First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

What do you see as the scientific fact?
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
The Bible
  1. Ps. 42:5, 7, 8

    5Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

    ... 7Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

    8Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

  2. Ex. 3:13, 14 (to :)

    13And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?

    14And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM:

  3. Ex. 4:1-3 (to ;), 4, 6-8

    1And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.

    2And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.

    3And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent;

    ... 4And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:

    6And the Lord said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.

    7And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.

    8And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

  4. Matt. 12:22, 23

    22Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.

    23And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?

  5. John 9:1-7 As, 39 Jesus (to ;)

    1as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

    2And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

    3Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

    4I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

    5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

    6When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

    7And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

    39Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see;

  6. Acts 3:1-8

    1Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.

    2And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;

    3Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.

    4And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.

    5And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.

    6Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

    7And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

    8And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

  7. Rev 12:15, 16

    15And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

    16And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

  8. Mark 3:24 If, 26, 27

    24if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

    ... 26And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.

    27No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.

  9. II Tim. 3:1, 2, 5 (to :), 7, 9 (to ,), 10, 11, 14-17

    1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

    2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

    ... 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:

    ... 7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

    ... 9But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men,

    ... 10But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

    11Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

    ... 14But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

    15And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

    16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

    17That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

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

  1. SH 572:8

    In Science we are chil-9dren of God; but whatever is of material sense, or mor-tal, belongs not to His children, for materiality is the inverted image of spirituality.

  2. SH 151:26-5

    All that really exists is the divine Mind and 27its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found har-monious and eternal. The straight and narrow way is to see and acknowledge this fact, yield to this power, and 30follow the leadings of truth.

        That mortal mind claims to govern every organ of the mortal body, we have overwhelming proof. But this so-152152:1called mind is a myth, and must by its own consent yield to Truth. It would wield the sceptre of a monarch, but 3Mortal mind dethronedit is powerless. The immortal divine Mind takes away all its supposed sovereignty, and saves mortal mind from itself.

  3. SH 295:5-25

        God creates and governs the universe, including man. 6The universe is filled with spiritual ideas, which He Mortals unlike immortals evolves, and they are obedient to the Mind that makes them. Mortal mind would trans -9form the spiritual into the material, and then recover man’s original self in order to escape from the mortality of this error. Mortals are not like immortals, 12created in God’s own image; but infinite Spirit being all, mortal consciousness will at last yield to the scientific fact and disappear, and the real sense of being, perfect and 15forever intact, will appear.

        The manifestation of God through mortals is as light passing through the window-pane. The light and the 18Goodness transparentglass never mingle, but as matter, the glass is less opaque than the walls. The mortal mind through which Truth appears most vividly is that 21one which has lost much materiality — much error — in order to become a better transparency for Truth. Then, like a cloud melting into thin vapor, it no longer hides 24the sun.

        All that is called mortal thought is made up of error.

  4. SH 399:29

        Our Master asked: “How can one enter into a strong 30Confirmation in a parableman’s house and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man?” In other words: How can I heal the body, without beginning with so-called 400 400:1mortal mind, which directly controls the body? When disease is once destroyed in this so-called mind, the fear 3of disease is gone, and therefore the disease is thor-oughly cured. Mortal mind is “the strong man,” which must be held in subjection before its influence upon health 6and morals can be removed. This error conquered, we can despoil “the strong man” of his goods, — namely, of sin and disease.

  5. SH 91:16-10

        Absorbed in material selfhood we discern and reflect but faintly the substance of Life or Mind. The denial of 18material selfhood aids the discernment of man’s spirit-ual and eternal individuality, and destroys the erroneous knowledge gained from matter or through what are termed 21the material senses.

        Certain erroneous postulates should be here considered Erroneous postulatesin order that the spiritual facts may be better 24apprehended.

        The first erroneous postulate of belief is, that substance, life, and intelligence are something apart from God.

    27    The second erroneous postulate is, that man is both mental and material.

        The third erroneous postulate is, that mind is both evil 30and good; whereas the real Mind cannot be evil nor the medium of evil, for Mind is God.

        The fourth erroneous postulate is, that matter is in-9292:1telligent, and that man has a material body which is part of himself.

    3    The fifth erroneous postulate is, that matter holds in itself the issues of life and death, — that matter is not only capable of experiencing pleasure and pain, but also 6capable of imparting these sensations. From the illusion implied in this last postulate arises the decomposition of mortal bodies in what is termed death.

    9    Mind is not an entity within the cranium with the power of sinning now and forever.

  6. SH 243:32

    30Inasmuch as God is 244 244:1good and the fount of all being, He does not produce moral or physical deformity; therefore such deformity is 3Deformity and perfectionnot real, but is illusion, the mirage of error. Divine Science reveals these grand facts. On their basis Jesus demonstrated Life, never 6fearing nor obeying error in any form.

  7. SH 417:10-16

    Maintain the facts of Christian Science, — that Spirit is God, and 12therefore cannot be sick; that what is termed matter cannot be sick; that all causation is Mind, acting through spiritual law. Then hold your ground with 15the unshaken understanding of Truth and Love, and you will win.

  8. SH 428:3-6 A, 8-12

    3A demonstra -tion of the facts of Soul in Jesus’ way resolves the dark Vision openingvisions of material sense into harmony and 6immortality. ... To divest 9thought of false trusts and material evidences in order that the spiritual facts of being may appear, — this is the great attainment by means of which we shall sweep 12away the false and give place to the true.

  9. 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.

  10. SH 491:11

    Matter cannot connect mortals with the true 12origin and facts of being, in which all must end. It is only by acknowledging the supremacy of Spirit, which annuls the claims of matter, that mortals can lay off mortality and 15find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes man forever in the divine likeness, inseparable from his creator.

  11. SH 207:27-31

    27    The spiritual reality is the scientific fact in all things. The spiritual fact, repeated in the action of man and the whole universe, is harmonious and is the ideal of Truth. 30Spiritual facts are not inverted; the opposite discord, which bears no resemblance to spirituality, is not real.

  12. SH 208:5-6, 20

        The Scriptures say, “In Him we live, and move, and 6have our being.”

    Let us learn 21of the real and eternal, and prepare for the reign of Spirit, the kingdom of heaven, — the reign and rule of universal harmony, which cannot be lost nor remain 24forever unseen.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 382: “What is thy birthright, man, Child of the perfect One”
Hymn 5: “A voice from heaven we have heard, The call to rise from earth”
Hymn 482: “God created us as His own image”