Wednesday Readings: Cause & Effect

The following citations from the Bible and Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures were read during the September 9, 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

Ps 67:1(to 2nd ;)
God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us;

Job 1:1
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.  

Job 2:7,10 In all,11,12(to ;)

So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.  

In all this did not Job sin with his lips.  #Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place: Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite; for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.  And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept;

Job 3:2,25 the
And Job spake, and said,

the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.  

Job 4:1,7,8
Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,

Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?  Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.  

Job 8:1,6
Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,

If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.  

Job 11:1,4 thou,5,6,7,13-15
Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,

thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.  But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee; And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.  Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?  

If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him; If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.  For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:

Job 26:1,2
But Job answered and said, How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?  

Job 13:1-6
Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and understood it.  What ye know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto you.  Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.  But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.  O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.  Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.  

Job 4:17,18
Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?  Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:

Job 33:4,9
The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.  

I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.  

Job 38:1-7
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?  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?  

Job 42:1, 2
Then Job answered the Lord, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.  

Ps 143:8
Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.  

Job 42:7 after,8-10 (to :)
after the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.  Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.  So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the Lord commanded them: the Lord also accepted Job.  And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends:

Matt 4:17 Jesus
Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  

Matt 14:14
And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.  

John 5:2-9 (to :)

Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.  In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.  For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.  And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.  When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?  The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.  Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.  And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked:

Luke 8:43-48
And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.  And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?  And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.  And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.  And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.  

Ps 33:10

The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.  
II Cor 2:14
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.  

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

by Mary Baker Eddy

151:23-24
The divine Mind that made man maintains His own image and likeness.

229:23-25,28-31
If God causes man to be sick, sickness must be good, and its opposite, health, must be evil, for all that He makes is good and will stand forever.

It is the transgression of a belief of mortal mind, not of a law of matter nor of divine Mind, which causes the belief of sickness.

230:16

God, good, can no more produce sickness than goodness can cause evil and health occasion disease.  

140:25-27
The Christian Science God is universal, eternal, divine Love, which changeth not and causeth no evil, disease, nor death.

318:5-9
Corporeal senses define diseases as realities; but the Scriptures declare that God made all, even while the corporeal senses are saying that matter causes disease and the divine Mind cannot or will not heal it.

415:1-3
Immortal Mind is the only cause; therefore disease is neither a cause nor an effect.

374:15
Through immortal Mind, or Truth, we can destroy all ills which proceed from mortal mind.  

230:30
So-called mortal mind or the mind of mortals being the remote, predisposing, and the exciting cause of all suffering, the cause of disease must be obliterated through Christ in divine Science, or the so-called physical senses will get the victory.  

217:15-19
That scientific methods are superior to others, is seen by their effects. When you have once conquered a diseased condition of the body through Mind, that condition never recurs, and you have won a point in Science.

360:22
Hear the wisdom of Job, as given in the excellent translation of the late Rev. George R. Noyes, D.D.:--

273:16
The so-called laws of matter and of medical science have never made mortals whole, harmonious, and immortal.  Man is harmonious when governed by Soul.  Hence the importance of understanding the truth of being, which reveals the laws of spiritual existence.  

318:22
The Science of Mind denies the error of sensation in matter, and heals with Truth.  Medical science treats disease as though disease were real, therefore right, and attempts to heal it with matter.  If disease is right it is wrong to heal it.  Material methods are temporary, and are not adapted to elevate mankind.  

370:32
Physicians examine the pulse, tongue, lungs, to discover the condition of matter, when in fact all is Mind.  The body is the substratum of mortal mind, and this so-called mind must finally yield to the mandate of immortal Mind.  

159:30
Ignorant of the fact that a man's belief produces disease and all its symptoms, the ordinary physician is liable to increase disease with his own mind, when he should address himself to the work of destroying it through the power of the divine Mind.  

157:1-3,8-10,16-22
Christian Science deals wholly with the mental cause in judging and destroying disease.

Christian Science exterminates the drug, and rests on Mind alone as the curative Principle, acknowledging that the divine Mind has all power.

If drugs are part of God's creation, which (according to the narrative in Genesis) He pronounced ^good^, then drugs cannot be poisonous.  If He could create drugs intrinsically bad, then they should never be used.  If He creates drugs at all and designs them for medical use, why did Jesus not employ them and recommend them for the treatment of disease?

161:24-7
The ordinary practitioner, examining bodily symptoms, telling the patient that he is sick, and treating the case according to his physical diagnosis, would naturally induce the very disease he is trying to cure, even if it were not already determined by mortal mind.  Such unconscious mistakes would not occur, if this old class of philanthropists looked as deeply for cause and effect into mind as into matter.  The physician agrees with his "adversary quickly," but upon different terms than does the metaphysician; for the matter-physician agrees with the disease, while the metaphysician agrees only with health and challenges disease.
 
Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies.  Christian Science acts as an alterative, neutralizing error with Truth.

162:9-19
The effect of this Science is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind.
 
Experiments have favored the fact that Mind governs the body, not in one instance, but in every instance.  The indestructible faculties of Spirit exist without the conditions of matter and also without the false beliefs of a so-called material existence.  Working out the rules of Science in practice, the author has restored health in cases of both acute and chronic disease in their severest forms.

286:9
The Master said, "No man cometh unto the Father [the divine Principle of being] but by me," Christ, Life, Truth, Love; for Christ says, "I am the way." Physical causation was put aside from first to last by this original man, Jesus.  He knew that the divine Principle, Love, creates and governs all that is real.  

463:24
Our Master treated error through Mind.  He never enjoined obedience to the laws of nature, if by these are meant laws of matter, nor did he use drugs. There is a law of God applicable to healing, and it is a spiritual law instead of material.  The sick are not healed by inanimate matter or drugs, as they believe that they are.  Such seeming medical effect or action is that of so-called mortal mind.  

207:20-24
There is but one primal cause.  Therefore there can be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no reality in aught which does not proceed from this great and only cause.  Sin, sickness, disease, and death belong not to the Science of being.

272:30
Christian Science, as demonstrated by Jesus, alone reveals the natural, divine Principle of Science.  

262:28
To begin rightly is to end rightly.  Every concept which seems to begin with the brain begins falsely.  Divine Mind is the only cause or Principle of existence.  Cause does not exist in matter, in mortal mind, or in physical forms.  

200:16
The great truth in the Science of being, that the real man was, is, and ever shall be perfect, is incontrovertible; for if man is the image, reflection, of God, he is neither inverted nor subverted, but upright and Godlike.

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