Wednesday Readings: Healing With Christian Science

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the June 29, 2011 Wednesday Testimony Meeting of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chagrin Falls, OH. After the readings, those attending the meeting are encouraged to share proofs of God's care.  All are lovingly invited to attend the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday meetings at our church.

The Bible

Jer 8:22
Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered? 

Job 13:1-6
Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and understood it.  What ye know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto you.  Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.  But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.  O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.  Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips. 

II Kings 20:1-5 (to 2nd :)
In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.  Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying, I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.  And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee:

Ps 103:1-3
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Matt 4:23-24 Jesus
Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.  And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. 

John 5:1-9 (to :)
After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.  In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.  For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.  And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.  When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?  The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.  Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.  And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked:

II Cor. 5:6 1st we,8
we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 

Mark 5:25-34 a
a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.  For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.  And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.  And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?  And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?  And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.  But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.  And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. 

John 5:19 (to 1st ,)
Then answered Jesus and said unto them,

John 5:17 My
My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 

John 5:19-21 Verily
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.  For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.  For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. 

John 5:36 for
for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. 

John 14:16,26 the
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 

Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures

By Mary Baker Eddy

SH 55:27
  In the words of St. John: "He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you ^forever^."  This Comforter I understand to be Divine Science. 

SH 482:27-29 Christian
Christian Science is the law of Truth, which heals the sick on the basis of the one Mind or God.

SH 171:12-13
  Mind's control over the universe, including man, is no longer an open question, but is demonstrable Science.

SH 166:15-32
  The erring human mind is inharmonious in itself.  From it arises the inharmonious body.  To ignore God as of little use in sickness is a mistake.  Instead of thrusting Him aside in times of bodily trouble, and waiting for the hour of strength in which to acknowledge Him, we should learn that He can do all things for us in sickness as in health. 
  Failing to recover health through adherence to physiology and hygiene, the despairing invalid often drops them, and in his extremity and only as a last resort, turns to God.  The invalid's faith in the divine Mind is less than in drugs, air, and exercise, or he would have resorted to Mind first.  The balance of power is conceded to be with matter by most of the medical systems; but when Mind at last asserts its mastery over sin, disease, and death, then is man found to be harmonious and immortal.

x:19
Few invalids will turn to God till all physical supports have failed, because there is so little faith in His disposition and power to heal disease. 

SH xi:1
  Many imagine that the phenomena of physical healing in Christian Science present only a phase of the action of the human mind, which action in some unexplained way results in the cure of disease.  On the contrary, Christian Science rationally explains that all other pathological methods are the fruits of human faith in matter,--faith in the workings, not of Spirit, but of the fleshly mind which must yield to Science. 

SH 319:7
Having faith in the divine Principle of health and spiritually understanding God, sustains man under all circumstances; whereas the lower appeal to the general faith in material means (commonly called nature) must yield to the all-might of infinite Spirit. 

SH 169:16-28
If we understood the control of Mind over body, we should put no faith in material means. 
  Science not only reveals the origin of all disease as mental, but it also declares that all disease is cured by divine Mind.  There can be no healing except by this Mind, however much we trust a drug or any other means towards which human faith or endeavor is directed.  It is mortal mind, not matter, which brings to the sick whatever good they may seem to receive from materiality.  But the sick are never really healed except by means of the divine power.  Only the action of Truth, Life, and Love can give harmony.

SH 142:26-8
  Which was first, Mind or medicine?  If Mind was first and self-existent, then Mind, not matter, must have been the first medicine.  God being All-in-all, He made medicine; but that medicine was Mind.  It could not have been matter, which departs from the nature and character of Mind, God.  Truth is God's remedy for error of every kind, and Truth destroys only what is untrue.  Hence the fact that, to-day, as yesterday, Christ casts out evils and heals the sick. 
  It is plain that God does not employ drugs or hygiene, nor provide them for human use; else Jesus would have recommended and employed them in his healing.

SH 107:10
Through Christian Science, religion and medicine are inspired with a diviner nature and essence; fresh pinions are given to faith and understanding, and thoughts acquaint themselves intelligently with God. 

423:8-12,15
  The Christian Scientist, understanding scientifically that all is Mind, commences with mental causation, the truth of being, to destroy the error.  This corrective is an alterative, reaching to every part of the human system.

