First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Truth reveals the nothingness of evil
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
The Bible
  1. Ps. 93:4

    4The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.

  2. I Sam. 28:5-7 (to .), 8 5th and, 11 And, 12, 15 (to ?), 16 Wherefore, 17 for, 18 (to ,)

    5And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled.

    6And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

    7Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her.

    8and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.

    11 ... And he said, Bring me up Samuel.

    12And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul.

    15And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up?

    16 ... Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the Lord is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?

    17 ... for the Lord hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to David:

    18Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the Lord,

  3. Isa. 17:12

    12Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!

  4. Isa. 64:4 since, 8

    4since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

    ... 8But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

  5. Luke 4:16-21, 25-31, 33-37

    16And 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.

    17And 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,

    18The 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,

    19To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

    20And 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.

    21And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

    ... 25But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;

    26But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.

    27And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.

    28And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,

    29And 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.

    30But he passing through the midst of them went his way,

    31And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days.

    33And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice,

    34Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.

    35And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.

    36And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.

    37And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about.

  6. Rev. 12:7-11 (to ;), 12 (to .)

    7And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

    8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

    9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

    10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

    11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony;

    ... 12Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them.

  7. Isa. 29:14 behold, 16, 19, 24

    14behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

    ... 16Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?

    19The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

    ... 24They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.

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

  1. SH 52:17

    15To-day, as of old, error and evil again 18make common cause against the exponents of truth.

  2. 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.

  3. SH 192:11-23, 24-26

        Erring power is a material belief, a blind miscalled force, 12the offspring of will and not of wisdom, of the mortal mind Human power a blind forceand not of the immortal. It is the headlong cataract, the devouring flame, the tempest’s 15breath. It is lightning and hurricane, all that is selfish, wicked, dishonest, and impure.

        Moral and spiritual might belong to Spirit, who holds 18the “wind in His fists;” and this teaching accords with The one real powerScience and harmony. In Science, you can have no power opposed to God, and the physi-21cal senses must give up their false testimony. Your in-fluence for good depends upon the weight you throw into the right scale. Evil is not power. It is a mockery of strength, which erelong betrays its weakness and falls, never to rise.

  4. SH 343:14-24

        Jesus strips all disguise from error, when his teachings 15are fully understood. By parable and argument he ex-Proof from miraclesplains the impossibility of good producing evil; and he also scientifically demonstrates this great 18fact, proving by what are wrongly called miracles, that sin, sickness, and death are beliefs — illusive errors — which he could and did destroy.

    21    It would sometimes seem as if truth were rejected be-cause meekness and spirituality are the conditions of its acceptance, while Christendom generally demands so 24much less.

  5. SH 539:8-22

        What can be the standard of good, of Spirit, of Life, 9or of Truth, if they produce their opposites, such as evil, Only one standardmatter, error, and death? God could never impart an element of evil, and man possesses 12nothing which he has not derived from God. How then has man a basis for wrong-doing? Whence does he obtain the propensity or power to do evil? Has Spirit 15 resigned to matter the government of the universe?

        The Scriptures declare that God condemned this lie as to man’s origin and character by condemning its symbol, 18A type of falsehoodthe serpent, to grovel beneath all the beasts of the field. It is false to say that Truth and error commingle in creation. In parable and argument, 21this falsity is exposed by our Master as self-evidently wrong.

  6. SH 307:7-16, 25

        Evil still affirms itself to be mind, and declares that there is more than one intelligence or God. It says: 9“There shall be lords and gods many. I declare that God makes evil minds and evil spirits, and that I aid Him. Truth shall change sides and be unlike Spirit. I will 12put spirit into what I call matter, and matter shall seem to have life as much as God, Spirit, who is the only Life.”

        This error has proved itself to be error. Its life is found 15to be not Life, but only a transient, false sense of an ex-Bad results from erroristence which ends in death.

        Truth has no beginning. The divine Mind is the Soul of man, and gives man dominion over all things. Man 27Higher statuteswas not created from a material basis, nor bidden to obey material laws which Spirit never made; his province is in spiritual statutes, in the higher 30law of Mind.

  7. SH 205:15, 32

    15    Befogged in error (the error of believing that matter can be intelligent for good or evil), we can catch clear Perceiving the divine imageglimpses of God only as the mists disperse, 18or as they melt into such thinness that we per-ceive the divine image in some word or deed which indicates the true idea, — the supremacy and real-21ity of good, the nothingness and unreality of evil.

        When we fully understand our relation to the Divine, 206 206:1we can have no other Mind but His, — no other Love, wisdom, or Truth, no other sense of Life, and no con-3sciousness of the existence of matter or error.

  8. SH 567:18-27, 31-5

    18    That false claim — that ancient belief, that old serpent whose name is devil (evil), claiming that there is intelli-Dragon cast down to earthgence in matter either to benefit or to injure 21men — is pure delusion, the red dragon; and it is cast out by Christ, Truth, the spiritual idea, and so proved to be powerless. The words “cast 24unto the earth” show the dragon to be nothingness, dust to dust; and therefore, in his pretence of being a talker, he must be a lie from the beginning. His angels, or mes-27sages, are cast out with their author.

        Divine Science shows how the Lamb slays the wolf. 568 568:1Innocence and Truth overcome guilt and error. Ever since the foundation of the world, ever since error would 3Warfare with errorestablish material belief, evil has tried to slay the Lamb; but Science is able to destroy this lie, called evil.

  9. SH 570:18-21, 30

    What if the old dragon should send forth a new flood to drown the Christ-idea? He can neither drown your voice with its roar, nor again 21sink the world into the deep waters of chaos and old night.

    30Many are willing to open the eyes of the people to the power of good resident in divine Mind, but they are 571 571:1not so willing to point out the evil in human thought, and expose evil’s hidden mental ways of accomplishing 3iniquity.

  10. SH 471:13-20

        The facts of divine Science should be admitted, — although the evidence as to these facts is not supported 15by evil, by matter, or by material sense, — because the evidence that God and man coexist is fully sustained by spiritual sense. Man is, and forever has been, God’s re-18flection. God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power nor presence. Hence the spirit-uality of the universe is the only fact of creation.

  11. SH 288:20-28, 31-1

        The chief stones in the temple of Christian Science are 21to be found in the following postulates: that Life is God, The chief stones in the templegood, and not evil; that Soul is sinless, not to be found in the body; that Spirit is not, and 24cannot be, materialized; that Life is not subject to death; that the spiritual real man has no birth, no ma-terial life, and no death.

    27    Science reveals the glorious possibilities of immortal The Christ-element man, forever unlimited by the mortal senses.

        The eternal Truth destroys what mortals seem to have learned from error, and man’s real existence as a child 289 289:1of God comes to light.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 370: “… we know that sin can never Overthrow the sacred rod Of dominion over evil: We are hid with Christ in God”
Hymn 316: “Speak gently, it is better far To rule by love than fear”
Hymn 409: “Supreme in wisdom as in power, The Rock of Ages stands”