Wednesday Readings: Justice and Judgement

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the March 14, 2012 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

Ps 89:14 (to :)
Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne:

Ps 19:7-11
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.  The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.  The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. 

Pro 28:5
Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things. 

I Kings 3:3 (to :), 15-28 And
And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father:

And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.  #Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.  And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.  And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.  And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid it.  And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.  And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.  And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.  Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.  And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king.  And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.  Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.  Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.  And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment. 

Deut 16:19, 20
Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.  That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. 
Rom 2:11, 13, 14
For there is no respect of persons with God. 

(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.  For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

Isa 33:15, 16
He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. 

Rom 7:12, 14 (to :)
Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. 

For we know that the law is spiritual:

Ps 73:1-3, 5-9, 11-12, 16-18 (to :), 19 (to !), 23-26, 28 it is
Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.  But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.  For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 

They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.  Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.  Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.  They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.  They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. 

And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?  Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. 

When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.  Surely thou didst set them in slippery places:

How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment!

Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.  Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.  Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.  My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. 

it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works. 

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

  Justice requires reformation of the sinner.  Mercy cancels the debt only when justice approves.

  Justice is the moral signification of law.  Injustice declares the absence of law.

  Our courts recognize evidence to prove the motive as well as the commission of a crime.  Is it not clear that the human mind must move the body to a wicked act?

Let us remember that the eternal law of right, though it can never annul the law which makes sin its own executioner, exempts man from all penalties but those due for wrong-doing.

Do you ask wisdom to be merciful and not to punish sin?  Then "ye ask amiss." Without punishment, sin would multiply.  Jesus' prayer, "Forgive us our debts," specified also the terms of forgiveness.  When forgiving the adulterous woman he said, "Go, and sin no more."
  A magistrate sometimes remits the penalty, but this may be no moral benefit to the criminal, and at best, it only saves the criminal from one form of punishment.  The moral law, which has the right to acquit or condemn, always demands restitution before mortals can "go up higher."  Broken law brings penalty in order to compel this progress. 
  Mere legal pardon (and there is no other, for divine Principle never pardons our sins or mistakes till they are corrected) leaves the offender free to repeat the offence, if indeed, he has not already suffered sufficiently from vice to make him turn from it with loathing.  Truth bestows no pardon upon error, but wipes it out in the most effectual manner.  Jesus suffered for our sins, not to annul the divine sentence for an individual's sin, but because sin brings inevitable suffering.

Hatred inflames the brutal propensities.  The indulgence of evil motives and aims makes any man, who is above the lowest type of manhood, a hopeless sufferer. 
  Christian Science commands man to master the propensities,--to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty.  Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success.  They will deliver you to the judge, the arbiter of truth against error.  The judge will deliver you to justice, and the sentence of the moral law will be executed upon mortal mind and body.  Both will be manacled until the last farthing is paid,--until you have balanced your account with God.  "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."  The good man finally can overcome his fear of sin.  This is sin's necessity,--to destroy itself.  Immortal man demonstrates the government of God, good, in which is no power to sin.

Let not mortals permit a disregard of law which might lead to a worse state of society than now exists.

  In Isaiah we read: "I make peace, and create evil.  I the Lord do all these things;" but the prophet referred to divine law as stirring up the belief in evil to its utmost, when bringing it to the surface and reducing it to its common denominator, nothingness.  The muddy river-bed must be stirred in order to purify the stream.  In moral chemicalization, when the symptoms of evil, illusion, are aggravated, we may think in our ignorance that the Lord hath wrought an evil; but we ought to know that God's law uncovers so-called sin and its effects, only that Truth may annihilate all sense of evil and all power to sin. 
  Science renders "unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's."  It saith to the human sense of sin, sickness, and death, "God never made you, and you are a false sense which hath no knowledge of God."

542:5-13, 19-26
Though error hides behind a lie and excuses guilt, error cannot forever be concealed.  Truth, through her eternal laws, unveils error.  Truth causes sin to betray itself, and sets upon error the mark of the beast.  Even the disposition to excuse guilt or to conceal it is punished.  The avoidance of justice and the denial of truth tend to perpetuate sin, invoke crime, jeopardize self-control, and mock divine mercy.

Let Truth uncover and destroy error in God's own way, and let human justice pattern the divine.  Sin will receive its full penalty, both for what it is and for what it does.  Justice marks the sinner, and teaches mortals not to remove the waymarks of God.  To envy's own hell, justice consigns the lie which, to advance itself, breaks God's commandments.

  Truth should, and does, drive error out of all selfhood.  Truth is a two-edged sword, guarding and guiding.  Truth places the cherub wisdom at the gate of understanding to note the proper guests.  Radiant with mercy and justice, the sword of Truth gleams afar and indicates the infinite distance between Truth and error, between the material and spiritual,--the unreal and the real.

  No final judgment awaits mortals, for the judgment-day of wisdom comes hourly and continually, even the judgment by which mortal man is divested of all material error.  As for spiritual error there is none. 

The real jurisdiction of the world is in Mind, controlling every effect and recognizing all causation as vested in divine Mind.  

Hymn 258
 Oft to every man and nation
   Comes the moment to decide,
 In the strife of Truth with falsehood,
   For the good or evil side. 

Hymn 143 
 Imposture shrinks from light,
   And dreads the piercing eye;
 But sacred truths the test invite,
   They bid us search and try. 
.Hymn 204
 O Father, Thy kingdom is come upon earth,
   Thou rulest in all Thy creation; 

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