Experiences & Reasons Why
I am sharing this with you because I love all Christian Scientists. God has laid it upon my heart to put down in writing certain aspects of my life and my spiritual journey and my growth as a man and as a Christian.
Editor: Those lines are from a friend’s moving testimony, which appears below in full. He and I knew each other as boys at summer camp, both gladly following Christian Science as we were raised to do. Much later, well into adulthood, by God’s grace we both found our way to the Cross. After recently discovering Ananias.org, he submitted this piece. – JA
If you are committed to the cause of Christian Science and you earnestly believe what it teaches and that no one could ever shake your faith regarding its veracity. If you can honestly say I am not concerned in the least with my eternal destiny, and you say to yourself â€œWithout a doubt, I know Christian Science to be trueâ€, then read no further, throw this away, but I say with confidence you will always remember in all eternity you were warned and that you of your own free will refused to even weigh the evidence.
If you are an honest seeker of truth then read on. Weigh the evidence and then you decide if what I say is baloney.
The Testimony and Spiritual Journey of Phil Moser
God has laid it upon my heart to put down in writing certain aspects of my life and my spiritual journey and my growth as a man and as a Christian. I would like to tell you briefly about my childhood, the events and revelations which brought me to this point in my spiritual journey, a journey we each must travel. It is my greatest desire that you read this in its entirety. I donâ€™t pretend to have a full understanding of God or the scriptures, but I do hope you will judge based on the facts and not emotions.
First let me say that as you read this know that my heart of full of love and not condemnation. I am asking that you read this with an open mind and consider what God has put on my heart to share with you. I hope we can agree that if you are totally convinced what you believe is true, then you wonâ€™t be threatened by anything I write. It is not meant in any way to be malicious divisive or threatening. I am sharing this with you because I love all Christian Scientists.
My childhood being raised as a Christian Scientist
I was born and raised as a fourth generation Christian Scientist. My mother being raised as a Christian Scientist shared Christian Science with my dad before I was born. I was blessed to be raised in a loving home by two very loving and supportive parents. My brothers and I never wanted for or lacked anything. Our parents were always there for us and made us felt loved.
Our dad took an active role as the spiritual leader of the home. He was a very intelligent man and a man of integrity, who possessed a great sense of humor. I admired him greatly for his generosity, hard work and his pursuit of Godliness.
My mother likewise shares these qualities and has always been a great comfort, a tender loving soul and has a heart of gold.
Growing up almost every day was begun with the reading of the Christian Science Lesson Sermon.
I am very grateful that my parents raised me to love the Bible, to learn and obey the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, to strive to be Christ like in every thing we did and to express the fruits of the Spirit. My brothers and I were taught to put God first, to love Him and to rely on Him for every need. We were shown by example the enjoyment of reading and memorizing Bible passages from the earliest stages of our lives. This disciplined routine of study and regular Church attendance instilled in me a desire to make God first and the reading of his Word. The Bible and Science and Health were indispensable parts of my life. I loved my local Church and the Mother Church in Boston Ma. I love all Christian Scientists. I have many fond memories of my friends and family for which I will always be grateful.
My adult life as a Christian Scientist
Roxie my beautiful wife of 30 years and I have a great marriage although it has been severely tested at times. Perhaps greatest of these challenges was that we were unequally yoked spiritually. She also was raised in a God fearing Christian home, but as you know of another faith. Roxie and I were at odds for a number of years about key theological questions. We had many lively discussions regarding several issues.
I was always steadfast in my thinking relying totally on what I believed to be the facts based upon years of a deep study of Christian Science. I was totally devoted to â€œthe cause of Christian Scienceâ€. In Texas as an active member of the Amarillo Church and then The First Church of Christ, Scientist, The Woodlands, I served in several capacities, on the church board and more importantly, three (two year) terms as the First Reader.
As the First Reader, I studied and prayed for inspiration to develop a separate Wednesday evening lesson based upon the Bible and correlative passages from the Science and Health. This would take hours of preparation. I can appreciate the time and effort of those individuals who have served in this capacity. My reason for bringing this up is not to brag or boast about my accomplishments, but rather to illustrate that I am well grounded in my understanding of Christian Science and that fact alone gives me the right to comment on its validity.
