Classic Christian Science Tools

Getting Started with Basic Healing - The Language of the Comforter

 

Place and Tools

Find a quiet place to pray, think, and study.

God first meets you in thought. So to listen to God you need a quiet

place to hear the angel messages from God.

“…when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut the door, pray to thy Father in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward the openly”. “Shut the closet door,” as stated in the Bible by Christ Jesus in Matthew 6:6 part of Christ Sermon on the Mount. Have a quiet place where you can study, pray and listen to God. Shutting the door also means shutting the door of thoughts that are intrusive and not yours. Shut out the thoughts of what you have to do for the day. Shut out thoughts of the “he said”, “she said” and “I should have said”. Go to your quiet spot in the house and quiet your thought for prayer. Be there only to listen to God. Prayer involves listening and acting on what you are hearing.


Luke 11: 9, 10

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.


For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. “


The Bible

Which Bible do I buy?

There are thousands of Bibles on the market today. There were many Bibles during Mrs. Eddy’s time but she chose only one and that one is the King James Bible. Why? Keep in mind that Mrs. Eddy was always directed by God. It was God that chose the King James Bible so would you not say that it is the most inspired. In studying Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures you notice that about every page has some reference to the King James Bible. Mrs. Eddy used over a thousand references from the King James Bible. Only in about six places will you find that she has used a different Bible. If you plan to continue to advance in Christian Science you will want to purchase The King James Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scripture by M.B.E. and a set of markers. More on marking the Lesson Sermon or marking books later.


“ I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;” John 14:16


Study Resources for Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures is small booklet containing a Scriptural Quotations Index, Marginal Headings Index, and Concise Word Index. You will also find this Index in The Complete Concordance to Mrs. Eddy’s Writings. These are a must in your study if you want to get to know more about The Bible.


The Comforter

Which Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures do I buy?

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (S&H) by Mary Baker Eddy can be purchased at any Reading Room. Purchase Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures either in the “New Type” or “Marble” editions. Other editions will not work because the books have the numbers in the middle of the book where you cannot read them and the marginal headings are in the wrong place.  Be sure to look inside the book before you purchase. The “Trade Edition and the Study Edition” are not the original editions of Mrs. Eddy’s book. You want the “Real Thing” to read from.  The original book by Mrs. Eddy’s design through God’s direction is with marginal heading as part of the paragraph and not standing alone in the margins and the numbers are easy to read in the outside margins. Check this before you buy. Be specific and don’t accept any less than the best even if you have to buy used. Used is better than distorted.


Take a closer look at Science and Health New Type Edition or Marble Edition. The numbers in the margins are used to look up citations that are listed in The Complete Concordance to Writings of Mary Baker Eddy. The numbers out in the margins make it easier to find a citation that you keep thinking about as well as the ease of marking the books.


Christian Science Quarterly Lesson Sermon

The Christian Science Lesson Sermon is by divine design. Serious Students of Christian Science mark their books once a week using the Citation Edition Lesson Sermon Quarterly. Again this Citation Edition can be purchased at your nearest Christian Science Reading Room. Marking your books involves buying markers and blue chalk/holder/ultra suede eraser which also can be purchased in the C.S. Reading Room. Not just any chalk or any markers will do. The chalk is made small to fit into a holder. The paper in the books is designed for chalk marking so that the lesson can be marked each week and erased. The markers are specifically designed for each set of books like the “New Type” set of books has “New Type” markers. The Bible Lesson each week is new. These lessons are made by the Bible Lesson Committee at The Mother Church in Boston.  Mrs. Eddy chose the “Lesson Titles” for the Bible Lessons for the year. These Lesson titles are to your right.


Instructions on Marking books

The PDF’s below are the actual explanation of marking the books with examples so be sure to print out each.


Example of Marked Bible

Marking Books 1 - CS.jpg

Explaining How to Mark books

C. S. LESSON MARKINGS.pdf


Suggestion on making notes in books

If you are making notes in your Bible and Science & Health, use a plain pencil. I use colored pencils sometime just to see the difference from the black print. Do not use pen in your books. The pen will bleed to the other side of the page.


Why should I mark books when I can read the Lesson Sermon on the Internet or buy my own full text quarterly or buy a Kindal version of S&H? These are merely conveniences. You don’t buy a portion of a Spanish book to learn Spanish do you? You want to make notes each time you study. You don’t want those notes to go away when the machine is not working right or you turn it off.  Books are the perfect “low tech” way to go since they do not need to be powered up, powered down, recharged, downloaded or upgraded every time you want a Lesson Sermon which is wasting paper, energy, money and time.


Why low tech books and not E-books? Technology is great but there are a few down falls when technology becomes obsolete. For instance I scanned family photos into the computer and then transfered the photos to a zip disk. Then zip disks became out dated not to mention needing an old out dated computer to review the photos from a zip disk. Then I had to take time to transfer the photos from a zip disk to a CD. So that I didn’t have to do that again I put the  photos into a hard cover scrapbook. Sometimes “low tech” is the way to go. So now I don’t have to transfer data every time there is new technology nor do I have to find someone with an old computer to view the photos.


