Science and Life

SCIENCE begins with G as in LIFE

with correlative passages from the Christian Science textbook, 
by Mary Baker Eddy  (Citations follow)

In the beginning 
In the beginning God 
In the beginning God (1) [The great I AM; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; … Life; (A)… created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply…. (2)

I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love (3)

This is the book of the generations of Adam.
… the woman … took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
… the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
… he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, … And she again bare his brother Abel.… Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: … And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; … then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.
And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: … And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: (4)

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, (5)

And God said unto Abraham, … I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her:
Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?
And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!  
And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: … And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, … But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year. 
And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, 
And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife?
And he said, Behold, in the tent.
And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son.
And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
And the Lord said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid.
And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh
Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. 
And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called. And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed(6)

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. (7)

And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord slew him.
And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.
And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. And the thing which he did displeased the Lord: 
Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain a widow at thy father's house, till Shelah my son be grown
And in process of time the daughter of Shuah Judah's wife died; 
And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father in law goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep. And she put her widow's garments off from her, and covered her with a veil, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.
When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face. And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law. )
And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me?
And he said, I will send thee a kid from the flock.
And she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it?
And he said, What pledge shall I give thee?
And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thine hand.
And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him.
And she arose, and went away, and laid by her veil from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.
And Judah sent the kid by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman's hand: but he found her not.
Then he asked the men of that place, saying, Where is the harlot, that was openly by the way side?
And they said, There was no harlot in this place. 
And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom.
And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.
When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff.
And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son.And he knew her again no more. (8)

See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; … I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: (9)

And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh  and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. 
And God … repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. And he prayed unto the Lord, and said,  I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.
Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry(10)

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, …
Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: (11)

Jesus saith … I am the way, the truth, and the life: … ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. (12)

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.
And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him. 
Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead? (13)

by Mary Baker Eddy

When our great Teacher came to him for baptism, John was astounded. Reading his thoughts, Jesus added: "Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness." Jesus' concessions (in certain cases) to material methods were for the advancement of spiritual good.
Marriage is the legal and moral provision for generation among human kind. Until the spiritual creation is discerned intact, is apprehended and understood, and His kingdom is come as in the vision of the Apocalypse, — where the corporeal sense of creation was cast out, and its spiritual sense was revealed from heaven, — marriage will continue, subject to such moral regulations as will secure increasing virtue. 
The commandment, "Thou shalt not commit adultery," is no less imperative than the one, "Thou shalt not kill." 
Proportionately as human generation ceases, the unbroken links of eternal, harmonious being will be spiritually discerned; and man, not of the earth earthly but coexistent with God, will appear. (B)

Every agony of mortal error helps error to destroy error, and so aids the apprehension of immortal Truth.This is the new birth going on hourly, ….
Natural history is richly endowed by the labors and genius of great men. Modern discoveries have brought to light important facts in regard to so-called embryonic life. Agassiz declares ("Methods of Study in Natural History," page 275): "Certain animals, besides the ordinary process of generation, also increase their numbers naturally and constantly by self-division." This discovery is corroborative of the Science of Mind, for this discovery shows that the multiplication of certain animals takes place apart from sexual conditions. The supposition that life germinates in eggs and must decay after it has grown to maturity, if not before, is shown by divine metaphysics to be a mistake, — a blunder which will finally give place to higher theories and demonstrations.
Creatures of lower forms of organism are supposed to have, as classes, three different methods of reproduction and to multiply their species sometimes through eggs, sometimes through buds, and sometimes through self-division. According to recent lore, successive generations do not begin with the birth of new individuals, or personalities, but with the formation of the nucleus, or egg, from which one or more individualities subsequently emerge; and we must therefore look upon the simple ovum as the germ, the starting-point, of the most complicated corporeal structures, including those which we call human. Here these material researches culminate in such vague hypotheses as must necessarily attend false systems, which rely upon physics and are devoid of metaphysics.
In one instance a celebrated naturalist, Agassiz, discovers the pathway leading to divine Science, and beards the lion of materialism in its den. At that point, however, even this great observer mistakes nature, forsakes Spirit as the divine origin of creative Truth, and allows matter and material law to usurp the prerogatives of omnipotence. He absolutely drops from his summit, coming down to a belief in the material origin of man, for he virtually affirms that the germ of humanity is in a circumscribed and non-intelligent egg.
If this be so, whence cometh Life, or Mind, to the human race? Matter surely does not possess Mind. God is the Life, or intelligence, which forms and preserves the individuality and identity of animals as well as of men. God cannot become finite, and be limited within material bounds. Spirit cannot become matter, nor can Spirit be developed through its opposite. Of what avail is it to investigate what is miscalled material life, which ends, even as it begins, in nameless nothingness? The true sense of being and its eternal perfection should appear now, even as it will hereafter. 
If Life has any starting-point whatsoever, then the great I AM is a myth. If Life is God, as the Scriptures imply, then Life is not embryonic, it is infinite. An egg is an impossible enclosure for Deity.
Embryology supplies no instance of one species producing its opposite. 
Evolution describes the gradations of human belief, but it does not acknowledge the method of divine Mind, nor see that material methods are impossible in divine Science and that all Science is of God, not of man.
Naturalists ask: "What can there be, of a material nature, transmitted through these bodies called eggs, — themselves composed of the simplest material elements, — by which all peculiarities of ancestry, belonging to either sex, are brought down from generation to generation?" The question of the naturalist amounts to this: How can matter originate or transmit mind? We answer that it cannot. Darkness and doubt encompass thought, so long as it bases creation on materiality. From a material standpoint, "Canst thou by searching find out God?" All must be Mind, or else all must be matter. Neither can produce the other. (C)

