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Let pressure yield to the peaceful presence of Christ!

Dan Carnesciali C.S., St. Louis, MO
Posted Monday, December 13th, 2010

[Let all living-in-a-rut pressures yield to the peaceful presence of Christ!]
Cedars "Met" Application Ideas on the Christian Science Bible Lesson:
"Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force" Dec. 19, 2010
by Dan Carnesciali, CS of Ballwin, MO [with bracketed italics by Warren Huff]

[Editor's Note: The following application ideas for this week, and the Possible Sunday School Topics that will 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 each week, or by each Wednesday you may get a FREE TRANSLATION in Spanish thanks to the team of Ana, Erick, Claudia and Patricio. (Substitute, volunteer translators into French and German will be welcomed by Pascal and Helga who donate their time to translate most weeks.) YOU CAN SIGN UP at
www.cedarscamps.org/newsletters]
 
We deal with forces every day. Throw a ball in the air and it falls back down. Ride a bike and it stays upright. Roll a ball down a hill and it gains speed.
Sir Isaac Newton discovered that every force has an opposite force. He also discovered that an object in motion tends to remain in motion. However, some of those discoveries by Sir Isaac Newton are being overturned because his discovery was not complete. Christian Science is radical, but that doesn't mean it is wrong. The technological discoveries of the next 10 years will be astounding and will overturn what is now considered law. The discoveries of the next 100 years may be incomprehensible. It is possible that a lot of what you and I know about the material universe will turn out to be wrong. NASA has been quietly doing research on an anti-gravity machine. They don't call it that. They call it "gravity modification" or "gravity force shielding". (http://www.slate.com/id/2072733/A device that can manipulate gravity defies conventional scientific wisdom. "To understand why, it's helpful to know there are two complementary but not entirely compatible explanations for gravity. Isaac Newton, the first physicist, described gravity as an attraction between two masses. Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity suggests mass actually causes space- time to warp around it." (http://keelynet.com/gravity/nasaag.htm) What if Mary Baker Eddy actually discovered the Science of Being? That is, that Life is Spirit and matter is a misperception of God? [The effects of a fall off of a galloping, bareback horse were instantly healed when the force of gravity's attraction between two material objects was negating by seeing that both my body and the Earth were really spiritual ideas, not material objects,] 
 
Golden Text:
In this Bible lesson take note of when the words power, force, might, strength are used. God, we sing of Your power, Your strength. We magnify You alone. We praise You. Mortal mind is always dwelling on the level of [opposite] alternatives. Good and evil. Love and hate. If divine Love is all, then there is no alternative. What is hate? It's the inverse of love. But, it is not the opposite of love. Believing that God has an opposite is believing in separateness. 
 
Responsive Reading:
The Psalms are well-loved because they speak to the heart. They are simple and powerful. "Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands." That's simple. We can do that. However, if we sing a song the same way every time or pray the same way every time we get in a rut. [Steering clear of thoughtless "tradition for tradition's sake" is easier when we remember that "a rut is just a grave with the ends kicked out." Let spiritualized views tweak your old traditions and start some new ones!] Sing a new song to God. It is good to challenge yourself to do something differently, even if it feels odd at first. Stagnancy isn't Christian Science.
Our heavenly Father blesses us with health and healing. In this week's lesson, we're going to see that there is no alternative to peace, blessing, strength, health, healing and happiness. God takes pleasure in you. When She looks at you, all She sees is Herself. All She sees is good. If there is only one Mind, then any other vantage point is theoretical. We must challenge ourselves to see with Mind's eyes. When Mind looks at your school, business, job, or church what is Mind seeing? (See Science and Health 492:3)
 
Section 1 - Is Man a Creator or Creation?
Commonly, theology (study of God) says that God is almighty and made everything, but God gave man the choice to be sinful. If that were true then God is a creator, but man is too. (B1) "Did any of you measure the ocean by yourself or stretch out the sky with your own hands? Did you put the soil of the earth in a bucket or weigh the hills and mountains on balance scales? Has anyone told the Lord what he must do or given him advice?  The holy God asks, "Who compares with me? Is anyone my equal?" (CEV)  When you fly over a city it is very impressive to witness what has been built. But, let's be honest, in the balance of things we (humankind) don't know very much. Scientists say that our knowledge of the oceans is actually very limited. We know the Source of all intelligence and might is God-good. (B2) "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done, from beginning to end." (Eccl. 3:11)  "The Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king ... he hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his discretion (understanding)." You are not burdened. You cannot be burdened. Whatever it is, it is not your burden and not your responsibility. If you believe you are in the problem, it almost doesn't matter what you pray. Your belief will tend to override your prayer. (B3) "Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance (face)." God has the responsibility. Your responsibility is to honor God and to respond. (B4)   To summarize, this section was about whether mortal mind is a creator. You are not mortal mind, or a mortal mind. God is the know-er and act-or. You are the knowing, the action. You are not having an experience. God is having an experience, and that experience is you. (B5) "The true theory of the universe, including man, is not in material history, but in spiritual development. Inspired thought relinquishes a material, sensual, and mortal theory of the universe, and adopts the spiritual and immortal." (S5) God is the one who thinks, creates, makes, rejoices, etc. You are God's glory and grace.
 
