JANUARY 17, 2018
READINGS FROM THE BIBLE
SCIENCE & HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES
BY MARY BAKER EDDY
The so-called laws of matter are nothing but false beliefs that intelligence and life are present where Mind is not.
Ignorant of our God-given rights, we submit to unjust decrees, and the bias of education enforces this slavery.
Belief is changeable, but spiritual understanding is changeless.
Resisting evil, you overcome it and prove its nothingness.
53:2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
5 There were they in great fear, where no fear was:
41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
1:9 …Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Christian scientific practice begins with Christ’s keynote of harmony, “Be not afraid!”
Nothing is real and eternal, — nothing is Spirit, — but God and His idea. Evil has no reality. It is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense.
SH 480:24 God (to 2nd .)
God is not its author.
Resisting evil, you overcome it and prove its nothingness.
91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.
18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
29:25 … whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.
The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent Mind, who gives man faith and understanding whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but from bodily suffering.
Understanding the control which Love held over all, Daniel felt safe in the lions’ den, and Paul proved the viper to be harmless. All of God’s creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible.
4:19 …My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
11:24 What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
6:8 … your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
21:22 … all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of god, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Divine love always has met and always will meet every human need.
When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible.
God is not influenced by man. The “divine ear” is not an auditory nerve. It is the all-hearing and all-knowing mind, to whom each need of man is always known and by whom it will be supplied.
To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.
4:14 ¶ … Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee:
16 ¶ And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
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.
Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind; nor can the material senses bear reliable testimony on the subject of health.
The so-called laws of health are simply laws of mortal belief.
Nothing is more disheartening than to believe that there is a power opposite to God, or good, and that God endows this opposing power with strength to be used against Himself, against Life, health, harmony.
It is the mortal belief which makes the body discordant and diseased in proportion as ignorance, fear, or human will governs mortals.
Disease is an image of thought externalized. The mental state is called a material state. Whatever is cherished in mortal mind as the physical condition is imaged forth on the body.
SH 120:15-20 the
… the divine Principle of Science, reversing the testimony of the physical senses, reveals man as harmoniously existent in Truth, which is the only basis of health; and thus Science denies all disease, heals the sick, overthrows false evidence, and refutes materialistic logic.
When fear disappears, the foundation of disease is gone.
3:1 …forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments;
2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
5:17 if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
6:2 … behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
12:2 … be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3:8 … beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
SH 244:23-24, 25-27
Man in Science is neither young nor old. He has neither birth nor death.
He does not pass from matter to Mind, from the mortal to the immortal, from evil to good, or from good to evil.
Life and its faculties are not measured by calendars. The perfect and immortal are the eternal likeness of their Maker.
Never record ages. Chronological data are no part of the vast forever. Time-tables of birth and death are so many conspiracies against manhood and womanhood.
SH 245:30 decrepitude
… decrepitude is not according to law, nor is it a necessity of nature, but an illusion.
Man, governed by immortal Mind, is always beautiful and grand. Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty, and holiness.
Truth makes a new creature, in whom old things pass away and “all things are become new.”
7:11 ¶ And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.
12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.
14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.
6:23 … the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
SH 245:32 (only)
The infinite never began nor will it ever end.
Because Life is God, Life must be eternal, self-existent. Life is the everlasting I am, the Being who was and is and shall be, whom nothing can erase.
This false belief as to what really constitutes life so detracts from God’s character and nature, that the true sense of His power is lost to all who cling to this falsity.
Thousands of instances could be cited of health restored by changing the patient’s thoughts regarding death.
Life is eternal. We should find this out, and begin the demonstration thereof. Life and goodness are immortal. Let us then shape our views of existence into loveliness, freshness, and continuity, rather than into age and blight.
It is neither Science nor Truth which acts through blind belief, nor is it the human understanding of the divine healing Principle as manifested in Jesus, whose humble prayers were deep and conscientious protests of Truth, — of man’s likeness to God and of man’s unity with Truth and Love.
26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.
“Today is Mine”
By Esther M. Scheck Moore
Christian Science Journal
nor any tomorrows;
no past, no future, only now—
by some vague past,
dreading the dim future,
men dwell in perpetual fear;
and yet, the Christ
dispels these myths;
yesterday’s dreams vanish,
tomorrow’s illusion fades, this
is ours to know
and to use discreetly.
Fearless, joyful, I find today
“Now and Then”
By Mary Baker Eddy
First Church of Christ, Scientist & MIscellany
We own no past, no future, we possess only now. If the reliable now is carelessly lost in speaking or in acting, it comes not back again. Whatever needs to be done which cannot be done now, God prepares the way for doing; while that which can be done now, but is not, increases our indebtedness to God. Faith in divine Love supplies the ever-present help and now, and gives the power to “act in the living present.”