October 2, 2019
Hymns: 521, 485, 561
The Bible & Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
73:25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
1:9… the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
4:1-2,8 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel…and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
The foundation of mortal discord is a false sense of man’s origin.
Cain is the type of mortal and material man, conceived in sin and “shapen in iniquity;” he is not the type of Truth and Love.
Cain very naturally concluded that if life was in the body, and man gave it, man had the right to take it away. This incident shows that the belief of life in matter was “a murderer from the beginning.”
SH 541:16-18, (np 3-5)
The erroneous belief that life, substance, and intelligence can be material ruptures the life and brotherhood of man at the very outset. Material beliefs would slay the spiritual idea whenever and wherever it appears.
Man is the family name for all ideas, — the sons and daughters of God. All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power.
Christian Science despoils the kingdom of evil, and pre-eminently promotes affection and virtue in families and therefore in the community.
1:3-5,7-8,14,16,22…Naomi’s husband died; and she was left, and her two sons. And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth…And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband. Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me …and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her. And Ruth 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: So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.
SH 57:22 (to ,), 23-24
Human affection is not poured forth vainly…Love enriches the nature, enlarging, purifying, and elevating it.
A mother’s affection cannot be weaned from her child, because the mother-love includes purity and constancy, both of which are immortal…maternal affection lives on under whatever difficulties.
49:11…let thy widows trust in me.
2:1-2,5-6,8,10-12 Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s…and his name was Boaz…Ruth…said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this? And the servant…said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab: Then said Boaz unto Ruth,…Go not to glean in another field…but abide here fast by my maidens: Then she…said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger? And Boaz…said…It hath…been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not…The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.
91:11…he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
“All things work together for good to them that love God,” is the dictum of Scripture.
The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother’s need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another’s good.
6:18 will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
4:13-15,17 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife…and the Lord gave her conception, and she bare a son. And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath borne him…and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
11:1 there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
1:16,18, 22-25 Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
…all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
The offspring of God start not from matter or ephemeral dust.
Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.
The illumination of Mary’s spiritual sense put to silence material law and its order of generation, and brought forth her child by the revelation of Truth, demonstrating God as the Father of men.
2:42-43,45-46, 48-49 when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother…turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And…after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions…and his mother said…, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
Jesus acknowledged no ties of the flesh. He said: “Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.” Again he asked: “Who is my mother, and who are my brethren,” implying that it is they who do the will of his Father. We have no record of his calling any man by the name of father. He recognized Spirit, God, as the only creator, and therefore as the Father of all.
10:28-30…Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
Self-abnegation, by which we lay down all for Truth, or Christ, in our warfare against error, is a rule in Christian Science. This rule clearly interprets God as divine Principle, — as Life, represented by the Father; as Truth, represented by the Son; as Love, represented by the Mother.
12:46-50 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Christian Scientists understand that, in a religious sense, they have the same authority for the appellative mother, as for that of brother and sister. Jesus said: “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
19:25-27 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
68:6 God setteth the solitary in families:
“Love one another” (I John, iii. 23), is the most simple and profound counsel of the inspired writer.
133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
3:1, 4:4,6-8 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:
ROMANS (J.B. Phillips)
12:5 as you have many members in one physical body and those members differ in their functions, so we, though many in number, compose one body in Christ and are all members of one another.
COLOSSIANS (J.B. Phillips)
3:12-14 As…God’s picked representatives of the new humanity, purified and beloved of God himself, be merciful in action, kindly in heart, humble in mind…be most patient and tolerant with one another, always ready to forgive…Forgive as freely as the Lord has forgiven you. And, above everything else, be truly loving, for love is the golden chain of all the virtues.
1 CORINTHIANS (Living Bible)
13:4-7 Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.
Our Father which art in heaven, Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,
This human sense of Deity yields to the divine sense, even as the material sense of personality yields to the incorporeal sense of God and man as the infinite Principle and infinite idea, — as one Father with His universal family, held in the gospel of Love.
In Science man is the offspring of Spirit. The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry.
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.
By Mary Baker Eddy
God is our Father and our Mother, our Minister and the great Physician: He is man’s only real relative on earth and in heaven. (Mis. 151:13-15)
By Helen Wood Bauman
Christian Science Sentinel, April 1950
…Christian Science…reveals the divine sense of being in which God is understood as the only parent of man, and His harmonious and spiritual ideas as comprising the one real family. No one is left out of this family, for it is the universal brotherhood of God’s sons. Each of us, in his true being, belongs to this great family and has a rightful place in its activities…There can be no loneliness, no sense of isolation, to one who seeks his place in the impersonal family of Mind. Christ Jesus rose above the limits of his human family life, which had served him well as long as he needed it. He proved his individual place in God’s universe as His beloved Son. His ministry developed from simple discussions of the Scriptures to the healing of sin, disease, and death; to rebukes to evil that rocked its very foundations; to sublime victory over the grave and the mortal sense of existence. The magnitude of his service multiplies with the ages. It made possible the revelation of Christian Science, which interprets his mission and makes universally available the laws he utilized so fully. The Master’s higher sense of family gave his contribution to human welfare unmeasured scope…Our Leader subordinated self when she willingly turned from the comparative security of life with relatives and devoted her efforts to founding Christian Science.