Wednesday Readings: Uncontaminated

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the March 30, 2011 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

Jer. 21:13 who
Who shall come down against us? or who shall enter into our habitations?  

Ps 121:7,8

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.  The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.  

Job 37:23

Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.  

I Kings 8:22 Solomon,23,37-39 (to ;),40

Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven: And he said, Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart:

If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust, or if there be caterpiller; if their enemy besiege them in the land of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be; What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house: Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest;

That they may fear thee all the days that they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.  

Ps 138:3,7,8 (to :)

In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.  

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.  The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me:

II Kings 5:1-3,9-11,13,14

Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.  And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife.  And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.  

So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.  And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.  But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.  

And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?  Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.  

Ps 107:1,15,19,20
O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.  

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!  

Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.  He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.  

Ps 62:5,6

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.  He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.  

Ps 91:2,3,5,6,9-11
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.  

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.  

Ps 46:1,2,10 (to :)

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Be still, and know that I am God:

Mark 8:27 Jesus (to :)

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

Luke 17:12-19

And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.  And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.  And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.  And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?  There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.  And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.  

Mark 7:14, 15 (to :)

And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand: There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him:

Acts 17:24, 25, 28 (to ;)
God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

For in him we live, and move, and have our being;

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

 

By Mary Baker Eddy

SH 228:3-6
The transmission of disease or of certain idiosyncrasies of mortal mind would be impossible if this great fact of being were learned,--namely, that nothing inharmonious can enter being, for Life ^is^ God.

SH 332:31-32
Into the real and ideal man the fleshly element cannot enter.

SH 70:5-6
Whatever is false or sinful can never enter the atmosphere of Spirit.

SH 377:26-7
 The cause of all so-called disease is mental, a mortal fear, a mistaken belief or conviction of the necessity and power of ill-health; also a fear that Mind is helpless to defend the life of man and incompetent to control it.  Without this ignorant human belief, any circumstance is of itself powerless to produce suffering.  It is latent belief in disease, as well as the fear of disease, which associates sickness with certain circumstances and causes the two to appear conjoined, even as poetry and music are reproduced in union by human memory.  Disease has no intelligence.  Unwittingly you sentence yourself to suffer.  The understanding of this will enable you to commute this self-sentence, and meet every circumstance with truth.  Disease is less than mind, and Mind can control it.

SH 384:3-12
 We should relieve our minds from the depressing thought that we have transgressed a material law and must of necessity pay the penalty.  Let us reassure ourselves with the law of Love.  God never punishes man for doing right, for honest labor, or for deeds of kindness, though they expose him to fatigue, cold, heat, contagion.  If man seems to incur the penalty through matter, this is but a belief of mortal mind, not an enactment of wisdom, and man has only to enter his protest against this belief in order to annul it.

SH 175:26

Damp atmosphere and freezing snow empurpled the plump cheeks of our ancestors, but they never indulged in the refinement of inflamed bronchial tubes.  They were as innocent as Adam, before he ate the fruit of false knowledge, of the existence of tubercles and troches, lungs and lozenges.  

SH 176:17-19
Human fear of miasma would load with disease the air of Eden, and weigh down mankind with superimposed and conjectural evils.

SH 177:19

But a lie, the opposite of Truth, cannot name the qualities and effects of what is termed matter, and create the so-called laws of the flesh, nor can a lie hold the preponderance of power in any direction against God, Spirit and Truth.  

SH 287:32 (only)

Truth cannot be contaminated by error.

SH 176:31
Truth handles the most malignant contagion with perfect assurance.  

SH 220:14
The atmosphere of the earth, kinder than the atmosphere of mortal mind, leaves catarrh to the latter.  Colds, coughs, and contagion are engendered solely by human theories.  

SH 184:6-12

Belief produces the results of belief, and the penalties it affixes last so long as the belief and are inseparable from it.  The remedy consists in probing the trouble to the bottom, in finding and casting out by denial the error of belief which produces a mortal disorder, never honoring erroneous belief with the title of law nor yielding obedience to it.

SH 196:31-2
The press unwittingly sends forth many sorrows and diseases among the human family.  It does this by giving names to diseases and by printing long descriptions which mirror images of disease distinctly in thought.

197:16 (only)

 We should master fear, instead of cultivating it.

234:17-21,25-27,31-3
If mortals would keep proper ward over mortal mind, the brood of evils which infest it would be cleared out.  We must begin with this so-called mind and empty it of sin and sickness, or sin and sickness will never cease.

Sin and disease must be thought before they can be manifested.  You must control evil thoughts in the first instance, or they will control you in the second.

Evil thoughts and aims reach no farther and do no more harm than one's belief permits.  Evil thoughts, lusts, and malicious purposes cannot go forth, like wandering pollen, from one human mind to another, finding unsuspected lodgment, if virtue and truth build a strong defence.

SH 392:21-32

If you decide that climate or atmosphere is unhealthy, it will be so to you.  Your decisions will master you, whichever direction they take.  
Reverse the case.  Stand porter at the door of thought.  Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously.  When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears.  Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them.

SH 219:29
Entire immunity from the belief in sin, suffering, and death may not be reached at this period, but we may look for an abatement of these evils; and this scientific beginning is in the right direction.  

SH 273:29-3
Science shows that material, conflicting mortal opinions and beliefs emit the effects of error at all times, but this atmosphere of mortal mind cannot be destructive to morals and health when it is opposed promptly and persistently by Christian Science.  Truth and Love antidote this mental miasma, and thus invigorate and sustain existence.

125:21-22,24-25,31-2
The seasons will come and go with changes of time and tide, cold and heat, latitude and longitude.

"As a vesture shalt Thou change them and they shall be changed."

 Thus matter will finally be proved nothing more than a mortal belief, wholly inadequate to affect a man through its supposed organic action or supposed existence.

SH 509:24
The periods of spiritual ascension are the days and seasons of Mind's creation, in which beauty, sublimity, purity, and holiness --yea, the divine nature--appear in man and the universe never to disappear.  

430:11
When will mankind wake to this great fact in Science?  

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