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Celebrate your Heavenly Mother who daily keeps you from falling for identity in the dust!

Janet Hegarty, C.S., St. Louis, MO
Posted Monday, May 5th, 2008

Celebrate your Heavenly Mother who daily keeps you from falling for identity in the dust!
Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Weekly Bible Lesson on "Adam and Fallen Man"
For the week of May 5 - 11, 2008
Prepared by Janet Hegarty, C.S. of St. Louis, MO

Editor's Note: The following application ideas for this week and Possible Sunday School Topics that follow are offered primarily to help CEDARS campers and staff (as well as friends) see and demonstrate the great value of daily study and application of the Christian Science Bible lessons year-round, not just at camp! You can sign up to have them emailed to you free -- in English by Monday or Tuesday each week, or by each Wednesday you can get a FREE TRANSLATION in French from Pascal, in Spanish from Ana or in German by Gabriele. JUST SIGN UP at www.cedarscamps.org/newsletters.

If you've ever felt as if you've been left out in the cold without hope, as if your rights to good have been denied, or as if you're tumbling helplessly to the ground with nothing to break your fall, this lesson is for you. Study it and you'll discover the warmth and care of ever-present Love is always with you; divine justice perpetually guarantees and enforces your right to good; and the infinite arms of your Father-Mother God have always gently held you and kept you safe even when you seemed to tumble.

Golden Text: God, the Principle of man, holds you up. The verses in the Golden Text are taken from a psalm of thanksgiving. The writer explains that when he found himself in a life-threatening situation, he turned to God with his whole heart. He was desperate and he cried out for help. As if to convince God, he makes this argument - "God you have nothing to gain if I die but if I live I will be able to tell the world about your goodness." The writer survived and, true to his own promise, he wrote this psalm of thanks. However, it is good to remember, God is Life. God does not need to be talked into upholding man's life. Both the Old and the New Testament give plenty of proof that God, the Principle of man, always upholds life and is the only source and power of life. Ezekiel records these words of God, "I take no pleasure in anyone's death." (Ezek 18:32) (The Message) And Jesus, God's messenger says, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10).

Responsive Reading: Say, wait a minute, don't these two stories contradict each other? Did God make man good? Or Did God make man and woman from the "dust of the ground" and place them under the control of this dust? Did He make man to be almost instantly degraded by disobedience or slowly eroded by time? This definitely isn't what Jesus, whose mission was "to prove what God is," showed us. (Science and Health page 26) Jesus proved over and over that God's creation is "very good," as described in Genesis 1:31. Jesus proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that God did not form man out of dust. He gave clear proof that man, the idea of God, is truly innocent and obedient. Here are some examples of how Jesus proved this. Jesus turned Zacchaeus, the tax collector, away from a life of petty theft to a life of purity and honesty. (Luke 19) Jesus also proved that time, sickness, and death, have no power, when he raised Lazarus from the dead. (John 11) He proved the elements of nature have no power to harm man, when he stilled the storm and walked on the water. (Luke 8, John 6) Jesus' words and works proved that God made man and woman "in his own image" and gave them dominion. Remember that dominion means "the right to govern or rule or determine." (Merriam Webster Online Dictionary) It can also mean to "reign, or prevail against." (Strong's Exhaustive Concordance) God has given man the power to be good, to do good, and to be safe. Check your thoughts - are you accepting the restrictions of dust-based thinking or are you shaking off the dust and letting the inspiration of dominion-based ideas fill your thought?

Section 1: More reasons to be suspicious. Why would God need a rib from Adam to make a woman? (B1) We have just read that both man and woman have already been created "in the image of God." We have no evidence that God, who is Spirit, even has a rib, so how could this second story of creation be true? (S1) God gave man and woman dominion, without limitations. He blessed them and declared the perfect goodness of His entire creation. So then, where did this forbidden and dangerous tree come from? (B2) Can you find any other contradictions between the first account and the second? There are many contradictions because the first account is true and the second is completely false. (S4) This shows the need to be alert to be able to tell the difference between truth and error. There are some weeds in my yard that have leaves that are nearly identical to the flowers I've planted. These weeds are impostors, they take the appearance of the good plant so they won't be pulled out when the garden is weeded. The weeds grow like vines, winding (like a serpent) around the stems of the flowers. If you don't notice the weeds, they easily overtake the flowers and spoil the plants. Mrs. Eddy's article, "Ways That Are Vain" on page 210 of Miscellany explains how important it is that we are alert to Animal Magnetism. When you read the article you will see how the weeds in my yard resemble the "method of Animal Magnetism" in our thought. Look carefully for any impostors that might have crept into your thinking, thoughts that seem logical on the surface but contradict the truth of being when you take a closer look. Identify these lies and be sure to pull them out by the roots!