  The matter-physician deals with matter as both his foe and his remedy.  He regards the ailment as weakened or strengthened according to the evidence which matter presents.  The metaphysician, making Mind his basis of operation irrespective of matter and regarding the truth and harmony of being as superior to error and discord, has rendered himself strong, instead of weak, to cope with the case; and he proportionately strengthens his patient with the stimulus of courage and conscious power.  Both Science and consciousness are now at work in the economy of being according to the law of Mind, which ultimately asserts its absolute supremacy. 

SH 369:5
  In proportion as matter loses to human sense all entity as man, in that proportion does man become its master.  He enters into a diviner sense of the facts, and comprehends the theology of Jesus as demonstrated in healing the sick, raising the dead, and walking over the wave.  All these deeds manifested Jesus' control over the belief that matter is substance, that it can be the arbiter of life or the constructor of any form of existence. 

SH 417:20
  To the Christian Science healer, sickness is a dream from which the patient needs to be awakened.  Disease should not appear real to the physician, since it is demonstrable that the way to cure the patient is to make disease unreal to him.  To do this, the physician must understand the unreality of disease in Science. 

SH 418:12
  It must be clear to you that sickness is no more the reality of being than is sin.  This mortal dream of sickness, sin, and death should cease through Christian Science.  Then one disease would be as readily destroyed as another.  Whatever the belief is, if arguments are used to destroy it, the belief must be repudiated, and the negation must extend to the supposed disease and to whatever decides its type and symptoms.  Truth is affirmative, and confers harmony.  All metaphysical logic is inspired by this simple rule of Truth, which governs all reality.  By the truthful arguments you employ, and especially by the spirit of Truth and Love which you entertain, you will heal the sick. 

SH 390:32-9
Rise in the conscious strength of the spirit of Truth to overthrow the plea of mortal mind, ^alias^ matter, arrayed against the supremacy of Spirit.  Blot out the images of mortal thought and its beliefs in sickness and sin.  Then, when thou art delivered to the judgment of Truth, Christ, the judge will say, "Thou art whole!"
  Instead of blind and calm submission to the incipient or advanced stages of disease, rise in rebellion against them.

SH 391:29-2
  Mentally contradict every complaint from the body, and rise to the true consciousness of Life as Love,--as all that is pure, and bearing the fruits of Spirit.  Fear is the fountain of sickness, and you master fear and sin through divine Mind; hence it is through divine Mind that you overcome disease.

SH 393:12
Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good.  God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man. 

SH 393:16
  Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God's government.  Have no fear that matter can ache, swell, and be inflamed as the result of a law of any kind, when it is self-evident that matter can have no pain nor inflammation.  Your body would suffer no more from tension or wounds than the trunk of a tree which you gash or the electric wire which you stretch, were it not for mortal mind. 

SH 216:28-217:14
  When you say, "Man's body is material," I say with Paul:  Be "willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."  Give up your material belief of mind in matter, and have but one Mind, even God; for this Mind forms its own likeness.  The loss of man's identity through the understanding which Science confers is impossible; and the notion of such a possibility is more absurd than to conclude that individual musical tones are lost in the origin of harmony. 
  Medical schools may inform us that the healing work of Christian Science and Paul's peculiar Christian conversion and experience,--which prove Mind to be scientifically distinct from matter,--are indications of unnatural mental and bodily conditions, even of catalepsy and hysteria; yet if we turn to the Scriptures, what do we read?  Why, this: "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death!" and "Henceforth know we no man after the flesh!"

SH 176:21-25,31
  Should all cases of organic disease be treated by a regular practitioner, and the Christian Scientist try truth only in cases of hysteria, hypochondria, and hallucination?  One disease is no more real than another.

Truth handles the most malignant contagion with perfect assurance. 

SH 217:15-19
  That scientific methods are superior to others, is seen by their effects. When you have once conquered a diseased condition of the body through Mind, that condition never recurs, and you have won a point in Science.

SH 109:4
  Christian Science reveals incontrovertibly that Mind is All-in-all, that the only realities are the divine Mind and idea.  This great fact is not, however, seen to be supported by sensible evidence, until its divine Principle is demonstrated by healing the sick and thus proved absolute and divine.  This proof once seen, no other conclusion can be reached. 

SH 112:4 (only)
Christian Science is demonstrable.

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