May 1, 2019
Hymns: 49, 64, 256
The Bible & Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
14:33 God is not the author of confusion, but of peace,
1:27 God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;
2:6 (to ,),7 (to ,),21 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…
3:9-11 And…God called unto Adam…Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice…, and I was afraid, because I was naked;…And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked?
The parent of all human discord was the Adam-dream, the deep sleep, in which originated the delusion that life and intelligence proceeded from and passed into matter.
Above error’s awful din, blackness, and chaos, the voice of Truth still calls: “Adam, where art thou? Consciousness, where art thou? Art thou dwelling in the belief that mind is in matter, and that evil is mind, or art thou in the living faith that there is and can be but one God, and keeping His commandment?” Until the lesson is learned that God is the only Mind governing man, mortal belief will be afraid as it was in the beginning, and will hide from the demand, “Where art thou?”
Fear was the first manifestation of the error of material sense. Thus error began and will end the dream of matter. In the allegory the body had been naked, and Adam knew it not; but now error demands that mind shall see and feel through matter, the five senses.
Science reverses the false testimony of the physical senses, and by this reversal mortals arrive at the fundamental facts of being… matter can make no conditions for man.
Mortals must look beyond fading, finite forms, if they would gain the true sense of things. Where shall the gaze rest but in the unsearchable realm of Mind? We must look where we would walk, and we must act as possessing all power from Him in whom we have our being.
Christian Science declares that Mind is substance, also that matter neither feels, suffers, nor enjoys. Hold these points strongly in view.
DANIEL (Amplified Bible)
6:3,4,6,7,9-1,16,19–22,23 Daniel…began distinguishing himself…and the king planned to appoint him over the entire realm. Then the [other two] commissioners…began trying to find a reason to bring a complaint against Daniel…but they could find no reason for an accusation or evidence of corruption, because he was faithful [a man of high moral character and personal integrity]… Then these commissioners…said…”King Darius…All the commissioners of the kingdom… have agreed…that the king should establish a royal statute…that anyone who…(prays to) any god or man besides you, O king, during the next thirty days, shall be thrown into the den of lions…So King Darius signed the document…Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he went into his house…praying… as he had been doing previously… these men…found Daniel praying…Daniel was… thrown into the den of lions…the king arose at dawn…and…called out…with a troubled voice…“O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you constantly serve, been able to rescue you from the lions?” Then Daniel spoke to the king, “…My God…sent His angel and has shut the mouths of the lions so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent…Daniel was hauled up out of the den. He had no injury of any kind, because he had trusted in his God.
Understanding the control which Love held over all, Daniel felt safe in the lions’ den,
The Scripture, “Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many,” is literally fulfilled, when we are conscious of the supremacy of Truth, by which the nothingness of error is seen; and we know that the nothingness of error is in proportion to its wickedness.
Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
19:2-4;9-12 Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to-morrow… And…he arose, and went for his life…and…requested…that he might die…And…came…unto a cave, …and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and said…What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away…And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
30:15 …in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength:
Spirit, God, is heard when the senses are silent
There is no vapid fury of mortal mind — expressed in earthquake, wind, wave, lightning, fire, bestial ferocity — and this so-called mind is self-destroyed. … Christian Science brings to light Truth and its supremacy, universal harmony, the entireness of God, good, and the nothingness of evil.
God is Mind: all that Mind, God, is, or hath made, is good, and He made all. Hence evil is not made and is not real.
The effects of Christian Science are not so much seen as felt. It is the “still, small voice” of Truth uttering itself. We are either turning away from this utterance, or we are listening to it and going up higher.
4:36-41 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
32:2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest;
107:25-29 he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still
When the ocean is stirred by a storm, then the clouds lower, the wind shrieks through the tightened shrouds, and the waves lift themselves into mountains. We ask the helmsman: “Do you know your course? Can you steer safely amid the storm?” He answers bravely, but even the dauntless seaman is not sure of his safety; nautical science is not equal to the Science of Mind.
SH 125:25-27;31-2 (to 1st .)
The mariner will have dominion over the atmosphere and the great deep, over the fish of the sea and the fowls of the air. …Thus matter will finally be proved nothing more than a mortal belief, wholly inadequate to affect a man through its supposed organic action or supposed existence.
The calm and exalted thought or spiritual apprehension is at peace.
4:17-21;28-30…there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 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, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears…And all they in the synagogue…were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them went his way,
There is divine authority for believing in the superiority of spiritual power over material resistance.
Since Jesus must have been tempted in all points, he, the immaculate, met and conquered sin in every form.
