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Whosoever layeth his earthly all

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Announcements Forums Christ Jesus – December 24th, 2017 Whosoever layeth his earthly all

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    In this week’s Bible Lesson, from Science and Health (passage number 11) pg.55:15-26 “whosoever layeth his earthly all on the altar of divine Science, drinketh of Christ’s cup now, and is endued with the spirit and power of Christian Healing.”

    Laying your earthly all on the alter of divine Science, to me, means letting go of your mortal selfhood, releasing your mortal biography with all it’s bumps and bruises, letting it all burn up…and exchanging it for what divine Science states as our true identity, entirely spiritual, made in the image and likeness of God.

    I also think this means giving up your mortal plan for what you think you want to do with your life in order to let God take the lead. When I was first told this, it was upsetting, and very unappealing. I was told that the whole concept of man’s freewill that many self-help books give as the basis for choosing the life you want; is what Mrs. Eddy called “human will.” This use of will power is antagonistic to Christian Science.

    This same passage also encourages the reader, by stating what the reward is on the other side of this giving up of worldly pride and identity, “is endued with the spirit and power of Christian healing.”


    Thank you, Mike. This is a good point. This whole idea of man having “free will” is really just an observation that we have choices and are capable of making choices. We can choose to follow our spiritual sense, take the path that seems right and good according to our highest sense of Right, or we can choose to be mesmerized by material appearance, and beliefs of limitation.

    We all have a desire to pursue truth, so as to make better choices. Jesus’ entire mission was to teach us the truth about God and ourselves and our relationship with Him, so as to enable us to make better choices. Strange how so many resist the truth, just because we can’t see it with our eyes, or feel it with our hands. It requires a respect for our spiritual sense in order to apprehend “truth.” We all have it, we just need to trust it, respect it, follow it, and be willing to suffer the persecution that the so-called human mind directs at those who choose to follow the true path. And, as you pointed out, the reward for making the right choices is greater than anything money can buy.

    Colleen Mostika

    Thank you both for these insightful remarks. It helps me to stay grounded in God and the Truth that God governs and controls all things real. And, God’s way is always the best and most loving way in all situations. For me, this right sense of things helps release a false sense of responsibility. If every moment I remember to put it all in God’s hands and listen for his directions, it fills me with joy and confidence! Much gratitude for this!!

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