March 22–28, 2021
5Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.Click to open the research content
1O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
3Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
7Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.Click to open the research content
9If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;Click to open the research content
10Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
11If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
17How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
18If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
23Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
8whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.Click to open the research content
9and the God of peace shall be with you.
11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.Click to open the Bibles content
4For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.Click to open the Bibles content
5He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
10The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.Click to open the research content
11The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
1O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
Science and Health with Key to the Scripturesby Mary Baker Eddy
The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind, — that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle.
To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that really is. Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, combine as one, — and are the Scriptural names for God.
Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth.
Spiritual sense is the discernment of spiritual good. Understanding is the line of demarcation between the real and unreal. Spiritual understanding unfolds Mind, — Life, Truth, and Love, — and demonstrates the divine sense, giving the spiritual proof of the universe in Christian Science.
This understanding is not intellectual, is not the result of scholarly attainments; it is the reality of all things brought to light. God's ideas reflect the immortal, unerring, and infinite.
Did God, Truth, create error?
If evil is real, Truth must make it so; but error, not Truth, is the author of the unreal, and the unreal vanishes, while all that is real is eternal.
The confidence inspired by Science lies in the fact that Truth is real and error is unreal.
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.
23And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
24Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
25And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.
26And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.
27And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this?Click to open the research content
44Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
46Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?Click to open the research content Click to open the Bibles content
17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.Click to open the research content Click to open the Bibles content
14And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.Click to open the research content
15And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.Click to open the research content
16When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
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Jesus patiently persisted in teaching and demonstrating the truth of being.
If sin, sickness, and death are as real as Life, Truth, and Love, then they must all be from the same source; God must be their author. Now Jesus came to destroy sin, sickness, and death; yet the Scriptures aver, “I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”
If sickness is real, it belongs to immortality; if true, it is a part 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.
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.
Subject sickness, sin, and death to the rule of health and holiness in Christian Science, and you ascertain that this Science is demonstrably true, for it heals the sick and sinning as no other system can.
Stick to the truth of being in contradistinction to the error that life, substance, or intelligence can be in matter. Plead with an honest conviction of truth and a clear perception of the unchanging, unerring, and certain effect of divine Science. Then, if your fidelity is half equal to the truth of your plea, you will heal the sick.
Truth is affirmative, and confers harmony. All metaphysical logic is inspired by this simple rule of Truth, which governs all reality.
10if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.Click to open the Bibles content
20Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
33whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.Click to open the research content
1Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers;Click to open the research content
2As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
4So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.
6And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar–jesus:Click to open the research content
7Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.Click to open the research content
8But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.Click to open the research content
9Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,
10And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?Click to open the research content
11And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.
3if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:Click to open the research content Click to open the Bibles content
4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
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Befogged in error (the error of believing that matter can be intelligent for good or evil), we can catch clear glimpses of God only as the mists disperse, or as they melt into such thinness that we perceive the divine image in some word or deed which indicates the true idea, — the supremacy and reality of good, the nothingness and unreality of evil.
When we fully understand our relation to the Divine, we can have no other Mind but His, — no other Love, wisdom, or Truth, no other sense of Life, and no consciousness of the existence of matter or error.
All must sooner or later plant themselves in Christ, the true idea of God.
As God Himself is good and is Spirit, goodness and spirituality must be immortal. Their opposites, evil and matter, are mortal error, and error has no creator. If goodness and spirituality are real, evil and materiality are unreal and cannot be the outcome of an infinite God, good.
We must learn that evil is the awful deception and unreality of existence. Evil is not supreme; good is not helpless; nor are the so-called laws of matter primary, and the law of Spirit secondary.
The objects we pursue and the spirit we manifest reveal our standpoint, and show what we are winning.
If action proceeds from the divine Mind, action is harmonious.
18when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you;
3Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
10Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.Click to open the Bibles content
10Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?
14if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.Click to open the Bibles content
31Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:Click to open the research content
32And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
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With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science.
Our church is built on the divine Principle, Love. We can unite with this church only as we are new-born of Spirit, as we reach the Life which is Truth and the Truth which is Life by bringing forth the fruits of Love, — casting out error and healing the sick.
Let us learn of the real and eternal, and prepare for the reign of Spirit, the kingdom of heaven, — the reign and rule of universal harmony, which cannot be lost nor remain forever unseen.
If we concede the same reality to discord as to harmony, discord has as lasting a claim upon us as has harmony.
There is no error in Science, and our lives must be governed by reality in order to be in harmony with God, the divine Principle of all being.
It is unwise to doubt if reality is in perfect harmony with God, divine Principle, — if Science, when understood and demonstrated, will destroy all discord, — since you admit that God is omnipotent; for from this premise it follows that good and its sweet concords have all-power.
35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?Click to open the Bibles content
38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,Click to open the research content
39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
7And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.Click to open the research content
8And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.
9And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.
10And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.
11When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed.
12And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.
25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
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Spirit is the life, substance, and continuity of all things.
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.
If death is as real as Life, immortality is a myth.
The mortality of man is a myth, for man is immortal.
It is said by one critic, that to verify this wonderful philosophy Christian Science declares that whatever is mortal or discordant has no origin, existence, nor realness. Nothing really has Life but God, who is infinite Life; hence all is Life, and death has no dominion. This writer infers that if anything needs to be doctored, it must be the one God, or Mind. Had he stated his syllogism correctly, the conclusion would be that there is nothing left to be doctored.
If it is true that man lives, this fact can never change in Science to the opposite belief that man dies. Life is the law of Soul, even the law of the spirit of Truth, and Soul is never without its representative. Man's individual being can no more die nor disappear in unconsciousness than can Soul, for both are immortal. If man believes in death now, he must disbelieve in it when learning that there is no reality in death, since the truth of being is deathless.
Thought will waken from its own material declaration, “I am dead,” to catch this trumpet-word of Truth, “There is no death, no inaction, diseased action, overaction, nor reaction.”
The understanding that Life is God, Spirit, lengthens our days by strengthening our trust in the deathless reality of Life, its almightiness and immortality.
2Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.Click to open the research content Click to open the Bibles content
4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
11Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God:
13And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?Click to open the Bibles content
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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.
He who has the true idea of good loses all sense of evil, and by reason of this is being ushered into the undying realities of Spirit.
The spiritual reality is the scientific fact in all things.
© 2021 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.