Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sticking To Our Guns

There is something appealing, to a certain turn of mind at any rate, about the Stetsoned, two six-shootered gunslinger, squinting gimlet-eyed before him, face bronzed by years in scorching desert suns and chiseled by searing heat and wind-driven sand. Maybe the stump of an old cheroot clinched defiantly in his teeth. Ever alert and ready to take on any foe or confront any danger.

All Scientists would do well to pack the two six-shooters of the Truth: the Bible and Science and Health. It is essential that Christian Scientists be ever alert to error and quick on the draw with these two powerful sources of inspiration and spiritual strength. The distaff reader may not find the initial picture appealing, with or without the cheroot, and this fanciful image is not meant to suggest that the gentler sex should become metaphysical Ma Barkers. Maybe Annie Oakleys. But we all need those two powerful sources of Truth, Life, and Love and must know how to use them instantly through a familiarity gained only by constant, daily "practice" therewith and humble, contrite prayer for increased understanding of God and His creation. It is the only way out of mortal mind and on and up to greater conscious unity with God.

Greenhorn bravado and temerity will not long suffice for him (or her) armed only with the single six-shooter of daily exerpts from our textbooks. Such as they will ultimately discover there is as much fire power in one of those phony scripted smooches on "The Bachelorette" as in a foolish reliance on anything but the books, both whole books, and nothing but the books. We are told by Christ Jesus that we must know the Scriptures and by Mary Baker Eddy that we must study and ponder both. I know no way to follow these commands without constantly belting them on our hips, so to speak, i.e., keeping them always at our fingertips. And using them faithfully each day.

Note: To Thanks Much, I think G&S and Big-endian were explained. I would add that the egg argument was over which end of the egg to eat from. It was meant to poke fun--and probably more. The Big-endians were Catholics and Little-endians Protestants, so I am told.

20 comments:

A friend (MA) said...

Really liked reading this, Christian. Another good one!

M. T. said...

Well, blogger, I doubt that you have any trouble studying both the Bible and our Leader's writings. You write like a scholar, to me.

Me again said...

P.S.
Which I think is a good thing, I meant to add.

Florida CS said...

Yes, indeed, with the inspired Word of God in the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, we are well armed and can surmount whatever comes at us in this experience.
Thanks, Christian...

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Eddy didn't say that "Science and Health" needed to be studied for nothing. She knew the infinite good that would come from delving into her inspired statements, and we do well to heed what she said.

London (UK) said...

Nice little essay,Christian. Well thought out/well presented.

Susan said...

Just love visiting your website, Christian. Always get something worth thinking about later.
Thanks!

Boston suburb said...

I find your essays not only fresh and most creative; they contain solid metaphysical points. You are a blessing to the Field, in my opinion, and I appreciate all you are giving out.

Anonymous said...

I do believe you must teach creative writing somewhere. Would love to be in your class, Christian.

Greetings from Honululu said...

You are right, Christian, that the only way out of mortal mind's mesmerism is through divine Science which gives us the knowledge that underlay Jesus' words and works. Thank God we have Christian Science!

An admirer said...

Good job, Christian. Keep turning them out. Very high quality blog posts.

St. Louis, MO said...

You are a credit to our Cause, blogger. Hope you inspire others to do as you are--put CS out there!

Thanks! ((D.W.) said...

Enjoy your essays, Christian. And I get some very good points from what you are sharing with your readers.

Stephen said...

Dear Christian,
Aren't you glad there's such a thing as the Internet? You sure couldn't be doing all this anonymous work via the periodicals!

Cambridge said...

Extremely well written, Christian. Yours, to me, almost always are this way, and this is why I keep checking you out.

Anonymous said...

工作,是愛的具體化~~~~努力吧!........................................

Cleveland, OH said...

When we consider how much our great Master and our Leader overcame to give us what they have, can we not take seriously the work and prayer (and struggles at times) to demontrate Christ, Truth?
Inspiring blog post, Christian.

Anonymous said...

And you stick to your blogging, Christian. We need you!

Best wishes (Germany) said...

"Seek Truth, and pursue it. It should cost you someting; you are willing to pay for error and receive nothing in return; but if you pay the price of Truth, you shall recdeive all."
Mary Baker Eddy, "Miscellaneous Writings", page 342

Note: The word "all" should be italicized.

Anonymous said...

God bless you,blogger, for using your ability in the service of His great Cause!