I admire devoted Christian Scientists. I find they are intelligent, knowlegeable and genuine people who strive in earnest to rely on God and make him first in their lives.
I love the Christian Science hymnal and the music still inspires and moves me to tears. I still to this day love to sing the hymns with our piano playing youngest son. That is why leaving Christian Science was so hard for me.
My decision for Christ
The road which has led me to challenge the very core of my beliefs was not a quick or easy one. For years I was totally convinced that what Christian Science taught was the gospel truth by revelation. Because of the love and respect for my parents and brothers and the knowledge that they were genuinely dedicated followers of Mrs. Eddy made my heart and emotions even more conflicted when I began to come to grips with the key core issues concerning what it means to be a true Christian.
What I loved about Christian Science was that it is so logical. It is so reasonable, so plausible and so sensible. It makes perfect sense to start with the fact that God is good, that He is Love that he omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient and that He created all in and of Himself, and from that we could argue that evil is unreal. It makes perfect sense that a good God could not create man capable of sin and then punishing him for what he could not help doing. It was therefore very believable.
I set out for myself to prove Christian Science and began with a study of the deity of Jesus. I found all the scriptures which would allow for an argument against, God in the flesh. I essentially created two opposing points of view. One can almost make a case for anything if they take one or two verses out of context. I poured myself into this study and the more I did the more it became apparent that I could not defend Christian Science which was repeatedly at odds with the scriptures. Selectively chosen passages which support Christian Science which are routinely included in the Bible lesson sermon donâ€™t give, as I have concluded, the true meaning although they sound reasonable enough.
The big problem is that to accept Christian Science, one has to ignore what Jesus said repeatedly about the reality of hell, and the reality of a coming judgment day! One must abandon large portions of Godâ€™s holy Word and either make a liar of Jesus Christ, or to claim that the scriptures were written down incorrectly. The scriptures are very clear, and if you believe what they say, as I now do, you will realize that we cannot save ourselves through by understanding, or by spiritual progress or by demonstrating the works that Jesus did. It is a good thing to follow Jesusâ€™ example. We must also be obedient to his requirements for eternal salvation.
It has been said and rightly so â€œthe Bible is the infallible Word of Godâ€. As I studied and pondered the Bible, I began to understand the true meaning. It was as if scales fell of my eyes. My understanding of the Truth gained from my study of Christian Science was not in fact consistent with what Jesus said repeatedly concerning sin, death, judgment heaven and hell and the plan of salvation. I now understand that the entire Bible is either a picture of Jesus or in some way points to his redemption of sinners, and of his saving grace. Jesus primary purpose was to not be a great teacher and show us how we can follow His example. His mission was to call sinners to repentance and provide salvation through and only through His blood shed for us. To do for us what we could never hope to do for ourselves. That is why he is referred to as our â€œBlessed Hopeâ€™.
There are several areas of my study I would love to discuss, but I will limit it to what I perceive as the most important points. These concern the most important issue we will ever face, that of our salvation and our eternal destiny. I believe as Iâ€™m sure you do that life is eternal. The most important question of all time is: Where will I find myself after this human existence? The key points I will consider are these:
(1) We are all sinners.
(2) There is going to be a judgment day.
(3) There is a heaven and a hell.
(4) We need salvation.
There is only one way to escape the penalty due for our sin.
(5) Jesus is God incarnate.
(6) Jesus actually died on the cross
(7) False gospel and false teachers:
First I will show what Christian Science says about each of the first five points and then show what the scripture says. Consider with me the first point.
(1) We are all sinners.
XXXI.Since God is All, there is no room for His unlikeness. God, Spirit, alone created all, and called it good. Therefore evil, being contrary to good, is unreal, and cannot be the product of God. A sinner can receive no encouragement from the fact that Science demonstrates the unreality of evil, for the sinner would make a reality of sin,–would make that real which is unreal, and thus heap up “wrath against the day of wrath.”
[Its interesting Mrs. Eddy would use the term â€œday of wrath when she teaches there wonâ€™t be one]
Answer.–All reality is in God and His creation, harmonious and eternal. That which He creates is good, and He makes all that is made. Therefore the only reality of sin, sickness, or death is the awful fact that unrealities seem real to human, erring belief, until God strips off their disguise.
