For the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson for Sunday, June 17, 2001

The answers to all of these questions can be found (1) in the Bible Lesson itself, (2) in the "Bible Lesson study aid" at, or (3) in other webpages on the website, the homepage of which is

Golden Text and Responsive Reading

  1. What is the meaning of the Golden Text, in the context of the entire Bible paragraph in which it is found? How can each of us apply that meaning to our daily lives -- at work, at school, in the family, in the community, etc.?
  2. For those who are thankful for God's salvation and for those who need God's salvation, what is the value of praising God's greatness?

Section 1

  1. Why are Ezra's words in Bible citation #1 considered to be part of a prayer? (As food for thought, browse
  2. What do prayerful thoughts and prayer-inspired lives have to do with individual and community safety and salvation? How is God the basis for such safety and salvation?

Section 2

  1. According to Bible citation #3 and today's daily news, people do some very dishonest, inhumane, and even heinous acts, yet the writer of Bible citation #5 tells us he will not fear under any circumstance. What is the basis for such absolute fearlessness? Is such fearlessness practical in today's world?

Section 3

  1. In Bible citation #6 we are told that God will always provide us with a way out of any "test"/difficulty. In real life, what can one do if one actually has fully gone down the path of the prodigal son, as described in Bible citation #7?

Section 4

  1. How does the story of the prodigal son and of the prodigal son's brother illustrate the value of the Lord's Prayer?

Section 5

  1. How do Jesus' healings in Bible citation #9 illustrated how God is dependable as the preserver of man?
  2. In the King James Version, the Greek word that should be translated as demon is incorrectly and consistently translated as devil, including in Bible citation #9. In the biblical context what is the difference between demons and the devil (also known by the Hebrew name of Satan)?
    1. Note: For an explanation of how Mary Baker Eddy made the needed correction in the Cross and Crown "Seal of Christian Science," see Other resources for answering this question may be found at and

Section 6

  1. Why is it important to testify (to bear witness) to examples of God's loving care for us all?

Weekly Question

  1. How does the Reverend Irving Tomlinson' explanation of the composition of the Bible Lesson apply to this week's Bible Lesson?

      From 1888 to 1899 the Christian Science Bible Lesson Committee simply had directly copied to the Christian Science Quarterly the Bible citations that had been prepared by the multi-denominational International Lesson Committee [ILC] for the weekly International Sunday School Lessons used by Protestant churches. (The Church of Christ, Scientist, had no representation on that committee.) To those Bible Lessons the Christian Science Bible Lesson Committee added correlative citations from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which provided explanations of the Bible texts chosen by the ILC. Until 1898 the ILC-based Bible Lessons were a key primary of both Christian Science church services and Christian Science Sunday School, which until 1895 included adult Sunday School classes.]

      To read the Rev. Tomlinson's complete article, browse To read more about the history of the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lessons, including the official use of other translations in addition to -- and for one entire year replacing -- the King James Version, browse]

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