Never Doubt God's Power


The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the December 9, 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

I Tim 2:8
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.  

John 6:3 Jesus,28,29,64,66-68
Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.  

Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.  

But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.  

From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.  Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?  Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.  

Matt 14:14,22,25-32,34,36

And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.  

And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.  

And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.  And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.  But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.  And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.  And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.  But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?  And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.  

And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.  

And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.  

Mark 9:17-29
And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.  He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.  And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.  And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.  And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.  Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.  When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.  And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.  But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.  And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?  And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.  

Luke 17:5
And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.  

Mark 11:22-24
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Acts 5:12,14,16
And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.  

And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)

There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.  

Matt 24:1 (to 1st ,)
And Jesus went out,

Matt 26:1 (to 1st ,), 1 he said,2
And it came to pass,

he said unto his disciples, Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.  

Matt. 27:1,31,33 (to 1st ,),35 they (to :)

When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:

And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.  

And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha,

they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots:

Matt 28:1,2 (to 4th ,),5,6,7 (to ;),9

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door,

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead;

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.  

John 20:24,25-29
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.  #And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.  Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.  

John 14:12
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

by Mary Baker Eddy

351:2
When we lose faith in God's power to heal, we distrust the divine Principle which demonstrates Christian Science, and then we cannot heal the sick.  Neither can we heal through the help of Spirit, if we plant ourselves on a material basis.  

SH 23:27

"Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief!" expresses the helplessness of a blind faith; whereas the injunction, "Believe . . . and thou shalt be saved!" demands self-reliant trustworthiness, which includes spiritual understanding and confides all to God.  

329:5 A little understanding

A little understanding of Christian Science proves the truth of all that I say of it.  Because you cannot walk on the water and raise the dead, you have no right to question the great might of divine Science in these directions.  Be thankful that Jesus, who was the true demonstrator of Science, did these things, and left his example for us.  In Science we can use only what we understand.  We must prove our faith by demonstration.  

20:24-25
  Material belief is slow to acknowledge what the spiritual fact implies.

459:24-26,27

  To mortal sense Christian Science seems abstract, but the process is simple and the results are sure if the Science is understood.

Guided by divine Truth and not guesswork, the ^theologus^ (that is, the student--the Christian and scientific expounder--of the divine law) treats disease with more certain results than any other healer on the globe.  The Christian Scientist should understand and adhere strictly to the rules of divine metaphysics as laid down in this work, and rest his demonstration on this sure basis.  

130:26-2

  If thought is startled at the strong claim of Science for the supremacy of God, or Truth, and doubts the supremacy of good, ought we not, contrariwise, to be astounded at the vigorous claims of evil and doubt them, and no longer think it natural to love sin and unnatural to forsake it,--no longer imagine evil to be ever-present and good absent?  Truth should not seem so surprising and unnatural as error, and error should not seem so real as truth.

130:9-19

It is unwise to doubt if reality is in perfect harmony with God, divine Principle, --if Science, when understood and demonstrated, will destroy all discord,--since you admit that God is omnipotent; for from this premise it follows that good and its sweet concords have all-power.  
  Christian Science, properly understood, would disabuse the human mind of material beliefs which war against spiritual facts; and these material beliefs must be denied and cast out to make place for truth.

134:28
There is divine authority for believing in the superiority of spiritual power over material resistance.  

445:5-8
No hypothesis as to the existence of another power should interpose a doubt or fear to hinder the demonstration of Christian Science.

26:14
Divine Truth, Life, and Love gave Jesus authority over sin, sickness, and death.  His mission was to reveal the Science of celestial being, to prove what God is and what He does for man.  

42:28
Jesus had taught his disciples the Science of this proof.  He was here to enable them to test his still uncomprehended saying, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also."  They must understand more fully his Life-principle by casting out error, healing the sick, and raising the dead, even as they did understand it after his bodily departure.  

27:22-23

  Jesus sent forth seventy students at one time, but only eleven left a desirable historic record.

49:7 (only)
  Where were the seventy whom Jesus sent forth?

27:26
They fell away from grace because they never truly understood their Master's instruction.  

136:29
  The disciples apprehended their Master better than did others; but they did not comprehend all that he said and did, or they would not have questioned him so often.  Jesus patiently persisted in teaching and demonstrating the truth of being.  His students saw this power of Truth heal the sick, cast out evil, raise the dead; but the ultimate of this wonderful work was not spiritually discerned, even by them, until after the crucifixion, when their immaculate Teacher stood before them, the victor over sickness, sin, disease, death, and the grave.  

45:13-14

Three days after his bodily burial he talked with his disciples.

42:15-21
  The resurrection of the great demonstrator of God's power was the proof of his final triumph over body and matter, and gave full evidence of divine Science,--evidence so important to mortals.  The belief that man has existence or mind separate from God is a dying error.  This error Jesus met with divine Science and proved its nothingness.

45:22
  They who earliest saw Jesus after the resurrection and beheld the final proof of all that he had taught, misconstrued that event.  Even his disciples at first called him a spirit, ghost, or spectre, for they believed his body to be dead.  His reply was: "Spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have." The reappearing of Jesus was not the return of a spirit.  He presented the same body that he had before his crucifixion, and so glorified the supremacy of Mind over matter.  

46:13-19
  The Master said plainly that physique was not Spirit, and after his resurrection he proved to the physical senses that his body was not changed until he himself ascended,--or, in other words, rose even higher in the understanding of Spirit, God.  To convince Thomas of this, Jesus caused him to examine the nail-prints and the spear-wound.

317:24-4
  To the materialistic Thomas, looking for the ideal Saviour in matter instead of in Spirit and to the testimony of the material senses and the body, more than to Soul, for an earnest of immortality,--to him Jesus furnished the proof that he was unchanged by the crucifixion.  To this dull and doubting disciple Jesus remained a fleshly reality, so long as the Master remained an inhabitant of the earth.  Nothing but a display of matter could make existence real to Thomas.  For him to believe in matter was no task, but for him to conceive of the substantiality of Spirit--to know that nothing can efface Mind and immortality, in which Spirit reigns--was more difficult.

24:27
  The efficacy of the crucifixion lay in the practical affection and goodness it demonstrated for mankind.  The truth had been lived among men; but until they saw that it enabled their Master to triumph over the grave, his own disciples could not admit such an event to be possible.  After the resurrection, even the unbelieving Thomas was forced to acknowledge how complete was the great proof of Truth and Love.  

47:5-7
After gaining the true idea of their glorified Master, they became better healers, leaning no longer on matter, but on the divine Principle of their work.

43:3-7

  The magnitude of Jesus' work, his material disappearance before their eyes and his reappearance, all enabled the disciples to understand what Jesus had said.  Heretofore they had only believed; now they understood.

138:18-22
Christians are under as direct orders now, as they were then, to be Christlike, to possess the Christ-spirit, to follow the Christ-example, and to heal the sick as well as the sinning.

569:11-14
He that touches the hem of Christ's robe and masters his mortal beliefs, animality, and hate, rejoices in the proof of healing,--in a sweet and certain sense that God is Love.

177:5

The evidence of divine Mind's healing power and absolute control is to me as certain as the evidence of my own existence.  

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