The Platform

The following citations from the Bible and Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures were read during the October 21, 2009  Wednesday Testimony Meeting of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chagrin Falls, Ohio. After the readings, members of the congregation share related experiences of how God helps in times of trouble.

The Bible

Ex 3:1-5,7,8 (to ;),10,11,12 (to ;),13-15
Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.  And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.  And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.  And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.  And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.  

And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey;

Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?  And he said, Certainly I will be with thee;

And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name?  what shall I say unto them?  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.  And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.  

Ex 19:10 (to 3rd ,),12 (to 1st ,)
And the Lord said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow,

And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about,

Ex 20:1-4 (to ,),5 (to :),7 (to ;),8,10 the (to :),12-16,17 (to covet),20
And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image,

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain;

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  

the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God:

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.  Thou shalt not kill.  Thou shalt not commit adultery.  Thou shalt not steal.  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.  Thou shalt not covet

And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.  

Job 38:3-7
Gird up now thy loins like a man: for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.  Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.  Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?  Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?  

Acts 10:36 (to :)
The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ:

Matt 4:23
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.  

Matt 5:1-12
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.  

Matt 7:24-27
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.  

I Cor 3:9-11 we,23

we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  

And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.  

II Tim 2:19 the (to 1st ,)
the foundation of God standeth sure,

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

by Mary Baker Eddy

Moses declared as Jehovah's first command of the Ten: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me!"


The Hebrew Lawgiver, slow of speech, despaired of making the people understand what should be revealed to him.  When, led by wisdom to cast down his rod, he saw it become a serpent, Moses fled before it; but wisdom bade him come back and handle the serpent, and then Moses' fear departed.  In this incident was seen the actuality of Science.

The illusion of Moses lost its power to alarm him, when he discovered that what he apparently saw was really but a phase of mortal belief.

God had lessened Moses' fear by this proof in divine Science, and the inward voice became to him the voice of God, which said: "It shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign."  And so it was in the coming centuries, when the Science of being was demonstrated by Jesus, who showed his students the power of Mind by changing water into wine, and taught them how to handle serpents unharmed, to heal the sick and cast out evils in proof of the supremacy of Mind.

  God has built a higher platform of human rights, and He has built it on diviner claims.  These claims are not made through code or creed, but in demonstration of "on earth peace, good-will toward men." Human codes, scholastic theology, material medicine and hygiene, fetter faith and spiritual understanding.  Divine Science rends asunder these fetters, and man's birthright of sole allegiance to his Maker asserts itself.

When the following platform is understood and the letter and the spirit bear witness, the infallibility of divine metaphysics will be demonstrated.

468:9-10 There
There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter.

  I.  God is infinite, the only Life, substance, Spirit, or Soul, the only intelligence of the universe, including man.  Eye hath neither seen God nor His image and likeness.  Neither God nor the perfect man can be discerned by the material senses.  The individuality of Spirit, or the infinite, is unknown, and thus a knowledge of it is left either to human conjecture or to the revelation of divine Science.


  IV.  God is divine Life, and Life is no more confined to the forms which reflect it than substance is in its shadow.  If life were in mortal man or material things, it would be subject to their limitations and would end in death.  Life is Mind, the creator reflected in His creations.  If He dwelt within what He creates, God would not be reflected but absorbed, and the Science of being would be forever lost through a mortal sense, which falsely testifies to a beginning and an end.  
  V.  The Scriptures imply that God is All-in-all.  From this it follows that nothing possesses reality nor existence except the divine Mind and His ideas.


All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all.

  II.  God is what the Scriptures declare Him to be,--Life, Truth, Love.  Spirit is divine Principle, and divine Principle is Love, and Love is Mind, and Mind is not both good and bad, for God is Mind; therefore there is in reality one Mind only, because there is one God.

  VI.  God is individual, incorporeal.  He is divine Principle, Love, the universal cause, the only creator, and there is no other self-existence.  He is all-inclusive, and is reflected by all that is real and eternal and by nothing else.  He fills all space, and it is impossible to conceive of such omnipresence and individuality except as infinite Spirit or Mind.  Hence all is Spirit and spiritual.

Allness is the measure of the infinite, and nothing less can express God.

  XXXI.  Since God is All, there is no room for His unlikeness.  God, Spirit, alone created all, and called it good.  Therefore evil, being contrary to good, is unreal, and cannot be the product of God.

In Spirit there is no matter, even as in Truth there is no error, and in good no evil.

