March 13, 2019
The Bible and Science & Health With Key to the ScripturesBy Mary Baker Eddy
91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
17:21 … behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
This kingdom of God “is within you,” — is within reach of man’s consciousness here, and the spiritual idea reveals it. In divine Science, man possesses this recognition of harmony consciously in proportion to his understanding of God.
90:1 Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
28:10 ¶ … Jacob went out from Beer–sheba, and went toward Haran.
11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven:
13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
16 ¶ And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
The “still, small voice” of scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean to the globe’s remotest bound. The inaudible voice of Truth is, to the human mind, “as when a lion roareth.” It is heard in the desert and in dark places of fear.
SH 597:16 only (to 2nd .)
Wilderness. Loneliness; doubt; darkness.
The understanding, even in a degree, of the divine All-power destroys fear, and plants the feet in the true path, — the path which leads to the house built without hands “eternal in the heavens.”
27:4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.
84:10 I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
15:11 ¶ … A certain man had two sons:
12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
22 But the father said to his servants, …
24 … this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.
6:30 … hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:)
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
SH 543:8-14 (to ,)
In divine Science, the material man is shut out from the presence of God. The five corporeal senses cannot take cognizance of Spirit. They cannot come into His presence, and must dwell in dreamland, until mortals arrive at the understanding that material life, with all its sin, sickness, and death, is an illusion, …
Truth often remains unsought, until we seek this remedy for human woe because we suffer severely from error.
The loss of earthly hopes and pleasures brightens the ascending path of many a heart. The pains of sense quickly inform us that the pleasures of sense are mortal and that joy is spiritual.
Mortals must find refuge in Truth in order to escape the error of these latter days.
8:1 Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the Lord hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.
2 And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.
3 And it came to pass at the seven years’ end, that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines: and she went forth to cry unto the king for her house and for her land.
4 And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done.
5 And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.
6 … So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
SH 58:21-22 (to 1st ,)
Home is the dearest spot on earth, …
Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
9:35 … Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
8:19 And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
34:1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
11 ¶ … Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.
12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick:
30 Thus shall they know that I the Lord their God am with them, …
31 And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord God.
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
Millions of unprejudiced minds — simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert — are waiting and watching for rest and drink.
SH 171:4-8 (to 4th ,)
Through discernment of the spiritual opposite of materiality, even the way through Christ, Truth, man will reopen with the key of divine Science the gates of Paradise which human beliefs have closed, and will find himself unfallen, upright, pure, and free, …
21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away;
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.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
The Revelator tells us of “a new heaven and a new earth.” Have you ever pictured this heaven and earth, inhabited by beings under the control of supreme wisdom?
Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love.
23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
33:12 … The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety …
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
Man, created by God, was given dominion over the whole earth.
SH 519:9 the
… the ideas of God in universal being are complete and forever expressed, for Science reveals infinity and the fatherhood and motherhood of Love.
Pilgrim on earth, thy home is heaven; stranger, thou art the guest of God.
“The dearest spot on earth”
By Maja Joanna Geck
Christian Science Sentinel
November 5, 1990
Almost daily, newspapers and magazines dramatize the plight of the homeless worldwide, and television gives graphic portrayals of how and where they live. Population shifts and other events such as economic hardships, government repression, drought, or floods have created a new class of seemingly permanent homeless.
… the apparently insolvable nature of the problem impels us to look deeper into the whole question of what home really is—what establishes it and where we can find a home that cannot be taken from us.
Perhaps we can take a hint from the humble snail, which carries its house on its back. At the sign of any danger, it takes refuge in that house and is safe. When we are facing a difficult situation or danger, we too can take refuge in something we can carry with us wherever we go—the acknowledgment of the ever-available power of God to protect and guide us. God, who is infinite Love, is always right where we are.
Fear, our basic enemy, is what makes the false evidence of lack or loss appear real to us. The evidence of God’s presence, however, wipes out this debilitating fear and frees us.
Our true home is our refuge in God, in ever-present Love.
Wherever we are, whatever the circumstances, our refuge or home will become evident when we trustingly, understandingly, turn to God. Infinite Love is always available and ready to help. We shouldn’t outline, however, as to how or where the idea of home will become evident to us. The right idea of home already exists in spiritual consciousness, the one Mind. It is up to us to cherish this idea and not be discouraged because of a present predicament. God knows what we need and will supply it when we do our part in trusting Him and then follow as the way unfolds. The Psalmist says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” To be still means to cease worrying and outlining as to how and where we will be. God is limitless Love and is ready to help us, wherever we are and whatever the circumstances.