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The stumblingblock of iniquity

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Announcements Forums Everlasting Punishment – April 30th, 2017 The stumblingblock of iniquity

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    JPalmer
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    5. Ezekiel 14
    2 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
    3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be inquired of at all by them?

    Part of the definition of iniquity from the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:
    A particular deviation from rectitude; a sin or crime; wickedness; any act of injustice.

    This led me to look up rectitude, again in the 1828:
    In morality, rightness of principle or practice; uprightness of mind; … Perfect rectitude belongs only to the Supreme Being. The more nearly the rectitude of men approaches to the standard of the divine law, the more exalted and dignified is their character.

    In the years before coming to Plainfield, I “stumbled” so often I began to think my natural, deserved state was down. I lived my life very far from “the standard of the divine law.” The transition away from that, to coming here and learning about Christian Science feels very much reflected in this verse:

    4. Ezekiel 2 : 2
    2 And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.

    This authentic Christian Science has taught me that the stumblingblock of iniquity is whatever wickedness that would topple my “uprightness of mind.” What is more, I am being taught how to recognize and avoid these stumblingblocks before I am toppled. It is such a blessing to learn this practical Science, and to have these lessons and practitioner support to keep me “upon my feet” and ready to serve God.

    Thank you so much for this lesson!

    #4053
    Susanne
    Participant

    It is a blessing to continually hear your testimonies of where you were before and how far you’ve come. Christian Science gives us the awareness of our true self as a child of God, and you have such a gift of relating exactly how you’ve come to express your true “uprightness of mind.” You speak straight to my heart–thank you!

    #4056
    chardelle
    Moderator

    “… avoid these stumblingblocks before I am toppled.” Yes!, being toppled is no fun, and being taught here at Plainfield how live in the straight and narrow listening to and obeying God certainly keeps us upright! Thank you both.

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