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The following citations from the Bible and Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures were read during the June 24, 2009  Wednesday Testimony Meeting of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

The Bible

Josh 22:24 In
In time to come your children might speak unto our children, saying, What have ye to do with the Lord God of Israel?  

Isa 1:2 (to 5th ,)
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children,

Ps 78:1,3-7
Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.  

Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.  We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.  For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:

II Kings 4:8-11,12,14,16-20,25-30,32-36
#And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.  And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.  Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.  And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there.  And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him.  

And he said, What then is to be done for her? and Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.  

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.  

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: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the Lord hath hid it from me, and hath not told me.  Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me?  Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child.  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.  

Ps 119:68 (to ;), 90 (to :)
Thou art good, and doest good;

Thy faithfulness is unto all generations:

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

Matt 19:13-15
#Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.  But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.  And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.  

Ps 90:16
Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.  

Isa 38:19
The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.  

John 4:46-54
So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.  When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.  Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.  The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.  Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.  And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.  Then inquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.  So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.  This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.  

Ps 86:6-8
Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.  In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.  Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.  

Matt 9:18,19,23-25
While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.  And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.  

And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.  But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.  

II Tim 3:15-17 from
from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.  

Joel 1:3
Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.  

Science and Health  with Key to the Scriptures


582:28-29
  CHILDREN.  The spiritual thoughts and representatives of Life, Truth, and Love.

236:25-29
Children are more tractable than adults, and learn more readily to love the simple verities that will make them happy and good.  
  Jesus loved little children because of their freedom from wrong and their receptiveness of right.

237:1-12,15
  A little girl, who had occasionally listened to my explanations, badly wounded her finger.  She seemed not to notice it.  On being questioned about it she answered ingenuously, "There is no sensation in matter."  Bounding off with laughing eyes, she presently added, "Mamma, my finger is not a bit sore."
  It might have been months or years before her parents would have laid aside their drugs, or reached the mental height their little daughter so naturally attained.  The more stubborn beliefs and theories of parents often choke the good seed in the minds of themselves and their offspring.

  Children should be taught the Truth-cure, Christian Science, among their first lessons, and kept from discussing or entertaining theories or thoughts about sickness.  To prevent the experience of error and its sufferings, keep out of the minds of your children either sinful or diseased thoughts.  The latter should be excluded on the same principle as the former.  This makes Christian Science early available.  

154:16-21
  If a child is exposed to contagion or infection, the mother is frightened and says, "My child will be sick." The law of mortal mind and her own fears govern her child more than the child's mind governs itself, and they produce the very results which might have been prevented through the opposite understanding.

392:5
Fear, which is an element of all disease, must be cast out to readjust the balance for God.  Casting out evil and fear enables truth to outweigh error.  The only course is to take antagonistic grounds against all that is opposed to the health, holiness, and harmony of man, God's image.  

412:28-9
  If the case is that of a young child or an infant, it needs to be met mainly through the parent's thought, silently or audibly on the aforesaid basis of Christian Science.  The Scientist knows that there can be no hereditary disease, since matter is not intelligent and cannot transmit good or evil intelligence to man, and God, the only Mind, does not produce pain in matter.  The act of yielding one's thoughts to the undue contemplation of physical wants or conditions induces those very conditions.  A single requirement, beyond what is necessary to meet the simplest needs of the babe is harmful.  Mind regulates the condition of the stomach, bowels, and food, the temperature of children and of men, and matter does not.

495:14
  When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea.  Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought.  Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious--as Life eternally is--can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not.  Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony.  

154:24-2

  That mother is not a Christian Scientist, and her affections need better guidance, who says to her child: "You look sick," "You look tired," "You need rest," or "You need medicine."
  Such a mother runs to her little one, who thinks she has hurt her face by falling on the carpet, and says, moaning more childishly than her child, "Mamma knows you are hurt."  The better and more successful method for any mother to adopt is to say: "Oh, never mind!  You're not hurt, so don't think you are."  Presently the child forgets all about the accident, and is at play.

273:9-12
because they are not based on the divine law.  
  Divine Science reverses the false testimony of the material senses, and thus tears away the foundations of error.

390:29-4

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.

182:30

  To admit that sickness is a condition over which God has no control, is to presuppose that omnipotent power is powerless on some occasions.  The law of Christ, or Truth, makes all things possible to Spirit; but the so-called laws of matter would render Spirit of no avail, and demand obedience to materialistic codes, thus departing from the basis of one God, one lawmaker.  To suppose that God constitutes laws of inharmony is a mistake; discords have no support from nature or divine law, however much is said to the contrary.  

120:15
  Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind; nor can the material senses bear reliable testimony on the subject of health.  The Science of Mind-healing shows it to be impossible for aught but Mind to testify truly or to exhibit the real status of man.  Therefore the divine Principle of Science, reversing the testimony of the physical senses, reveals man as harmoniously existent in Truth, which is the only basis of health; and thus Science denies all disease, heals the sick, overthrows false evidence, and refutes materialistic logic.  

161:31
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.  

79:7-9

  A scientific mental method is more sanitary than the use of drugs, and such a mental method produces permanent health.

146:13-14
  Material medicine substitutes drugs for the power of God--even the might of Mind--to heal the body.

413:24-31
  Giving drugs to infants, noticing every symptom of flatulency, and constantly directing the mind to such signs,--that mind being laden with illusions about disease, health-laws, and death,--these actions convey mental images to children's budding thoughts, and often stamp them there, making it probable at any time that such ills may be reproduced in the very ailments feared.

230:22
According to Holy Writ, the sick are never really healed by drugs, hygiene, or any material method.  These merely evade the question.  They are soothing syrups to put children to sleep, satisfy mortal belief, and quiet fear.  

185:22
  Jesus cast out evil and healed the sick, not only without drugs, but without hypnotism, which is the reverse of ethical and pathological Truth-power.  

162:4-11,16-28
  Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies.  Christian Science acts as an alterative, neutralizing error with Truth.  It changes the secretions, expels humors, dissolves tumors, relaxes rigid muscles, restores carious bones to soundness.  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.

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.  Secretions have been changed, the structure has been renewed, shortened limbs have been elongated, ankylosed joints have been made supple, and carious bones have been restored to healthy conditions.  I have restored what is called the lost substance of lungs, and healthy organizations have been established where disease was organic.  Christian Science heals organic disease as surely as it heals what is called functional, for it requires only a fuller understanding of the divine Principle of Christian Science to demonstrate the higher rule.

344:26-29

Why support the popular systems of medicine, when the physician may perchance be an infidel and may lose ninety-and-nine patients, while Christian Science cures its hundred?

144:27

When the Science of being is universally understood, every man will be his own physician, and Truth will be the universal panacea.  

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