Radical Reliance

May 15, 2019
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The Bible & Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy


3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.


4:1-4… Moses…said…they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee. And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:


45:5 (to ) I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me:

SH 321:8

When, led by wisdom to cast down his rod, he saw it become a serpent, Moses fled before it; but wisdom bade him come back and handle the serpent, and then Moses’ fear departed. In this incident was seen the actuality of Science. Matter was shown to be a belief only. The serpent, evil, under wisdom’s bidding, was destroyed through understanding divine Science, and this proof was a staff upon which to lean. The illusion of Moses lost its power to alarm him, when he discovered that what he apparently saw was really but a phase of mortal belief.

SH 203:17-18

We are prone to believe either in more than one Supreme Ruler or in some power less than God.

SH 144:3-5

If Mind is foremost and superior, let us rely upon Mind, which needs no cooperation from lower powers, even if these so-called powers are real.

SH 143:26-31

Mind is the grand creator, and there can be no power except that which is derived from Mind. If Mind was first chronologically, is first potentially, and must be first eternally, then give to Mind the glory, honor, dominion, and power everlastingly due its holy name.

SH 168:4-8

If the scales are evenly adjusted, the removal of a single weight from either scale gives preponderance to the opposite. Whatever influence you cast on the side of matter, you take away from Mind, which would otherwise outweigh all else.


11:26-28 I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods,


19:5… if ye will obey my voice…and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: 


5:6 the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the Lord: 

24:15…choose you this day whom ye will serve; 


22:1-4;7-18… God said…Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. …And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father…Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And…the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

SH 14:5-6, 9;25-28

We cannot “serve two masters.” …To be “with the Lord” is to be in obedience to the law of God, to be absolutely governed by divine Love, — by Spirit, not by matter. Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual, — neither in nor of matter, — and the body will then utter no complaints…Entirely separate from the belief and dream of material living, is the Life divine, revealing spiritual understanding and the consciousness of man’s dominion over the whole earth. 

SH 270:2-10

One only of the following statements can be true: (1) that everything is matter; (2) that everything is Mind. Which one is it? Matter and Mind are opposites. One is contrary to the other in its very nature and essence; hence both cannot be real. If one is real, the other must be unreal. Only by understanding that there is but one power, — not two powers, matter and Mind, — are scientific and logical conclusions reached.


119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.


8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.


14:23…If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him


11:42 I knew that thou hearest me always: 


11:1-2… as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray…And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

SH 16:30-3

Thy kingdom come. Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, — God is omnipotent, supreme.

SH 259:11

The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea, — perfect God and perfect man, — as the basis of thought and demonstration.

SH 462:13-15

Whoever would demonstrate the healing of Christian Science must abide strictly by its rules, heed every statement, and advance from the rudiments laid down. 

SH 458:23-24

The Christianly scientific man reflects the divine law, thus becoming a law unto himself.

SH 452:18 (only);23-26

Right is radical. … Expect to heal simply by repeating the author’s words, by right talking and wrong acting, and you will be disappointed.


15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.


11:28…blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.


22:39-42 And he came out…to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

SH 33:18-23

When the human element in him struggled with the divine, our great Teacher said: “Not my will, but Thine, be done!” — that is, Let not the flesh, but the Spirit, be represented in me. This is the new understanding of spiritual Love. It gives all for Christ, or Truth.

SH 203:13

Spiritual perception brings out the possibilities of being, destroys reliance on aught but God, and so makes man the image of his Maker in deed and in truth.

SH 167:22-30

It is not wise to take a halting and half-way position or to expect to work equally with Spirit and matter, Truth and error. There is but one way — namely, God and His idea — which leads to spiritual being. The scientific government of the body must be attained through the divine Mind. It is impossible to gain control over the body in any other way. 

SH 192:5-6

We are Christian Scientists, only as we quit our reliance upon that which is false and grasp the true. We are not Christian Scientists until we leave all for Christ. 


