Trial by Fire + CS QA – Daily Bread – 01/27/2014

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BELIEVING. Firmness and constancy; not a faltering nor a blind faith, but the perception of spiritual Truth.

Mary Baker Eddy

(Science and Health   582:1–2 )

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Q What is Christian Science?

A Christian Science is the law of God. It demonstrates the healing power expressed in the words and works of Christ Jesus. God’s laws are discovered throughout the inspired teachings of the Bible, and the complete statement of Christian Science is set forth in Science and Health with key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. Although a distinctive part of the practice of Christian Science is the healing of disease by spiritual means alone, its higher purpose is universal salvation from every phase of evil—including sin and death (see Matt. 10:8).

Q Why do you use the word Science?

A Because Christian Science is the systematic application of rules based on a fixed, divine Principle. It heals through divine laws. Jesus demonstrated the Science of Christianity in his healing ministry and his teaching. The proof is in changed and improved lives—morally, spiritually, and physically.

Mary Baker Eddy, Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, established the Church of Christ, Scientist, “…to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing.”

Manual of The Mother Church by Mary Baker Eddy

QA – From the August 10, 1998 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

 

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Life of Pi – One Possible Analysis – Part 2

Pi cannot know the strength of his own faith until it is tested as spiritual knowledge is only academic until that point.

 

Trial By Fire

Laura Moliter, CS

2010 Emergence International Keynote Speaker – Chicago

 

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” (I Peter 4: 12-13)

This may sound like an admonition to appreciate our suffering and just bear it. That doesn’t exactly sound inviting, does it? But I see more power and comfort in this passage when viewed in the light of divine Science. We are being assured that while things may feel harsh, that does not mean we are off base or doing something wrong, or just doomed!

We can recognize that the trials, no matter how they may appear in our lives, are simply signs that the error is being stirred up by the good that we are doing and coming to realize and accept. Jesus stirred things up as well, and it wasn’t because he was doing something wrong, or that God had it in for him, or even that he was some righteous martyr!

The passing off of error, the rising to the surface of the darkness that we seem to be claiming for ourselves or that life would want to saddle us with, can feel harsh. The cross and the tomb must have felt at the very least uncomfortable to Jesus! But, what glory did he come to know, to feel, and to prove! The resurrection is ours as well to celebrate.

We don’t need to wait out the evil that appears. We need to see through it as the last ditch effort of devilish limitations to keep us buried in doubt and doom when our glory is ready to appear. We need to gratefully and fearlessly know even more who we are and Who our God is–the divine Love that does not bring “strange” suffering, but instead is always leading us home to a more perfect understanding of our wonderful and blessed Life!

Laura Moliter, CS