Section 2 - Mary Conceives
In the citations from Science and Health we see the truth of creation. "God creates and governs the universe, including man." (S7) Mrs. Eddy specifically included the phrase, "including man" in that sentence. Why? It would be an accurate metaphysical statement without it. "Including man" makes you think more deeply about what it means and whether all conception is from God. We must be clear she is talking about scientific, spiritual reality, where man is the spiritual reflection of God, not matter. "Multiplication of God's children comes from no power of propagation in matter, it is the reflection of Spirit." (S8) She is saying that matter does not propagate, does not generate, it does not reproduce. That's bold. In the context of a material view of creation and evolution, that statement does not make any sense. What context does it make sense in? It makes sense to God, Mind. Because God is Mind, the only know-er, everything is subjective to Mind. Mind is all that knows, conceives and reflects. Back to the Bible passages: In Luke, Mary is engaged to Joseph and an angel appears to her and tells her that she is very special to God. He also tells her baby will be called "the Son of the Highest" and of his reign and kingdom "there shall be no end." If that didn't take her breath away, then the angel tells her that she will become pregnant without having sexual relations with a man. (She must have had a lot of trust in Joseph to tell him what the angel told her. What trust he must have had in her!) In this story, Mary meets her cousin Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John the Baptist, and Elizabeth praises Mary's faith. At that moment, Mary responds, "My soul doth magnify the Lord ..." Her response has been put to song and is called the Magnificat, which is Latin for my soul magnifies. Let's let our soul magnify the Lord, and rejoice in God our savior [from false beliefs].
["Read the Christmas story as though you've come upon it for the first time-not just being swept along by the rhythm and beauty of the language through each of the familiar scenes-and you'll find it can seem strikingly new. ... From the beginning of the careful account in Luke's Gospel, the story is clearly about real people, in a real time, in a real place. The journey to pay taxes in crowded Bethlehem has a factual basis. ..." Click here to see the whole article, "The real Christmas message" by Allison Phinney reprinted in spirituality.com from the December 25, 2006, issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.
 
Section 3 - Jesus' Birth
Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem to be taxed. It's time for Mary to give birth; and they have to find a place that is appropriate. They find a place where it will be quiet. Jesus is born in humble surroundings. The last few months have been hard on Joseph. He's hoping for a little privacy. He doesn't understand why all these people keep showing up. The night of Jesus' birth shepherds see something they can't believe. There is a bright light shining on them from above. Since we know how the story is going to end, we probably don't empathize with them too much. They are frozen with fear. Notice that the first thing the angel said to them (and to Mary in the last section) is fear not! The Christ meets us where we are and meets our immediate need. (B9) Some of our Christian friends believe that Jesus' birth is when God became flesh. As students of Christian Science, we love Christ Jesus and we rejoice in his birth. He was a pure example of divine Love. God brought Jesus to us to so he would speak God's word powerfully, in a way humankind could and can understand. (S11) What would the world be like without Jesus? Would we know anything about Christ?  "Christ was not born of the flesh. Christ is the Truth and Life born of God - born of Spirit and not of matter. Jesus, the Galilean Prophet, was born of Virgin Mary's spiritual thoughts of Life and its manifestation ... Observed by material sense, Christmas commemorates the birth of a human, material, mortal babe - a babe born in a manger amidst the flocks and herds of a Jewish village." (What Christmas Means to Me, pg. 11)
 
Section 4 - Wholeness = Healing
How beautiful you are. God has made all his Creation beautiful. God's creation, being infinite, is expressed.  It cannot remain hidden. It cannot morph into something less than infinite beauty and love. It is intelligent and cannot express lack of intelligence or obstructive or destructive intelligence. The real you manifests that God's will is all-powerful and it is good. The real you, the spiritual son or daughter of the infinite Soul sings its way through the day with joy. God's power (His "bare arm") is visible and ruling. Are you seeing and feeling the salvation of our God? The real you is not burdened, cannot be sidelined, out of work, discouraged. Instead, the real you sees with God's eyes (spiritual discernment).   As stated before, burden and responsibility are not yours. They are God's. (B10) Jesus grew in body, mind and spirit. In reality, this growth was spiritual. "Christian Science presents unfoldment, not accretion; it manifests no material growth from molecule to mind, but an impartation of the divine Mind to man and the universe." (S&H 67:28-30) Accretion is addition, added knowledge. Our wisdom, beauty, strength and health are becoming clear through unfoldment. Your true Christly state is being revealed to you and to others. (B11) It is this Christly state that heals. It is related that some people brought a man who was disabled to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "Cheer up! Your sins are forgiven." (The Message) Jesus could have said your sins are forgiven and healed the man. Why did he tell him to cheer up? After the Pharisees questioned Jesus healing sins, Jesus told the paralyzed man to rise up. Jesus was addressing the man's state of thought, which apparently needed to be lifted up. When we are feeling low or in need of healing, sometimes it is helpful to invite God to change our thought. Resistance fades and healing presents itself. Scientifically, Mind's Mind is our Mind. "The physical healing of Christian Science results now, as in Jesus' time, from the operation of divine Principle, before which sin and disease lose their reality in human consciousness and disappear as naturally and as necessarily as darkness gives place to light and sin to reformation." (S&H xi:9-14)
 