468:11-12 (to ;)
Spirit is immortal Truth;


Truth is immortal; error is mortal.  Truth is limitless; error is limited.  Truth is intelligent; error is non-intelligent.  Moreover, Truth is real, and error is unreal.

The Scriptures also declare that God is Spirit.  Therefore in Spirit all is harmony, and there can be no discord; all is Life, and there is no death.  Everything in God's universe expresses Him.  


  XVII.  Spirit being God, there is but one Spirit, for there can be but one infinite and therefore one God.

The spiritual man's consciousness and individuality are reflections of God. They are the emanations of Him who is Life, Truth, and Love.  Immortal man is not and never was material, but always spiritual and eternal.  

468:12 matter (to .)
matter is mortal error.

  XVIII.  Spirit, God, has created all in and of Himself.  Spirit never created matter.  There is nothing in Spirit out of which matter could be made, for, as the Bible declares, without the Logos, the Aeon or Word of God, "was not anything made that was made."

468:12 -13 Spirit (to ;)
Spirit is the real and eternal;

Eternal things (verities) are God's thoughts as they exist in the spiritual realm of the real.


Spirit is the only substance, the invisible and indivisible infinite God.  Things spiritual and eternal are substantial.  Things material and temporal are insubstantial.  

Spirit is eternal, divine.  Nothing but Spirit, Soul, can evolve Life, for Spirit is more than all else.

468:13 matter (to .)
matter is the unreal and temporal.

Good never enters into evil, the unlimited into the limited, the eternal into the temporal, nor the immortal into mortality.

Temporal things are the thoughts of mortals and are the unreal, being the opposite of the real or the spiritual and eternal.  


Reality is spiritual, harmonious, immutable, immortal, divine, eternal.  Nothing unspiritual can be real, harmonious, or eternal.  Sin, sickness, and mortality are the suppositional antipodes of Spirit, and must be contradictions of reality.  

468:13-14 Spirit
Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness.


  XXV.  God is individual and personal in a scientific sense, but not in any anthropomorphic sense.  Therefore man, reflecting God, cannot lose his individuality; but as material sensation, or a soul in the body, blind mortals do lose sight of spiritual individuality.  Material personality is not realism; it is not the reflection or likeness of Spirit, the perfect God.


  XXII.  Immortal man was and is God's image or idea, even the infinite expression of infinite Mind, and immortal man is coexistent and coeternal with that Mind.  He has been forever in the eternal Mind, God; but infinite Mind can never be in man, but is reflected by man.

Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual.

  XXIV.  God, the divine Principle of man, and man in God's likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal.  The Science of being furnishes the rule of perfection, and brings immortality to light.  God and man are not the same, but in the order of divine Science, God and man coexist and are eternal.  God is the parent Mind, and man is God's spiritual offspring.  

According to divine Science, man is in a degree as perfect as the Mind that forms him.  The truth of being makes man harmonious and immortal, while error is mortal and discordant.  
  XXVI.  Christian Science demonstrates that none but the pure in heart can see God, as the gospel teaches.  In proportion to his purity is man perfect; and perfection is the order of celestial being which demonstrates Life in Christ, Life's spiritual ideal.  
  XXVII.  The true idea of man, as the reflection of the invisible God, is as incomprehensible to the limited senses as is man's infinite Principle.  The visible universe and material man are the poor counterfeits of the invisible universe and spiritual man.

Christian Science, rightly understood, leads to eternal harmony.  It brings to light the only living and true God and man as made in His likeness; whereas the opposite belief--that man originates in matter and has beginning and end, that he is both soul and body, both good and evil, both spiritual and material--terminates in discord and mortality, in the error which must be destroyed by Truth.


  "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."  (Exodus xx. 3.)  The First Commandment is my favorite text.  It demonstrates Christian Science.  It inculcates the tri-unity of God, Spirit, Mind; it signifies that man shall have no other spirit or mind but God, eternal good, and that all men shall have one Mind.  The divine Principle of the First Commandment bases the Science of being, by which man demonstrates health, holiness, and life eternal.

  Truth's immortal idea is sweeping down the centuries, gathering beneath its wings the sick and sinning.  My weary hope tries to realize that happy day, when man shall recognize the Science of Christ and love his neighbor as himself,--when he shall realize God's omnipotence and the healing power of the divine Love in what it has done and is doing for mankind.

Hymn 64  
Hymn 293, 294, 295  
Hymn 221  

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