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JPalmer

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10/31/2015 10:48

From Precepts, for the Bible Study

I found this while studying for the "Parable of the lost son" Bible Study, and felt it needed to be shared:

…Jesus was trying to break up the old-fashioned ideal of morality, so that we would realize that, although the prodigal dipped into the materiality of Egypt, he thereby learned the illusive and erroneous nature of all temptation, made nothing of it, -- and came to an appreciation of the Father's house that the elder brother never gained. He returned to active service, as is indicated by the gift of shoes and robe. Which was better, to yield to sin and make nothing of it, or to resist it, as the elder brother did, but to continue to hold it as something real? Old theology would select the latter, whereas Christian Science chooses the former, but says that best of all is to resist it and make nothing of it.
— Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Precepts, by Gilbert Carpenter

I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the Bible every week. Thank you!




 
spencel

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10/31/2015 19:39

Re: From Precepts, for the Bible Study

I came across this today in volume 1 of Precepts to add to this subject:
"To be sure, the prodigal went down into Egypt; but if that sojourn be looked upon as the mental effort every Christian Scientist must make, in his desire to understand the secret workings of animal magnetism, and to reduce it to nothing, then the meaning, or application, of the parable In this instance becomes clearer. The prodigal was commended because he prepared himself for service with the Father. We know this by the symbols the Father put upon him. The ring symbolized being unIted to the Father's purpose, which is always unselfish and loving giving. The shoes indicated activity in service. The mantle symbolized protection in this activity. So the journey into Egypt furnished the understanding of animal magnetism, the Father furnished the equipment for service, and the son furnished the Incentive to go and do what the Father desired him to do, namely, to help free mankind from bondage. This placed him far above the elder brother, who indulged in the sin of selfishness and pride, his self-purification making him feel superior to his younger brother."




 
chardelle

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11/01/2015 07:57

Re: From Precepts, for the Bible Study

This is great stuff. I never got this far before with this parable. And all the while God is watching with His mercy( Which is mentioned several times in the Lesson) and then ---Mrs. Eddy says,"More than this we cannot ask, higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go." Thank you.