Isa 64: 6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnessâ€™s are as filthy rags;
Romans 3: 23
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
1st John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1 10: If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
[ Comment: Christian Scientists cling to the fact that God is Love, which God is, but bury their heads in the sand and ignore the scripture which clearly show that we are in fact sinners and that our sins will be judged.]
(2) There is a coming judgment day!
â€œNo final judgment awaits mortals, for the judgment day of wisdom comes hourly and continually, even the judgment by which mortal man is divested of all material error. â€œScience and Health 291:28-31
â€œAs a man falleth asleep, so shall he awake. As death findeth mortal man, so shall he be after death, until probation and growth shall effect the needed change.â€ Science and Health 291:22-25
â€œWhen the last mortal fault is destroyed, then the final trump will sound which will end the battle of Truth with error and mortality. Science and Health 292:1-3
Malachi 4:1 For behold, the day is coming, Burning like an oven,
And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up,” Says the LORD of hosts,
Heb 9: 27 â€œit is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:â€
Mat 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (Jesus)
Mark 16:16 “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. (Jesus)
John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words , hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
â€œfor we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.â€
Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Revelation 14:13 Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Matthew 21:42-44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
[Comment: God is just, and our sin will be punished and we all will appear at one of two judgments, the judgment seat of the Lamb, (reserved for all those who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and whose names are written in the Lambâ€™s book of Life) or the Great White Throne of judgment, (reserved for those who reject and do not confess with your mouth and believe in their heart that Jesus is Lord and Savior and that He died to pay our sin debt.) Those who reject this will have their place in the lake of fire for eternity. Jesus is the cornerstone we must be fall down and be broken on Him and receive His amazing grace or when judgement falls the Cornerstone â€œwill ground him to powderâ€]
[(3) There is heaven and a hell]
Heaven and hell are states of consciousness â€“ not places.
“Heaven is not a locality, but a divine state of Mind in which all the manifestations of Mind are harmonious and immortal. . . .” (Science and Health, 291:13-16)
“HEAVEN. Harmony; the reign of Spirit; government by the divine Principle; spirituality; bliss; the atmosphere of Soul.” (Science and Health, 587:25-27)
“To reach heaven, the harmony of being, we must understand the divine Principle of being.” (Science and Health, 6:14-16)
“HELL. Mortal belief; error; lust; remorse; hatred; revenge; sin; sickness; death; suffering and self-destruction; self-imposed agony; effects of sin; that which “worketh abomination or maketh a lie.” (Science and Health, 588:1-4)
“The sinner makes his own hell by doing evil, and the saint his own heaven by doing right.” (Science and Health, 266:20-21)
“The evil beliefs which originate in mortals are hell.” (Science and Health, 266:26-27)
[Comment: Heaven and hell are actual places. Heaven is the place where God lives and where believers in Jesus will live with him throughout eternity. Hell is a place of torment, created for Satan and his fallen angels because of their rebellion against God.]
“So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.” (Mark 16:19)
“Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20)
“Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.” (Mat 18:10-11)
“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. . . . Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:2-4,6)
“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,” (2 Th 1:7)
“And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Mat 16:17-18)
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: . . . And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” (Mat 25:41,46)
“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; . . . The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:” (2 Pet 2:4,9)
“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. . . . And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Rev 20:10, 15)
(4) WE NEED GODâ€™S PLAN OF SALVATION !
His consummate example was for the salvation of us all, but only through doing the works which he did and taught others to do.
Universal salvation rests on progression and probation, and is unattainable without them.
SALVATION.Life, Truth, and Love understood and demonstrated as supreme over all; sin, sickness, and death destroyed.
S&H, 25:6-8 “The material blood of Jesus was no more efficacious to cleanse from sin when it
was shed upon ‘the accursed tree,’ than when it was flowing in his veins as he went daily about his Father’s business”.
S&H, p. 23:3-7 “One sacrifice, however great, is insufficient to pay the debt of sin. The
atonement requires constant self-immolation on the sinner’s part.