14:25-32 in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 

SH 47:5-7

After gaining the true idea of their glorified Master, they became better healers, leaning no longer on matter, but on the divine Principle of their work.

SH 183:21-22

Divine Mind rightly demands man’s entire obedience, affection, and strength. 

SH 108:19

When apparently near the confines of mortal existence, standing already within the shadow of the death-valley, I learned these truths in divine Science: that all real being is in God, the divine Mind, and that Life, Truth, and Love are all-powerful and ever-present; that the opposite of Truth, — called error, sin, sickness, disease, death, — is the false testimony of false material sense, of mind in matter; that this false sense evolves, in belief, a subjective state of mortal mind which this same so-called mind names matter, thereby shutting out the true sense of Spirit.

SH 238:6-9

To obey the Scriptural command, “Come out from among them, and be ye separate,” is to incur society’s frown; but this frown, more than flatteries, enables one to be Christian.

SH 182:19-22

Obedience to material law prevents full obedience to spiritual law, — the law which overcomes material conditions and puts matter under the feet of Mind.

SH 346:30-32

We cannot serve both God and mammon at the same time.

SH 242:9

There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality — to have no other consciousness of life — than good, God and His reflection, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses.

SH 167:30

Only through radical reliance on Truth can scientific healing power be realized.

SH 428:8-12

To divest thought of false trusts and material evidences in order that the spiritual facts of being may appear, — this is the great attainment by means of which we shall sweep away the false and give place to the true.

SH 444:10

Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

SH vii:1-2

To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.


The Naturalness of Radical Reliance on God

David C . Driver

 The Christian Science Journal, October 1998

…Suppose you are to be rowed across a small lake in an open boat, and as you step off the dock with one foot in the boat, you feel insecure because of the boat’s movement in the water, so you leave the other foot planted firmly on the dock. That’s a sure recipe for a dunking as the boat pulls away! In this example “a halting and half-way position” would be counterproductive, to say the least, whereas trust in the boat—with both feet in it— would not be an extreme position, but normal and natural.I like to ponder the more basic meaning of the word radical. A dictionary defines it as “of or pertaining to the root or origin; . . . reaching to the center or ultimate source.” So the term in this sense refers to that which is fundamental, firmly based, deep-rooted… As we let Science reveal to us God’s nature in all its magnificence, and as we acknowledge the universal operation of His law governing all, we can see how delighting in this law and pondering it perpetually will make us like the “tree planted by the rivers of water.” Our consciousness will become so filled with the eternal law of good, or Truth, that total trust in God—”radical reliance on Truth”—can become even more natural than stepping confidently into a boat with both feet as the sure way to get us across a lake… Jesus’ teachings show us how to grow, and we can get on with the growing each moment. Most of Mrs. Eddy’s healings were instantaneous or very quick. And yet Science and Health teaches us to utilize the arguments of truth to allay fear, to grow in moral stature, and to meet and destroy errors of all kinds. It’s not the arguments themselves that heal, but they’re steppingstones in our progress. They serve somewhat like the rungs on a ladder, lifting our thought progressively to the spirit of Truth and Love, which does bring about the healing… Now, suppose someone has a difficulty that has not yet yielded to spiritual treatment, and in desperation turns to material means in search of healing. At some stage he will come to realize that these are always temporary measures. They may allay fear, provide some immediate relief, meet a present need. But they’re always a detour from “scientific healing power,” which is the permanent remedy. This individual has the opportunity—at any time he is willing to get off the detour—to return, without condemnation, to the way of Truth. There may be some catching up to do, some false trusts to be dispelled. But no one’s human history, including the very recent past, can stop him from turning more wholeheartedly to God and progressively finding again the total trust that belongs to him as God’s child.

As we learn, step by step, more of God’s nature and obey His law more fully, it becomes more and more natural for us to trust God totally in all circumstances. Then we’ll find ourselves delighting in God’s law and meditating upon it day and night. We’ll become like that constantly flourishing tree “planted by the rivers of water,” and whatever we do will prosper.