July 4, 2018
Hymns: 5, 82, 264
The Bible & Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures By Mary Baker Eddy
8:32 …ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
SH vii: 13-18
Truth, independent of doctrines and time-honored systems, knocks at the portal of humanity. Contentment with the past and the cold conventionality of materialism are crumbling away. Ignorance of God is no longer the stepping- stone to faith.
3:17…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
The history of our country, like all history, illustrates the might of Mind, and shows human power to be proportionate to its embodiment of right thinking.
Like our nation, Christian Science has its Declaration of Independence. God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love.
1:8 Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
12 Prove thy servants… ten days;…give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.
15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.
SH 458: 23-24
The Christianly scientific man reflects the divine law, thus becoming a law unto himself.
SH 514: 26-28
Understanding the control which Love held over all, Daniel felt safe in the lions’ den, and Paul proved the viper to be harmless.
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.
6:4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
5…thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
20: 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
3:13 Nebuchadnezzar…14… said… Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
15… if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego…said…O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
Moral courage is requisite to meet the wrong and to proclaim the right.
Even in captivity among foreign nations, the divine Principle wrought wonders for the people of God in the fiery furnace and in kings’ palaces.
3: 22…because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
23And…Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24 Then Nebuchadnezzar…was astonied…and said…Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?…
25…Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
26 Then Nebuchadnezzar…said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors… saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
28 Then Nebuchadnezzar…said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him,
You weaken or destroy your power when you resort to any except spiritual means.
23: 20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.
23 For mine Angel shall go before thee,…
24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works
Christian Scientists must live under the constant pressure of the apostolic command to come out from the material world and be separate.
6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Jesus acted boldly, against the accredited evidence of the senses, against Pharisaical creeds and practices, and he refuted all opponents with his healing power.
Only through radical reliance on Truth can scientific healing power be realized.
Because man-made systems insist that man becomes sick and useless, suffers and dies, all in consonance with the laws of God, are we to believe it? Are we to believe an authority which denies God’s spiritual command relating to perfection, — an authority which Jesus proved to be false? He did the will of the Father. He healed sickness in defiance of what is called material law, but in accordance with God’s law, the law of Mind.
We must forsake the foundation of material systems, however time-honored, if we would gain the Christ as our only Saviour. Not partially, but fully, the great healer of mortal mind is the healer of the body.
Mortal belief is all that enables a drug to cure mortal ailments.
We cannot obey both physiology and Spirit, for one absolutely destroys the other, and one or the other must be supreme in the affections. It is impossible to work from two standpoints. If we attempt it, we shall presently “hold to the one, and despise the other.”
3:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
Every law of matter or the body, supposed to govern man, is rendered null and void by the law of Life, God. Ignorant of our God-given rights, we submit to unjust decrees, and the bias of education enforces this slavery.
SH 225: 29-31
Men and women of all climes and races are still in bondage to material sense, ignorant how to obtain their freedom.
The chief stones in the temple of Christian Science are to be found in the following postulates: that Life is God, good, and not evil; that Soul is sinless, not to be found in the body; that Spirit is not, and cannot be, materialized; that Life is not subject to death; that the spiritual real man has no birth, no material life, and no death.
Divine Mind rightly demands man’s entire obedience, affection, and strength. No reservation is made for any lesser loyalty. Obedience to Truth gives man power and strength. Submission to error superinduces loss of power.
If we wish to follow Christ, Truth, it must be in the way of God’s appointing. Jesus said, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also.” He, who would reach the source and find the divine remedy for every ill, must not try to climb the hill of Science by some other road. All nature teaches God’s love to man, but man cannot love God supremely and set his whole affections on spiritual things, while loving the material or trusting in it more than in the spiritual. We must forsake the foundation of material systems, however time-honored, if we would gain the Christ as our only Saviour. Not partially, but fully, the great healer of mortal mind is the healer of the body.
Ages pass, but this leaven of Truth is ever at work. It must destroy the entire mass of error, and so be eternally glorified in man’s spiritual freedom.
I saw before me the sick, wearing out years of servitude to an unreal master in the belief that the body governed them, rather than Mind.
SH 253: 9-14
I hope, dear reader, I am leading you into the understanding of your divine rights, your heaven-bestowed harmony, — that, as you read, you see there is no cause (outside of erring, mortal, material sense which is not power) able to make you sick or sinful;
SH 225:5-6, 8-11
You may know when first Truth leads by the fewness and faithfulness of its followers…The powers of this world will fight, and will command their sentinels not to let truth pass the guard until it subscribes to their systems; but Science, heeding not the pointed bayonet, marches on.
The time for thinkers has come.
“The Declaration of Independence”
By Adelaide Rogers Calkins
Christian Science Sentinel, July 1943
The people of the United States celebrate each year an Independence Day, a day marking a milestone in the world’s progress, inaugurating as it did one of the highest forms of government known to history. The fifty-six men whose names are attached to the great paper, the Declaration of Independence, could not have glimpsed the future of the country that their deed helped to establish. Nevertheless, they were used by God in bringing a plan of justice and liberty to their country.
Now, as the years have established that plan and placed spiritual ideas of freedom and equality firmly in our midst, it is the sacred duty and joyous privilege of every citizen to know that this great work, inspired and sanctioned by Principle, can never be annulled, nor can the advantages it brings ever cease to be available to bless us in the future as in the past, if we place proper reliance on divine Truth…Another event, bringing an end to abuses inflicted on our liberty, came about a century later when Mary Baker Eddy discovered and founded Christian Science and wrote in its textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” (p. 106), “Like our nation, Christian Science has its Declaration of Independence.” …
As a result …a new Independence Day dawned for multitudes of people as they began to comprehend the meaning of Mrs. Eddy’s words (ibid., p. 200), “Life is, always has been, and ever will be independent of matter”…The inalienable rights with which man is endowed, include right thinking and self-government. Liberty comes more quickly to those who isolate themselves mentally from suggestions of evil by constantly maintaining that there is but one Mind, God…
Our forefathers pledged a firm allegiance to God and reliance on divine protection…Let us lean on the promises so beautifully given us in the Bible! God has all good and only good for us, and we must show forth His holy purpose in our lives. His reward for our labor is certain as we obey the spiritual law in greater unselfishness, purity, love, and loyalty…As we hold to this declaration…every day will be an Independence day.