Wednesday Readings:The Serpent or Animal Magnetism is Unreal

The following citations from the Bible and Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures were read during the July 15, 2009  Wednesday Testimony Meeting of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

The Bible

Gen 1:25God made,31(to 1st .)
God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.  

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

Gen 3:1-6,9-13

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?  And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.  

And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?  And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.  And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?  And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.  And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.  

Rev 2:7 (to saith)
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith

Ex 2:11 it (to 3rd ,),25 (to ,)
it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren,

And God looked upon the children of Israel,

Ex 3:15 (to :)
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:

Ex 4:1-4
And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.  And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.  And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.  And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:

Ps 119:18
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.  

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

Luke 9:1,2
Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.  And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.  

Mark 16:15-18
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.  

Luke 10:1,17,18,19
After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.  

#And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.  And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  

Acts 1:8 ye shall receive (to :)
ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:

Acts 27:1 when,2 (to 2nd ,),20,41
when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band.  And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched,

And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.  

And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.  

Acts 28:1,3-6 (to 4th ,)
And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita.  

And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.  And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.  And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.  Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds,

Isa 65:25
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat.  They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord.  

Rev 12:1,3,7-10

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.  

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.  

Rev 19:1,6
And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.  

Science and Health

269:3-5
  From first to last the supposed coexistence of Mind and matter and the mingling of good and evil have resulted from the philosophy of the serpent.

538:15-17
The testimony of the serpent is significant of the illusion of error, of the false claims that misrepresent God, good.

544:17-19
The first statement about evil,--the first suggestion of more than the one Mind,--is in the fable of the serpent.

92:11-16
  In old Scriptural pictures we see a serpent coiled around the tree of knowledge and speaking to Adam and Eve.  This represents the serpent in the act of commending to our first parents the knowledge of good and evil, a knowledge gained from matter, or evil, instead of from Spirit.

530:17-25 (to 1st .)
  This myth represents error as always asserting its superiority over truth, giving the lie to divine Science and saying, through the material senses: "I can open your eyes.  I can do what God has not done for you.  Bow down to me and have another god.  Only admit that I am real, that sin and sense are more pleasant to the eyes than spiritual Life, more to be desired than Truth, and I shall know you, and you will be mine.

529:21
  Whence comes a talking, lying serpent to tempt the children of divine Love?  The serpent enters into the metaphor only as evil.  We have nothing in the animal kingdom which represents the species described,--a talking serpent,--and should rejoice that evil, by whatever figure presented, contradicts itself and has neither origin nor support in Truth and good.  Seeing this, we should have faith to fight all claims of evil, because we know that they are worthless and unreal.  

330:25-27
The notion that both evil and good are real is a delusion of material sense, which Science annihilates.  Evil is nothing, no thing, mind, nor power.

103:18-23 (to 1st .)

  As named in Christian Science, animal magnetism or hypnotism is the specific term for error, or mortal mind.  It is the false belief that mind is in matter, and is both evil and good; that evil is as real as good and more powerful.  This belief has not one quality of Truth.

178:18
  Mortal mind, acting from the basis of sensation in matter, is animal magnetism; but this so-called mind, from which comes all evil, contradicts itself, and must finally yield to the eternal Truth, or the divine Mind, expressed in Science.  In proportion to our understanding of Christian Science, we are freed from the belief of heredity, of mind in matter or ani-mal magnetism; and we disarm sin of its imaginary power in proportion to our spiritual understanding of the status of immortal being.  

321:8,29
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.  Matter was shown to be a belief only.  The serpent, evil, under wisdom's bidding, was destroyed through understanding divine Science, and this proof was a staff upon which to lean.  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.  

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.  

514:26
  Understanding the control which Love held over all, Daniel felt safe in the lions' den, and Paul proved the viper to be harmless.  All of God's creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible.  A realization of this grand verity was a source of strength to the ancient worthies.  It supports Christian healing, and enables its possessor to emulate the example of Jesus.  "And God saw that it was good."

564:24-26,31-4
  From Genesis to the Apocalypse, sin, sickness, and death, envy, hatred, and revenge,--all evil,--are typified by a serpent, or animal subtlety.

In Genesis, this allegorical, talking serpent typifies mortal mind, "more subtle than any beast of the field."  In the Apocalypse, when nearing its doom, this evil increases and becomes the great red dragon, swollen with sin, inflamed with war against spirituality, and ripe for destruction.

563:15-18

  The Revelator lifts the veil from this embodiment of all evil, and beholds its awful character; but he also sees the nothingness of evil and the allness of God.

563:1-10
  Human sense may well marvel at discord, while, to a diviner sense, harmony is the real and discord the unreal.  We may well be astonished at sin, sickness, and death.  We may well be perplexed at human fear; and still more astounded at hatred, which lifts its hydra head, showing its horns in the many inventions of evil.  But why should we stand aghast at nothingness?  The great red dragon symbolizes a lie,--the belief that substance, life, and intelligence can be material.  This dragon stands for the sum total of human error.

563:27-28
  The serpentine form stands for subtlety, winding its way amidst all evil, but doing this in the name of good.

567:18-23
  That false claim--that ancient belief, that old serpent whose name is devil (evil), claiming that there is intelligence in matter either to benefit or to injure men--is pure delusion, the red dragon; and it is cast out by Christ, Truth, the spiritual idea, and so proved to be powerless.

102:1,30-2
  Animal magnetism has no scientific foundation, for God governs all that is real, harmonious, and eternal, and His power is neither animal nor human.  Its basis being a belief and this belief animal, in Science animal magnetism, mesmerism, or hypnotism is a mere negation, possessing neither intelligence, power, nor reality, and in sense it is an unreal concept of the so-called mortal mind.  

  Mankind must learn that evil is not power.  Its so-called despotism is but a phase of nothingness.  Christian Science despoils the kingdom of evil, and pre-eminently promotes affection and virtue in families and therefore in the community.

442:16-18
  Neither animal magnetism nor hypnotism enters into the practice of Christian Science, in which truth cannot be reversed, but the reverse of error is true.

192:19-21
In Science, you can have no power opposed to God, and the physical senses must give up their false testimony.

398:32
The great fact remains that evil is not mind.  Evil has no power, no intelligence, for God is good, and therefore good is infinite, is All.  

442:30
  Christian Scientists, be a law to yourselves that mental malpractice cannot harm you either when asleep or when awake.  

441:11-12
Let what False Belief utters, now and forever, fall into oblivion, "unknelled, uncoffined, and unknown."

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