FEBRUARY 28, 2018
READINGS FROM THE BIBLE
SCIENCE & HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES
BY MARY BAKER EDDY
133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
86:9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.
67:4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
4:3 He shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths:
2:10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, …
26:2 Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
SH 340:23-25 (to ;)
One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;”…
SH 424:6 we
… we must leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to the proper sense of God’s unerring direction and thus bring out harmony.
Denial of the oneness of Mind throws our weight into the scale, not of Spirit, God, good, but of matter.
When we fully understand our relation to the Divine, we can have no other Mind but His, — no other Love, wisdom, or Truth, no other sense of Life, and no consciousness of the existence of matter or error.
The scientific unity which exists between God and man must be wrought out in life-practice, and God’s will must be universally done.
It is the province of spiritual sense to govern man.
10:23 … Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.
24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.
30 I and my Father are one.
17:11 … Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
Jesus of Nazareth taught and demonstrated man’s oneness with the Father, and for this we owe him endless homage.
SH 361:12 1st Jesus
…Jesus Christ is not God, as Jesus himself declared, but is the Son of God. This declaration of Jesus, understood, conflicts not at all with another of his sayings: “I and my Father are one,” — that is, one in quality, not in quantity. As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being. The Scripture reads: “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being.”
That saying of our Master, “I and my Father are one,” separated him from the scholastic theology of the rabbis. His better understanding of God was a rebuke to them. He knew of but one Mind and laid no claim to any other.
SH 12:13 Jesus
Jesus’…humble prayers were deep and conscientious protests of Truth, — of man’s likeness to God and of man’s unity with Truth and Love.
2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power.
SH 306:18-19 man
… man cannot be separated for an instant from God, if man reflects God.
How shall we declare Him, till, in the language of the apostle, “we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ”?
SH 465:17-1 Principle
Principle and its idea is one, and this one is God, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Being, and His reflection is man and the universe.
Reflecting God’s government, man is self-governed.
14:6 … I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
1:10 … I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
8:6 … to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory;
2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
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.
God, the divine Principle of man, and man in God’s likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal.
SH 520:3-5 The (to .)
The depth, breadth, height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all space.
21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away;
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
New Jerusalem. Divine Science; the spiritual facts and harmony of the universe; the kingdom of heaven, or reign of harmony.
From beginning to end, the Scriptures are full of accounts of the triumph of Spirit, Mind, over matter.
SH 333:16-23, 26-30
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. Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the spiritual idea, — the reflection of God, — has come with some measure of power and grace to all prepared to receive Christ, Truth.
The divine image, idea, or Christ was, is, and ever will be inseparable from the divine Principle, God. Jesus referred to this unity of his spiritual identity thus: “Before Abraham was, I am;” “I and my Father are one;” “My Father is greater than I.”
Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God’s government.
“The Unity of Being”
By William Milford Correll
The Christian Science Sentinel
February 28, 1970
Obviously one of the most prevalent problems in society is the division and dissension that arise from differing points of view, from differing backgrounds of history and experience, from differing concepts of right and wrong. A basic answer to this problem may be seen in the concept of oneness—one God, one Mind, one creation, one truth of being.
A great discovery is recorded in the Bible: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Having one God who is absolute good, one intelligence that controls all creation, one Soul which is the source of all individuality, reveals the unity of being and establishes a working basis upon which all relationship problems may be solved.
Those who understand the fact of one God, one Mind, must faithfully contribute to the unification of mankind through their intelligent prayers. They must lay the foundation for harmony in international relations, in community affairs, and in individual homes.
The tendency toward fragmentation and confusion in our society must be challenged with the straight, clear enunciation of the truth of one God, one Mind. We can emphasize the unity of interest, the common bond we all have in promoting the peace of the world. We can emphasize the unity of good in our churches and in our homes. We can demonstrate the integrity of thought and life by worshiping Spirit and not matter. The unity of being pervades every facet of our existence and enables us to demonstrate health and harmony, to live with ourselves and with our fellowmen.
“The Unifying Effect of Law”
By Helen Wood Bauman
June 4, 1960
Christian Science Sentinel
Attempts to unify persons through agreement of human opinion cannot produce scientific and lasting harmony. Genuine harmony begins with Love, the Principle of unity, and there peace must be sought. Mary Baker Eddy says in “Miscellaneous Writings” (p.138), “I once thought that in unity was human strength; but have grown to know that human strength is weakness,—that unity is divine might, giving to human power, peace.”
Beginning with Principle instead of with people in our effort to demonstrate unity, we contribute ably to the untangling of human relationships. For unity starts with the Father, abides in Him, and manifests His will for all. To the Father we must look for the unifying action of law that holds all that is real in constant bonds of peace.