The Real Jurisdiction of the World is Mind

The following citations from the Bible and Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures were read during the August 12, 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 helped in times of trouble.

The Bible

Ps 19:12-14
Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.  Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.  Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.  

Ps 19:7 (to 1st ,),9 the judgments

The law of the Lord is perfect, the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.  

I Kings 3:6 (to ;), 7 (to 1st :),9-12,16-28
And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee;

And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father:

Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?  And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.  And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.  

Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.  And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.  And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.  And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid it.  And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.  And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.  And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.  Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.  And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king.  And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.  Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.  Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.  And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.  

Eccl 3:17
I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.  

Ezek 18:5 if, 7-9,21 if,27,30-32
if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,

And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment; He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man, Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord God.  

if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  

Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.  

Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.  Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?  For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.  

John 8:1-11
Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.  And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.  And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.  Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?  This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him.  But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.  So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.  And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.  And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.  When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers?  hath no man condemned thee?  She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.  

Luke 6:37,38
Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.  

Luke 7:36-50
And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat.  And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.  Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.  And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.  There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.  And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both.  Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?  Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.  And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.  Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.  My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.  Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.  And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.  And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?  And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.  

Matt 7:1-5
Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.  

Ps 75:7 God (to :)
God is the judge:

Ps 26:1-12
Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.  Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.  For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.  I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.  I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.  I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O Lord: That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.  Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.  Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men; In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.  But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.  My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the Lord.  

Science and Health

379:6
The real jurisdiction of the world is in Mind, controlling every effect and recognizing all causation as vested in divine Mind.  

36:19-21

  A selfish and limited mind may be unjust, but the unlimited and divine Mind is the immortal law of justice as well as of mercy.

461:26-27
To prove scientifically the error or unreality of sin, you must first see the claim of sin, and then destroy it.

542:5,19-24
Though error hides behind a lie and excuses guilt, error cannot forever be concealed.  Truth, through her eternal laws, unveils error.  Truth causes sin to betray itself, and sets upon error the mark of the beast.  Even the disposition to excuse guilt or to conceal it is punished.  The avoidance of justice and the denial of truth tend to perpetuate sin, invoke crime, jeopardize self-control, and mock divine mercy.  

Let Truth uncover and destroy error in God's own way, and let human justice pattern the divine.  Sin will receive its full penalty, both for what it is and for what it does.  Justice marks the sinner, and teaches mortals not to remove the waymarks of God.

105:3-10,13,22-27
Courts and juries judge and sentence mortals in order to restrain crime, to prevent deeds of violence or to punish them.  To say that these tribunals have no jurisdiction over the carnal or mortal mind, would be to contradict precedent and to admit that the power of human law is restricted to matter, while mortal mind, evil, which is the real outlaw, defies justice and is recommended to mercy.

Mortal mind, not matter, is the criminal in every case; and human law rightly estimates crime, and courts reasonably pass sentence, according to the motive.  

Whoever uses his developed mental powers like an escaped felon to commit fresh atrocities as opportunity occurs is never safe.  God will arrest him. Divine justice will manacle him.  His sins will be millstones about his neck, weighing him down to the depths of ignominy and death.

405:5,24-29
Christian Science commands man to master the propensities,--to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty.  Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success.  They will deliver you to the judge, the arbiter of truth against error.  The judge will deliver you to justice, and the sentence of the moral law will be executed upon mortal mind and body.  Both will be manacled until the last farthing is paid,--until you have balanced your account with God.  "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."  The good man finally can overcome his fear of sin.  This is sin's necessity,--to destroy itself.  Immortal man demonstrates the government of God, good, in which is no power to sin.  

The abiding consciousness of wrong-doing tends to destroy the ability to do right.  If sin is not regretted and is not lessening, then it is hastening on to physical and moral doom.  You are conquered by the moral penalties you incur and the ills they bring.

11:12-18
Mere legal pardon (and there is no other, for divine Principle never pardons our sins or mistakes till they are corrected) leaves the offender free to repeat the offence, if indeed, he has not already suffered sufficiently from vice to make him turn from it with loathing.  Truth bestows no pardon upon error, but wipes it out in the most effectual manner.

5:3-6

Sorrow for wrong-doing is but one step towards reform and the very easiest step.  The next and great step required by wisdom is the test of our sincerity, --namely, reformation.

35:30
The design of Love is to reform the sinner.  If the sinner's punishment here has been insufficient to reform him, the good man's heaven would be a hell to the sinner.  They, who know not purity and affection by experience, can never find bliss in the blessed company of Truth and Love simply through translation into another sphere.  Divine Science reveals the necessity of sufficient suffering, either before or after death, to quench the love of sin.  To remit the penalty due for sin, would be for Truth to pardon error.  Escape from punishment is not in accordance with God's government, since justice is the handmaid of mercy.  

40:8-12
Divine Science adjusts the balance as Jesus adjusted it.  Science removes the penalty only by first removing the sin which incurs the penalty.  This is my sense of divine pardon, which I understand to mean God's method of destroying sin.

323:19-24
When the sick or the sinning awake to realize their need of what they have not, they will be receptive of divine Science, which gravitates towards Soul and away from material sense, removes thought from the body, and elevates even mortal mind to the contemplation of something better than disease or sin.

230:6
This awakening is the forever coming of Christ, the advanced appearing of Truth, which casts out error and heals the sick.  This is the salvation which comes through God, the divine Principle, Love, as demonstrated by Jesus.  

362:1-363:9
It is related in the seventh chapter of Luke's Gospel that Jesus was once the honored guest of a certain Pharisee, by name Simon, though he was quite unlike Simon the disciple.  While they were at meat, an unusual incident occurred, as if to interrupt the scene of Oriental festivity.  A "strange woman" came in.  Heedless of the fact that she was debarred from such a place and such society, especially under the stern rules of rabbinical law, as positively as if she were a Hindoo pariah intruding upon the household of a high-caste Brahman, this woman (Mary Magdalene, as she has since been called) approached Jesus.  According to the custom of those days, he reclined on a couch with his head towards the table and his bare feet away from it.  It was therefore easy for the Magdalen to come behind the couch and reach his feet.  She bore an alabaster jar containing costly and fragrant oil,--sandal oil perhaps, which is in such common use in the East. Breaking the sealed jar, she perfumed Jesus' feet with the oil, wiping them with her long hair, which hung loosely about her shoulders, as was customary with women of her grade.   Did Jesus spurn the woman?  Did he repel her adoration?

444:16-19
Let us be faithful in pointing the way through Christ, as we understand it, but let us also be careful always to "judge righteous judgment," and never to condemn rashly.

248:29
Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, love--the kingdom of heaven--reign within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear.  

201:17-18
The way to extract error from mortal mind is to pour in truth through flood-tides of Love.

365:19
If the Scientist has enough Christly affection to win his own pardon, and such commendation as the Magdalen gained from Jesus, then he is Christian enough to practise scientifically and deal with his patients compassionately; and the result will correspond with the spiritual intent.  

266:18 Universal

Universal Love is the divine way in Christian Science.  

454:18-19
Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way.

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