Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 Testimony Meeting
At 8:15pm EDT every Wednesday, our Testimony Meeting features inspired readings from The Bible and correlative passages from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and Prose Works by Mary Baker Eddy, as well as testimonies of Christian Science healing and wonderful music. All are welcome to listen and participate!
Theme: The Power of Divine Truth:
“the smallest truth is mightier than the greatest lie the world has ever known” — Mary Baker Eddy
Readings: Amanda from MO
Psalms 119: 151, 156 (to ,) 160 (to : ), 163
151 Thou art near, O Lord; and all thy commandments are truth.
156 Great are thy tender mercies,
160 Thy word is true from the beginning:
163 I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
Psalms 25: 5 (to ; )
5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation;
Genesis 1: 26 (to : ) -27, 31 (to 1st .)
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.
Genesis 2: 6 – 7 (to ,)
6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground,
Genesis 3: 22 (to 1st : ) – 23
22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil:
23 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
Isaiah 1: 2 (to : ), 5 (to ?)
2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth:
5 Why should ye be stricken any more?
Isaiah 45: 5 (to : )
5 I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me:
Isaiah 51: 5 (to 1st ; ), 7 (fear), 12, 13 (to ; )
5 My righteousness is near;
7 fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.
12 I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;
13 And forgettest the Lord thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth;
Isaiah 52: 2 (to ; ) and (loose) (to 3rd ,) 7 (Thy)
2 Shake thyself from the dust; …….loose thyself from the bands of thy neck,
7 Thy God reigneth!
I Corinthians 3: 16, 18-19 (to 1st .), 21, 23
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.
21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.
John 8: 1-2, 13–14 (to 2nd ; ), 29 (to ; ), 31 (If), 32, 40 (to : ), 44
1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.
2 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.
13 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.
14 Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true; for I know whence I came, and whither I go;
29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone;
31 … If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God:
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
John 9:1, 6 (2nd he), 7
1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
6 … he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
John 17: 1 (to 4th ,), 3 (this), 17, 19
1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father,
3 … this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
John 18: 37 (To)
37……To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
The eternal Truth destroys what mortals seem to have learned from error, and man’s real existence as a child of God comes to light. Truth demonstrated is eternal life.
180: 25-6 (np)
When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible. The only way to this living Truth, which heals the sick, is found in the Science of divine Mind as taught and demonstrated by Christ Jesus.
To reduce inflammation, dissolve a tumor, or cure organic disease, I have found divine Truth more potent than all lower remedies. And why not, since Mind, God, is the source and condition of all existence? Before deciding that the body, matter, is disordered, one should ask, “Who art thou that repliest to Spirit? Can matter speak for itself, or does it hold the issues of life?”
257: 10-15, 20-21, 31-11 (np)
The so-called law of matter is an immoral force of erring mortal mind, alias the minds of mortals. This so-called force, or law, at work in nature as a power, prohibition, or license, is cruel and merciless. It punishes the innocent, and repays our best deeds with sacrifice and suffering.
Our Master called it “a murderer from the beginning.”
Smoothing the pillow of pain may infect you with smallpox, according to this lawless law which dooms man to die for loving his neighbor as himself, — when Christ has said that love is the fulfilling of the law.
Our great Ensample, Jesus of Nazareth, met and abolished this unrelenting false claim of matter with the righteous scorn and power of Spirit. When, through Mind, he restored sight to the blind, he figuratively and literally spat upon matter; and, anointing the wounded spirit with the great truth that God is All, he demonstrated the healing power and supremacy of the law of Life and Love.
259: 3-8; 25-2 (np)
Whatever appears to be law, but partakes not of the nature of God, is not law, but is what Jesus declared it, “a liar, and the father of it.” God is the law of Life, not of death; of health, not of sickness; of good, not of evil. It is this infinitude and oneness of good that silences the supposition that evil is a claimant or a claim.
The spiritual elevator of the human race, physically, morally, and Christianly, is the truism that Truth demonstrates good, and is natural; while error, or evil, is really non-existent, and must have produced its own illusion, — for it belongs not to nature nor to God. Truth is the power of God which heals the sick and the sinner, and is applicable to all the needs of man. It is the universal, intelligent Christ-idea illustrated by the life of Jesus, through whose “stripes we are healed.”
Truth is supreme and omnipotent. Then, whatever else seemeth to be intelligence or power is false, deluding reason and denying revelation, and seeking to dethrone Deity.
266: 28-5 (np)
The spirit of lies is abroad. Because Truth has spoken aloud, error, running to and fro in the earth, is screaming, to make itself heard above Truth’s voice. The audible and inaudible wail of evil never harms Scientists, steadfast in their consciousness of the nothingness of wrong and the supremacy of right. Our worst enemies are the best friends to our growth.
It must also be remembered that neither an evil claim nor an evil person is real, hence is neither to be feared nor honored.
Evil is not something to fear and flee before, or that becomes more real when it is grappled with. Evil let alone grows more real, aggressive, and enlarges its claims; but, met with Science, it can and will be mastered by Science.
Christian Science versus Pantheism
6: 5 (let) – 9
… let us continue to denounce evil as the illusive claim that God is not supreme, and continue to fight it until it disappears, — but not as one that beateth the mist, but lifteth his head above it and putteth his foot upon a lie.
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
Truth has but one reply to all error, – to sin, sickness, and death: “Dust [nothingness] thou art, and unto dust [nothingness] shalt thou return.”
Let the voice of Truth and Love be heard above the dire din of mortal nothingness, and the majestic march of Christian Science go on ad infinitum, praising God, doing the works of primitive Christianity, and enlightening the world.