October 9, 2019
Hymns: 136, 305, 10
The Bible & Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.
1:26-28,31 God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them…And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. …Thus the heavens and the earth were finished.
Man, created by God, was given dominion over the whole earth.
God creates and governs the universe, including man. The universe is filled with spiritual ideas, which He evolves, and they are obedient to the Mind that makes them.
The foundation of mortal discord is a false sense of man’s origin.
2:1,6,7,21,22 But there went up a mist from the earth…And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground…and…caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam…And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
3:1,4,6,7,9…the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And…said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden…Ye shall not surely die…And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food…to be desired to make one wise…she…did eat, and gave also unto her husband…and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened…And the Lord God called unto Adam…Where art thou?
The first mention of evil is in the legendary Scriptural text in the second chapter of Genesis. … The “tree of knowledge” stands for the erroneous doctrine that the knowledge of evil is as real, hence as God-bestowed, as the knowledge of good.
SH 579:15 (to.), 2-8 (np)
Adam… not God’s man, who represents the one God and is His own image and likeness; the opposite of Spirit and His creations; that which is not the image and likeness of good, but a material belief, opposed to the one Mind, or Spirit; a so-called finite mind, producing other minds, thus making “gods many and lords many”…
Man is the likeness of Spirit, but a material personality is not this likeness. Therefore man, in this allegory, is neither a lesser god nor the image and likeness of the one God.
Created by flesh instead of by Spirit, starting from matter instead of from God, mortal man would be governed by himself. The blind leading the blind, both would fall.
10:4 The wicked…will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
PROVERBS (New Living Bible)
18:2 Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.
GENESIS (Good News Translation)
11:1,4-9 At first, the people of the whole world had only one language and used the same words. As they wandered about in the East, they came to a plain in Babylonia and settled there… They said, “Now let’s build a city with a tower that reaches the sky, so that we can make a name for ourselves and not be scattered all over the earth.” Then the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which they had built, and he said, “Now then, these are all one people and they speak one language; this is just the beginning of what they are going to do. Soon they will be able to do anything they want! Let us go down and mix up their language so that they will not understand each other.” So the Lord scattered them all over the earth, and they stopped building the city. The city was called Babylon, because there the Lord mixed up the language of all the people, and from there he scattered them all over the earth.
Babel. Self-destroying error; a kingdom divided against itself, which cannot stand; material knowledge. The higher false knowledge builds on the basis of evidence obtained from the five corporeal senses, the more confusion ensues, and the more certain is the downfall of its structure.
Materialists contradict their own statements. Their belief in material laws and in penalties for their infraction is the ancient error that there is fraternity between pain and pleasure, good and evil, God and Satan. This belief totters to its falling before the battle-axe of Science.
Finite belief can never do justice to Truth in any direction. Finite belief limits all things, and would compress Mind, which is infinite, beneath a skull bone. Such belief can neither apprehend nor worship the infinite; and to accommodate its finite sense of the divisibility of Soul and substance, it seeks to divide the one Spirit into persons and souls. Through this error, human belief comes to have “gods many and lords many.”
From first to last the supposed coexistence of Mind and matter and the mingling of good and evil have resulted from the philosophy of the serpent…Human philosophy has made God manlike. Christian Science makes man Godlike. The first is error; the latter is truth.
The one Mind, God, contains no mortal opinions.
When false human beliefs learn even a little of their own falsity, they begin to disappear. A knowledge of error and of its operations must precede that understanding of Truth which destroys error, until the entire mortal, material error finally disappears, and the eternal verity, man created by and of Spirit, is understood and recognized as the true likeness of his Maker.
22:5…love the Lord your God, and…walk in all his ways, and…keep his commandments, and… cleave unto him, and…serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
1:5,7,15,23 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels…The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction…walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path…Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.
7:24-27 whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
2:12,24-25… turn ye even to me with all your heart…And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten.
