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Discerning the rights of man

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    spencel
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    This week’s Lesson continues with Abraham’s seed from last week.”For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman….So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.”

    The pharisees argued with Jesus on this point, being full with self righteousness. They lacked true awareness of their deep bondage, “…under the elements of the world”. They held fast to will and intellect, insisting they were freemen because of their lineage to Abraham.

    “Through repentance, spiritual baptism, and regeneration, mortals put off their material beliefs and false individuality.” Science and Health.

    Are my thoughts, “…prepared to receive Christ, Truth”?(Being freed of hate, fear, pride, etc.)
    AM I standing, “fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,” Galatians 5
    “…to be firm and unyielding in maintaining the great principles of Christian liberty. They had been freed from the bondage of rites and ceremonies; and they should by no means, and in no form, yield to them again.” Barnes Notes

    “Discerning the rights of man, we cannot fail to foresee the doom of all oppression. Slavery is not the legitimate state of man. God made man free. Christian Science raises the standard of liberty and cries: “Follow me! Escape from the bondage of sickness, sin, and death!” Jesus marked out the way. Citizens of the world, accept the ‘glorious liberty of the children of God,’ and be free! This is your divine right.”

    Thank you Plainfield for all that is done to help us understand, “our divine right” and the principles involved in finding freedom.

    #5512
    chardelle
    Moderator

    Thank you. 14. 227 : 14-16 (to 2nd .), 21-26

    Discerning the rights of man, we cannot fail to foresee the doom of all oppression. Slavery is not the legitimate state of man. God made man free.
    Christian Science raises the standard of liberty and cries: “Follow me! Escape from the bondage of sickness, sin, and death!” Jesus marked out the way. Citizens of the world, accept the “glorious liberty of the children of God,” and be free! This is your divine right.

    This text jumped out at me this week because I have been reading DISCERNING THE RIGHTS OF MAN by Richard Oaks (1971). This pamphlet explains how Gilbert Carpenter Junior and Senior went about sharing, with the public, the writings of Mary Baker Eddy and other early workers as well as his own involvement in supporting their tremendous efforts. Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”

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    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for these posts! I just read “Discerning the Rights of Man” by Richard Oakes and it has given me a much better view of the work the Carpenters did to make sure important works by and regarding Mary Baker Eddy would not be hidden away. We now have access to many of these works through our website, and that is a very good thing.

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