NOVEMBER 14, 2018
25:4 Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.
5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
22 … follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
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.
To mortal sense Science seems at first obscure, abstract, and dark; but a bright promise crowns its brow. 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.”
Mystery does not enshroud Christ’s teachings, and they are not theoretical and fragmentary, but practical and complete; and being practical and complete, they are not deprived of their essential vitality.
5:39 ¶ Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life:
14:26 … 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.
6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
Our Master said, “But the Comforter . . . shall teach you all things.” When the Science of Christianity appears, it will lead you into all truth.
For three years after my discovery, I sought the solution of this problem of Mind-healing, searched the Scriptures and read little else, kept aloof from society, and devoted time and energies to discovering a positive rule. The search was sweet, calm, and buoyant with hope, not selfish nor depressing. I knew the Principle of all harmonious Mind-action to be God, and that cures were produced in primitive Christian healing by holy, uplifting faith; but I must know the Science of this healing, and I won my way to absolute conclusions through divine revelation, reason, and demonstration.
In following these leadings of scientific revelation, the Bible was my only textbook. The Scriptures were illumined; reason and revelation were reconciled, and afterwards the truth of Christian Science was demonstrated. No human pen nor tongue taught me the Science contained in this book, SCIENCE AND HEALTH; and neither tongue nor pen can overthrow it.
Although this volume contains the complete Science of Mind-healing, never believe that you can absorb the whole meaning of the Science by a simple perusal of this book. The book needs to be studied, and the demonstration of the rules of scientific healing will plant you firmly on the spiritual groundwork of Christian Science.
You will learn that in Christian Science the first duty is to obey God, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself.
We all must learn that Life is God. Ask yourself: Am I living the life that approaches the supreme good?
Am I demonstrating the healing power of Truth and Love? If so, then the way will grow brighter “unto the perfect day.”
11:2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:
5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
Jesus taught the way of Life by demonstration, that we may understand how this divine Principle heals the sick, casts out error, and triumphs over death. Jesus presented the ideal of God better than could any man whose origin was less spiritual. By his obedience to God, he demonstrated more spiritually than all others the Principle of being.
Jesus established what he said by demonstration, thus making his acts of higher importance than his words. He proved what he taught.
In Science we can use only what we understand. We must prove our faith by demonstration.
SH 28:10 one’s
… one’s consecration to Christ is more on the ground of demonstration than of profession.
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:
2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up;
4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
St. John writes, in the tenth chapter of his book of Revelation:–
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: and he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth.
SH 559:1-2, 19-21
This angel had in his hand “a little book,” open for all to read and understand. Mortals, obey the heavenly evangel. Take divine Science. Read this book from beginning to end. Study it, ponder it.
SH 456:27-30 it
… it is the voice of Truth to this age, and contains the full statement of Christian Science, or the Science of healing through Mind.
All we correctly know of Spirit comes from God, divine Principle, and is learned through Christ and Christian Science.
Christian Science, understood, coincides with the Scriptures, and sustains logically and demonstratively every point it presents. Otherwise it would not be Science, and could not present its proofs.
Divine Science is absolute, and permits no half-way position in learning its Principle and rule–establishing it by demonstration.
SH 520:26 (only) growth
… growth is the eternal mandate of Mind.
28:16 ¶ Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 ¶ Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
In his final demonstration, called the ascension, which closed the earthly record of Jesus, he rose above the physical knowledge of his disciples, and the material senses saw him no more.
His students then received the Holy Ghost. By this is meant, that by all they had witnessed and suffered, they were roused to an enlarged understanding of divine Science, even to the spiritual interpretation and discernment of Jesus’ teachings and demonstrations, which gave them a faint conception of the Life which is God.
Our Master said to every follower: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature! . . . Heal the sick! . . . Love thy neighbor as thyself!” It was this theology of Jesus which healed the sick and the sinning. It is his theology in this book and the spiritual meaning of this theology, which heals the sick and causes the wicked to “forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts.”
SH 407:22 In
In Science, all being is eternal, spiritual, perfect, harmonious in every action. Let the perfect model be present in your thoughts instead of its demoralized opposite. This spiritualization of thought lets in the light, and brings the divine Mind, Life not death, into your consciousness.
1:1 These be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel on this side Jordan in the wilderness,…
5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the Lord my God commanded me, …
6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
7 For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
8 And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
As mortals reach, through knowledge of Christian Science, a higher sense, they will seek to learn, not from matter, but from the divine Principle, God, how to demonstrate the Christ, Truth, as the healing and saving power.
When we learn the way in Christian Science and recognize man’s spiritual being, we shall behold and understand God’s creation,–all the glories of earth and heaven and man.
“No and Yes” in Miscellaneous Writings
By Mary Baker Eddy
““Has Truth, as demonstrated by Jesus, reappeared? Study Christian Science and practise it, and you will know that Truth has reappeared.
“To be appreciated, Science must be understood and conscientiously introduced. If the Bible and Science and Health had the place in schools of learning that physiology occupies, they would revolutionize and reform the world, through the power of Christ. It is true that it requires more study to understand and demonstrate what these works teach, than to learn theology, physiology, or physics; because they teach divine Science, with fixed Principle, given rule, and unmistakable proof.”
“Prayers About Wildfires”
By Barbara Presler
Christian Science Sentinel
July 3, 2013
At the time of this writing, several dangerous wildfires are burning in the western United States, …
Prayer is a powerful help when we’re faced with dangerous and destructive conditions such as these. I have been praying to know that in spite of the evidence of these fires, those impacted by the fires are under the safety and control of the one Mind, another name for God. Fear, which attempts to convince us otherwise, cannot be legitimate, because it is no part of omnipotent Mind.
Mary Baker Eddy … defines fire in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. The very first word of that definition is “fear”. This points to the spiritual fact that as we remove fear from our thinking by replacing it with the allness—the ever-presence—of God, who is causing only good, we can lessen the threat of destruction from fire and other natural forces.
The 23rd Psalm in the Bible comforts us and commands us not to fear—especially this verse: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
It’s been predicted that the high winds sweeping across the dry brush … will accelerate the fire’s spread. This brings to mind another definition by Mrs. Eddy: “Wind: That which indicates the might of omnipotence and the movements of God’s spiritual government, encompassing all things”. While material conditions may seem ripe for further destruction, we can assert that God is, in fact, governing. And where great comfort is needed for families and responders, we can know that God, divine Love, now surrounds and supports them, holding them securely in His love.