2:1-8,13-17,21,41,44,46,47… the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilæans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born…Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said…these are not drunken… this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel…And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh…And…whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved…and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls…And all that believed were together, and had all things common…And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. …
God is Spirit; therefore the language of Spirit must be, and is, spiritual. …Ear hath not heard, nor hath lip spoken, the pure language of Spirit.
This understanding is not intellectual, is not the result of scholarly attainments; it is the reality of all things brought to light.
The divine Science taught in the original language of the Bible came through inspiration, and needs inspiration to be understood. Hence the misapprehension of the spiritual meaning of the Bible, and the misinterpretation of the Word in some instances by uninspired writers, who only wrote down what an inspired teacher had said… The one important interpretation of Scripture is the spiritual.
Our material human theories are destitute of Science.
When the divine precepts are understood, they unfold the foundation of fellowship, in which one mind is not at war with another, but all have one Spirit, God, one intelligent source, in accordance with the Scriptural command: “Let this Mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”
4:4,5-7,12-15 There is one body, and one Spirit…One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ…For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
PHILIPPIANS (J.B. Phillips)
2:2-11 Live together in harmony, live together in love, as though you had only one mind and one spirit between you. Never act from motives of rivalry or personal vanity, but in humility think more of each other than you do of yourselves.
With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science.
Human codes, scholastic theology, material medicine and hygiene, fetter faith and spiritual understanding. Divine Science rends asunder these fetters, and man’s birthright of sole allegiance to his Maker asserts itself.
In a world of sin and sensuality hastening to a greater development of power, it is wise earnestly to consider whether it is the human mind or the divine Mind which is influencing one.
When we realize that there is one Mind, the divine law of loving our neighbor as ourselves is unfolded; whereas a belief in many ruling minds hinders man’s normal drift towards the one Mind, one God, and leads human thought into opposite channels where selfishness reigns.
The testimony of the material senses is neither absolute nor divine. I therefore plant myself unreservedly on the teachings of Jesus, of his apostles, of the prophets, and on the testimony of the Science of Mind. Other foundations there are none. All other systems — systems based wholly or partly on knowledge gained through the material senses — are reeds shaken by the wind, not houses built on the rock.
It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love. Mankind will become perfect in proportion as this fact becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brotherhood of man will be established. Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ.
“To Be of One Accord”
By Channing Walker
The Christian Science Journal, June 2005
…Church, by its very nature, points to unity. There’s a oneness to the idea of Church that underpins every effort by members to be at one in outlook and action. It is a structure, singular. Not structures, plural. As defined in Science and Health, it is “the structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.” That’s a design with a planet-embracing reach.
Referring to the spreading branches of her own Church, Mary Baker Eddy said they were “fast reaching out their broad shelter to the entire world.” The Church of Christ, Scientist, wasn’t there then—and isn’t here now—simply to enlist new converts into a particular denomination. Its aim isn’t merely to bequeath itself to each new generation. It is here to, among other things, provide shelter to a world bombarded by threats and dangers too numerous to count. Shelter by helping humanity to see they’re abiding not in a killing field but in the very “structure of Truth and of Love.” Shelter by disclosing that the spiritual understanding that fuels Christian healing is not sporadic and unpredictable, but organized, systematized, certain.
It’s natural, even inevitable, for Church to do all that. So what can Christians do today to forward this healing thrust of Church? Reclaim the Pentecostal fervor that keeps members in one accord, filled with the spirit of Christly love, speaking and reaching out so selflessly that each member of humanity can’t help but understand the Christ message in his or her own terms… Just before the Day of Pentecost, the disciples of Jesus gathered together in an upper room. Perhaps that height can be seen as figurative as well as literal. Could it be that the disciples went higher in thought and prayer, leaving behind the lowlands of divisiveness, of fear, of rivalry and doubt? Maybe that “upper room” consciousness was the needed prelude to all that followed—being of one accord in one place, filled with the spirit of Love, reaching each individual with the message of Christ-healing in a way that each individual could understand. Certainly, uplifted consciousness today helps us to experience something kindred—and reap more of that spiritual influx that “the structure of Truth and Love” alone can usher into our lives.