Section 5 - A Great Calm
While Jesus and the disciples were on a boat on the Sea of Galilee, which is a lake, the skies darkened, the wind started blowing hard and the waves started to come into the boat. The disciples grew fearful. During the storm, Jesus was peacefully sleeping with his head on a pillow. The disciples woke Jesus up and asked whether it was nothing to him that they were going down. Awake now, Jesus addressed the storm - "Be still!" Immediately the storm stopped and the lake became calm. (B18) One time a woman called and said that she and her sons had the flu. After I hung up, I prayed, centering on Jesus declaration. "Peace, be still." I addressed my own thought that way. I addressed the woman's thought--that is the belief presenting itself as the woman's thought. And, I declared "peace be still" to the world belief about flu. A few hours later the mom called back and said that the most interesting thing had happened. She said a great calm had come over her household and they were all well.
Section 6 - Hallelujah!
The message of Christmas is universal regardless of what religion someone is. It is a message of peace and brotherhood. (B19) It is also an acknowledgment of what is true about man as God's spiritual offspring. Christ, the true idea of God, is what is governing human thought. (B20) The word Hallelujah means praise God (Hallal + Jah, short for Jahweh). (MyBibleLesson.com)   "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him:" (B21) 
"I celebrate Christmas with my soul, my spiritual sense, and so commemorate the entrance into human understanding of the Christ conceived of Spirit, of God and not of a woman - as the birth of Truth, the dawn of divine Love breaking upon the gloom of matter and evil with the glory of infinite being." (My. 262:12) 
[In true Christmas celebrations "pressure yields to presence" as Desiree Goyette sings in her "100 Angels" song about CedarS. To feel the comfort of "The Comforter at Christmas" you would do well to hear a live or replayed chat with this title by Tom McElroy, C.S.this Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 2:00pm EST - 3:00pm EST]

[PSST: "Make radiant room" for the Christ! (Hymn 298:2)]
Possible Sunday School Topics
for the 12-19-10 Christian Science Bible Lesson on:"Is The Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?"
by Merrill Boudreaux, St. Louis, MO
 
In preparation for Christmas, here is a preparatory lesson that includes the Advent or the foretelling of what is to come and the Nativity or birth of Jesus, the Christ child.
 
 
The Lord God, Omnipotent Reigneth
 
 
Isa. 9: 2-7 (to.)          In the Old Testament a preview of what is to come
 
Luke 1: 5-25, 57-71 The announcement of the birth of John the Baptist, Jesus' cousin
 
Luke 1: 26-38            The announcement of the pending birth of Jesus
 
Luke 1: 39-47            Mary's travel and visit with her cousin, Elizabeth
 
Luke 1: 49-55            A preview of God's attitude and support being provided for all mankind
 
Luke 2: 1-19              The birth of Jesus
 
Hymn 11                    "Angels at the Saviour's birth"
 
Luke 4: 14-21            Jesus' statement about his birth and reason for being
 
See also from the writings of Mary Baker Eddy
 
My. 262:27                 MBE's statement about how she desires to observe Christmas
 
Hymn 23                    "Blest Christmas morn" Review the words of this hymn for a spiritual insight into the nature of that Christmas morn
 
S & H 589: 16           Definition of Jesus
 
S & H 583: 10           Definition of Christ
 
S & H 332: 9              A statement of the distinction of Jesus and Christ
 
Hymn 164                  "Joy to the world"

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 [Camp Director's Note: This sharing is the latest in an ongoing, 10-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 "Possible Sunday School Topics" come in a subsequent email.) These weekly offerings are 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 my Sunday School students and 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 and background as well as new angles (and angels) on the daily applicability of 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.B-1 and S-28) from this week's Bible Lesson in the "Met" (Metaphysical application ideas) are taken from the Bible (B-1 thru B-24) and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (S-1 thru S-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 the ideas helpful in your daily spiritual journey, in your deeper digging in the books and in closer bonding with your Comforter and Pastor.]
 
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