As some of you may know, Christian Scientists study a weekly Bible lesson every day. These lessons studied by many around the globe make up the Sunday sermon read in every Christian Science church worldwide. They contain passages from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. In fact, these books are our Pastor.
The Bible lessons are made up of 26 topics that rotate twice a year. The topics range from things like, “God the only cause and creator,” to some of the synonyms for God used in the study of Christian Science like: Love, Truth, Life, Spirit, Mind, and Soul. The citations compiled for these lessons are never the same as the topics rotate around again throughout the year.
The inspiring activity of reading the same verses and passages each day, at the same time as many others, brings strength and unity to the ideas being studied. I like to think this unity is powerful and sends a mental ripple of good out into the world. And we all know the world could use it!
As I’m reading this multi-sectioned Bible lesson each week, inevitably some of the Bible verses or passages from Science and Health will stand out to me a little more than the others. I know this happens to other readers of the Bible lesson, too. To me, this individual inspiration is “daily bread” that feeds each one of us spiritually, that day and through the week. So, here’s a bit of the “bread” I received this past week.
The topic of the lesson we all studied the week of July 17-23 was Truth. Truth is one of the synonyms for God. And since there is only one God, there is only one Truth. God is Truth itself. That inspiration has been helpful to me this week in thinking of current events. It’s definitely a radical idea—that there is only one Truth. After all, doesn’t it seem like everyone has their own version of what is true?
Human opinions, perceptions of different issues, even fake news points to the possibility of many truths. But, this particular Bible lesson made it clear that God is Truth itself. And since we’re all created by Him, we all have the same Truth, or Mind. Because of this, we’re actually all on the same page! Just imagine how much peace we'd see if we all lived the fact of this oneness.
Seeing God as the only Truth doesn’t take away our individuality, but actually enhances it. Your identity isn’t made up of your opinions. It’s actually made up of spiritual qualities like, honesty, kindness, intelligence, steadfastness, patience, beauty, wit, and so on. In fact, every individual has this same spiritual identity. God is expressing these qualities in a unique way in everyone.
No, you can’t see spiritual identity with your eyes, hear it with your ears, smell it with your nose. But, your spiritual identity, and everyone else’s, is tangibly present. Mrs. Eddy writes about this fact in the Christian Science textbook. She says, “Material sense does not unfold the facts of existence; but spiritual sense lifts human consciousness into eternal Truth” (Science and Health, p. 95).
Your spiritual sense is always working. It’s what intercepts and understands the “aha moment” and brings inspiration, relief, or even a solution to a difficult situation.
So, that’s a little insight on the lesson on Truth. If you’d like to study the Sunday Bible lesson, drop into a Christian Science Reading Room near you, or subscribe to the Bible lesson here.
I hope these insights will inspire readers to think more spiritually about themselves and the world around them!