Section 2: Your Father-Mother God will never abandon you. There was a time when Ishmael, Hagar's son, had a place of honor in his family. (B4) At that time, he was the only son of Abraham, the highly respected leader of the family, a rich man, who was considered to be a mighty prince. (Westminster Dictionary of the Bible) But when Ishmael's half-brother, Isaac, was born, Ishmael's social status was greatly reduced. Isaac was the son of Sarah, Abraham's wife. Ishmael's mother was only a servant. Ishmael would have been about 14 to 16 years old when Abraham sent him and his mother into the wilderness. Suddenly, everything that Ishmael had identified himself with was taken away. The few supplies he and his mother had been given soon ran out. In despair, they gave up hope and waited to die. But the love of God sent an angel message that revealed a nearby well. This steady supply of water allowed them to adapt to life in the wilderness. Eventually, Ishmael became the father of twelve princes. Human life can be changeable. Family and friends may sometimes let us down. But remember, your Father-Mother God will always be there for you. (B5,B6) If you feel you've been left out in the cold, fear not, listen for God's loving messages, they will guide you and lovingly provide for you.

Section 3: The truth about women. In the Adam and Eve story, the false record of creation, the woman is described as a secondary citizen. She seems to be entirely deprived of an individual identity and existence. Then to make matters worse, she easily falls for the lies of the serpent and eats the fruit of the forbidden tree. She is then blamed for the fall of mankind and cursed to live a life of pain as punishment. Remember, that is the false history of women. In this section we learn the truth about the real women that God created. The story of the daughters of Zelophehad show women have rights as individuals just like men do. The daughters of Zelophehad were wise to challenge the traditions of their day and not to accept the limited and oppressed condition those traditions would have put upon them. They understood that women have legitimate rights according to God's law and so they made a strong stand for justice. (B8) The children of God are equal without regard to their gender. (S13, S14) God made both men and women to reflect His infinite nature. (S15) The oppression of women's rights also degrades the character of manhood. An unbalanced and false sense of superiority (and inferiority) is not a secure basis for society to build on. (S17) It hides the true sense of love and limits the possibilities for all mankind. Let's each do our part to elevate the race. Examine your thoughts about manhood and womanhood. Check carefully to see if they are in agreement with the true record of spiritual creation. This will bless everyone, both men and women.

Section 4: Christ is our true heritage and the foundation of our faith. In Paul's letter to the Ephesians, he communicates his heartfelt prayer for the progress and success of his fellow Christians. Paul identifies the understanding of the "love of Christ" as the key element for the Christian to build on. He prays that we might have "strength," "that Christ may dwell in our hearts," and that we "might be filled with all the fullness of God." (B12) The life of Jesus is a window through which we can know the Christ and discover our own God-given dominion. (S19) The citations from Science and Health in this section provide the perfect study guide to expand our understanding of the Christ. Search citations S19 and S20 to discover the qualities of the Christ. You may want to make a list. Then claim these qualities as your own and as the true qualities of all mankind. Mary Baker Eddy promises that this activity will "reopen ... the gates of Paradise." (S21) If we work in earnest, as Paul hoped we would, all people will feel the benefits of our work.

