The Graven Image of Materia Medica

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the December 2, 2009 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 in times of trouble.  All are lovingly invited to attend the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday meetings at our church.

The Bible

Ex 20:3,4
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

Ps 97:7 (to 1st ,)

Confounded be all they that serve graven images,

Dan 3:1-21,23-28,29 because
Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.  Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellers, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.  Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellers, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.  Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.  Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.  Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.  They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever.  Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.  There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. 

Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king.  Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?  Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. 

Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.  And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.  Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 

And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.  Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellers, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.  He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.  #Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.  And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellers, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.  Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. 

I Peter 4:12 (to 2nd ,), 13
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you,

But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 

Prov 3:5 (to ;)
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

by Mary Baker Eddy

243:4-8
The divine Love, which made harmless the poisonous viper, which delivered men from the boiling oil, from the fiery furnace, from the jaws of the lion, can heal the sick in every age and triumph over sin and death.

346:30-32
We cannot serve both God and mammon at the same time; but is not this what frail mortals are trying to do?

234:3
If we trust matter, we distrust Spirit. 

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. 

209:31-32
Spiritual sense is a conscious, constant capacity to understand God.

252:15
The false evidence of material sense contrasts strikingly with the testimony of Spirit.  Material sense lifts its voice with the arrogance of reality and says:
 I am wholly dishonest, and no man knoweth it.  I can cheat, lie, commit adultery, rob, murder, and I elude detection by smooth-tongued villainy.  Animal in propensity, deceitful in sentiment, fraudulent in purpose, I mean to make my short span of life one gala day.  What a nice thing is sin!  How sin succeeds, where the good purpose waits!  The world is my kingdom.  I am enthroned in the gorgeousness of matter.  But a touch, an accident, the law of God, may at any moment annihilate my peace, for all my fancied joys are fatal.  Like bursting lava, I expand but to my own despair, and shine with the resplendency of consuming fire. 

530:21 (only)
Bow down to me and have another god.

167:11-14
We cannot serve two masters nor perceive divine Science with the material senses.  Drugs and hygiene cannot successfully usurp the place and power of the divine source of all health and perfection.

273:16
The so-called laws of matter and of medical science have never made mortals whole, harmonious, and immortal.  Man is harmonious when governed by Soul.  Hence the importance of understanding the truth of being, which reveals the laws of spiritual existence. 

318:23-25

Medical science treats disease as though disease were real, therefore right, and attempts to heal it with matter.

430:17
Suppose a mental case to be on trial, as cases are tried in court.  A man is charged with having committed liver-complaint.  The patient feels ill, ruminates, and the trial commences.  Personal Sense is the plaintiff.  Mortal Man is the defendant.  False Belief is the attorney for Personal Sense.  Mortal Minds, Materia Medica, Anatomy, Physiology, Hypnotism, Envy, Greed and Ingratitude, constitute the jury.  The court-room is filled with interested spectators, and Judge Medicine is on the bench. 

430:27-30
The evidence for the prosecution being called for, a witness testifies thus:--
 
I represent Health-laws.  I was present on certain nights when the prisoner, or patient, watched with a sick friend.

431:4
When the sick mortal was thirsty, the prisoner gave him drink.  During all this time the prisoner attended to his daily labors, partaking of food at irregular intervals, sometimes going to sleep immediately after a heavy meal.  At last he committed liver-complaint, which I considered criminal, inasmuch as this offence is deemed punishable with death.  Therefore I arrested Mortal Man in behalf of the state (namely, the body) and cast him into prison. 

432:16
The Judge asks if by doing good to his neighbor, it is possible for man to become diseased, transgress the laws, and merit punishment, and Governor Mortality replies in the affirmative. 

433:1-7
The testimony for the plaintiff, Personal Sense, being closed, Judge Medicine arises, and with great solemnity addresses the jury of Mortal Minds.  He analyzes the offence, reviews the testimony, and explains the law relating to liver-complaint.  His conclusion is, that laws of nature render disease homicidal.

433:15
The case is given to the jury.  A brief consultation ensues, and the jury returns a verdict of "Guilty of liver-complaint in the first degree."

433:18-19
Judge Medicine then proceeds to pronounce the solemn sentence of death upon the prisoner.

