Wednesday Readings: Heredity

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the July 28, 2010 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

Gen 1:27 God
God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  

Ezek. 18:2-4 (to :),20 2nd The (to :)
What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?  As I live, saith the Lord God, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.  Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine:

The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:

Ps 16:5,6
The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.  The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.  

John 9:1-3,6-21,24-30,32-38

And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.  And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?  Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.  

When 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, And 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.  #The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?  Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.  Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?  He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.  Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.  #They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.  And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.  Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.  Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.  They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.  But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.  And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?  His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.  

Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.  He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.  Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?  He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?  Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.  We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.  The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.  

Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.  If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.  They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.  Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?  He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?  And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.  And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.  

John 6:69
And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.  

Isa 51:1 look (to 3rd ,)
look unto the rock whence ye are hewn,

I Cor 3:9 ye
ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.  

Jer. 18:1-6
The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.  Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.  And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.  Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.  

Rom. 9:20-21 Shall (to 1st ,)

Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?  Hath not the potter power over the clay,

Isa. 29:16 (to 1st ?)

Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not?

Isa. 64:8 O
O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.  

Rom. 8:16 we,17 (to 2nd ;)

we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;

I John 3:1 (to :),2 (to 2nd ,)
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:

Beloved, now are we the sons of God,

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

by Mary Baker Eddy

SH 535:15-17
When will man pass through the open gate of Christian Science into the heaven of Soul, into the heritage of the first born among men?

SH 475:7-9
The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God.

SH 289:31-32

 Man is not the offspring of flesh, but of Spirit,--of Life, not of matter.

SH 555:22-27
Creation rests on a spiritual basis.  We lose our standard of perfection and set aside the proper conception of Deity, when we admit that the perfect is the author of aught that can become imperfect, that God bestows the power to sin, or that Truth confers the ability to err.

SH 485:19-24

The belief that life can be in matter or soul in body, and that man springs from dust or from an egg, is the result of the mortal error which Christ, or Truth, destroys by fulfilling the spiritual law of being, in which man is perfect, even as the "Father which is in heaven is perfect."

SH 267:3

The offspring of God start not from matter or ephemeral dust.  They are in and of Spirit, divine Mind, and so forever continue.  God is one.  The allness of Deity is His oneness.  Generically man is one, and specifically man means all men.  

SH 543:18-20,24-30
If man is material and originates in an egg, who shall say that he is not primarily dust?

Did man, whom God created with a word, originate in an egg?  When Spirit made all, did it leave aught for matter to create?  Ideas of Truth alone are reflected in the myriad manifestations of Life, and thus it is seen that man springs solely from Mind.  The belief that matter supports life would make Life, or God, mortal.

SH 550:21

If Life is God, as the Scriptures imply, then Life is not embryonic, it is infinite.  An egg is an impossible enclosure for Deity.  

SH 551:17-24 (to .),27-28,32-4

  Naturalists ask: "What can there be, of a material nature, transmitted through these bodies called eggs,--themselves composed of the simplest material elements,--by which all peculiarities of ancestry, belonging to either sex, are brought down from generation to generation?" The question of the naturalist amounts to this:  How can matter originate or transmit mind?  We answer that it cannot.

All must be Mind, or else all must be matter.

The ancient and hypothetical question, Which is first, the egg or the bird? is answered, if the egg produces the parent.  But we cannot stop here.  Another question follows:  Who or what produces the parent of the egg?

336:30
God is the parent Mind, and man is God's spiritual offspring.  

SH 572:8
In Science we are children of God; but whatever is of material sense, or mortal, belongs not to His children, for materiality is the inverted image of spirituality.  

SH 228:7
Heredity is a prolific subject for mortal belief to pin theories upon; but if we learn that nothing is real but the right, we shall have no dangerous inheritances, and fleshly ills will disappear.  

SH 63:5
In Science man is the offspring of Spirit.  The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry.  His origin is not, like that of mortals, in brute instinct, nor does he pass through material conditions prior to reaching intelligence.  Spirit is his primitive and ultimate source of being; God is his Father, and Life is the law of his being.  

516:9 (only)

  God fashions all things, after His own likeness.

SH 173:6

 When the supposition, that Spirit is within what it creates and the potter is subject to the clay, is individualized, Truth is reduced to the level of error, and the sensible is required to be made manifest through the insensible.  

SH 243:16 (only)
The clay cannot reply to the potter.

SH 178:8-27

  Heredity is not a law.  The remote cause or belief of disease is not dangerous because of its priority and the connection of past mortal thoughts with present.  The predisposing cause and the exciting cause are mental.  
  Perhaps an adult has a deformity produced prior to his birth by the fright of his mother.  When wrested from human belief and based on Science or the divine Mind, to which all things are possible, that chronic case is not difficult to cure.  
  Mortal mind, acting from the basis of sensation in matter, is animal magnetism; but this so-called mind, from which comes all evil, contradicts itself, and must finally yield to the eternal Truth, or the divine Mind, expressed in Science.  In proportion to our understanding of Christian Science, we are freed 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 of immortal being.

SH 183:26-29

 Truth casts out all evils and materialistic methods with the actual spiritual law,--the law which gives sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, voice to the dumb, feet to the lame.

SH 396:26-30

Keep distinctly in thought that man is the offspring of God, not of man; that man is spiritual, not material; that Soul is Spirit, outside of matter, never in it, never giving the body life and sensation.

SH 205:32
  When we fully understand our relation to the Divine, we can have no other Mind but His,--no other Love, wisdom, or Truth, no other sense of Life, and no consciousness of the existence of matter or error.  

SH 470:32

  The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history.  

SH 210:11-16
  Knowing that Soul and its attributes were forever manifested through man, the Master healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, feet to the lame, thus bringing to light the scientific action of the divine Mind on human minds and bodies and giving a better understanding of Soul and salvation.

477:26 (only)

  Man is the expression of Soul.

316:3-7

The real man being linked by Science to his Maker, mortals need only turn from sin and lose sight of mortal selfhood to find Christ, the real man and his relation to God, and to recognize the divine sonship.

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