Section 5: The real man can only rise higher and higher, it's impossible for him to fall. Did Eutychus "fall" down from the third loft? Did this "fall" cause his death? No, Paul proved that "his life [was] in him." (B15) It is "impossible for man, under the government of God...to fall from his high estate." (S26) Man cannot "fall" down at all. Our prayer that knows accidents and unexplained events can not harm us is not reactive to events after-the-fact. It is a preemptive prayer that acknowledges that the accident never really could have happened at all. The force of gravity, like every part of God's creation, is under God's protective power and expresses God's intelligence. Mrs. Eddy tells us "Your thought is more powerful than your words, more powerful than the accident itself, to make the injury real." Then, she tells us to reverse the process and to declare and know why there is no injury. She says that the healing will be in "proportion to your disbelief in physics.... " (S25) Gravity did not cause Eutychus' accident. Gravity does not cause us to stumble, fall, drop, or to be attracted to the "dust of the ground." Our "disbelief" in every uncontrolled force, whether it is called gravity, weather, earthquake, anger, or hatred, is our advance protection. Be confident, God is All, the only possible power and source of action.

Section 6: Debunking the Adam-dream. Rejoice and be glad! You are upright and all good, because that's how God made you. God is "able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless." (B19) The works of Jesus, and also, every Christian Science healing, prove that the Adam-dream is a powerless lie about God and man. This false suggestion that man can fall and God, who is ever-present, can be absent or powerless, cannot continue to darken human experience. (S27) The Christ, Truth has awakened mankind from the Adam-dream. The Christ calls out to every man, woman, and child, daily "You have dominion!" Your relationship with God, good, is indestructible. This perfect relationship has never been interrupted and it never can be interrupted. (S28) Claim your dominion. Gather courage from Hagar's angel, the triumph of the daughters of Zelophehad, and the healing of Eutychus. Strive to know yourself as God knows you, as His image, "upright and Godlike." (S29) With joy, take every opportunity that comes you way, to prove your glorious heritage.
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Camp Director's Note: This sharing is the latest in an ongoing, seven-year series of CedarS Bible Lesson "mets" (metaphysical application ideas) contributed weekly by a rotation of CedarS Resident Practitioners and occasionally by other metaphysicians. (To keep the flow of the practitioner's ideas intact and to allow for more selective printing I put my "Possible Sunday School Topics" and Homework options on the following page - after the practitioner's application ideas.) This weekly email (and website posting) is intended to encourage further study and application of ideas in the lesson and to invigorate Sunday School participation by students and by the budding teachers on our staff. Originally sent JUST to campers, staff and CedarS families who wanted to continue at home and in their home Sunday Schools the same type of focused Lesson study, application and inspiration they had felt at camp, CedarS lesson "mets" are in no way meant to be definitive or conclusive or in any way a substitute for daily study of the lesson. The thoughts presented are the inspiration of the moment and are offered to give a bit more dimension, background and new angles on daily applicability to some of the ideas and passages being studied. The weekly Bible Lessons are copyrighted by the Christian Science Publishing Society and are printed in the Christian Science Quarterly as available at Christian Science Reading Rooms or online at eBibleLesson.com or myBibleLesson.com. The citations referenced (i.e. B1 and S28) from this week's Bible Lesson in the "met" (metaphysical application ideas) are taken from the King James Version of the Bible (B1-24) and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. (S1-30) The Bible and Science and Health are the ordained pastor of the Churches of Christ, Scientist. The Bible Lesson is the sermon read in Christian Science church services throughout the world. The Lesson-Sermon speaks individually through the Christ to everyone, providing unique insights and tailor-made applications for each one. We are glad you requested this metaphysical sharing and hope that you find some of these ideas helpful in your daily spiritual journey, in your deeper digging in the books and in closer bonding with your Comforter and Pastor. Have fun unwrapping, cherishing and sharing your special, spiritual gift(s)!
Enjoy!
Warren Huff, Camp Director, director@cedarscamps.org (636) 394-6162

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Possible Sunday School Topics, Homework & Application Ideas by Warren Huff for the Mothers Day, May 11, 2008 Christian Science Bible Lesson: "Adam and Fallen Man"

