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The Christian Scientist has enlisted…

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Announcements Forums God – January 6th, 2019 The Christian Scientist has enlisted…

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    JPalmer
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    9. 450 : 19-26
    The Christian Scientist has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death; and he will overcome them by understanding their nothingness and the allness of God, or good.

    My practitioner brought this statement out to me this week, and I am grateful for it. It has been spoken of during the Roundtables and Bible Studies a few times how we are soldiers in the Cause of Christian Science. This had me looking closer at the above statement.

    If I were to enlist in a human army, the aim might be to lessen another country’s apparent dominance or threat to our dominance. The methods used to overcome would be completely through material means, attempting to have greater numbers of men, greater shows of force, and better tactics and strategies. The well-being of individual soldiers is of less importance than the country as a whole.

    In Christian Science we are working to lessen evil, disease, and death. The method used is to overcome them by understanding their nothingness and the allness of God, or good. How different Christian Science is in that statement from every other aim and method I have ever known. Following Mrs. Eddy, it is easy to see that the Cause of Christian Science benefits all men (“whatever blesses one blesses all” – S&H, p. 206), and would never seek to dominate, never “leave a man behind,” and never lay waste to anything but the lies of mortal mind.

    Thank you very much for this lesson!

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    JPalmer
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    From the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary:

    Enlist
    1. To engage in public service, by entering the name in a register; as, an officer enlists men.

    Enlistment
    The act of enlisting; the writing by which a soldier is bound.

    Felt I should include these definitions, as they were helpful to me. Also it is easy to see that the writing that we are bound to in our “duty to God, to [our] Leader, and to mankind” (from the Daily Duties) is the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

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