December 20th, 2015 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

SUNDAY DECEMBER 20, 2015


SUBJECT — IS THE UNIVERSE, INCLUDING MAN, EVOLVED BY ATOMIC FORCE?


GOLDEN TEXT: PSALM 19 : 1


“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”



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RESPONSIVE READING: Psalm 19 : 2, 3; Job 37 : 14, 16, 17, 23

2.     Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

3.     There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

14.     Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

16.     Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?

17.     How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind?

23.     Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.


LESSON SERMON

The Bible


1.     Psalm 102 : 18, 19 (to 1st ;), 20, 21, 25

18     This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.

19     For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary;

20     To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

21     To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;

25     Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.


2.     Amos 4 : 13

13          For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.


3.     Joshua 10 : 1, 2 (to 2nd ,), 3, 4 (to :), 6, 8, 9 (to ,), 10 (to 2nd ,), 12, 13 (to 1st .), 13 (So), 14

1     Now it came to pass, when Adoni-zedek king of Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to Ai and her king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them;

2     That they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city,

3     Wherefore Adoni-zedek king of Jerusalem sent unto Hoham king of Hebron, and unto Piram king of Jarmuth, and unto Japhia king of Lachish, and unto Debir king of Eglon, saying,

4     Come up unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gibeon:

6     And the men of Gibeon sent unto Joshua to the camp to Gilgal, saying, Slack not thy hand from thy servants; come up to us quickly, and save us, and help us: for all the kings of the Amorites that dwell in the mountains are gathered together against us.

8     And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee.

9     Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly,

10     And the LORD discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon,

12     Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.

13     And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. …So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

14     And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.


4.     Psalm 104 : 1-3, 24, 30, 33, 34

1     Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

2     Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

3     Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

24     O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

30     Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.

33     I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

34     My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.


5.     Mark 1 : 1

1     The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;


6.     Mark 4 : 1, 35-41

1     And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.

35     And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.

36     And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.

37     And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

38     And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

39     And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

40     And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

41     And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?


7.     Psalm 8 : 1, 3-6, 9

1          O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

3     When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

4     What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

5          For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

6     Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

9     O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!


Science and Health


1.     102 : 13 (man)-15

…man, reflecting God's power, has dominion over all the earth and its hosts.


2.     547 : 25-30

The true theory of the universe, including man, is not in material history but in spiritual development. Inspired thought relinquishes a material, sensual, and mortal theory of the universe, and adopts the spiritual and immortal.


3.     172 : 12 (divine)-14

…divine Science reveals the eternal chain of existence as uninterrupted and wholly spiritual; yet this can be realized only as the false sense of being disappears.


4.     67 : 20 (through)-24

…through spiritual ascendency our Lord and Master healed the sick, raised the dead, and commanded even the winds and waves to obey him. Grace and Truth are potent beyond all other means and methods.


5.     123 : 11-15

The verity of Mind shows conclusively how it is that matter seems to be, but is not.

Divine Science, rising above physical theories, excludes matter, resolves things into thoughts, and replaces the objects of material sense with spiritual ideas.


6.     240 : 1-11

Nature voices natural, spiritual law and divine Love, but human belief misinterprets nature. Arctic regions, sunny tropics, giant hills, winged winds, mighty billows, verdant vales, festive flowers, and glorious heavens, — all point to Mind, the spiritual intelligence they reflect. The floral apostles are hieroglyphs of Deity. Suns and planets teach grand lessons. The stars make night beautiful, and the leaflet turns naturally towards the light.

In the order of Science, in which the Principle is above what it reflects, all is one grand concord.


7.     124 : 20-31

Adhesion, cohesion, and attraction are properties of Mind. They belong to divine Principle, and support the equipoise of that thought-force, which launched the earth in its orbit and said to the proud wave, "Thus far and no farther."

Spirit is the life, substance, and continuity of all things. We tread on forces. Withdraw them, and creation must collapse. Human knowledge calls them forces of matter; but divine Science declares that they belong wholly to divine Mind, are inherent in this Mind, and so restores them to their rightful home and classification.


8.     293 : 13-31

The material so-called gases and forces are counterfeits of the spiritual forces of divine Mind, whose potency is Truth, whose attraction is Love, whose adhesion and cohesion are Life, perpetuating the eternal facts of being. Electricity is the sharp surplus of materiality which coun- terfeits the true essence of spirituality or truth, — the great difference being that electricity is not intelligent, while spiritual truth is Mind.

There is no vapid fury of mortal mind — expressed in earthquake, wind, wave, lightning, fire, bestial ferocity — and this so-called mind is self-destroyed. The manifestations of evil, which counterfeit divine justice, are called in the Scriptures, "The anger of the Lord." In reality, they show the self-destruction of error or matter and point to matter's opposite, the strength and permanency of Spirit. Christian Science brings to light Truth and its supremacy, universal harmony, the entireness of God, good, and the nothingness of evil.


9.     209 : 5-8, 10-11, 16-24

Mind, supreme over all its formations and governing them all, is the central sun of its own systems of ideas, the life and light of all its own vast creation; and man is tributary to divine Mind.

The world would collapse without Mind, without the intelligence which holds the winds in its grasp.

The compounded minerals or aggregated substances composing the earth, the relations which constituent masses hold to each other, the magnitudes, distances, and revolutions of the celestial bodies, are of no real importance, when we remember that they all must give place to the spiritual fact by the translation of man and the universe back into Spirit. In proportion as this is done, man and the universe will be found harmonious and eternal.


10.     518 : 27-6

The divine Principle, or Spirit, comprehends and expresses all, and all must therefore be as perfect as the divine Principle is perfect. Nothing is new to Spirit. Nothing can be novel to eternal Mind, the author of all things, who from all eternity knoweth His own ideas. Deity was satisfied with His work. How could He be otherwise, since the spiritual creation was the outgrowth, the emanation, of His infinite self-containment and immortal wisdom?


11.     520 : 28-3

Because Mind makes all, there is nothing left to be made by a lower power. Spirit acts through the Science of Mind, never causing man to till the ground, but making him superior to the soil. Knowledge of this lifts man above the sod, above earth and its environments, to conscious spiritual harmony and eternal being.


12.     125 : 21-32 (to man)

The seasons will come and go with changes of time and tide, cold and heat, latitude and longitude. The agriculturist will find that these changes cannot affect his crops. "As a vesture shalt Thou change them and they shall be changed." The mariner will have dominion over the atmosphere and the great deep, over the fish of the sea and the fowls of the air. The astronomer will no longer look up to the stars, — he will look out from them upon the universe; and the florist will find his flower before its seed.

Thus matter will finally be proved nothing more than a mortal belief, wholly inadequate to affect a man…


13.     14 : 25-28

Entirely separate from the belief and dream of material living, is the Life divine, revealing spiritual understanding and the consciousness of man's dominion over the whole earth.



Love is the liberator.