May 29, 2019
Hymns: 73, 416, 66
The Bible & Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
1:27…God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. …
2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, …
2:10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?
There is but one Spirit. Man is never God, but spiritual man, made in God’s likeness, reflects God. In this scientific reflection the Ego and the Father are inseparable.
As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being.
SH 3:12-14 (to ;)
The Divine Being must be reflected by man, — else man is not the image and likeness of the patient, tender, and true, the One “altogether lovely;”
Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light.
PHILIPPIANS (J.B. Phillips)
12:13…it is God who is at work within you, giving you the will and the power to achieve his purpose.
5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power.
The First Commandment is my favorite text. It demonstrates Christian Science. It inculcates the tri-unity of God, Spirit, Mind; it signifies that man shall have no other spirit or mind but God, eternal good, and that all men shall have one Mind.
The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind, — that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle.
The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God, — a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love.
1:11,12,14-17… Naomi said, …Turn again, my daughters, go your way;…Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her…And said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me.
Dost thou “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind”? This command includes much, even the surrender of all merely material sensation, affection, and worship. This is the El Dorado of Christianity. It involves the Science of Life, and recognizes only the divine control of Spirit, in which Soul is our master, and material sense and human will have no place.
Mind. The only I, or Us; the only Spirit, Soul, divine Principle, substance, Life, Truth, Love; the one God; not that which is in man, but the divine Principle, or God, of whom man is the full and perfect expression;
Absorbed in material selfhood we discern and reflect but faintly the substance of Life or Mind. The denial of material selfhood aids the discernment of man’s spiritual and eternal individuality, and destroys the erroneous knowledge gained from matter or through what are termed the material senses.
Self-love is more opaque than a solid body. In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error, — self-will, self-justification, and self-love, — which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death.
The manifestation of God through mortals is as light passing through the window-pane. The light and the glass never mingle, but as matter, the glass is less opaque than the walls. The mortal mind through which Truth appears most vividly is that one which has lost much materiality
much error — in order to become a better transparency for Truth. Then, like a cloud melting into thin vapor, it no longer hides the sun.
12:29-31…The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like…Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
5:19-20;30…The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these…I can of mine own self do nothing…I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
14:10-12 …the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works…I am in the Father, and the Father in me…He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
22:41-44 …he… kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
3:16…he laid down his life for us…we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
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.
Jesus was unselfish. His spirituality separated him from sensuousness, and caused the selfish materialist to hate him; but it was this spirituality which enabled Jesus to heal the sick, cast out evil, and raise the dead.
The material senses originate and support all that is material, untrue, selfish, or debased.
The spiritual sense of truth must be gained before Truth can be understood. This sense is assimilated only as we are honest, unselfish, loving, and meek.
15:5;7;9-12 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing…If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. …As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
MATTHEW (Amplified Bible)
16:24-26 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me].
10:15 …I lay down my life for the sheep.
Jesus could have withdrawn himself from his enemies. He had power to lay down a human sense of life for his spiritual identity in the likeness of the divine; but he allowed men to attempt the destruction of the mortal body in order that he might furnish the proof of immortal life.
He claimed no intelligence, action, nor life separate from God.
SH 25:16 (only)
Jesus presented the ideal of God better than could any man whose origin was less spiritual.
Self-abnegation, by which we lay down all for Truth, or Christ, in our warfare against error, is a rule in Christian Science.
God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection, man, remains perfect. Man is the expression of God’s being.
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.
3:1-8 Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer… And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
The way to extract error from mortal mind is to pour in truth through flood-tides of Love. Christian perfection is won on no other basis.
He that touches the hem of Christ’s robe and masters his mortal beliefs, animality, and hate, rejoices in the proof of healing, — in a sweet and certain sense that God is Love.
Paul had a clear sense of the demands of Truth upon mortals physically and spiritually, when he said: “Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
ACTS (J.B. Phillips)
20:22-25…I am, compelled by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem. I do not know what may happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit warns me that imprisonment and persecution await me in every city that I visit. But frankly I do not consider my own life valuable to me so long as I can finish my course and complete the ministry which the Lord Jesus has given me in declaring the good news of the grace of God. Now I know well enough that not one of you among whom I have moved as I preached the kingdom of God will ever see my face again.
15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
The effect of this Science is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind.
Prayer, watching, and working, combined with self-immolation, are God’s gracious means for accomplishing whatever has been successfully done for the Christianization and health of mankind.
Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power.
“What is Unselfed Love, and Why Does it Matter?”
By Barbara Vining
The Christian Science Sentinel, June 18, 2018
Unselfed love is vital to the successful practice of Christian Science healing… it’s vital to the welfare of all humanity. And it’s way more than just being unselfish!… it’s all about the love of God being expressed in you and me. It’s about God being our source—the very reason we have the capacity and desire to love. And understanding that our actual self, or being, is what God is expressing in us, we can humbly put our full trust in divine Love, instead of trying to engineer an outcome… Unselfed love is when we yearn so deeply to bring another off a cross of suffering that we will pray all night if we must until we feel ourselves yielding to God—and the patient feels and responds to God’s resurrecting love and is healed…When mistaken views of God—and of our own and others’ true identity—begin to fall away in our own thought, the practical effects of this understanding begin to manifest themselves in reformation of character and physical healing. Then we just want to live to reflect God’s healing love, and we are willing to make whatever sacrifices are needed for others to experience it, too. Nothing is more thrilling or strengthening than to feel divine Love impelling you to put every needed effort into shedding worry and self-interest in order to become a better transparency for the love of God expressed by Christ Jesus—and to conquer whatever little or big challenges may come your way to keep you from being a successful healer…When Jesus said we should deny ourselves, he didn’t mean that we should deny that we have an identity, or that we should forget about our human needs being met. He meant that we should leave the mortal sense of ourselves and live as God’s, Love’s, expression, trusting that God’s reforming and healing power would unfailingly meet each and every need that comes along….
By Mary Baker Eddy
What has not unselfed love achieved for the race? All that ever was accomplished, and more than history has yet recorded. (Mis. 238:9-11)