First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

The law that governs all
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
The Bible
  1. Hab. 1:12 (to ?), 13 (to :)

    12Art thou not from everlasting, O Lord my God, mine Holy One?

    ... 13Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity:

  2. Hab. 2:2 the, 14, 20 the

    2the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

    14For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

    20the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

  3. Ps. 119:18, 89, 92, 93, 97, 102, 104 (to :)

    18Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

    89For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.

    ... 92Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.

    93I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.

    97O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

    ... 102I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.

    ... 104Through thy precepts I get understanding:

  4. Dan. 6:1, 2 (to :), 3 this (to ;), 4 (to 2nd ;), 6-11, 16, 19, 20-22 2nd and, 23 So

    1It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;

    2And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first:

    3 ... this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him;

    4Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault;

    ... 6Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.

    7All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.

    8Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

    9Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.

    10Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

    11Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.

    16Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.

    19Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.

    20 ... and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?

    21Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.

    22My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

    23 ... So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

  5. Rom. 7:1, 5-7 (to .), 12, 14 (to :), 22 I

    1Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?

    ... 5For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

    6But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

    7What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid.

    ... 12Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

    ... 14For we know that the law is spiritual:

    22 ... I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

  6. Acts 28:3-5 when

    3when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.

    4And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.

    5And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.

  7. Matt. 22:34-40 when

    34when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.

    35Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,

    36Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

    37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

    38This is the first and great commandment.

    39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

    40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

  8. Rom. 8:1-5, 6 2nd to

    1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

    3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

    4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

    6 ... to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy

  1. SH 380:22-4

        Many years ago the author made a spiritual discov-ery, the scientific evidence of which has accumulated to 24A higher discoveryprove that the divine Mind produces in man health, harmony, and immortality. Gradu -ally this evidence will gather momentum and clearness, 27until it reaches its culmination of scientific statement and proof. Nothing is more disheartening than to believe that there is a power opposite to God, or good, and that 30God endows this opposing power with strength to be used against Himself, against Life, health, harmony.

        Every law of matter or the body, supposed to govern 381 381:1man, is rendered null and void by the law of Life, God. Ignorant of our God-given rights, we submit to unjust 3Ignorance of our rightsdecrees, and the bias of education enforces this slavery.

  2. SH 72:21-23, 30-32 divine law

    21    God, good, being ever present, it follows in divine logic that evil, the suppositional opposite of good, is never Scientific phenomenapresent. 30 ... divine law is the com-municator of truth, health, and harmony to earth and humanity.

  3. SH 105:3-10, 13 (to ;)

    3    Courts and juries judge and sentence mortals in order to restrain crime, to prevent deeds of violence or to punish Mental crimesthem. To say that these tribunals have no 6jurisdiction over the carnal or mortal mind, would be to contradict precedent and to admit that the power of human law is restricted to matter, while mortal 9mind, evil, which is the real outlaw, defies justice and is recommended to mercy. Can matter commit a crime? ... Mortal mind, not matter, is the criminal in every case;

  4. SH 230:11-15

        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.

  5. SH 227:7-15

    The law of the divine Mind must end human bondage, or mortals will continue unaware 9of man’s inalienable rights and in subjection to hope-less slavery, because some public teachers permit an ignorance of divine power, — an ignorance that 12is the foundation of continued bondage and of human suffering.

        Discerning the rights of man, we cannot fail to fore-15see the doom of all oppression.

  6. SH 118:26

        The definitions of material law, as given by natural 27science, represent a kingdom necessarily divided against Certain contradictionsitself, because these definitions portray law as physical, not spiritual. Therefore they con -30tradict the divine decrees and violate the law of Love, in which nature and God are one and the natural order of heaven comes down to earth.

  7. SH 384:3

    3    We should relieve our minds from the depressing thought that we have transgressed a material law and must of Corporeal penaltiesnecessity pay the penalty. Let us reassure 6ourselves with the law of Love. God never punishes man for doing right, for honest labor, or for deeds of kindness, though they expose him to fatigue, 9cold, heat, contagion. If man seems to incur the penalty through matter, this is but a belief of mortal mind, not an enactment of wisdom, and man has only to enter his 12protest against this belief in order to annul it. Through this action of thought and its results upon the body, the student will prove to himself, by small beginnings, the 15grand verities of Christian Science.

  8. SH 170:18-24

    18    If there are material laws which prevent disease, what then causes it? Not divine law, for Jesus healed the sick and cast out error, always in opposition, never in 21obedience, to physics.

        Spiritual causation is the one question to be considered, for more than all others spiritual causation relates to 24Causation consideredhuman progress.

  9. SH 381:8-10, 12-21, 27-28

        When infringing some supposed law, you say that 9there is danger. This fear is the danger and induces the No laws of matterphysical effects. ... The so-called laws of mortal belief are destroyed by the understanding that Soul is immortal, and that mortal mind cannot legislate the times, periods, 15and types of disease, with which mortals die. God is the lawmaker, but He is not the author of barbarous codes. In infinite Life and Love there is no sickness, sin, nor 18death, and the Scriptures declare that we live, move, and have our being in the infinite God.

        Think less of the enactments of mortal mind, and you 21will sooner grasp man’s God-given dominion. 27Let us banish sickness as an outlaw, and abide by the rule of perpetual harmony, — God’s law.

  10. SH 182:32

    30The law of Christ, or 183 183:1Truth, makes all things possible to Spirit; but the so-called laws of matter would render Spirit of no avail, and 3demand obedience to materialistic codes, thus departing from the basis of one God, one lawmaker. To suppose that God constitutes laws of inharmony is a mistake; dis-6cords have no support from nature or divine law, however much is said to the contrary.

  11. SH 183:16-24, 26-29

        The supposed laws which result in weariness and dis-ease are not His laws, for the legitimate and only possible 18Laws of nature spiritualaction of Truth is the production of harmony. Laws of nature are laws of Spirit; but mortals commonly recognize as law that which hides the power of 21Spirit. Divine Mind rightly demands man’s entire obe-dience, affection, and strength. No reservation is made for any lesser loyalty. Obedience to Truth gives man 24power and strength.

        Truth casts out all evils and materialistic methods 27with the actual spiritual law, — the law which gives Belief and understandingsight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, voice to the dumb, feet to the lame.

  12. SH 391:9-13, 17-22 (to 2nd .), 24-26

    Banish the belief that you can possi-bly entertain a single intruding pain which can-not be ruled out by the might of Mind, and in this way 12you can prevent the development of pain in the body. No law of God hinders this result.

        Justice is the moral signification of law. Injustice de-18clares the absence of law. When the body is supposed Contradict errorto say, “I am sick,” never plead guilty. Since matter cannot talk, it must be mortal mind 21which speaks; therefore meet the intimation with a pro-test. If you say, “I am sick,” you plead guilty. ... Disease has no intelligence to declare itself something and announce its name. Mortal mind alone sentences itself.

  13. SH 182:18-19

    18    Mind’s government of the body must supersede the so-called laws of matter.

  14. SH 470:32

        The relations of God and man, divine Principle and 471 471:1idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine 3order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He cre-ates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 134: “… Embosomed deep in Thy dear love, Held in Thy law I stand”
Hymn 520: “… By law God enforces, The stars in their courses”
Hymn 329: “The heavens declare the glory Of Him who made all things”