Sunday, April 14th, 2024 Roundtable

Health is not a Condition of Matter, but of Mind


This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Are Sin, Disease, And Death Real?

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Morning Prayers

Hold to the correct view of man that heals. We adulterate the Truth when we have a false sense of God and Man. We have idols when we hold in thought the beliefs of sin, sickness and death, and believe them to be real. We break the law when we believe that evil is as real as good, for this is a false sense which sees only the inverted image and not the true idea of God; hence it prevents us from reflecting the healing Truth, having but one God and loving our neighbor as ourself.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 101

Man is incapable of sin, sickness, and death.

— from Science and Health, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 475

Discussion points

122 — WATCH lest, in endeavoring to take away from error all direct power, you give it an indirect power by believing that it has the power to make you believe in it by exerting a mesmeric influence, even while you are struggling to realize that it has no direct power over you, since it is nothing.

Sometimes students make the declaration that evil is nothing, and that it has no power; and then assert that it cannot make them believe in its existence, as though they really thought it could. If we are watchful we can avoid the false assumption that by its very persistence, like dropping of water wearing away a stone, error has the power to drive us to believe in its reality against our own inclination.

There is no false testimony more persistent than that the sun moves in relation to the earth; yet that constant evidence has not the slightest power to force enlightened people to accept it as true. If persistence gave false testimony power, then that daily illusion would surely have power over us. Yet it has none.

We should adopt this same attitude toward error, namely, that the continuation of its false claims and testimony has no power whatsoever to make us believe in it, once we have learned its illusive nature.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter


GOLDEN TEXT: ISAIAH 45 : 22

“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”


Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.

— George Washington


… Gratitude and love should abide in every heart each day of all the years.

— from Christian Science Manual, 88th and Final Church Manual of The Mother Church, 1910 by Mary Baker Eddy, Article XVII


Compassion may be called the fragrance of love. As when upon entering some room, a delicate perfume causes the visitor’s glance to wander until it rests upon a cluster of tea-roses softly glowing in some quiet corner, so does he who enters the presence of one whose heart is filled with love for God and man feel the atmosphere of heavenly compassion which breathes through every word and act. One recognizes it instantly, and yet to attempt its analysis would be much like trying to wrest from the rose the secret of its sweetness. Those who possess it in the most marked degree seem least conscious of it, so naturally and spontaneously does it go forth, expressing itself not so much in words as in a look, a smile, or a clasp of the hand. It is the essence of unspoken things. It is patience, contented to wait. It is forbearance, ready to make allowances. It is forgiveness, willing to forget. It is tenderness, yearning to be understood. It is love, reaching out to heal. No man of whom the world has ever heard possessed this quality as did Jesus of Nazareth, because no man ever loved as did he. He was continually “moved with compassion” at the sight of human misery; yet it is a significant fact that this touch of sympathy in no way impaired his ability to correct the discordant condition which had called it forth. Indeed, compassion seemed often to be but the first step towards that instantaneous healing which is the ultimate goal of every true Christian Scientist.

… Coldness is not Christian Science. Neither does this Science teach an icy aloofness, which seems to say, Keep your troubles to yourself. Some persons may unfortunately gain the impression that, in order to be consistent Christian Scientists they must not betray the slightest emotion at anything. No matter how trying may be the experiences through which friends and dear ones are passing, they should wrap themselves in an impenetrable mantle of stony silence, steel their hearts into a semblance of indifference which they are far from feeling, and thereby imagine that they are scientific. When one is really scientific, however, he is never unhappy; but in cases such as this it would be hard to tell which one is more thoroughly miserable, the hurt, disappointed, bewildered friend, or the would-be Scientist. The Scriptures tell us to “rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” Then let us be normal, natural, unaffected, loving men and women. Tenderness is not weakness, nor is it making a reality of error to say, “I am sorry,” to a friend in trouble.

— “Compassion” (excerpt) from Christian Science Sentinel, March 14, 1914 by Louise Knight Wheatley


Jesus ordered the man sick of the palsy to arise, take up his bed, and go unto his house (Matthew, 9:6), but did so after making a remarkable statement, which should receive somewhat special attention. The man’s physical infirmity was such that it required four men to carry him. Jesus did not apply material remedies or manipulation, but seeing the man’s great faith, he simply said, “Thy sins be forgiven thee,” which he declared was equivalent to saying, “Arise, and walk;” and then forthwith proved to the angry bystanders the truth of his words.

It is evident that Jesus herein revealed a great truth; namely, that this chronic physical disease did not proceed from God, that God had no relation to it, but that it had been rooted and grounded in sin; that its only incurable nature was the tenacity of such sin, and that when the sin was forsaken and destroyed, as in this case the man’s great faith evinced that it was, the evil or procuring cause of the disease was cast out, and physical harmony immediately ensued.

— “The True Method Of Healing The Sick” (excerpt) from Christian Science Journal, November 1902 by John Carroll Lathrop


Reading: The question where or how did evil originate, is only a humanly wise way of implying that error is something instead of nothing. Night asks about the origin and existence of its delirium-created world. Light answers, I find no such world, or even a speck of the inquiring darkness. A true understanding of Science divinely dispels sense; it does not humanly account for it.

— from 1923 Class Notes,”Third Day”, by Joseph Mann


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