First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Good and evil never coexist — only the good is real
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
The Bible
  1. Ps. 97:1, 9 thou, 10

    1The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.

    9 ... thou, Lord, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.

    10Ye that love the Lord, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

  2. 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:

  3. Gen. 1:31 (to 1st .)

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

  4. Gen. 3:1-6, 9-11

    1Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

    2And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

    3But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

    4And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

    5For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

    6And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

    ... 9And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

    10And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

    11And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

  5. Matt. 5:16, 17

    16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

    17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

  6. Luke 11:14-24, 26, 28 blessed, 31 behold, 33, 34 (to ;)

    14And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.

    15But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils.

    16And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.

    17But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

    18If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.

    19And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.

    20But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

    21When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:

    22But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.

    23He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.

    24When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.

    ... 26Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.

    28blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

    31behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

    ... 33No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.

    34The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light;

  7. Matt. 19:1, 2

    1And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judæa beyond Jordan;

    2And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.

  8. Phil. 3:13-15

    13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

    14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

    15Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

  9. Isa. 26:1-3 We (to :), 12-14, 20 (to :)

    1We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.

    2Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.

    3Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:

    12Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.

    13O Lord our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name.

    14They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.

    20Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee:

  10. James 4:7, 8 (to 1st .)

    7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

    8Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.

  11. John 14:12 He (to 1st ;), 13 (to 2nd ,)

    12He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also;

    ... 13And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do,

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy
  1. SH 70:1-5

    70:1Mortal existence is an enigma. Every day is a mystery. The testimony of the corporeal senses 3cannot inform us what is real and what is delusive, but the revelations of Christian Science unlock the treasures The infinite one Spiritof Truth.

  2. SH 283:4-16

        Mind is the source of all movement, and there is no inertia to retard or check its perpetual and harmonious 6Source of all life and actionaction. Mind is the same Life, Love, and wis-dom “yesterday, and to-day, and forever.” Matter and its effects — sin, sickness, and 9death — are states of mortal mind which act, react, and then come to a stop. They are not facts of Mind. They are not ideas, but illusions. Principle is absolute. It 12admits of no error, but rests upon understanding.

        But what say prevalent theories? They insist that Life, or God, is one and the same with material life so-15called. They speak of both Truth and error as mind, and of good and evil as spirit.

  3. SH 338:1-8

    Christian Science, rightly under-stood, leads to eternal harmony. It brings to light the 3only living and true God and man as made in His like-ness; whereas the opposite belief — that man originates in matter and has beginning and end, that he is both 6soul and body, both good and evil, both spiritual and material — terminates in discord and mortality, in the error which must be destroyed by Truth.

  4. SH 92:11-25, 29

        In old Scriptural pictures we see a serpent coiled around 12the tree of knowledge and speaking to Adam and Eve. Knowledge of good and evilThis represents the serpent in the act of commending to our first parents the knowl-15edge of good and evil, a knowledge gained from matter, or evil, instead of from Spirit. The portrayal is still graphically accurate, for the common conception of mor-18tal man — a burlesque of God’s man — is an outgrowth of human knowledge or sensuality, a mere offshoot of material sense.

    21    Uncover error, and it turns the lie upon you. Until 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. The mistake of thinking that error can be real, 30when it is merely the absence of truth, leads to belief in the superiority of error.

  5. SH 268:14-13

        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.

    9    Human philosophy has made God manlike. Christian Science makes man Godlike. The first is error; the latter Divine metaphysicsis truth. Metaphysics is above physics, and 12matter does not enter into metaphysical prem-ises or conclusions.

  6. SH 481:8-9, 12-22

    Through spiritual sense only, man com-9The fruit forbiddenprehends and loves Deity. ... The forbidden fruit of knowledge, against which wisdom warns man, is the testimony of error, declaring existence to be at the mercy of death, 15and good and evil to be capable of commingling. This is the significance of the Scripture concerning this “tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” — this growth of 18material belief, of which it is said: “In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Human hypotheses first assume the reality of sickness, sin, and death, and 21then assume the necessity of these evils because of their admitted actuality.

  7. SH 22:3

    3    Vibrating like a pendulum between sin and the hope of forgiveness, — selfishness and sensuality causing con-Moral retrogressionstant retrogression, — our moral progress will 6be slow. Waking to Christ’s demand, mortals experience suffering. This causes them, even as drown -ing men, to make vigorous efforts to save themselves; and 9through Christ’s precious love these efforts are crowned with success.

  8. SH 360:13

        Dear reader, which mind-picture or externalized thought shall be real to you, — the material or the spiritual? 15Choose ye to-dayBoth you cannot have. You are bringing out your own ideal. This ideal is either temporal or eternal. Either Spirit or matter is your model. If you 18try to have two models, then you practically have none. Like a pendulum in a clock, you will be thrown back and forth, striking the ribs of matter and swinging between the 21real and the unreal.

  9. SH 346:29-30

        Material beliefs must be expelled to make room for 30Serving two mastersspiritual understanding.

  10. SH 288:3, 10

    3    The suppositional warfare between truth and error is only the mental conflict between the evidence of the spir-The great conflictitual senses and the testimony of the material 6senses, and this warfare between the Spirit and flesh will settle all questions through faith in and the un-derstanding of divine Love.

    9When the final physical and moral effects of Christian Science are fully apprehended, the conflict between truth 12and error, understanding and belief, Science and material sense, foreshadowed by the prophets and inaugurated by Jesus, will cease, and spiritual harmony reign. The 15lightnings and thunderbolts of error may burst and flash till the cloud is cleared and the tumult dies away in the distance. Then the raindrops of divinity refresh the 18earth. As St. Paul says: “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God” (of Spirit).

  11. SH 571:15

    15    At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know thyself, and God will supply The armor of divinitythe wisdom and the occasion for a victory 18over evil. Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you. The cement of a higher humanity will unite all interests in the one 21divinity.

  12. SH 276:9-14

    Man and his Maker are correlated in divine Science, and real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God.

    12    The realization that all inharmony is unreal brings objects and thoughts into human view in their true light, and presents them as beautiful and immortal.

  13. SH 151:26-28

    All that really exists is the divine Mind and 27its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found har-monious and eternal.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 121: “How blest are they whose hearts are pure”
Hymn 99: “He that hath God his guardian made Shall dwell beneath th’ Almighty’s shade”
Hymn 585:“This is the day the Lord hath made”