First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

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Beyond physical reasoning
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The Bible
  1. Rom. 8:5 they, 6 2nd to

    5they 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.

  2. Eccl. 7:8-10 3rd the (to ?), 12 the, 18, 29

    8the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

    9Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

    10Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these?

    12the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.

    ... 18It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth of them all.

    29Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

  3. Luke 2:41-43, 45-48 (to ?), 49, 52

    41Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

    42And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.

    43And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.

    ... 45And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

    46And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

    47And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

    48And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us?

    ... 49And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

    ... 52And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

  4. John 2:1 there, 3, 5, 6 (to ,), 7-9 (to :), 9 6th the, 10

    1there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:

    ... 3And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

    ... 5His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

    6And there were set there six waterpots of stone,

    ... 7Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

    8And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.

    9When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: ... the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

    10And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

  5. John 4:46-50 (to .)

    46So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.

    47When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judæa into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.

    48Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.

    49The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.

    50Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth.

  6. Isa. 31:1, 3, 5

    1Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord!

    ... 3Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the Lord shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.

    ... 5As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.

  7. Acts 8:26-31, 35-38, 39 2nd and

    26And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.

    27And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,

    28Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

    29Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

    30And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

    31And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

    ... 35Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

    36And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

    37And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

    38And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

    39 ... and he went on his way rejoicing.

  8. Isa. 32:1-4, 16-18

    1Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.

    2And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.

    3And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.

    4The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly.

    16Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.

    17And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

    18And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;


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

  1. SH 492:3-12

    3For right reasoning there should be but one fact before the thought, namely, spiritual existence. In reality there is no other existence, since Life cannot be united to its 6unlikeness, mortality.

        Being is holiness, harmony, immortality. It is already proved that a knowledge of this, even in small degree, 9Mind one and allwill uplift the physical and moral standard of mortals, will increase longevity, will purify and elevate character. Thus progress will finally destroy 12all error, and bring immortality to light.

  2. SH 452:4

    Incorrect reasoning leads to practical error. The wrong thought should be arrested before it has a 6chance to manifest itself.

  3. SH 273:4-15, 24

    Human belief has sought out many inventions, but not one of them 6can solve the problem of being without the divine Prin-ciple of divine Science. Deductions from material hy-potheses are not scientific. They differ from real Science 9because they are not based on the divine law.

        Divine Science reverses the false testimony of the ma-Science versus senseterial senses, and thus tears away the foun-12dations of error. Hence the enmity between Science and the senses, and the impossibility of attaining perfect understanding till the errors of sense 15are eliminated.

    Jesus walked on the waves, fed the multitude, healed the sick, and raised the dead in direct opposition to material laws. His acts were 27the demonstration of Science, overcoming the false claims of material sense or law.

  4. SH 279:16-29

        In proportion as the belief disappears that life and in-telligence are in or of matter, the immortal facts of 18being are seen, and their only idea or intelligence is in God. Spirit is reached only through the understand-ing and demonstration of eternal Life and Truth and 21Love.

        Every system of human philosophy, doctrine, and medicine is more or less infected with the pantheistic 24Pantheistic tendenciesbelief that there is mind in matter; but this belief contradicts alike revelation and right reasoning. A logical and scientific conclusion is reached 27only through the knowledge that there are not two bases of being, matter and mind, but one alone, — Mind.

  5. SH 270:7-10 Only

    Only by understanding that there is but one power, — not two 9powers, matter and Mind, — are scientific and logical conclusions reached.

  6. SH 196:1

    196:1    If materialistic knowledge is power, it is not wisdom. It is but a blind force. Man has “sought out many inven-3tions,” but he has not yet found it true that knowledge can save him from the dire effects of knowledge. The power of mortal mind over its own body is little understood.

  7. SH 95:11, 19-22

    Error of any kind cannot hide from the law of God.

        We welcome the increase of knowledge and the end of error, because even human invention must have its 21Christ’s reappearanceday, and we want that day to be succeeded by Christian Science, by divine reality.

