First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Man never born and never dying
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
The Bible
  1. Ps. 25:4, 9, 10

    4Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.

    ... 9The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

    10All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

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

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

  3. Gen. 2:1

    1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

  4. Gen. 17:1, 4 my, 5, 15, 16 (to :), 17, 19

    1And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

    4 ... my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

    5Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

    15And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.

    16And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her:

    ... 17Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?

    ... 19And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.

  5. John 8:31-33, 42 (to 1st ,), 43, 51, 52 (to ;), 53 (to 1st ?), 58

    31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

    32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

    33They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

    42Jesus said unto them,

    ... 43Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

    ... 51Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

    52Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets;

    ... 53Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead?

    ... 58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

  6. John 10:24-30

    24Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

    25Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.

    26But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

    27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

    28And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

    29My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

    30I and my Father are one.

  7. Mark 7:32-35, 37

    32And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.

    33And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;

    34And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.

    35And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.

    ... 37And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

  8. Rom. 8:6 to, 38, 39

    6to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

    ... 38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

    39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  9. Isa. 51:1 look, 3, 4, 6 my, 9 (to .), 11 the

    1look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.

    ... 3For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

    4Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.

    6my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.

    9Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old.

    11 ... the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

  10. II Cor. 6:1, 2

    1We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

    2(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

  11. Rev. 10:1, 5, 6

    1And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

    ... 5And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

    6And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

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

  1. SH 258:27

    Never born and never dying, it were impossible for man, under the government of God in eternal Science, to fall from his 30high estate.

  2. SH 305:27

    Because man is the reflection of his Maker, he is not subject to birth, growth, maturity, de-cay. These mortal dreams are of human origin, not 30divine.

  3. SH 557:18

    Divine Science rolls back the clouds of error with the light of Truth, and lifts the curtain on man as never born and as 21never dying, but as coexistent with his creator.

  4. SH 371:7-11

    By those uninstructed in Christian Science, nothing is really understood of material 9existence. Mortals are believed to be here without their consent and to be removed as involuntarily, not knowing why nor when.

  5. SH 553:29

        You may say that mortals are formed before they 30Being is immortalthink or know aught of their origin, and you may also ask how belief can affect a result which precedes the development of that belief. It can 554 554:1only be replied, that Christian Science reveals what “eye hath not seen,” — even the cause of all that exists, — for 3the universe, inclusive of man, is as eternal as God, who is its divine immortal Principle. There is no such thing as mortality, nor are there properly any mortal beings, 6because being is immortal, like Deity, — or, rather, being and Deity are inseparable.

  6. SH 250:6

    6    Mortal existence is a dream; mortal existence has no real entity, but saith “It is I.” Spirit is the Ego which Spirit the one Egonever dreams, but understands all things; 9which never errs, and is ever conscious; which never believes, but knows; which is never born and never dies. Spiritual man is the likeness of this Ego. 12Man is not God, but like a ray of light which comes from the sun, man, the outcome of God, reflects God.

  7. SH 429:19-24

        If man did not exist before the material organization began, he could not exist after the body is disintegrated. 21Continuity of existenceIf we live after death and are immortal, we must have lived before birth, for if Life ever had any beginning, it must also have an ending, even ac-24cording to the calculations of natural science.

  8. SH 178:13, 22

        Perhaps an adult has a deformity produced prior to his birth by the fright of his mother. When wrested from 15human belief and based on Science or the divine Mind, to which all things are possible, that chronic case is not difficult to cure.

    In pro-portion to our understanding of Christian Science, we are 24freed from the belief of heredity, of mind in matter or ani-mal magnetism; and we disarm sin of its imaginary power in proportion to our spiritual understanding of the status 27of immortal being.

  9. SH 189:18-27

    The human mortal mind, by an inevitable perversion, makes all things start from the lowest instead of from the highest 21mortal thought. The reverse is the case with all the formations of the immortal divine Mind. They proceed from the divine source; and so, in tracing them, we con-24stantly ascend in infinite being.

        From mortal mind comes the reproduction of the species, — first the belief of inanimate, and then of ani-27Human reproductionmate matter.

  10. SH 546:4-5, 23-26

    Spirit, God, never germinates, but is “the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever.”

        Christian Science is dawning upon a material age. 24The great spiritual facts of being, like rays of light, shine Dawning of spiritual factsin the darkness, though the darkness, com-prehending them not, may deny their reality.

  11. SH 244:13-14, 23-28

        Man undergoing birth, maturity, and decay is like the beasts and vegetables, — subject to laws of decay.

        Man in Science is neither young nor old. He has 24neither birth nor death. He is not a beast, a vegetable, Man not evolvednor a migratory mind. He does not pass from matter to Mind, from the mortal to the im-27mortal, from evil to good, or from good to evil. Such admissions cast us headlong into darkness and dogma.

  12. SH 265:16-20

        The senses represent birth as untimely and death as irresistible, as if man were a weed growing apace or a 18Mortal birth and deathflower withered by the sun and nipped by untimely frosts; but this is true only of a mortal, not of a man in God’s image and likeness.

  13. SH 381:12

    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.

  14. SH 190:14

        Human birth, growth, maturity, and decay are as the 15grass springing from the soil with beautiful green blades, Human frailtyafterwards to wither and return to its native nothingness. This mortal seeming is temporal; 18it never merges into immortal being, but finally disap-pears, and immortal man, spiritual and eternal, is found to be the real man.

  15. SH 206:21-26

    Is God creating anew what He has already created? The Scriptures are defi -nite on this point, declaring that His work was finished, 24 nothing is new to God, and that it was good.

        Can there be any birth or death for man, the spiritual image and likeness of God?

  16. SH 246:17-20 Chronological, 27-28 (to 2nd .)

    Chronological data are no part 18of the vast forever. Time-tables of birth and death are Undesirable recordsso many conspiracies against manhood and womanhood.

    27    Life is eternal. We should find this out, and begin the demonstration thereof. Life and goodness are immortal.

  17. SH 545:32-1

    The mortality of man is a 546 546:1myth, for man is immortal.

  18. SH 191:4-15

        As mortals give up the delusion that there is more than one Mind, more than one God, man in God’s likeness will 6appear, and this eternal man will include in that likeness no material element.

        As a material, theoretical life-basis is found to be a 9misapprehension of existence, the spiritual and divine The immortal birthPrinciple of man dawns upon human thought, and leads it to “where the young child was,” 12— even to the birth of a new-old idea, to the spiritual sense of being and of what Life includes. Thus the whole earth will be transformed by Truth on its pinions of light, 15chasing away the darkness of error.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 213: “O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for time to come”
Hymn 444: “… in that oneness here and now appears Love's everlasting life, with death outdone”
Hymn 176: “… Founded secure on timeless rock Rises thy light, never failing”