Wednesday Readings: Shut the Door on Error

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the June 23, 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. 


Isa. 26:20 (to :)
Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee:

Neh. 2:1 it (to 2nd ,),2 the king,3,5

it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid, And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire?  

And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers' sepulchres, that I may build it.  

Neh. 2:11 (to 1st ,)

So I came to Jerusalem,

Neh. 2:17-18 (to ;),18 And
Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.  Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me;

And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.  

Neh. 5:16 I (to 2nd ,), 16 and all

I continued in the work of this wall,

and all my servants were gathered thither unto the work.  

Neh. 6:1-3,5,6,8,12 (to ;); 7:1,3,73 (to 5th ,), 73 and all (to ;)
Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;) That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief.  And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?  

Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand; Wherein was written, It is reported among the heathen, and Gashmu saith it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king, according to these words.  

Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart.  

And, lo, I perceived that God had not sent him;

Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites were appointed,

And I said unto them, Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun be hot; and while they stand by, let them shut the doors, and bar them: and appoint watches of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, every one in his watch, and every one to be over against his house.  

So the priests, and the Levites, and the porters, and the singers, and some of the people,

and all Israel, dwelt in their cities;

II Kings 6:32 look (to 2nd :)

look, when the messenger cometh, shut the door, and hold him fast at the door:

Ezek. 44:2 This (to 2nd ,)
This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened,

II Kings 4:1-7

Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.  And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.  Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.  And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.  So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.  And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.  Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.  

II Kings 4:8 (to ;),16-22,25-26,27 (to 1st :),28,30,32-36
And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman;

And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid.  And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.  And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers.  And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother.  And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.  And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out.  And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again.  

So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite: Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child?  And she answered, It is well.  And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet:

Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me?  

And the mother of the child said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her.  

And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed.  He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the Lord.  And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm.  Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.  And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite, So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son.  

Matt 6:6 when

when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.  

Neh. 13:22 come (to 2nd ,)
come and keep the gates,


By Mary Baker Eddy
SH 14:31-6; 15:14-18,20-21
  "When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and, when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly."
  So spake Jesus.  The closet typifies the sanctuary of Spirit, the door of which shuts out sinful sense but lets in Truth, Life, and Love.  Closed to error, it is open to Truth, and vice versa.

  In order to pray aright, we must enter into the closet and shut the door. We must close the lips and silence the material senses.  In the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings, we must deny sin and plead God's allness.

We must "pray without ceasing."

SH 445:2-5
Also the teacher must thoroughly fit his students to defend themselves against sin, and to guard against the attacks of the would-be ^mental assassin^, who attempts to kill morally and physically.

SH 392:24-30 Stand

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.

390:12-391:16; 391:18-32; 392:8; 392:11-16,17-24 (to 1st .)
  When the first symptoms of disease appear, dispute the testimony of the material senses with divine Science.  Let your higher sense of justice destroy the false process of mortal opinions which you name law, and then you will not be confined to a sick-room nor laid upon a bed of suffering in payment of the last farthing, the last penalty demanded by error.  "Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him."  Suffer no claim of sin or of sickness to grow upon the thought.  Dismiss it with an abiding conviction that it is illegitimate, because you know that God is no more the author of sickness than He is of sin.  You have no law of His to support the necessity either of sin or sickness, but you have divine authority for denying that necessity and healing the sick.  
  "Agree to disagree" with approaching symptoms of chronic or acute disease, whether it is cancer, consumption, or smallpox.  Meet the incipient stages of disease with as powerful mental opposition as a legislator would employ to defeat the passage of an inhuman law.  Rise in the conscious strength of the spirit of Truth to overthrow the plea of mortal mind, ^alias^ matter, arrayed against the supremacy of Spirit.  Blot out the images of mortal thought and its beliefs in sickness and sin.  Then, when thou art delivered to the judgment of Truth, Christ, the judge will say, "Thou art whole!"
  Instead of blind and calm submission to the incipient or advanced stages of disease, rise in rebellion against them.  Banish the belief that you can possibly entertain a single intruding pain which cannot be ruled out by the might of Mind, and in this way you can prevent the development of pain in the body.  No law of God hinders this result.  It is error to suffer for aught but your own sins.  Christ, or Truth, will destroy all other supposed suffering, and real suffering for your own sins will cease in proportion as the sin ceases.

When the body is supposed to say, "I am sick," never plead guilty.  Since matter cannot talk, it must be mortal mind which speaks; therefore meet the intimation with a protest.  If you say, "I am sick," you plead guilty.  Then your adversary will deliver you to the judge (mortal mind), and the judge will sentence you.  Disease has no intelligence to declare itself something and announce its name.  Mortal mind alone sentences itself.  Therefore make your own terms with sickness, and be just to yourself and to others.  
  Mentally contradict every complaint from the body, and rise to the true consciousness of Life as Love,--as all that is pure, and bearing the fruits of Spirit.

The only course is to take antagonistic grounds against all that is opposed to the health, holiness, and harmony of man, God's image.  
  The physical affirmation of disease should always be met with the mental negation.  Whatever benefit is produced on the body, must be expressed mentally, and thought should be held fast to this ideal.  If you believe in inflamed and weak nerves, you are liable to an attack from that source.

If you think that consumption is hereditary in your family, you are liable to the development of that thought in the form of what is termed pulmonary disease, unless Science shows you otherwise.  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.

SH 392:31-3
Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them.  The issues of pain or pleasure must come through mind, and like a watchman forsaking his post, we admit the intruding belief, forgetting that through divine help we can forbid this entrance.

SH 234:9-12

  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.

SH 393:32,29-30

It is well to be calm in sickness; to be hopeful is still better; but to understand that sickness is not real and that Truth can destroy its seeming reality, is best of all, for this understanding is the universal and perfect remedy.  

  Man is never sick, for Mind is not sick and matter cannot be.

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 394:28-29
  We should remember that Life is God, and that God is omnipotent.

SH 395:6-10
  Like the great Exemplar, the healer should speak to disease as one having authority over it, leaving Soul to master the false evidences of the corporeal senses and to assert its claims over mortality and disease.

SH 396:14-16
  The refutation of the testimony of material sense is not a difficult task in view of the conceded falsity of this testimony.

SH 451:31-3; 452:5-6
  Show your student that mental malpractice tends to blast moral sense, health, and the human life.  Instruct him how to bar the door of his thought against this seeming power,--a task not difficult, when one understands that evil has in reality no power.

The wrong thought should be arrested before it has a chance to manifest itself.

SH 578:16
  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [Love] for ever.  

SH 99:12 (only)
None may pick the lock nor enter by some other door.

SH 355:11

Let discord of every name and nature be heard no more, and let the harmonious and true sense of Life and being take possession of human consciousness.  

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