  8. SH 123:12, 30

    Divine Science, rising above physical theories, excludes matter, resolves things into thoughts, and replaces the objects of 15material sense with spiritual ideas.

    30    Christian Science differs from material sci-ence, but not on that account is it less scien -tific. On the contrary, Christian Science is pre-emi -124124:1nently scientific, being based on Truth, the Principle of all science.

  9. SH 117:15-27

    Our Master taught spirituality by simili-The miracles of Jesustudes and parables. As a divine student he unfolded God to man, illustrating and demon-18strating Life and Truth in himself and by his power over the sick and sinning. Human theories are inadequate to interpret the divine Principle involved in the miracles 21(marvels) wrought by Jesus and especially in his mighty, crowning, unparalleled, and triumphant exit from the flesh.

    24    Evidence drawn from the five physical senses relates Opacity of the sensessolely to human reason; and because of opaci-ty to the true light, human reason dimly re-27flects and feebly transmits Jesus’ works and words.

  10. SH 93:10-17

        Divine logic and revelation coincide. If we believe Logic and revelationotherwise, we may be sure that either our 12logic is at fault or that we have misinterpreted revelation. Good never causes evil, nor creates aught that can cause evil.

    15    Good does not create a mind susceptible of causing evil, for evil is the opposing error and not the truth of creation.

  11. SH 300:1-3

    Human logic is awry when it attempts to draw correct spiritual conclusions regarding life from 3Old and new manmatter.

  12. SH 467:17

        Science reveals Spirit, Soul, as not in the body, and 18God as not in man but as reflected by man. The greater Soul not confined in bodycannot be in the lesser. The belief that the greater can be in the lesser is an error that 21works ill. This is a leading point in the Science of Soul, that Principle is not in its idea. Spirit, Soul, is not confined in man, and is never in matter. We reason im-24perfectly from effect to cause, when we conclude that matter is the effect of Spirit; but a priori reasoning shows material existence to be enigmatical. Spirit gives 27the true mental idea. We cannot interpret Spirit, Mind, through matter. Matter neither sees, hears, nor feels.

  13. SH 355:11

    9Let discord of every name and nature 12be heard no more, and let the harmonious and true sense of Life and being take possession of human consciousness.

  14. SH 205:32

        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.

  15. SH 72:21-23

    21    God, good, being ever present, it follows in divine logic that evil, the suppositional opposite of good, is never Scientific phenomenapresent.

  16. SH 465:17-4 Principle

    Principle and its idea is one, 18and this one is God, omnipotent, omniscient, and omni-466466:1present Being, and His reflection is man and the universe. Omni is adopted from the Latin adjective signifying all. 3Hence God combines all-power or potency, all-science or true knowledge, all-presence.

  17. SH 335:16-20 Soul, 25-26 Mind

    Soul and Spirit being one, God and Soul are one, and this one never included in a limited mind or a 18Soul and Spirit onelimited body. Spirit is eternal, divine. Noth-ing but Spirit, Soul, can evolve Life, for Spirit is more than all else.

    Mind is the divine Principle, Love, and can pro-duce nothing unlike the eternal Father-Mother, God.

  18. SH 358:9-11, 15

    9    Christian Science, understood, coincides with the Scriptures, and sustains logically and demonstratively Scientific and Biblical factsevery point it presents. ... It presents the calm and clear verdict of Truth against error, uttered and illustrated by the prophets, by Jesus, by his apostles, as is recorded throughout the 18Scriptures.

  19. SH 418:20-22

    Truth is affirmative, and confers 21harmony. All metaphysical logic is inspired by this sim-ple rule of Truth, which governs all reality.


From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 39: “Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly Love, With light and comfort from above”
Hymn 431: “A holy air is breathing round, A fragrance from above”
Hymn 65: “From glory unto glory, Be this our joyous song”