Wednesday Readings: Overcoming Hatred & Violence

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the January 12, 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

Gal. 5:19 (to ;),20-23 hatred
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;

hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  

Ps. 55:9 O (to 2nd ,),9 I,11

O Lord,

I have seen violence and strife in the city.  

Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.  

Ps. 57:1 O (to 2nd ,),1 in the
O God,

in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.  

Ps. 36:1-7
The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.  For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.  The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.  He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.  Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.  Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.  How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.  

Ps. 61:2 lead
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  

II Sam. 22:2-4 The,47-50
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.  I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.  

The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.  It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me, And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.  Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.  

Hab. 1:12 (to ?),13 (to :)
Art thou not from everlasting, O Lord my God, mine Holy One?

Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity:

Ps 37:35,36

I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.  Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.  

Jer. 22:3 (to ;), 3 do
Thus saith the Lord;

do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.  

Luke 3:14 Do (to 4th ,)
do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man,

I John 4:7 (to ;),18 (to :)
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God;

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:

Mark 8:27 Jesus (to :)

Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi:

Mark 11:22
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.  

Mark 12:1-9
And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.  And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.  And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.  And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.  And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.  Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.  But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.  And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.  What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.  

Jonah 3:8 2nd let
let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.  

Luke 10:30-35 A
A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.  And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.  

Rom. 12:9-10
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Rom. 12:12,14,16 (to 1st .),17 (to 1st .),18,19,20 (to :),21

Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.  

Be of the same mind one toward another.

Recompense to no man evil for evil.

If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink:

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.  

Isa. 59:1
Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

Isa. 60:18
Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures

By Mary Baker Eddy

  This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces.

  During this final conflict, wicked minds will endeavor to find means by which to accomplish more evil; but those who discern Christian Science will hold crime in check.  They will aid in the ejection of error.  They will maintain law and order, and cheerfully await the certainty of ultimate perfection.  

SH 569:14
Alas for those who break faith with divine Science and fail to strangle the serpent of sin as well as of sickness!  They are dwellers still in the deep darkness of belief.  They are in the surging sea of error, not struggling to lift their heads above the drowning wave.  

SH 94:14-16
Tyranny, intolerance, and bloodshed, wherever found, arise from the belief that the infinite is formed after the pattern of mortal personality, passion, and impulse.

SH 289:8

  A wicked mortal is not the idea of God.  He is little else than the expression of error.  To suppose that sin, lust, hatred, envy, hypocrisy, revenge, have life abiding in them, is a terrible mistake.  Life and Life's idea, Truth and Truth's idea, never make men sick, sinful, or mortal.  

SH 564:3-7
  As of old, evil still charges the spiritual idea with error's own nature and methods.  This malicious animal instinct, of which the dragon is the type, incites mortals to kill morally and physically even their fellow-mortals, and worse still, to charge the innocent with the crime.

SH 104:30
Is it not clear that the human mind must move the body to a wicked act?  Is not mortal mind the murderer?  The hands, without mortal mind to direct them, could not commit a murder.  

SH 270:24-25
Mortals think wickedly; consequently they are wicked.

SH 476:13-17

Mortals are not fallen children of God.  They never had a perfect state of being, which may subsequently be regained.  They were, from the beginning of mortal history, "conceived in sin and brought forth in iniquity."

SH 563:30
It is the animal instinct in mortals, which would impel them to devour each other and cast out devils through Beelzebub.  

SH 327:9-13
Evil is sometimes a man's highest conception of right, until his grasp on good grows stronger.  Then he loses pleasure in wickedness, and it becomes his torment.  The way to escape the misery of sin is to cease sinning.

SH 490:6 -8

Christian Science reveals Truth and Love as the motive-powers of man.

458:23-25 (to .)

The Christianly scientific man reflects the divine law, thus becoming a law unto himself.  He does violence to no man.

475:28-1 The (to 1st .)
The real man cannot depart from holiness, nor can God, by whom man is evolved, engender the capacity or freedom to sin.  A mortal sinner is not God's man.

SH 264:32-3
  The universe of Spirit is peopled with spiritual beings, and its government is divine Science.  Man is the offspring, not of the lowest, but of the highest qualities of Mind.

SH 572:6
"Love one another" (I John, iii. 23), is the most simple and profound counsel of the inspired writer.  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 527:19 (only)
Has evil the reality of good?

SH 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.


  We should become more familiar with good than with evil, and guard against false beliefs as watchfully as we bar our doors against the approach of thieves and murderers.

  If mortals would keep proper ward over mortal mind, the brood of evils which infest it would be cleared out.

SH 265:5
Mortals must gravitate Godward, their affections and aims grow spiritual,--they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite,--in order that sin and mortality may be put off.  

SH 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.

SH 6:3 (only)
  Divine Love corrects and governs man.

43:32 (only)
  Love must triumph over hate.

SH 35:30-1

  The design of Love is to reform the sinner.  If the sinner's punishment here has been insufficient to reform him, the good man's heaven would be a hell to the sinner.

SH 36:7

Escape from punishment is not in accordance with God's government, since justice is the handmaid of mercy.  

SH 420:3-4
Truth not error, Love not hate, Spirit not matter, governs man.

SH 103:32
In Christian Science, man can do no harm, for scientific thoughts are true thoughts, passing from God to man.  

SH 4:3-5

  What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.

SH 96:4-5
  Love will finally mark the hour of harmony, and spiritualization will follow, for Love is Spirit.

SH 561:1

The understanding of Truth and Love, the Principle which works out the ends of eternal good and destroys both faith in evil and the practice of evil, leads to the discernment of the divine idea.  

SH 412:13
The power of Christian Science and divine Love is omnipotent.  It is indeed adequate to unclasp the hold and to destroy disease, sin, and death.  

SH 266:18 Universal
Universal Love is the divine way in Christian Science.  

SH 571:18-19
Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you.


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