Home|   Services & Meetings|   Christian Science Tenets|   Christian Comments|   Historical Sketch|   Gallery|   Contact Us|   Helpful Links

Menu

Christian Comments

Christian Comments

Peace in the world is an important goal. How can we pray about peace effectively when the news of war and dire situations feels so overwhelming? “Thoughts unspoken are not unknown to the divine Mind. Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds.” Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. Praying to embody peaceful qualities each day can bring freedom to do what is right and good, bringing a sense of joy and calm to the situations we face.

Christ Jesus taught “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” Matthew 5:9. His second great commandment, complementing the Old Testament first, is a powerful reminder “You shall love your neighbour as yourself” Mark 12:31. We can trust in prayer that God loves his creation, and in this way be led to solutions to personal and world difficulties.

Thanksgiving is also celebrated at this time of year. Thankfulness for even the smallest evidences of peace and good in our lives prepares us to receive more.

Consider the power of gratitude. Jesus’ thankfulness is often mentioned in the Bible, exemplified when he fed thousands with a few loaves and fishes. He was able to do this because he understood his Father (God) was not limited. One account describes that, after healing and teaching, the listening multitude was hungry. He firstly lifted his eyes to heaven to give thanks to God before his disciples distributed the food to everyone. This was a natural act for Jesus, turning to his loving, harmonious Father-Mother God, who he knew was present and able to provide for all. And so it was. Even twelve baskets were filled with the leftovers!

It is this same law of divine Love that brings about not only peaceable solutions, but can give provision and comfort to all.

Compiled by the members of Lymington Christian Science Church

First published in the New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times November 2023

God‘s commandment “Love God and love each other!” (I John 4:21 - CEV) is a prevailing message of Christian love and forgiveness.

In Jesus‘ Sermon on the Mount he commands us to impartially “love your enemies”. Are these enemies those who “curse you, ... hate you, ... despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44 KJV). Do we create our enemies by thinking about other people ‘out there’ who have some kind of objective existence to hurt us? At all human levels we get messages about the ‘bad guys’ whom we blame for our difficulties.

So how should we deal with those who oppose us? That‘s a question addressed in an essay called “Love Your Enemies” by Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science. Eddy begins by asking: “Who is thine enemy that thou shouldst love him? Is it a creature or a thing outside thine own creation?” (Miscellaneous Writings, p.8). The essay says that we create our own enemies by how we think about people, making it clear that the enemy exists only in our perception. Eddy further states “‘Love thine enemies’ is identical with ‘Thou hast no enemies.’ ... Hate no one; for hatred is a plague-spot that spreads its virus and kills at last.”

Christian Science shows that we have a choice about what information we accept: the material view of humanity as selfish, dishonest, unjust, and capable of evil, or the spiritual sense of man as God‘s creation - intelligent, loving, just and pure, and capable of good only.

Our goal isn‘t to love people as flawed human beings but to lift thought to the contemplation of man as God‘s spiritual image and likeness. From this new perspective it‘s possible and natural to love our enemies impartially and universally.

Compiled by the members of Christian Science Society, Lymington

First published in the New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times July 2023

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.”
Psalm 91:1, 4 (New King James Version)

This instruction from Christ Jesus in the book of Matthew (10:8) in the Bible is the basis on which Mary Baker Eddy established the healing principles of Christian Science, which she discovered and founded in 1866. Jesus healed blindness, cast out devils and raised Lazarus and himself from the dead, by knowing the Truth about those he healed, rather than accepting as real the illnesses and disabilities others saw. Mrs Eddy had experienced a healing herself, after reading one of Jesus’ healings in the Bible. We, too, can heal; through prayer, by listening to the “still, small voice” (I Kings 19:11-13) and knowing our true identity as perfect reflections of God. We can heal like the Christ because, like him, we are the children of God. As the Bible says in I John 3:1-3;

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God ... it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

Through this spiritual view of ourselves - knowing the reality instead of accepting the appearance of sin, sickness or death - there is the opportunity for healing every moment of every day.

Compiled by the members of Christian Science Society, Lymington

First published in the New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times June 2022

‘Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.’

This instruction from Christ Jesus in the book of Matthew (10:8) in the Bible is the basis on which Mary Baker Eddy established the healing principles of Christian Science, which she discovered and founded in 1866. Jesus healed blindness, cast out devils and raised Lazarus and himself from the dead, by knowing the Truth about those he healed, rather than accepting as real the illnesses and disabilities others saw. Mrs Eddy had experienced a healing herself, after reading one of Jesus’ healings in the Bible. We, too, can heal; through prayer, by listening to the “still, small voice” (I Kings 19:11-13) and knowing our true identity as perfect reflections of God. We can heal like the Christ because, like him, we are the children of God. As the Bible says in I John 3:1-3;

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God ... it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

Through this spiritual view of ourselves - knowing the reality instead of accepting the appearance of sin, sickness or death - there is the opportunity for healing every moment of every day.

Henrietta Russell, Lymington

First published in the New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times October 2021

DESPITE the challenges facing us today - a global pandemic, economic uncertainty and fear for loved ones - we can overcome these by looking to and leaning on God. We will recognise that even through these difficult times, our spiritual lives reflect God’s eternal goodness.

Like Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, we should take this time of anguish and isolation to pray about and reflect on our spiritual identity and shift our focus to prayerful thought.

As we read in Romans. 8:28, “...we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (King James version of the Bible)

Armed with this knowledge and clad in the panoply of Love, we are able to put aside our fear and react to uncertainty with calm, not panic, precisely because “all things work together for good, to them that love God”.

We, His children, love God, as He loves us. Therefore we must trust in Him, implicitly, as lambs that our Shepherd takes into His fold. Only with childlike trust in the certainty of prevailing goodness can we succeed in recognising God’s power to overcome fear and doubt.

God’s purpose is to protect and love His children. We can approach life’s obstacles confidently because God is with us, and through these trials we will grow spiritually and mentally.

After all, as the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Every trial of our faith in God makes us stronger.”

Amidst the turmoil of a global pandemic and other trying situations, we must ever more tightly cling to this idea. We must hold most to what we know to be true: “With God, all things are possible.”

Henrietta Russell, Lymington

First published in the New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times in 2020

Christian Science Society, Lymington
  Cannon Street, Lymington   SO41 9BR             07519 569 154             clerk@christiansciencelymington.com