April 4, 2018
Hymns: 237, 65, 136
Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy
1:31And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.
2:1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished,
SH 519:9-10 (to ,)
…the ideas of God in universal being are complete and forever expressed, …
Genesis ii. 6. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
The Science and truth of the divine creation have been presented in the verses already considered, and now the opposite error, a material view of creation, is to be set forth. The second chapter of Genesis contains a statement of this material view of God and the universe, a statement which is the exact opposite of scientific truth as before recorded.
The history of error is a dream-narrative. The dream has no reality, no intelligence, no mind; therefore the dreamer and dream are one, for neither is true nor real.
35:4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not:
5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
8And an highway shall be there, and a way,
Unless the harmony and immortality of man are becoming more apparent, we are not gaining the true idea of God; and the body will reflect what governs it, whether it be Truth or error, understanding or belief, Spirit or matter.
GENESIS (Authorized King James Version)
6 5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth,…
6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man…
7 And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast,…
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me;…
14 Make thee an ark…
18 …come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
7:12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
23 And every living substance was destroyed… from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
Lord God. Jehovah.
This double term is not used in the first chapter of Genesis, the record of spiritual creation. It is introduced in the second and following chapters, when the spiritual sense of God and of infinity is disappearing from the recorder’s thought, — when the true scientific statements of the Scriptures become clouded through a physical sense of God as finite and corporeal. From this follow idolatry and mythology, — belief in many gods, or material intelligences, as the opposite of the one Spirit, or intelligence, named Elohim, or God.
Does divine Love commit a fraud on humanity by making man inclined to sin, and then punishing him for it?
GENESIS (New International Version)
God said to Noah and his sons:
9:9 I am going to make a solemn promise to you and to everyone who will live after you.
10 This includes the birds and the animals that came out of the boat.
11 I promise every living creature that the earth and those living on it will never again be destroyed by a flood.
12-13 The rainbow that I have put in the sky will be my sign to you and to every living creature on earth. It will remind you that I will keep this promise forever.
14 When I send clouds over the earth, and a rainbow appears in the sky,
15 I will remember my promise to you and to all other living creatures. Never again will I let floodwaters destroy all life.
16 When I see the rainbow in the sky, I will always remember the promise that I have made to every living creature.
43:3 I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:
44:9 …I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth;
Noah. A corporeal mortal; knowledge of the nothingness of material things and of the immortality of all that is spiritual.
HOSEA (Good News Translation)
11:9 I will not punish you in my anger; I will not destroy Israel again.
For I am God and not a mere human being. I, the Holy One, am with you.
I will not come to you in anger.
SH 357:1-6 God
God will not punish man for doing what He created man capable of doing and knew from the outset that man would do. God is “of purer eyes than to behold evil.” We sustain Truth, not by accepting, but by rejecting a lie.
1:3 3 The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel…
4 And I looked, and, behold…
28 …the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about…the likeness of the glory of the Lord.
17:3And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham;…
6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
HEBREWS (J.B. Phillips Version)
6:15 And then Abraham, after patient endurance, found the promise true.
Abraham. Fidelity; faith in the divine Life and in the eternal Principle of being. This patriarch illustrated the purpose of Love to create trust in good and showed the life-preserving power of spiritual understanding.
3:7 …they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made.
29…if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
33…I will put my law in their inward parts and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
18:15…God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
18 …and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command
9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light
42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
7:14 …the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
1:21…she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23Behold, 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.
Born of a woman, Jesus’ advent in the flesh partook partly of Mary’s earthly condition, although he was endowed with the Christ, the divine Spirit, without measure. This accounts for his struggles in Gethsemane and on Calvary, and this enabled him to be the mediator, or way-shower, between God and men. Had his origin and birth been wholly apart from mortal usage, Jesus would not have been appreciable to mortal mind as “the way.”
SH 26:10-14, 16-18
The Christ was the Spirit which Jesus implied in his own statements: “I am the way, the truth, and the life;” This Christ, or divinity of the man Jesus, was his divine nature, the godliness which animated him…His mission was to reveal the Science of celestial being, to prove what God is and what He does for man.
