First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Only good is present and real
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
The Bible
  1. Gen. 1:31 God (to .)

    31God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

  2. Ps. 139:1, 2, 7-14, 17, 18

    1O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.

    2Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

    ... 7Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

    8If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

    9If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

    10Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

    11If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

    12Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

    13For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

    14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

    ... 17How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

    18If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

  3. II Chron. 17:3-6, 10, 12, 13

    3And the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim;

    4But sought to the Lord God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel.

    5Therefore the Lord stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance.

    6And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the Lord: moreover he took away the high places and groves out of Judah.

    10And the fear of the Lord fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphat.

    12And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and he built in Judah castles, and cities of store.

    13And he had much business in the cities of Judah: and the men of war, mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem.

  4. II Chron. 19:4, 9, 11 Deal

    4And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again through the people from Beer–sheba to mount Ephraim, and brought them back unto the Lord God of their fathers.

    9And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the Lord, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.

    11 ... Deal courageously, and the Lord shall be with the good.

  5. II Cor. 10:3-5 though, 17 he

    3though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

    4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

    5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

    17 ... he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

  6. II Cor. 11:24-27, 32, 33

    24Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.

    25Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;

    26In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

    27In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

    ... 32In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:

    33And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.

  7. Rom. 8:35, 37-39

    35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

    ... 37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

    38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

    39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  8. Mark 10:46-52

    46And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimæus, the son of Timæus, sat by the highway side begging.

    47And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.

    48And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.

    49And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.

    50And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

    51And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

    52And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

  9. Philem. 1:3, 6

    3Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    ... 6That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

  10. Phil. 4:8, 13, 19 my, 20

    8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

    ... 13I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

    19 ... my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

    20Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy
  1. SH 526:15-17

    God pronounced Record of errorgood all that He created, and the Scriptures declare that He created all.

  2. SH 286:16

        In the Saxon and twenty other tongues good is the term Goodness a portion of Godfor God. The Scriptures declare all that He 18 made to be good, like Himself, — good in Principle and in idea. Therefore the spiritual universe is good, and reflects God as He is.

  3. SH 335:25-29 Mind

    Mind is the divine Principle, Love, and can pro-duce nothing unlike the eternal Father-Mother, God. 27The one divine MindReality is spiritual, harmonious, immutable, immortal, divine, eternal. Nothing unspirit -ual can be real, harmonious, or eternal.

  4. SH 469:25-28, 30-5

        We lose the high signification of omnipotence, when after admitting that God, or good, is omnipresent and 27The sole governorhas all-power, we still believe there is another power, named evil. ... With 470 470:1one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, 3the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science.

  5. SH 304:3, 17

    3    It is ignorance and false belief, based on a material sense of things, which hide spiritual beauty and good-Man inseparable from Loveness. Understanding this, Paul said: “Nei-6ther death, nor life, . . . nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from 9the love of God.” This is the doctrine of Christian Science: that divine Love cannot be deprived of its manifestation, or object; that joy cannot be turned into 12sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of joy; that good can never produce evil; that matter can never produce mind nor life result in death. The perfect man — governed 15by God, his perfect Principle — is sinless and eternal.

    Divine Principle is the Life 18Harmony natural of man. Man’s happiness is not, therefore, at the disposal of physical sense. Truth is not contaminated by error. Harmony in man is as beautiful 21as in music, and discord is unnatural, unreal.

  6. SH 472:13-22

    Question. — What is error?

    Answer. — Error is a supposition that pleasure and 15pain, that intelligence, substance, life, are existent in mat-Evanescent materialityter. Error is neither Mind nor one of Mind’s faculties. Error is the contradiction of Truth. 18Error is a belief without understanding. Error is unreal because untrue. It is that which seemeth to be and is not. If error were true, its truth would be error, and we should 21have a self-evident absurdity — namely, erroneous truth. Thus we should continue to lose the standard of Truth.

  7. SH 102:30-2

    30    Mankind must learn that evil is not power. Its so-called despotism is but a phase of nothingness. Christian Science despoils the kingdom of evil, and pre-eminently 103 103:1promotes affection and virtue in families and therefore in the community.