433:24-25
For this crime Mortal Man is sentenced to be tortured until he is dead.

433:27-21 (to :)
 The prisoner is then remanded to his cell (sick-bed), and Scholastic Theology is sent for to prepare the frightened sense of Life, God,--which sense must be immortal, --for ^death^. 
 Ah! but Christ, Truth, the spirit of Life and the friend of Mortal Man, can open wide those prison doors and set the captive free.  Swift on the wings of divine Love, there comes a despatch: "Delay the execution; the prisoner is not guilty."  Consternation fills the prison-yard.  Some exclaim, "It is contrary to law and justice."  Others say, "The law of Christ supersedes ^our^ laws; let us follow Christ."

 After much debate and opposition, permission is obtained for a trial in the Court of Spirit, where Christian Science is allowed to appear as counsel for the unfortunate prisoner.  Witnesses, judges, and jurors, who were at the previous Court of Error, are now summoned to appear before the bar of Justice and eternal Truth.
 
 When the case for Mortal Man ^versus^ Personal Sense is opened, Mortal Man's counsel regards the prisoner with the utmost tenderness.  The counsel's earnest, solemn eyes, kindling with hope and triumph, look upward.  Then Christian Science turns suddenly to the supreme tribunal, and opens the argument for the defence:

434:22-23
The prisoner at the bar has been unjustly sentenced.  His trial was a tragedy, and is morally illegal.

434:27-28
The only valid testimony in the case shows the alleged crime never to have been committed.

434:30-32
Your Honor, the lower court has sentenced Mortal Man to die, but God made Man immortal and amenable to Spirit only.

435:2
Who or what has sinned?  Has the body or has Mortal Mind committed a criminal deed?  Counsellor False Belief has argued that the body should die, while Reverend Theology would console conscious Mortal Mind, which alone is capable of sin and suffering.  The body committed no offence.  Mortal Man, in obedience to higher law, helped his fellow-man, an act which should result in good to himself as well as to others. 

435:31 The
The only jurisdiction to which the prisoner can submit is that of Truth, Life, and Love.  If they condemn him not, neither shall Judge Medicine condemn him; and I ask that the prisoner be restored to the liberty of which he has been unjustly deprived. 

436:7-10 (to .)
Your Supreme Court must find the prisoner on the night of the alleged offence to have been acting within the limits of the divine law, and in obedience thereto.

436:32
Claiming to protect Mortal Man in right-doing, that court pronounced a sentence of death for doing right. 

437:32-7

The attorney, Christian Science, then read from the supreme statute-book, the Bible, certain extracts on the Rights of Man, remarking that the Bible was better authority than Blackstone:--


  Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion. 
  Behold, I give unto you power . . . over all the power of the enemy:  and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 
  If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

440:22-25

  The false and unjust beliefs of your human mental legislators compel them to enact wicked laws of sickness and so forth, and then render obedience to these laws punishable as crime.

440:30
I appeal to the just and equitable decisions of divine Spirit to restore to Mortal Man the rights of which he has been deprived. 

440:33
  Here the counsel for the defence closed, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, with benign and imposing presence, comprehending and defining all law and evidence, explained from his statute-book, the Bible, that any so-called law, which undertakes to punish aught but sin, is null and void. 

441:10-12
The plea of False Belief we deem unworthy of a hearing.  Let what False Belief utters, now and forever, fall into oblivion, "unknelled, uncoffined, and unknown."

442:5

The Jury of Spiritual Senses agreed at once upon a verdict, and there resounded throughout the vast audience-chamber of Spirit the cry, Not guilty.  Then the prisoner rose up regenerated, strong, free.  We noticed, as he shook hands with his counsel, Christian Science, that all sallowness and debility had disappeared.  His form was erect and commanding, his countenance beaming with health and happiness.  Divine Love had cast out fear.  Mortal Man, no longer sick and in prison, walked forth, his feet "beautiful upon the mountains," as of one "that bringeth good tidings."

228:25-27
There is no power apart from God.  Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God.

451:2
Christian Scientists must live under the constant pressure of the apostolic command to come out from the material world and be separate.  They must renounce aggression, oppression and the pride of power.  Christianity, with the crown of Love upon her brow, must be their queen of life. 

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