December 12, 2018
Hymns: 521, 561, 32
The Bible & Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures By Mary Baker Eddy
73:25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
2:21-24 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam…and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh…; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Eve. A beginning; mortality; that which does not last forever; a finite belief concerning life, substance, and intelligence in matter; error; the belief that the human race originated materially instead of spiritually, — that man started first from dust, second from a rib, and third from an egg.
Mortals are the Adam dreamers.
The foundation of mortal discord is a false sense of man’s origin.
4:1-2,8 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel…and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
Cain very naturally concluded that if life was in the body, and man gave it, man had the right to take it away. This incident shows that the belief of life in matter was “a murderer from the beginning.”
SH 541:16-18, (np 3-5)
The erroneous belief that life, substance, and intelligence can be material ruptures the life and brotherhood of man at the very outset. Material beliefs would slay the spiritual idea whenever and wherever it appears.
37:3,4, 24 (to:) 26 -27 (to .) 39:1, 41:42,43,56,57 42:6,8 45:3,4-5,15 Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him…And they took him, and cast him into a pit:…Judah said …let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; And Pharaoh…made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.And the famine was over all the face of the earth: And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn…and Joseph’s brethren came, And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him. And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence…And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them:
6:36-37 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
Immortals, or God’s children in divine Science, are one harmonious family; but mortals, or the “children of men” in material sense, are discordant and ofttimes false brethren.
Man is the family name for all ideas, — the sons and daughters of God. All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power.
Christian Science despoils the kingdom of evil, and pre-eminently promotes affection and virtue in families and therefore in the community.
1:3-5,7-8,14,16,22…Naomi’s husband died; and she was left, and her two sons. And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth…And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband. Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me …and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her. And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Beth–lehem in the beginning of barley harvest.
SH 57:22 (to ,), 23-24
Human affection is not poured forth vainly…Love enriches the nature, enlarging, purifying, and elevating it.
A mother’s affection cannot be weaned from her child, because the mother-love includes purity and constancy, both of which are immortal…maternal affection lives on under whatever difficulties.
2:1-2,5-6,8,10-12 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this? And the servant that was set over the reapers…said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab: Then said Boaz unto Ruth,…Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens: Then she…said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger? And Boaz…said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore. The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.
49:11…let thy widows trust in me.
91:11…he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother’s need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another’s good.
“All things work together for good to them that love God,” is the dictum of Scripture.
4:13-15,17 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife…and the Lord gave her conception, and she bare a son. And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath borne him…and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
1:16,18, 22-25 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
…all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
The offspring of God start not from matter or ephemeral dust.
Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.
The illumination of Mary’s spiritual sense put to silence material law and its order of generation, and brought forth her child by the revelation of Truth, demonstrating God as the Father of men.
2:42-43,45-46, 48-49 when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother…turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And…after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions…and his mother said…, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
Jesus acknowledged no ties of the flesh. He said: “Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.” Again he asked: “Who is my mother, and who are my brethren,” implying that it is they who do the will of his Father. We have no record of his calling any man by the name of father. He recognized Spirit, God, as the only creator, and therefore as the Father of all.
6:1-5 (to ,) he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work,
His hearers understood neither his words nor his works.
The world could not interpret aright the discomfort which Jesus inspired and the spiritual blessings which might flow from such discomfort.
10:28-30…Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
Self-abnegation, by which we lay down all for Truth, or Christ, in our warfare against error, is a rule in Christian Science. This rule clearly interprets God as divine Principle, — as Life, represented by the Father; as Truth, represented by the Son; as Love, represented by the Mother.
12:46-50 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
The great I am made all “that was made.” Hence man and the spiritual universe coexist with God. Christian Scientists understand that, in a religious sense, they have the same authority for the appellative mother, as for that of brother and sister. Jesus said: “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
19:25-27 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
68:6 God setteth the solitary in families:
“Love one another” (I John, iii. 23), is the most simple and profound counsel of the inspired writer.
3:1, 4:4,6-8 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:
COLOSSIANS (J.B. Phillips)
3:12-14 As, therefore, God’s picked representatives of the new humanity, purified and beloved of God himself, be merciful in action, kindly in heart, humble in mind. Accept life, and be most patient and tolerant with one another, always ready to forgive if you have a difference with anyone. Forgive as freely as the Lord has forgiven you. And, above everything else, be truly loving, for love is the golden chain of all the virtues.
133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science.
By Helen Wood Bauman
Christian Science Sentinel, April 1950
…Christian Science…reveals the divine sense of being in which God is understood as the only parent of man, and His harmonious and spiritual ideas as comprising the one real family. No one is left out of this family, for it is the universal brotherhood of God’s sons. Each of us, in his true being, belongs to this great family and has a rightful place in its activities…There can be no loneliness, no sense of isolation, to one who seeks his place in the impersonal family of Mind. Christ Jesus rose above the limits of his human family life, which had served him well as long as he needed it. He proved his individual place in God’s universe as His beloved Son. His ministry developed from simple discussions of the Scriptures to the healing of sin, disease, and death; to rebukes to evil that rocked its very foundations; to sublime victory over the grave and the mortal sense of existence. The magnitude of his service multiplies with the ages. It made possible the revelation of Christian Science, which interprets his mission and makes universally available the laws he utilized so fully. The Master’s higher sense of family gave his contribution to human welfare unmeasured scope…Our Leader subordinated self when she willingly turned from the comparative security of life with relatives and devoted her efforts to founding Christian Science.
PROSE WORKS By Mary Baker Eddy
God is our Father and our Mother, our Minister and the great Physician: He is man’s only real relative on earth and in heaven. (Mis. 151:13-15)