The illumination of Mary's spiritual sense put to silence material law and its order of generation, and brought forth her child by the revelation of Truth, demonstrating God as the Father of men. The Holy Ghost, or divine Spirit, overshadowed the pure sense of the Virgin-mother with the full recognition that being is Spirit. The Christ dwelt forever an idea in the bosom of God, the divine Principle of the man Jesus, and woman perceived this spiritual idea, though at first faintly developed.
Man as the offspring of God, as the idea of Spirit, is the immortal evidence that Spirit is harmonious and man eternal. (D)

… fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: (14)

Jesus said substantially, "He that believeth in me shall not see death.… Such a one abideth in Life, — life obtained not of the body incapable of supporting life, but of Truth, unfolding its own immortal idea. 
When spiritual being is understood in all its perfection, continuity, and might, then shall man be found in God's image. (E)

And so it is...



WednesdayReadings for January 30, 2013

SCIENCE begins with G as in LIFE

( 1) Genesis 1:1(to beginning);1:1(to God);1:1(to God)
(A) Chapter 17 Glossary 587:5-6The (to ;),7Life(to Life)
( 2) Genesis 1:27created man,28(to 4th ,)
( 3) Hosea 11:4(to : )
( 4) Genesis 5:1 (to .);3:6the woman(to woman),6took,22the Lord,24he; 4:1(to 2nd ,),2(to .),8Cain rose;4:25(to :),26(to ;),26 then;5:5(to :),8(to :)
( 5) Jeremiah 1:5 (to ,)
( 6) Genesis 17:15(to ,),16(to :),17-19(to :),20(to 3rd ,),21;18:1,2,9-15; 21:2Sarah,3,12,13
( 7) I Corinthians 3:6
( 8) Genesis 38:7-10(to :);38:11(to :),12(to ;),13-21,24-26
( 9) Deuteronomy 30:15,19,20(to 2nd :)
(10) Jonah 3:1,2 (to ,),3(to Nineveh),4-5 and he,10and God repented;4:1-2 (to Lord,),2-4 I knew
(11) Matthew 1:18-20 (to 3rd ,),24
(12) John 14:6 (to saith),6 I am (to :);16:26-27 ye
(13) Acts 20:9 certain,10; 26:8

(B) Chapter 3 Marriage 56:1-14,18;68:30-2
(C) Chapter 15 Genesis 548:13-16(to hourly,);548:26-550:14;550:20-26;551:12-28(to 2nd .)
(14) Matthew 10:28fear not(to soul: )
(E) Chapter 10 Science of Being 324:32-1;325:5-7,13-15


Link to post:  http://goo.gl/N5fY5
Document with citation links:  
Prelude:  variations of " The Lord's Prayer"
Hymns:  #87 1-4+1, #16, MBE #305
Postlude:  Variations of "Joyful, Joyful"
Synonyms for God:  Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, Mind, Principle 

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