September 21–27, 2020
1. . . I saw a new heaven and a new earth: . . . and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:
12Blessed art thou, O Lord:
105Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
156Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord: quicken me according to thy judgments.
159Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness.Click to open the research content
160Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
1I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.
2Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
3The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.
4Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
5Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.
6The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.Click to open the research content
7Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.Click to open the research content
8For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
9I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
14I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it:Click to open the Bibles content
15That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been;Click to open the research content
11Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.Click to open the research content
12Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.
11I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.Click to open the research content
9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.Click to open the Bibles content
1The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool:Click to open the research content
2For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord:
Science and Health with Key to the Scripturesby Mary Baker Eddy
The Revelator tells us of “a new heaven and a new earth.” Have you ever pictured this heaven and earth, inhabited by beings under the control of supreme wisdom?
Life, Truth, and Love are the realities of divine Science. They dawn in faith and glow full-orbed in spiritual understanding.
Spiritual sense, contradicting the material senses, involves intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition, reality.Click to open the research content
Spiritual ideas lead up to their divine origin, God, and to the spiritual sense of being.
The evidence of the physical senses often reverses the real Science of being, and so creates a reign of discord, — assigning seeming power to sin, sickness, and death; but the great facts of Life, rightly understood, defeat this triad of errors, contradict their false witnesses, and reveal the kingdom of heaven, — the actual reign of harmony on earth.Click to open the research content
Reality is spiritual, harmonious, immutable, immortal, divine, eternal. Nothing unspiritual can be real, harmonious, or eternal. Sin, sickness, and mortality are the suppositional antipodes of Spirit, and must be contradictions of reality.Click to open the research content
Keep in mind the verity of being, — that man is the image and likeness of God, in whom all being is painless and permanent.
10The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
2When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.Click to open the research content Click to open the Bibles content
3For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:
19nothing shall by any means hurt you.Click to open the research content
14Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
15Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
16Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
17If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
21Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.Click to open the research content
25He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
27And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.Click to open the research content
Science and Health
The central fact of the Bible is the superiority of spiritual over physical power.
Holy inspiration has created states of mind which have been able to nullify the action of the flames, as in the Bible case of the three young Hebrew captives, cast into the Babylonian furnace; while an opposite mental state might produce spontaneous combustion.Click to open the research content
As God is substance and man is the divine image and likeness, man should wish for, and in reality has, only the substance of good, the substance of Spirit, not matter. The belief that man has any other substance, or mind, is not spiritual and breaks the First Commandment, Thou shalt have one God, one Mind. Mortal man seems to himself to be material substance, while man is “image” (idea).
Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love. Here is the great point of departure for all true spiritual growth.
Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man.
Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God's government. Have no fear that matter can ache, swell, and be inflamed as the result of a law of any kind, when it is self-evident that matter can have no pain nor inflammation.
There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality — to have no other consciousness of life — than good, God and His reflection, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses.Click to open the research content
2And Job spake, and said,
25the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
13In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,Click to open the Bibles content
14Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
15Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:
14Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.Click to open the research content
Science and Health
Christian scientific practice begins with Christ's keynote of harmony, “Be not afraid!”
We treat error through the understanding of Truth, because Truth is error's antidote. If a dream ceases, it is self-destroyed, and the terror is over. When a sufferer is convinced that there is no reality in his belief of pain, — because matter has no sensation, hence pain in matter is a false belief, — how can he suffer longer?
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A mortal may be weary or pained, enjoy or suffer, according to the dream he entertains in sleep.
Now I ask, Is there any more reality in the waking dream of mortal existence than in the sleeping dream?
In both the waking and the sleeping dream, the dreamer thinks that his body is material and the suffering is in that body.
If one would not quarrel with his fellow-man for waking him from a cataleptic nightmare, he should not resist Truth, which banishes — yea, forever destroys with the higher testimony of Spirit — the so-called evidence of matter.Click to open the research content
Reason, rightly directed, serves to correct the errors of corporeal sense; but sin, sickness, and death will seem real (even as the experiences of the sleeping dream seem real) until the Science of man's eternal harmony breaks their illusion with the unbroken reality of scientific being.
When we wake to the truth of being, all disease, pain, weakness, weariness, sorrow, sin, death, will be unknown, and the mortal dream will forever cease.