  8. SH 103:6-17

    6    The destruction of the claims of mortal mind through Liberation of mental powersScience, by which man can escape from sin and mortality, blesses the whole human fam-9ily. As in the beginning, however, this libera-tion does not scientifically show itself in a knowledge of both good and evil, for the latter is unreal.

    12    On the other hand, Mind-science is wholly separate from any half-way impertinent knowledge, because Mind-science is of God and demonstrates the divine Principle, 15working out the purposes of good only. The maximum of good is the infinite God and His idea, the All-in-all. Evil is a suppositional lie.

  9. SH 103:31

    Life and being are of God. In Christian Science, man can do no harm, for 104 104:1scientific thoughts are true thoughts, passing from God to man.

  10. SH 104:13

        Christian Science goes to the bottom of mental action, and reveals the theodicy which indicates the rightness of 15Perfection of divine governmentall divine action, as the emanation of divine Mind, and the consequent wrongness of the opposite so-called action, — evil, occultism, 18necromancy, mesmerism, animal magnetism, hypnotism.

  11. SH 92:21-25 Until

    21Until the fact concerning error — namely, its nothingness — Opposing powerappears, the moral demand will not be met, 24and the ability to make nothing of error will be wanting.

  12. SH 294:19-26

        The lines of demarcation between immortal man, repre-senting Spirit, and mortal man, representing the error that 21Mythical pleasurelife and intelligence are in matter, show the pleasures and pains of matter to be myths, and human belief in them to be the father of mythology, in 24which matter is represented as divided into intelligent gods. Man’s genuine selfhood is recognizable only in what is good and true.

  13. SH 268:6-9, 14-8

    Belief in a material basis, from which may be deduced all rationality, is slowly yielding to the idea of a metaphysical basis, looking away from 9matter to Mind as the cause of every effect.

        In this final struggle for supremacy, semi-metaphysi-15cal systems afford no substantial aid to scientific meta-Confusion confoundedphysics, for their arguments are based on the false testimony of the material senses as 18well as on the facts of Mind. These semi-metaphysical 269 269:1systems are one and all pantheistic, and savor of Pan-demonium, a house divided against itself.

    3    From first to last the supposed coexistence of Mind and matter and the mingling of good and evil have re-sulted from the philosophy of the serpent. Jesus’ demon-6strations sift the chaff from the wheat, and unfold the unity and the reality of good, the unreality, the nothing-ness, of evil.

  14. SH 230:11

        It would be contrary to our highest ideas of God to 12suppose Him capable of first arranging law and causation God never inconsistentso as to bring about certain evil results, and then punishing the helpless victims of His vo-15lition for doing what they could not avoid doing. Good is not, cannot be, the author of experimental sins. God, good, can no more produce sickness than goodness can 18cause evil and health occasion disease.

  15. SH 490:11-18 all

    all power belongs to God, good.

    12    The Science of Mind needs to be understood. Until it is understood, mortals are more or less deprived of Theories helplessTruth. Human theories are helpless to make 15man harmonious or immortal, since he is so already, according to Christian Science. Our only need is to know this and reduce to practice the real man’s di-18vine Principle, Love.

  16. SH 339:7-10 Since

    Since God is All, there is no room for His unlikeness. God, Spirit, alone created all, and called it 9Evil not produced by Godgood. Therefore evil, being contrary to good, is unreal, and cannot be the product of God.

  17. SH 301:6-13, 17-20

    To himself, mortal and material man seems to be substance, but his sense of substance involves error and therefore is material, 9temporal.

        On the other hand, the immortal, spiritual man is really substantial, and reflects the eternal substance, or Spirit, 12which mortals hope for. He reflects the divine, which constitutes the only real and eternal entity.

        As God is substance and man is the divine image and 18likeness, man should wish for, and in reality has, only Inverted images and ideasthe substance of good, the substance of Spirit, not matter.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 224: “O Lord, I would delight in Thee”
Hymn 330: “The King of Love my Shepherd is”
Hymn 547: “O, sometimes gleams upon our sight, Through present wrong, th' eternal right”