S&H Page 22: 23 Deliverance not vicarious final deliverance from error, whereby we rejoice in immortality, boundless freedom, and sinless sense, is not reached through paths of flowers nor by pinning one’s faith without works to another’s vicarious effort.
â€ Hebrews 9:22 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Through the sacrificial blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.
(Eph. 2:8-9) â€œwithout shedding of blood is no remissionâ€
Gal 3: 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
As part of the Plan of Salvation God poured out his wrath on His Son
S&H p 23:5 That God’s wrath should be vented upon His beloved Son, is divinely unnatural. Such a theory is man-made”
S&H p 22:27 Whosoever believeth that wrath is righteous or that divinity is appeased by human suffering, does not understand God.
Luke 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
Luke 24: 46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
Acts 17:2 Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.”
Acts: 26:22 (Paul speaking) I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: 23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.
Colossians 1: 19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
Acts 3:18 “But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Refers to Gen 22:1 and Gen 50: 15
[Gen 22: is a picture of Godâ€™s sacrifice of His Son on mount Moriah, as a sin offering as the future perfect Lamb of God.]
Gen: 22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. 3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
[Joseph is a picture of Jesus and his future sacrifice]
Gen 50:15 And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. 16 And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, 17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. 18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants. 19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive
[If you read nothing else please ponder this, my friend. If you trust Christian Science as Godâ€™s revealed Truth then neither you or I have reason to be concerned about our eternal destiny, (for as you know both the Baptist and Christian Scientists alike profess Godliness in all that we do or say and that we should pray without ceasing to the one God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who meets our every need), however if in fact Christian Science is not Godâ€™s revealed truth and we fail confess Jesus as Lord and Savior (ask him into our heart, and not be ashamed to make it public) who as the scriptures say took our place and paid our sin debt, then those leaning on Christian Science have been terribly deceived and will find themselves at the Great White Throne of Judgment, where they will be judged based upon their works, their progress in demonstrating Godâ€™s laws and their â€œSpiritual understandingâ€---- because they rejected Godâ€™s saving grace and Godâ€™s plan of Salvation.
[I tell you this, dear friend because I love you and do not want you to perish. As painful as all this sounds and as uncomfortable as it makes you feel, as it did me as well, I am asking you to really consider this scenario.
Imagine the unimaginable, you die (as we all will) without confessing with your mouth and believing in your heart on the mighty name of Jesus and his precious saving blood, and then find out on the other side of death, that it too late and there is now no hope, no hope for eternity. This is not what I say; this is what the scriptures say. If it were up to Phil Moser all those who live good and Godly lives should go to heaven, but this is not what the scriptures plainly say.]
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Rom 6:23)
Ephesians 1: 5: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6: To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7: In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Ezekiel 18:4 â€the soul that sinneth, it shall die.â€
[You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by doing this. Please, please please! Do not be lulled into a false sense of security! This is real and the choices we make now have eternal consequences! ]
John 3:15 â€œwhosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.â€
Romans 10:8 “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
[Ask yourself this question. Will I chose the Bible (the infallible word of God) or the writings of Science and Health, writings which claim to shed the light of Truth on the scriptures but instead refute and are at odds with many of the scriptures and what they teach? I chose the saving grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and I pray that you will as well. Reader, I have written this only with love and concern for you and therefore I am compelled to warn youâ€¦â€¦ If you die without this confession you will remember this day for eternity and that you heard this message and chose of your free will to deny Godâ€™s saving grace and His plan for your redemption. If this makes you feel uncomfortable or uneasy, it should! It is not Godâ€™s will that any should perish but all should come to Him.]
Matthew 18: 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish (Jesus)
[Godâ€™s plan of salvation isnâ€™t complicated, itâ€™s easy. It is simple. I recognize that I am a sinner, and that my sin deserves judgment. I canâ€™t save myself, I need a Savior. Jesus you are my personal Savior, you took my sins to the cross, you paid with your blood a debt I could not pay, forgive me, wash me clean, come into my heart, and be the Lord of my life. Make me a new person. I repent of my sin and I trust you as my Lord and Savior. Then live faithful to your confession, by making Him first in your life, and do not be ashamed to confess it publicly.]
Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (JESUS)
[Please donâ€™t deny Jesus as Lord and Savior. Donâ€™t put this decision off. It is not too late. You can secure your eternal destiny now and your name will be written in the Lambs Book of Life. Your salvation will be secure. ]
(5) Jesus is God incarnate.
Irrefutable facts leading us to know that Jesus was both God and man.
a. Jesus was worshipped as GOD.
b. He was referred to as GOD.
c. He made himself equal with GOD.
d. He communicated directly from Heaven
e. Only God can forgive sins
a. Jesus was worshipped as GOD.
Matthew 2: 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
Matthew 8: 2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
Matthew 9: 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.
Matthew 14: 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
Matthew 15: 25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. 26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. 27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. 28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
Matthew 28: 9 9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. 10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
Matthew 28: 16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Matthew 5:6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, 7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. 8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: 53 And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen
John 9: 31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. 32 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. 33 If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. 34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.
35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? 36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? 37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. 38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
Rev 5: 11And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. 13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. 14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
[Comment: Jesus never prevented anyone from worshipping him. You would think if he were not part of the Trinity he would have said, as Peter did when Cornelius fell at his feet â€œstand up; I myself also am a manâ€.]
Acts 25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. 26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
John 20: 26And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
[Comment: Jesus did not correct Thomas and say I am not God.]
b. He was refered to as GOD
John 1: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
1st John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
Science and Health
S &H, p. 256:9-11 “The theory of three persons in one God (that is, a personal Trinity or Tri-unity) suggests polytheism …”
Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
What John saw and heard.
Rev:1: 1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Rev:19 11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
[Comment: Jesus is the Word of God.]
c. He communicated directly from Heaven
S & H 284: 28 The intercommunication is always from God to His idea, man.
Acts 9: 1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
[Comment: If intercommunication is always from God to His idea, man. Then Jesus must be God or this would have been an example of spiritualism or communication with the dead, which it was certainly not.]
d. He made himself equal with GOD.
John 5:22-23 For the Father judgeth no man,but hath committed all judgement unto the Son: 23 That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father which hath sent him.
Philippians 2:8-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee sould bow, of things in heaven, and things in the earth;
11 And that every tounge should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father
Hebrew 1:1-3 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the Prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir to of all things, by whom also he make the worlds;
3 Who being, the brightness of his glory, and express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Revelation 1:1-21 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Revelation 1:8 -18 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. 9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. 17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
Revelation 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. . 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Colossians 2;8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
John 14: 63 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father;
[Comment: Jesus clearly says he is the Truth and the Life. Even by Christian Science standards he is claiming to be God. You or I would never claim to be Truth or Life.]
Colossians 1:12 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence 19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. 21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sightâ€”
Titus 2: 11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
(6) Jesus died on the cross.
Science and Health
(S&H, p. 44:28-29) His disciples believed Jesus to be dead while he was hidden in the sepulcher, whereas he was alive …”
(S&H p. 45:32-46: 3) Jesus’ students, not sufficiently advanced fully to understand their Master’s triumph, did not perform many wonderful works, until they saw him after his crucifixion and learned that he had not died.
The Holy Bible
Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
1 Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
1 Corinthians 8:11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
John 1: 7
Rev 5: 11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Matthew 7:21 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me (Jesus)
Matthew 24:11 “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive manyâ€ (Jesus)
Matthew 24:24 “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceiveâ€ (Jesus)
2nd John 1:7 For may deceivers are entered into the world who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh
1st John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
1st John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Proverbs 30: 5. Every word if God is pure:.. 6. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar
Galations 1: 6 Only One Gospel
6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
Revelation 22:18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;
19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Romans 5:6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
[I canâ€™t ignore something so clear. Christ died for us and we are justified by his blood which saves us from the wrath to come on unbelievers. This is the true gospel.]
2nd Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.
[By denying the deity of Christ, and the true purpose for his death on the cross Mrs. Eddy proves herself to be a false teacher and a heretic.]
Proverb 14: 12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
May God Bless You and Keep You
In Jesus’ mighty name!
I love you,
Your brother in Christ, Phil
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