Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Ominous Signs

What are some of the signs that instead of diligent daily study and practice of Christian Science one may be mired instead in a mesmerizing material stupor?
1. Science and Health and the Bible (the books) are not studied daily.
2. On the rare occasions when Science and Health is read straight through, parts like the platform, "Some Objections Answered", the trial, and the "Glossary" are avoided or skimmed over.
3. Prose Works is seldom read cover to cover or has never been.
4. The King James Version of the Bible is avoided and not studied continually with the aid of a good Bible commentary, such as Dummelow or The Interpreters One Volume Commentary. S&H is keyed, after all, to the KJV.
5. One accomplishes his daily study by means of a brisk walk through the full-text edition of the Bible Lessons.
6. One deludes himself that faithfully warming a cushion in church every Sunday and Wednesday is evidence of being a Christian Scientist.
7. Plans for tiffin after the Sunday service occupy more of one's thoughts than the service itself.
8. Doing what pleases fellow church members is more important than discovering and doing what pleases God.
9. One indulges in idle and audible chitchat about golf and gardening, football and food, cars and canning in the church lobby before services.
10. One devotes more attention and enthusiasm to church redecoration projects than to the quality of the Readers and reading in the services.


Anonymous said...

Dear Whoever You Are:
"Ominous Signs" has really helped me a lot! Thanks so much for doing this. Number 3 re: reading Mrs. Eddy's Prose Works was a wake-up call for me, and I am in your debt.
God bless you,

Nobody said...

"One accomplishes his daily study by means of a brisk walk through the full-text edition of the Bible Lessons." I have to strongly disagree with you on this point. As a working mother, I couldn't exactly whip out the books, metal markers, chalk and all when I had time to study. The booklets were easily slipped in a briefcase and available at all times. It is the content of the message that counts, not the form in which it is bound. I would not have had the benefit of the extra study time without the booklets. Shame on you for being so judgmental!

Anonymous said...

"Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 6:1)