As we move from an active summer into a busy fall, I am finally catching up on a couple of months of missed blog posts. Here is a modified version of the lecture recently given to an enthusiastic full house under the sponsorship of Eleventh Church of ...
As we move from an active summer into a busy fall, I am finally catching up on a couple of months of missed blog posts. Here is a modified version of the lecture recently given to an enthusiastic full house under the sponsorship of Eleventh Church of Christ, Scientist, in London. While the lecture was not recorded live, this audio recording made for radio broadcast throughout Australia last spring covers the main themes of the lecture.
For those who have felt victimized by their circumstances, trailed by a sad past, or who are marked by abuse, this lecture offers insights that neutralize perpetual reaction, pain and anger. The spiritual reasoning through prayer, taught in Christian Science, unlocks one's potential for peace, forgiveness, restoration and progress.
The life of Mary Baker Eddy is discussed in the context of the spiritual insight into the true nature of God and man that led to her becoming a world-renowned American religious reformer. It addresses common questions about Christian Science and its practice:
How does Christian Science deal with sin?
Is there any act so heinous that one cannot forgive?
Is Christian Science teaching on anger, sin and forgiveness Bible-based?
What about the Christian aspect of Christian Science?
Are Old Testament scriptures helpful in practicing mercy and forgiveness?
Is Christian Science treatment effective in healing emotional, mental and behavioral difficulties stemming from abuse?
The following is a lecture follow up interview on the BBC Radio London "InSpirit" program with Jumoke Fashola.
When a family outing became plagued with irritability and frustration, a church service brought much-needed spiritual refreshment, enabling the family to see how God’s harmony dispels the “clouds” that would obscure our God-given joy and patience.
June 20, 2019
By Michelle Boccanfuso Nanouche
You might think that after months of anticipating our family trip to the beach we would be thrilled to be there together. But no. Just a couple of days of fun in the sun had left my husband, our 8-year-old daughter, and me pretty exhausted and irritable.
When I had had about enough of the situation, I announced – much to my husband’s and daughter’s dismay – that we would be going to church that evening. It was Wednesday, so there was a service at the local branch Church of Christ, Scientist.
You should have seen their faces. You would have thought I was dishing out a terrible punishment as they changed from swimsuits into street clothes. And honestly, maybe I had been thinking “So there! This will straighten everyone up!” Little did I realize just how much good we were all going to get out of the visit.
For both my husband and my daughter, it was their first time attending one of these Wednesday evening meetings. Each service includes passages from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, on a topical theme. There is also singing, time for quiet prayer, and sharing of personal testimonies of inspiration and healings stemming from the study and practice of Christian Science.
I will never forget what happened to us during that service. I began to feel peaceful and relaxed. Our restless daughter quieted. The frown wrinkles on my husband’s face ironed out smoothly.
After the service, our girl skipped happily to the car, and my husband said, “Thanks. I feel better.” And what followed was one of our happiest family trips ever.
What had happened? I don’t suppose that the physical act of going into a church caused this shift. But taking a break to engage with God’s law of harmony certainly did produce a healing change. Science and Health gives a simple definition of Christian Science as “the natural law of harmony which overcomes discord” (p. 134). So simple and direct. The complete sentence reads, “The true Logos is demonstrably Christian Science, the natural law of harmony which overcomes discord, – not because this Science is supernatural or preternatural, nor because it is an infraction of divine law, but because it is the immutable law of God, good.”
“Logos,” as a Bible concept, refers to the Word of God, which is seen in God’s law of good, of harmony, always in operation. This divine power isn’t a supernatural presence that comes and goes. It enables us to understand the pure, natural good in everyone as God’s creation – an understanding of true, spiritual identity that is present, accessible, and intrinsic to all life.
Any glimpse of the fundamental truth of God’s all-goodness is an encounter with the healing Christ, the divine nature Jesus expressed, showing us what we are – the spiritual good that we are made of. Christ brings the law of harmony to bear in the minutiae of our lives. This transformative coming of the Christ is what Jesus spoke of when he said, “Ye, therefore, now, indeed, have sorrow; and again I will see you, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no one doth take from you” (John 16:22, Young’s Literal Translation). Yielding time and attention to the Christ, we welcome a joy that doesn’t fade in our experience; it illumines it.
Science and Health explains, “Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love – be it song, sermon, or Science – blesses the human family with crumbs of comfort from Christ’s table, feeding the hungry and giving living waters to the thirsty” (p. 234). For our family that night, much-needed spiritual refreshment – the opportunity to engage with the unalterable, ageless, healing law of God, or divine good – was found at church.
Each of us, whether we’re at church or elsewhere, can let Christ lift clouds of irritation, frustration, and whatever else would hide our God-given sense of joy. This helps not just us but those around us too. And who wouldn’t want that on a family beach trip – or anywhere?
Hey Friends, This interview is an edited version (ads, music, news and weather removed) of a three hour (yes, THREE hour!) BAY-FM radio interview call-in talk show I did in Queensland, Australia. The edits reduce it to a little over one hour and fifty-two minutes. This interview was set up and sponsored by the Christian Science Society in Wynnum. The station manager was pleased with the results, because their stats showed that we held the audience's attention for the full three hours, with no drop off - something rather unusual in talk-radio.