The advent of Jesus of Nazareth marked the first century of the Christian era, but the Christ is without beginning of years or end of days.
5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
SH 474:18-22, 30-32 the
Now Jesus came to destroy sin, sickness, and death; yet the Scriptures aver, “I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” Is it possible, then, to believe that the evils which Jesus lived to destroy are real or the offspring of the divine will?
…the mission of Christ is to “destroy the works of the devil.” Truth destroys falsity and error, for light and darkness cannot dwell together.
SH 150:10-17 the
…the mission of Christian Science now, as in the time of its earlier demonstration, is not primarily one of physical healing. Now, as then, signs and wonders are wrought in the metaphysical healing of physical disease; but these signs are only to demonstrate its divine origin, — to attest the reality of the higher mission of the Christ-power to take away the sins of the world.
14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
26: …the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
49…behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you.
His students saw this power of Truth heal the sick, cast out evil, raise the dead; but the ultimate of this wonderful work was not spiritually discerned, even by them, until after the crucifixion, when their immaculate Teacher stood before them, the victor over sickness, sin, disease, death, and the grave.
10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence,…
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
1:4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth forever.
10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
2And he had in his hand a little book open:
In the words of St. John: “He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.” This Comforter I understand to be Divine Science.
SH 233:16-23 (to ,)
Already the shadow of His right hand rests upon the hour. Ye who can discern the face of the sky, — the Christ’s mission sign material, — how much more should ye discern the sign mental, and compass the destruction of sin and sickness by overcoming the thoughts which produce them, and by understanding the spiritual idea which corrects and destroys them. To reveal this truth was our Master’s mission to all mankind, …
The time for thinkers has come.
“Christian Science Fulfills the Scriptural Rainbow Promise”
By Carolyn B. Swan
The Christian Science Journal, Oct 1985
… Jesus showed how God’s promise to Noah is fulfilled. Jesus destroyed sin, sickness, and sorrow. But he didn’t destroy the people who were sinful, sick, and dying, as the flood had done. His healing work restored individuals to moral and spiritual purity, true health, and life. Surely, then, this is the deeper message of the covenant: that through Christian healing, evil and suffering must and will be overcome and destroyed;…
Healings are the “rainbows” that symbolize the radiance of divine light dispersed to humankind through the “prism” of Christ, the divine message Jesus so fully taught and practiced. Healing through spiritual means and without material aid signals the appearing to human consciousness of God’s glory. In his prophetic vision, Ezekiel had seen this appearing and had described it: “As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain,”… Christian healing began to dwindle shortly after the time of Jesus and his immediate disciples. Gradually, mankind ceased to seek the divine light in the ways illustrated by Jesus. …Spiritual enlightenment was often shut out by thick clouds of theological misunderstanding of Jesus’ teachings and mission. Nevertheless, across the centuries, the book of Revelation still echoed the promise…
In 1866 Mary Baker Eddy received the revelation that fulfills this prophecy of the Apocalypse. …As the revelation of Christ, Christian Science is the prism through which mankind realize permanent deliverance from evil and complete demonstration of good. Mrs. Eddy’s book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures says of the Science she discovered: “When understood, it is Truth’s prism and praise. When you look it fairly in the face, you can heal by its means, and it has for you a light above the sun, for God ‘is the light thereof…
Christian Science practice reinstates the work begun by Jesus. It avails us of the redeeming and healing light of Life, dispersed through the means of Science to destroy sin and suffering while redeeming the sinful and restoring the sick…Through our dedication to practicing what we understand, the healing phenomena, the rainbows, of Christian Science beam their confirmation that God’s promise of preservation—the promise of man’s eternal life in God—is universally available and is fully demonstrable today.
Immense work remains to be done before mankind are freed of temptations and woe, and atomic threats are disarmed. But God’s covenant with humanity has been confirmed in the teachings of Christ Jesus and explained in the Science of Christianity. And it is now mankind’s privilege to grasp this explanation through increased spiritual understanding and to aid its fulfillment through faithful demonstration.