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Susanne

Susanne
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10/27/2015 11:23

evangelization of the human self

"... the human self must be evangelized." (S&H p.254)

I never thought about this before, but "evangelized" means "instructed in the Gospel." Mrs. Eddy continues, "This task God demands us to accept lovingly to-day, and to abandon so fast as practical the material, and to work out the spiritual which determines the outward and actual."

That quote packs a punch! I have to say I didn't "accept lovingly to-day" being instructed in the Gospel--I kind of let that one slide by to be dealt with at some unknown future date when I suppose I would have more time!?

It took Plainfield Church's Bible Studies to get me truly fired up about the Bible! Now I see that the Bible is our Tree of Life.

And "to work out the spiritual which determines the outward and actual"--this is powerful stuff! Our thoughts out-picture themselves in our daily life, so our daily spiritual preparation is more important than anything else. I'm sorry it took me so long, but I'm grateful I got on board. The alternative, drifting along the currents of dreamy materiality, can certainly feel like everlasting punishment at times, the hamster cage going round and round.

Letting go of all that and letting God be at the center of my life (a new concept learned here at Plainfield--now it seems so obvious!) brought on a sea change for good in every aspect of my life, and I'm so grateful for that.




 
Florence

Florence
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10/28/2015 11:57

Re: evangelization of the human self

I used to think this post meant making the human better but that is not our quest; we are to accept our New Birth and the new Life that is spiritual, as the the life of man as God created.

Edited by Florence - 10/28/2015 11:58

Edited by Florence - 10/28/2015 12:03




 
DaleW

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10/29/2015 14:45

Re: evangelization of the human self

Thank you, Susanne, for this post. For decades I have faithfully been reading and studying the Bible Lesson, but knowing little else of the background and circumstances of these Bible stories. In the Plainfield Bible Study sessions, we learn about the characters and their times, how and why they were successful and/or what caused their downfall -- extremely useful lessons, things not to be taken lightly! and useful to us today, if we're willing to learn from the past! When we consider that the Bible was Mrs. Eddy's only authority when writing Science and Health, it makes perfect sense to be digging into it! and it's exciting! Thank you, Plainfield!

And thank you, Florence, for pointing out that we are not just making the human self better, but working to accept our spiritual individuality as our only being, one with God, NOW.

Thanks, also, to the Lesson writer!