So E-books are just beginning to be used but they are not the textbook. A hard bound book doesn’t need batteries, recharging, electricity or upgrading to read. With electronics, there is an integrity issue. Reading from a hard cover book allows you to see the completed volume where as electronically you only see a page or two.  If you are concerned about the paper that books are made from, there are special forest that are specifically grown for paper. Mrs. Eddy says this about “inventions”, “Observation, invention, study and original thought are expansive and should promote the growth of mortal mind out of itself, out of all that is mortal.” The Bible and Science and Health... are written in you heart. You don’t need  a new gadget to express God.


What about the integrity issue with the new Concord program?

The Concord computer program is a partial list of references from the books Science and Health... and Mrs. Eddy’s other writings. The integrity issues is that it is not complete. The Complete Concordance of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and Mrs. Eddy’s Writings can be found only in book form. The book is a lot cheaper than the program. The Complete Concordance... is the better value for your money plus you have full access to references including the 4,000 references that refer to who Mrs. Eddy is.


Look these statements up, ponder, pray, understand and apply to yourself.


“The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind, - that God is Love, and therefore he is divine Principle.” S&H 275:6


“This truth is, that we are to work out our own salvation, and to meet the responsibility of our own thoughts and acts; relying not on the person of God or the person of man to do our work for us, but on the apostle's rule, "I will show thee my faith by my works."” Christian Healing 5:20 if from other Writing of Mrs. Eddy in the book Prose Works.


Healing with the Christian Science Lesson Sermon

The Lesson sermon is by “divine design” to meet the needs of the Student of Christian Science and the world. So often the Lesson Sermon meets what is going on in the world with a healing message to hold on to.  When you understand one Truth this Truth will be felt in the world. So the Christian Science Lesson Sermon is a very important part to the healing of yourself and the world.


You are a “Reader” but not in the formal sense of the word as one chosen by the Christian Science church organization to be a “First or Second Reader”. But as you read the Lesson Sermon everyday you are a “Reader”. Mrs. Eddy says this about “Readers” The Readers of The Mother Church and of all its branch churches must devote a suitable portion of their time to preparation for the reading of the Sunday lesson, — a lesson on which the prosperity of Christian Science largely depends. (C.S. Manual 31:4)  The Lesson Sermon in the Christian Science church is for you to heal your life and to bring your understanding to the Christian Science Church service to help others and the world. In a Christian Science service you go to “give” not “take”. You can give a testimony on Wednesday nights at any Christian Science service. Take with you what you have studied through out the week to each service. Give what you understand, however little you may think it is will help someone else. We’re in the helping and healing business as Christ was. In the Bible Christ Jesus said,


“Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;” (John 14:12-16)


You see you are not just reading empty words in Science & Health. They are powerful and loving words with the love of God behind them. God’s word is sharper than any two edged sword as stated in the Bible. You know you are on the right path when you have a warm peaceful thought in what you are doing.


Email Me With Your Progress!

Please send me your testimonies of God’s great love for you in your every day life. Testimonies should include either/or a verse from the Bible and Science and Health that healed. Your life is your laboratory to prove God’s goodness and love for you, your family and the world. Pray without ceasing.


Let God be your guide in everything you do. One Christian Science Practitioner and lecturer said that “He never chose a tie to put on without consulting God first.”


You are important! Consult God first!










Lesson Sermon Subjects

God

Sacrament

Life

Truth

Love

Spirit

Soul

Mind

Christ Jesus

Man

Substance

Matter

Reality

Unreality

Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?

Doctrine of Atonement

Probation After Death

Everlasting Punishment

Adam and Fallen Man

Mortals and Immortals

Soul and Body

Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias, Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced

God the Only Cause and Creator

God the Preserver of Man

Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force

Christian Science



Tools you need:
All these can be found a the nearest Christian Science Reading Room or on line to buy. 

Quiet Place to Study and Pray

King James Bible

Marble or New Type Style 
Science and Health 
with Key to the Scriptures 
by Mary Baker Eddy
(NO Trade Edition or Study Edition)

Retrospection and Introspection 
by Mary Baker Eddy

Webster’s Dictionary 
Thesaurus
Internet or regular book

Bible Dictionary 
Harper’s Bible Dictionary

Concordance to the Writings of Mary Baker Eddy - Partial list CD disk or complete book

Scriptural Quotes Pamphlet or
Study Resources for Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

Concordance to the Bible
(See Bible Library for more information) 
 
We Knew Mary Baker Eddy Series
Children on the Porch 
by George Bellows

The children are marking their weekly Christian Science Lesson Sermon.
Painting above can be viewed at the 
Columbus, OH Museum of Art

TIP
Did you know your thoughts are your children? You heal by disciplining your thoughts and keeping your thought on God?


Psalm 103: 1-8

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

The King James Bible