance and unknowability of God, the humanness and variability, and brings it to the here and nowness, the closeness of Love, of what we already know within the core of ourselves. 

A Powerful Force

It makes Love a powerful force in our lives.

Love is the true essence of all religion.  This is certainly true of Christian Science. I grew up in Christian Science, but you can’t inherit an understanding of what a religion has to offer. There has to come a point when you decide for yourself that its ideas and Principles are right and good. 

Personal Experience

For me it was this sense of God as Love, that helped me see its worth.  Like most of us, I went through a period where I felt lost and alone, and very unloved, but it was the inner voice that kept telling me how much God loved me and knew me, that blew away the darkness and brought me into the light – the light of feeling loved.  It literally transformed me.

In fact, the founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, has made Love an essential quality for being a Christian Scientist.  She said, “Christian Scientists, their children and grandchildren to the latest generations, inevitably love one another with that love wherewith Christ loveth us; a love unselfish, unambitious, impartial, universal, — that loves only because it is Love.” (Pulpit and Press p21:1)

Original Christianity

It’s a high ideal to live up to, but no less a standard than Jesus set for original Christianity. Original Christianity loves without discrimination; unites and never divides; values a person by the quality of character not material riches. This original standard is at the heart of Christian Science.

Find Out More

If you would like to know more about this religion of Love, please meet us at our Sunday Services (10.00 am) and our Wednesday Testimony Meetings (6.15 pm).  We are located on the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton.  Sunday School for students up to the age of 20 is also at 10.00 am – new students are always welcome.

This article was contributed by Beth Packer who is a full-time Christian Science healer.

The Importance of Truth   1 comment

Evasion of Truth cripples integrity, and casts thee down from the pinnacle.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p448:10)

COVID Safe   1 comment

The members of the Christian Science community in Canberra share their experiences and thoughts on Christian Science:

Just recently I spent a day at Summernats with my dad.  Summernats is an annual car event held in Canberra.   COVID was raging in Canberra at this time and people were quite fearful of anyone who even coughed.  Still Exhibition Park where the event was held was crowded with over 2000 people attending that day.  We had a wonderful time!

However, after I arrived home I started to feel unwell.  I had many of the symptoms associated with COVID and my mum told me to isolate from the family and stay in my room.  I obeyed and used this alone time to pray quietly about the situation.  The idea that came to me was that this situation was similar to one of those 3D drawings you see sometimes – the ones where if you look at it one way you see one image and if you change focus and look at it from a different angle you see a completely different picture.  I knew I had to choose which picture I was looking at.

At this point I messaged my Sunday School teacher for some extra help.  She told me that it was fear that was contagious not COVID.  I related this to a story she had told me in Sunday School about a man in a canoe who was lost in the fog.  I likened the fear to the fog.  At that point the fear seemed to surround me – just like the fog.  In the story the man had only to stand up in the canoe and see above the fog and to see his safe course.  I knew that all I needed to do was to stand above the mental fog and see the truth of the situation – the truth that I was spiritual and not subject to material laws of contagion.  With these thoughts I felt safe and fell asleep.

In the morning when I woke I was perfectly well.  The fever and the cough had completely gone and the runny nose was also gone in about an hour.  I was very grateful for this proof of God’s care.

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