Possible Uplifting Sunday School Homework (P.U.S.S.H.)
Every day, and especially this Sunday to make for a Happy Mothers Day, obey the 5th Commandment to "honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long." (Exodus 20:12) You can find fresh application ideas and helpful background on this and all the commandments by listening to the "First Lessons" series of podcasts in the Sunday School section at TMCYouth.com (http://tmcyouth.com/blogs/sunday-school/ten-commandments/) If we cannot be together with our human parents or grandparents, let's find higher, meaningful ways to honor their presence and spiritual identities and to nurture our own parenting and comforting qualities. You can listen to a Mothers Day gift awaiting you in the form of a TMCYouth podcast about motherhood by Christian Science lecturer Robin Hoagland, and TMC Youth staffers Ariana Herlinger and Clementine Lue Clark. (http://tmcyouth.com/blogs/podcasts/motherhood/) Don't forget to especially celebrate your Heavenly Mother who is always with you to keep you from "falling for" the lie of life in matter or any origin in the dust.

Possible Sunday School Topics [P.S.S.T. -Golden Text] D.I.A.L.-man versus Dust-man -- the true versus the false record of creation.
"Shall the dust praise thee? Shall it declare thy truth?" (Ps. 30:9) Neighbors of CedarS Camps (who live along the final couple of miles of gravel roads before camp) tend to judge the Christianity of those who pass by according to the amount of dust they stir up and leave on their clotheslines. This lesson applies, less literally, to every road we travel. What seems to stir up dust-man traits and the "fallen-man fallout" of anger, hatred, selfishness, sensuality, irritability, over-aggressive competitiveness, hurry, worry, ...? How can you keep from FALLING for this dust-man sense of yourself and the egotistical lie of life in matter? Do you feel sometimes feel burdened with personal responsibility and driven by a false sense of EGO that would Edge God Out? Discuss how it helps to slow down ("pause, wait on God" (S&H 323:10) and humbly reflect on your stress-free status as the Divine Image and Likeness of God. (See R.R., Gen. 1: 26, S2, S6) Share ways to be more considerate of those around you. Remember Mrs. Eddy counsel: "Rushing around smartly is no proof of accomplishing much." (Misc. 230:12, from "Improve Your Time" with more gems from a time-management expert)

Possible Sunday School Topics (P.S.S.T. - Responsive Reading, RR) Other forms of dust are the air pollution and pollen that seem to be "wandering"
into millions of nostrils at this time of year. More harmful than this pollution is the seeming epidemic of "Evil thoughts, lusts, and malicious purposes" that "cannot go forth, like wandering pollen, finding unexpected lodgment, if virtue and truth build a strong defense." (S&H 234:32-3) Check your defenses. Have you unwittingly accepted the restrictions of a dust-based creation and of a nostril-breathing self? Or, are you really ready to "cease from man whose breath is in his nostrils"? (RR, Isa. 2:22) It's time to be "shaking off the dust and letting the inspiration of dominion-based ideas fill your thought." (Janet Hegarty application ideas on the R.R.)

(P.S.S.T. -1) (1st section)
The Bible part of this section ends with a 3rd direct denunciation of an element of the Genesis 2 myth of creation. (The G.T. is a denunciation of a dust man origin and the R.R. ends in a reproof of the nostril man notion.) The 1st section is a denunciation of the cast-away man myth. Instead of God casting out and driving out man, Romans affirms that "God hath not cast away his people." Rom. 11: 1, 2 (B3) Instead what is to be cast away is "any impostors that might have crept (like weeds) into your thinking, thoughts that seem logical on the surface but contradict the truth of being when you take a closer look. Identify these lies and be sure to pull them out by the roots!" (Janet Hegarty application ideas on 1st s.)

(P.S.S.T. -2) ) Let's use a understanding of the sibling rivalry between Ishmael and Isaac in this section as a springboard to make us and the world better, not bitter. In so doing we can finally help heal the 4,000-year-old, Arab-Israeli conflict that has followed. How can we heal the world belief of sibling rivalries until we start resolving disagreements in our own families? Have you (like comedian Tommy Smother) ever been jealous that your sibling had it easier or was more loved than you? (Check out the 10th commandment in Exodus 20:17) Have you ever been tempted (like 13-year older half-brother Ishmael was) to mock, taunt or make fun of a sibling (or a more distant "brother" or "sister")? (Look at Jesus' take on the 6th Commandment in Matthew 5:21-25 and the Beatitude about being a peacemaker. Listen to the podcast at http://tmcyouth.com/blogs/sunday-school/page/2/) "Family and friends may sometimes let us down. But remember, your Father-Mother God will always be there for you. (B5, B6) If you feel you've been left out in the cold, fear not, listen for God's loving messages, they will guide you and lovingly provide for you." (Janet Hegarty application ideas on 2nd s.)