19Woe is me for my hurt!Click to open the research content
1Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
14And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.
15And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.
Science and Health
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.
If sickness is real, it belongs to immortality; if true, it is a part of Truth. Would you attempt with drugs, or without, to destroy a quality or condition of Truth? But if sickness and sin are illusions, the awakening from this mortal dream, or illusion, will bring us into health, holiness, and immortality. 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.
To prevent disease or to cure it, the power of Truth, of divine Spirit, must break the dream of the material senses.
Mentally insist that harmony is the fact, and that sickness is a temporal dream. Realize the presence of health and the fact of harmonious being, until the body corresponds with the normal conditions of health and harmony.
Change the mental state, and the chills and fever disappear.
Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.
Fixing your gaze on the realities supernal, you will rise to the spiritual consciousness of being, even as the bird which has burst from the egg and preens its wings for a skyward flight.Click to open the research content
8Good and upright is the Lord:
10All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
17the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.Click to open the Bibles content
10And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
14And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.Click to open the research content
15The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
17And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.
Science and Health
As the individual ideal of Truth, Christ Jesus came to rebuke rabbinical error and all sin, sickness, and death, — to point out the way of Truth and Life.Click to open the research content
His thrusts at materialism were sharp, but needed. He never spared hypocrisy the sternest condemnation.
The great Teacher knew both cause and effect, knew that truth communicates itself but never imparts error.
If sin is not regretted and is not lessening, then it is hastening on to physical and moral doom.Click to open the research content
The pains of sinful sense are less harmful than its pleasures.
that seem real
All reality is in God and His creation, harmonious and eternal. That which He creates is good, and He makes all that is made. Therefore the only reality of sin, sickness, or death is the awful fact that unrealities seem real to human, erring belief, until God strips off their disguise. They are not true, because they are not of God. We learn in Christian Science that all inharmony of mortal mind or body is illusion, possessing neither reality nor identity though seeming to be real and identical.
The Science of Mind disposes of all evil. Truth, God, is not the father of error. Sin, sickness, and death are to be classified as effects of error. Christ came to destroy the belief of sin. The God-principle is omnipresent and omnipotent. God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power. Christ is the ideal Truth, that comes to heal sickness and sin through Christian Science, and attributes all power to God.
14Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,Click to open the research content
15And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.Click to open the Bibles content
17And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;Click to open the research content Click to open the Bibles content
18They 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.
Science and Health
When understanding changes the standpoints of life and intelligence from a material to a spiritual basis, we shall gain the reality of Life, the control of Soul over sense, and we shall perceive Christianity, or Truth, in its divine Principle. This must be the climax before harmonious and immortal man is obtained and his capabilities revealed. It is highly important — in view of the immense work to be accomplished before this recognition of divine Science can come — to turn our thoughts towards divine Principle, that finite belief may be prepared to relinquish its error.
If we concede the same reality to discord as to harmony, discord has as lasting a claim upon us as has harmony.
If pain is as real as the absence of pain, both must be immortal; and if so, harmony cannot be the law of being.
I knew a person who when quite a child adopted the Graham system to cure dyspepsia. For many years, he ate only bread and vegetables, and drank nothing but water.
He passed many weary years in hunger and weakness, almost in starvation, and finally made up his mind to die, having exhausted the skill of the doctors, who kindly informed him that death was indeed his only alternative. At this point Christian Science saved him, and he is now in perfect health without a vestige of the old complaint.
Food had less power to help or to hurt him after he had availed himself of the fact that Mind governs man, and he also had less faith in the so-called pleasures and pains of matter.Click to open the research content
We must destroy the false belief that life and intelligence are in matter, and plant ourselves upon what is pure and perfect.
3I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.Click to open the Bibles content
4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Science and Health
Take heart, dear sufferer, for this reality of being will surely appear sometime and in some way. There will be no more pain, and all tears will be wiped away. When you read this, remember Jesus' words, “The kingdom of God is within you.” This spiritual consciousness is therefore a present possibility.
© 2020 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Unless otherwise noted, references above are from the Bible (King James Version) and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. The design of the Cross and Crown is a trademark owned by The Christian Science Board of Directors and is used by permission. Christian Science Quarterly™ is a trademark owned by The Christian Science Publishing Society.