July 31, 2019
Hymns: 12, 384, 561
The Bible & Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
1:31 God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.
PROVERBS (The Living Bible)
15:3 The Lord is watching everywhere
119:18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things…
36:9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
The perfect Mind sends forth perfection, for God is Mind.
Spiritual sense, contradicting the material senses, involves intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition, reality.
Spiritual sense is a conscious, constant capacity to understand God.
16:1,6-7,10-13 the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Beth–lehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons…And…he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him. But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart…Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The Lord hath not chosen these…Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. …
10:7 (to?) Do ye look on things after the outward appearance?
Prophet. A spiritual seer; disappearance of material sense before the conscious facts of spiritual Truth.
The Scriptures are very sacred. Our aim must be to have them understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth be gained. …It is this spiritual perception of Scripture, which lifts humanity out of disease and death and inspires faith.
27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
6:10-17 the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there…Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled…and he called his servants, and said… Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel? And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber. And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan. Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about. And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
18:28 For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.
Science shows appearances often to be erroneous, and corrects these errors by the simple rule that the greater controls the lesser.
Matter. Mythology; mortality; another name for mortal mind; illusion; intelligence, substance, and life in non-intelligence and mortality; life resulting in death, and death in life; sensation in the sensationless; mind originating in matter; the opposite of Truth; the opposite of Spirit; the opposite of God; that of which immortal Mind takes no cognizance; that which mortal mind sees, feels, hears, tastes, and smells only in belief.
Truth and Love enlighten the understanding, in whose “light shall we see light;” and this illumination is reflected spiritually by all who walk in the light and turn away from a false material sense.
To develop the full might of this Science, the discords of corporeal sense must yield to the harmony of spiritual sense, even as the science of music corrects false tones and gives sweet concord to sound.
1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
8:3-12… the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more…I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Spiritual sense is the discernment of spiritual good.
The great truth in the Science of being, that the real man was, is, and ever shall be perfect, is incontrovertible; for if man is the image, reflection, of God, he is neither inverted nor subverted, but upright and Godlike.
Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick.
Like our Master, we must depart from material sense into the spiritual sense of being.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
3:1,5 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. … he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
The relinquishment of error deprives material sense of its false claims.
Like the great Exemplar, the healer should speak to disease as one having authority over it, leaving Soul to master the false evidences of the corporeal senses and to assert its claims over mortality and disease.
To the sufferer with the withered hand he said, “Stretch forth thine hand,” and it “was restored whole, like as the other.”
11:39-44 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone…And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And…he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
Jesus said, thinking of the outward vision, “Having eyes, see ye not?” (Mark viii. 18.)
If God were understood instead of being merely believed, this understanding would establish health. … 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.
Mortals must look beyond fading, finite forms, if they would gain the true sense of things.
5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
1 CORINTHIANS (J.B. Phillips)
13:12 At present we are men looking at puzzling reflections in a mirror. The time will come when we shall see reality whole and face to face! At present all I know is a little fraction of the truth, but the time will come when I shall know it as fully as God now knows me!
EPHESIANS (J.B. Phillips)
5:13 light is capable of “showing up” everything for what it really is.
Mortal mind sees what it believes as certainly as it believes what it sees. It feels, hears, and sees its own thoughts.
21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
The Revelator beheld the spiritual idea from the mount of vision.
The Revelator had not yet passed the transitional stage in human experience called death, but he already saw a new heaven and a new earth. Through what sense came this vision to St. John? … The Revelator was on our plane of existence, while yet beholding what the eye cannot see, — that which is invisible to the uninspired thought. This testimony of Holy Writ sustains the fact in Science, that the heavens and earth to one human consciousness, that consciousness which God bestows, are spiritual, while to another, the unillumined human mind, the vision is material. This shows unmistakably that what the human mind terms matter and spirit indicates states and stages of consciousness.
This is Scriptural authority for concluding that such a recognition of being is, and has been, possible to men in this present state of existence, — that we can become conscious, here and now, of a cessation of death, sorrow, and pain. This is indeed a foretaste of absolute Christian Science.
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.
The prophet of to-day beholds in the mental horizon the signs of these times, the reappearance of the Christianity which heals the sick and destroys error, and no other sign shall be given.
The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere.
“Seeing Man Aright”
By Herbert E. Bonham
The Christian Science Sentinel, May 1946
…The need of the world calls to each student of Christian Science to help in solving the great problem of disunity now confronting mankind. We cannot wait for world disputes to be settled before accepting the spiritual truth of the universal brotherhood of man. The fact is that the real man has no enemies, for he is the reflection of infinite Mind, the source of the qualities which constitute omnipresent harmony and peace. The time to accept and demonstrate this truth is now… When an individual persistently and honestly expresses the love which is of God, its effect is certainly felt.
By Mary Baker Eddy
The great Nazarene Prophet said, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Nothing aside from the spiritualization — yea, the highest Christianization — of thought and desire, can give the true perception of God and divine Science, that results in health, happiness, and holiness. (Mis. 15:6)
Quote from Mary Baker Eddy
(As found in “We Knew Mary Baker Eddy”)
Expanded Edition, Volume I
‘I saw the love of God encircling the universe and man, filling all space, and that divine Love so permeated my own consciousness that I loved with Christlike compassion everything I saw. This realization of divine Love called into expression “the beauty of holiness, the perfection of being” (Science and Health, p. 253), which healed and regenerated and saved all who turned to me for help’ (p 153)