What I term chemicalization is the upheaval produced when immortal Truth is destroying erroneous mortal belief. Mental chemicalization brings sin and sickness to the surface, forcing impurities to pass away, as is the case with a fermenting fluid.
When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious — as Life eternally is — can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not. Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony.
The true Logos is demonstrably Christian Science, the natural law of harmony which overcomes discord, — not because this Science is supernatural or preternatural, nor because it is an infraction of divine law, but because it is the immutable law of God, good.
PHILIPPEANS (J.B. Phillips)
4:6-7 Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God which transcends human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus.
1 PETER (The Passion Translation)
5:7 Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you.
James (J.B. Phillips)
1:2-8 When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realise that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance. But let the process go on until that endurance is fully developed, and you will find you have become men of mature character with the right sort of independence. And if, in the process, any of you does not know how to meet any particular problem he has only to ask God—who gives generously to all men without making them feel foolish or guilty—and he may be quite sure that the necessary wisdom will be given him. But he must ask in sincere faith without secret doubts as to whether he really wants God’s help or not. The man who trusts God, but with inward reservations, is like a wave of the sea, carried forward by the wind one moment and driven back the next. That sort of man cannot hope to receive anything from God, and the life of a man of divided loyalty will reveal instability at every turn.
If you venture upon the quiet surface of error and are in sympathy with error, what is there to disturb the waters? What is there to strip off error’s disguise? If you launch your bark upon the ever-agitated but healthful waters of truth, you will encounter storms. Your good will be evil spoken of. This is the cross. Take it up and bear it, for through it you win and wear the crown.
This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces. On one side there will be discord and dismay; on the other side there will be Science and peace. The breaking up of material beliefs may seem to be famine and pestilence, want and woe, sin, sickness, and death, which assume new phases until their nothingness appears. These disturbances will continue until the end of error, when all discord will be swallowed up in spiritual Truth. Mortal error will vanish in a moral chemicalization. This mental fermentation has begun, and will continue until all errors of belief yield to understanding. Belief is changeable, but spiritual understanding is changeless. As this consummation draws nearer, he who has shaped his course in accordance with divine Science will endure to the end.
Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle, — is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal.
Human belief has sought and interpreted in its own way the echo of Spirit, and so seems to have reversed it and repeated it materially; but the human mind never produced a real tone nor sent forth a positive sound.
SH 531:10 (The)
… The human mind will sometime rise above all material and physical sense, exchanging it for spiritual perception, and exchanging human concepts for the divine consciousness. Then man will recognize his God-given dominion and being.
“Peace, be still”
By Helen Friend-Robinson
The Christian Science Sentinel, March 1922
If…as Mrs. Eddy forewarns, storms must be encountered by all followers of Christ, or Truth, is it not true wisdom to learn how to still these tempests with the same power that stilled the tumultuous winds on Gennesaret? A wise student will neither ignore nor try to escape the needed experiences which are teaching him how to steer his bark safely across the agitated waters; but rather will he pray for more wisdom and divine guidance, for more humility and love, in order that he may more successfully command the disturbing elements. Continued smooth sailing does not always indicate a successful voyage. Dangerous reefs and shoals of pride and fear oftentimes lie hidden beneath a subtle calm that may well bear watching. Better the consternation resultant from the high waves of persecution than to compromise one’s conscience by drifting with the fluctuating tides of human opinion in order to obtain a false sense of peace. No one in this age has encountered such storms of human criticism as did Mrs. Eddy, the Leader of the Christian Science movement; yet she never faltered; but went bravely on, her whole life a noble example of loving patience amidst persecution, consummating her life-purpose of bequeathing to humanity the rich legacy of the demonstrable understanding of Jesus’ teaching and works.
By Mary Baker Eddy
The entire purpose of true education is to make one not only know the truth but live it—to make one enjoy doing right, make one not work in the sunshine and run away in the storm, but work amidst clouds of wrong, injustice, envy, hate; and wait on God, the strong deliverer, who will reward righteousness and punish iniquity. (Miscellany, 252)
The Christian Scientist cherishes no resentment; he knows that that would harm him more than all the malice of his foes…even as Jesus forgave, forgive thou. I say it with joy, — no person can commit an offense against me that I cannot forgive. Meekness is the armor of a Christian, his shield and his buckler… O glorious hope! there remaineth a rest for the righteous, a rest in Christ, a peace in Love. The thought of it stills complaint; the heaving surf of life’s troubled sea foams itself away, and underneath is a deep-settled calm. (‘02 18:30-4;8(np))