(P.S.S.T. -3) Discuss what it means that there is no lesser gender or secondary citizenship. Eve was "blamed for the fall of mankind and cursed to live a life of pain as punishment. Remember, that is the false history of women. In this section we learn the truth about the real women that God created. The story of the daughters of Zelophehad show women have rights as individuals just like men do. The daughters of Zelophehad were wise to challenge the traditions of their day and not to accept the limited and oppressed condition those traditions would have put upon them. They understood that women have legitimate rights according to God's law and so they made a strong stand for justice. (B8) The children of God are equal without regard to their gender. (S13, S14) God made both men and women to reflect His infinite nature. (S15) The oppression of women's rights also degrades the character of manhood." In part 5 of the 6-part series on thinking about women, Christian Science practitioner Russel Fogg and video producer Matt Lawrence join TMC Youth's David Bates to discuss "How to shed behavior that drags you down" at http://tmcyouth.com/blogs/podcasts/thinking-about-women-ep5/ What part can you play in elevating the race and your thoughts about manhood and womanhood? "Check carefully to see if they are in agreement with the true record of spiritual creation. This will bless everyone, both men and women." (Janet Hegarty application ideas on 3rd s.)

(P.S.S.T. -4) "The life of Jesus is a window through which we can know the Christ and discover our own God-given dominion. (S19) The citations from Science and Health in this section provide the perfect study guide to expand our understanding of the Christ. Search citations S19 and S20 to discover the qualities of the Christ." (Janet Hegarty application ideas on 4th s.) Make a list of these qualities of the Christ. "Then claim these qualities as your own and as the true qualities of all mankind. Mary Baker Eddy promises that this activity will ‘reopen ... the gates of Paradise.' (S21)" (Janet Hegarty application ideas on 4th s.) I once made a special pair of dice with 7 dots on each side to make the spiritual point that no matter how this complete "pair of dice" (people or events) are rolled, there is no chance for anything but perfection in God's Paradise. (S21)

(P.S.S.T. -5) "Like Paul's prayer, "our prayer that knows accidents and unexplained events can not harm us, is not reactive to events after-the-fact. It is a preemptive prayer that acknowledges that the accident never really could have happened at all. ... Gravity did not cause Eutychus' accident. Gravity does not cause us to stumble, fall, drop, or to be attracted to the "dust of the ground." How good is your "advance protection" system of "disbelief" in advance "in every uncontrolled force, whether it is called gravity, weather, earthquake, anger, or hatred?" Has your disbelief in disastrous events been compromised because they are so played up by the media? "Be confident, God is All, the only possible power and source of action." (Janet Hegarty application ideas on 5th s.)

(P.S.S.T. -6)
"The works of Jesus, and also, every Christian Science healing, prove that the Adam-dream is a powerless lie about God and man." What Christian Science healings have you had or witnessed that disprove the Adam dream? Check out a TMCYouth Summit podcast dealing with the Adam dream by Christine Driessen called "How to Heal with Confidence" at http://tmcyouth.com/blogs/podcasts/heal-with-confidence/ "The Christ, Truth has awakened mankind from the Adam-dream." Claim your dominion as the perfect Genesis 1 man. Are you facing a seemingly hopeless situation like Hagar was? Her angel can give you hope and courage. Have you ever felt treated like a second-class citizen? Remember the triumph of the daughters of Zelophehad. Has an accident ever occurred in your experience? Remember and replicate the healing of Eutychus. "Strive to know yourself as God knows you, as His image, "upright and Godlike." (S29) With joy, take every opportunity that comes you way, to prove your glorious heritage." (Janet Hegarty application ideas on 6th s.)
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