Greetings!  The Dig Deeper Team has chosen three articles and a poem to
complement this week’s Bible Lesson on “Soul and Body.”

Our first article is titled “Temples” by Annie M. Knott

She writes, “To the more spiritual thought of that time, or indeed of any
time, a temple was a place in which to worship God, and we find St. Paul
seizing upon this thought and applying it to the human embodiment. In
the sixth chapter of I Corinthians he gives a severe rebuke to moral
impurity and asks, ‘Know ye not that your bodies are the members of
Christ?’ and then he goes on to say, ‘Know ye not that your body is the
temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God . . .
therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are
God’s.’ This was undoubtedly taking a long step forward on the part of
those who had been accustomed to think of themselves and others largely
as the votaries of sensual pleasure, and it seems that even after they
began to accept Christianity, possibly after they had felt its healing
influence, they were yet enticed by the evil tendencies of the flesh,
which really means of mortal mind. How wonderful then it must have been
for them to think even of their bodies as temples for divine service
into which nothing impure could enter and from which consequently
nothing impure could go forth. Alas for it, that this lofty ideal of
consecration has so been lost sight of throughout the centuries until
the present hour, when through the healing ministry of Christian Science
its appeal is even more insistent than at any time in the past.”  Ms.
Knott explains the deeply significant definition of Temple in Science
and Health and in our Leader’s other writings, “… all of them lifting
thought above sensuality and mortality. When the human body is spoken
of, the reader’s thought is directed away from its supposed sensations
of pleasure or pain to spiritual reality. This enables the student to
obey in ever larger measure the Master’s command to take no thought for
the body, obedience to which enlarges the outlook so that one may behold
the universal temple of Spirit which knows no limits.” The article
concludes here, “Thought thus unconfined breathes deep in the pure
atmosphere of Truth and Love and in time is enabled to apprehend more
clearly the meaning of John’s apocalyptic vision in which we read,
respecting the holy city, ‘I saw no temple therein.’ Ere this great
vision can be fully realized all tears must be wiped away, and sin,
disease, and death blotted out by the understanding of divine reality;
each day’s experience giving abundant opportunity for the divine service
which consecrates existence and glorifies it with the unending
consciousness of God with us, the light and Life of all being.”

From the December 15, 1917 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

The second selection, “His Holy Temple” written by Virginia C. Chinn,

She states “All the earth, all sense of one’s own personality as material,
or one’s mortal concept of others, is silenced by the presence of God,
divine Mind, in His holy temple, where we know as we are known of God. …
In reality God was never absent from His holy temple, his reflection,
man. In Science and Health (p. 467) we also read: ‘Science reveals . . .
God as not in man but as reflected by man.’ So now we see how the Lord
is in His holy temple—God is reflected by man. Since God is Spirit and
man is the reflection of Spirit, man must be spiritual. His
consciousness of God, then, is the reality of his being, and the mortal
concept of flesh and blood has nothing to do with this man.”  The
article continues, “We are to be still, silence the mortal sense of
self, and wait for the Lord to appear in His holy temple, knowing that
‘when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he
is.’  Is not this the point that has been entirely overlooked until the
perfect man, God’s reflection, was revealed through Christian Science to
us? ‘When he shall appear, we shall be like him.’ In vain have mortals
throughout the ages sought to find God outside of His holy temple. That
temple has indeed been the ‘secret place of the most High,’ hidden from
mortal view. Yet this place is known to God and to all His children, for
they dwell there. It is the kingdom of heaven within man. Jesus told us
to look for the kingdom within, and he taught us to pray to ‘our Father
which art in heaven.’ How strange, then, that we should not always have
known where to look for God! … No longer do we attempt to enter the holy
place roughshod, to take the kingdom of heaven by violence. At each new
appearing of the Christ to consciousness we say: ‘The Lord is in his
holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.’”

From the November 1912 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Our final article selected is an excerpt from an article entitled “What
is Christian Science?” by Frederick Dixon

He gave in part the following response:
Christian Science practice is the attempt to demonstrate the fact that
sickness is the result of thought, though the actual healing of sickness
is only a very small part of the work of Christian Science.
Jesus said, ‘Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ The word
‘repent’ in the Greek text means, of course, a change of mind, and when
a man changes his mind from a belief in the dominion of matter to an
understanding of the dominion of divine Mind, he repents, and finds that
the kingdom of heaven—the peace of God, that is to say, ‘which passeth
all understanding’—is at hand. In doing this he learns the truth, the
absolute spiritual fact, the knowledge of which makes him free by
destroying the material ignorance which previously held him in bondage.”

From the September 27, 1913 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

The poem selected is “Father, Guide Me” by Ann Wallby.

Father, Guide Me
Father, when earth’s storms are raging,
May I never go astray;
Be my pilot, ever guiding
Through the troubled homeward way.

Father, guide me through the darkness,
Through the twilight, o’er the sea;
When the storm winds drive and blacken,
I seem far from light, and Thee.

Father, when the present vision
Is not clear enough to see
The true line of separation
Between falsity and Thee,
Father, let Thy presence cheer me,
Let Thy light shine gloriously;
In Thy holy temple hide me,
Till all mortal shadows flee.

Father, be Thou ever near me,
Ever guiding on to right;
Let Thy beacon light shine clearly,
Till the heart’s true home’s in sight.

From the March 17, 1923 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

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