Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 Testimony Meeting
At 8:15pm EST every Wednesday, we have a Testimony Meeting featuring readings from The Bible, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and Prose Works, as well as testimonies of Christian Science healing and wonderful music. All are welcome!
Theme: The Way of Holiness
Readings: Jacob from Costa Rica
Isaiah 52: 6, 10, 11
6 … my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.
10 The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, …
Isaiah 59: 1, 2, 4, 9-15
1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, …
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; …
9 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.
11 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.
12 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, … and as for our iniquities, we know them;
13 In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, … conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen …
15 Yea, truth faileth; …
Isaiah 45: 5
5 I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
Isaiah 43: 1, 7, 10, 11
1 … thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: …
11 I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.
Isaiah 35: 4-8, 10
4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
5 … the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: …
8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Psalm 23: 6
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Psalm 16: 11
11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
No and Yes
Truth is as “the small still voice,” which comes to our recognition only as our natures are changed by its silent influence.
By the love of God we can cancel error in our own hearts, and blot it out of others. Sooner or later the eyes of sinful mortals must be opened to see every error they possess, and the way out of it; and they will “flee as a bird to your mountain,” away from the enemy of sinful sense, stubborn will, and every imperfection in the land of Sodom, and find rescue and refuge in Truth and Love.
Eternal harmony, perpetuity, and perfection, constitute the phenomena of being, governed by the immutable and eternal laws of God; whereas matter and human will, intellect, desire and fear, are not the creators, controllers, nor destroyers of life and its harmonies. Man has an immortal Soul, a divine Principle, and an eternal being. Man has perpetual individuality; and God’s laws, and their intelligent and harmonious action, constitute his individuality in Science.
God must be found all instead of part of being, and man the reflection of His power and goodness. This Science rebukes sin with its own nothingness, and thus destroys sin quickly and utterly. It makes disease unreal, and this heals it.
…. matter and mortal mind have neither origin nor existence in the eternal Mind.
16: 9-14, 17-22
Christian Science shows that matter, evil, sin, sickness, and death are but negations of Spirit, Truth, and Life, which are the positives that cannot be gainsaid. The subjective states of evil, called mortal mind or matter, are negatives destitute of time and space, for there is none beside God or Spirit and the idea of Spirit.
Mortals do not understand the All; hence their inference of some other existence beside God and His true likeness, -of something unlike Him. He who is All, understands all. He can have no knowledge or inference but His own consciousness, and can take in no more than all.
17: 7-10, 15,16
“In Him we live, and move, and have our being,” consequently it is impossible for the true man – who is a spiritual and individual being, created in the eternal Science of being – to be conscious of aught but good.
Matter, or any mode of mortal mind, is neither part nor parcel of divine consciousness and God’s verity.
Ever-present Love must seem ever absent to ever-present selfishness or material sense.
23: 20-22 26-2
As mortals, we need to discern the claims of evil, and to fight these claims, not as realities, but as illusions; but Deity can have no such warfare against Himself.
God is All-in-all; but He is definite and individual, the omnipresent and omniscient Mind; and man’s individuality is God’s own image and likeness, – even the immeasurable idea of divine Mind. In the Science of good, evil loses all place, person, and power.
There was never a moment in which evil was real.
Simply uttering this great thought is not enough! We must live it, until God becomes the All and Only of our being.
Mortal man is the antipode of immortal man, and the two should not be confounded.
Man is a celestial; and in the spiritual universe he is forever individual, and forever harmonious.
Immortal man has immortal Soul and a deathless sense of being.
Christian Science is no “Boston-craze,” it is the sober second thought of advancing humanity.