October 9th, 2016 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, October 9th, 2016


Subject — Are Sin, Disease, And Death Real?

Golden Text: Proverbs 12 : 28


“In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.”


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Responsive Reading: Romans 8 : 1-9

1.     There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

2.     For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

3.     For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

4.     That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

5.     For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

6.     For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

7.     Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

8.     So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

9.     But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     Genesis 1 : 31 (to 1st .)

31     And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.


2.     Psalm 103 : 2-5, 11

2     Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

3     Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

4     Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

5     Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

11     For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.


3.     Psalm 128 : 1, 2, 5, 6

1     Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.

2     For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

5     The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.

6     Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.


4.     John 8 : 1-12

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.

3     And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

4     They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

5     Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

6     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.

7     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.

8     And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

9     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.

10     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?

11     She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

12     Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.


5.     Matthew 9 : 18-25

18     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.

19     And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.

20     And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:

21     For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

22     But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

23     And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,

24     He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.

25     But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.


6.     John 5 : 19-21, 24 (He)

19     Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

20     For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

21     For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.

24     …He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.


7.     John 14 : 12, 13

12     Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

13     And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.


8.     Mark 16 : 17, 18

17     And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18     They 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.


9.     Matthew 10 : 1, 5 (to 3rd ,), 8

1     And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

5     These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying,

8     Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     525 : 22-24

In the Science of Genesis we read that He saw everything which He had made, "and, behold, it was very good."


2.     259 : 6-14

In divine Science, man is the true image of God. The divine nature was best expressed in Christ Jesus, who threw upon mortals the truer reflection of God and lifted their lives higher than their poor thought-models would allow, — thoughts which presented man as fallen, sick, sinning, and dying. The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea, — perfect God and perfect man, — as the basis of thought and demonstration.


3.     207 : 20-26

There is but one primal cause. Therefore there can be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no reality in aught which does not proceed from this great and only cause. Sin, sickness, disease, and death belong not to the Science of being. They are the errors, which presuppose the absence of Truth, Life, or Love.


4.     289 : 11-13

Life and Life's idea, Truth and Truth's idea, never make men sick, sinful, or mortal.


5.     208 : 5-16

The Scriptures say, "In Him we live, and move, and have our being." What then is this seeming power, independent of God, which causes disease and cures it? What is it but an error of belief, — a law of mortal mind, wrong in every sense, embracing sin, sickness, and death? It is the very antipode of immortal Mind, of Truth, and of spiritual law. It is not in accordance with the goodness of God's character that He should make man sick, then leave man to heal himself; it is absurd to suppose that matter can both cause and cure disease, or that Spirit, God, produces disease and leaves the remedy to matter.


6.     243 : 26-6

Life has no partnership with death. Truth, Life, and Love are a law of annihilation to everything unlike themselves, because they declare nothing except God.

Sickness, sin, and death are not the fruits of Life. They are inharmonies which Truth destroys. Perfection does not animate imperfection. Inasmuch as God is good and the fount of all being, He does not produce moral or physical deformity; therefore such deformity is not real, but is illusion, the mirage of error. Divine Science reveals these grand facts. On their basis Jesus demonstrated Life, never fearing nor obeying error in any form.


7.     244 : 10 (Paul)-12

…Paul writes: "The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."


8.     493 : 20-4

Disease is an experience of so-called mortal mind. It is fear made manifest on the body. Christian Science takes away this physical sense of discord, just as it removes any other sense of moral or mental inharmony. That man is material, and that matter suffers, — these propositions can only seem real and natural in illusion. Any sense of soul in matter is not the reality of being.

If Jesus awakened Lazarus from the dream, illusion, of death, this proved that the Christ could improve on a false sense. Who dares to doubt this consummate test of the power and willingness of divine Mind to hold man forever intact in his perfect state, and to govern man's entire action?

Jesus said: "Destroy this temple [body], and in three days I [Mind] will raise it up;" and he did this for tired humanity's reassurance.


9.     124 : 3-13

Physical science (so-called) is human knowledge, — a law of mortal mind, a blind belief, a Samson shorn of his strength. When this human belief lacks organizations to support it, its foundations are gone. Having neither moral might, spiritual basis, nor holy Principle of its own, this belief mistakes effect for cause and seeks to find life and intelligence in matter, thus limiting Life and holding fast to discord and death. In a word, human belief is a blind conclusion from material reasoning. This is a mortal, finite sense of things, which immortal Spirit silences forever.


10.     228 : 25-32

There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God. The humble Nazarene overthrew the supposition that sin, sickness, and death have power. He proved them powerless. It should have humbled the pride of the priests, when they saw the demonstration of Christianity excel the influence of their dead faith and ceremonies.


11.     138 : 17-22, 25-29 (to !)

Jesus established in the Christian era the precedent for all Christianity, theology, and healing. Christians are under as direct orders now, as they were then, to be Christlike, to possess the Christ-spirit, to follow the Christ-example, and to heal the sick as well as the sinning. …The Christian can prove this to-day as readily is it was proved centuries ago.

Our Master said to every follower: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature! . . .Heal the sick!


12.     37 : 20-31

May the Christians of to-day take up the more practical import of that career! It is possible, — yea, it is the duty and privilege of every child, man, and woman, — to follow in some degree the example of the Master by the demonstration of Truth and Life, of health and holiness. Christians claim to be his followers, but do they follow him in the way that he commanded? Hear these imperative commands: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect!" "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature!" "Heal the sick!"


13.     390 : 12-13, 20-26

When the first symptoms of disease appear, dispute the testimony of the material senses with divine Science. …Suffer no claim of sin or of sickness to grow upon the thought. Dismiss it with an abiding conviction that it is illegitimate, because you know that God is no more the author of sickness than He is of sin. You have no law of His to support the necessity either of sin or sickness, but you have divine authority for denying that necessity and healing the sick.


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