First Church of Christ, Scientist
Wellesley, MA

Improved Vision

The Bible

  Proverbs 20:12  
12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them.  
Ps 18:24
24 Therefore hath the Lord recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.  
Job 28:10 and
10 and his eye seeth every precious thing.  
II Cor 4:6
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  
Ps 32:8
8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.  
Job 42:5
5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.  
Luke 11:34
34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.  
Deut 34:7 Moses
7 Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.  
Isa 11:1-3
1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:  
2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;  
3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:  
Luke 4:14, 17, 18, 20, 21
14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about  
17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,  
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  
20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.  
21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.  
John 9:1-21, 24-27, 30, 33-39
1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.  
2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?  
3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.  
4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.  
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.  
6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,  
7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent. ) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.  
8 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?  
9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.  
10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?  
11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.  
12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.  
13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.  
14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.  
15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.  
16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.  
17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.  
18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.  
19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?  
20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:  
21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.  
24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.  
25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.  
26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?  
27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?  
30 The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.  
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?  
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.  
Luke 10:1, 17, 21, 23
1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.  
17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.  
21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.  
23 And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:  

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy

Sight, hearing, all the spiritual senses of man, are
24 eternal. They cannot be lost. Their reality and immor-
tality are in Spirit and understanding, not in
matter, — hence their permanence.

330: 13-15
Eye hath neither seen God nor His image and
likeness. Neither God nor the perfect man

The deific

15 can be discerned by the material senses.

Spiritual vision is not subordinate to geometric alti-

tudes. Whatever is governed by God, is never for an
instant deprived of the light and might of intelligence
and Life.



24 The corporeal senses are the only source of evil or
error. Christian Science shows them to be false, be-
cause matter has no sensation, and no organic

construction can give it hearing and sight nor
make it the medium of Mind.



9 Belief involves theories of material hear-
ing, sight, touch, taste, and smell, termed the five senses.
1 BELIEVING. Firmness and constancy; not a faltering
nor a blind faith, but the perception of spiritual Truth.
3 Mortal thoughts, illusion.  
of evil
9 We must learn that evil is the awful decep-
tion and unreality of existence. Evil is not
supreme; good is not helpless; nor are the
12 so-called laws of matter primary, and the law of Spirit
secondary. Without this lesson, we lose sight of the per-
fect Father, or the divine Principle of man.
The likeness of
God we lose sight of through sin, which beclouds the spir-
18 itual sense of Truth; and we realize this likeness only
when we subdue sin and prove man's heritage, the liberty
of the sons of God.
336:32-4 God
God is individual and personal in a scientific

Man reflects
the perfect

sense, but not in any anthropomorphic sense. Therefore
man, reflecting God, cannot lose his individuality; but as


material sensation, or a soul in the body, blind
mortals do lose sight of spiritual individuality.

248:3 (only)
3 Love never loses sight of loveliness.  
479: 9-13
9 An image of mortal thought, reflected on the retina, is
all that the eye beholds. Matter cannot see,
feel, hear, taste, nor smell. It is not self-
12 cognizant, — cannot feel itself, see itself, nor
understand itself.
262:17-20, 24
Job said: "I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the
The true
18 ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee." Mortals will echo
Job's thought, when the supposed pain and
pleasure of matter cease to predominate.
24 Starting from a higher standpoint, one rises spontane-
ously, even as light emits light without effort; for "where
your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
18 Jesus once
said: "I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and
earth, that Thou hast hid these things from the wise

and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even
so, Father, for so it seemed good in Thy sight." As afore-
time, the spirit of the Christ, which taketh away the cere-
24 monies and doctrines of men, is not accepted until the
hearts of men are made ready for it.

When Jesus declares that "the light of the body is the
eye," he certainly means that light depends upon Mind,
27 not upon the complex humors, lenses, muscles, the iris
and pupil, constituting the visual organism.

Jesus beheld in Science the per-
1 fect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal
man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour
3 saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man
healed the sick.

A correct view of Christian Science and of its adapta-

12 tion to healing includes vastly more than is at first seen.
The im-
manent sense of Mind-power enhances the glory of Mind.
15 Nearness, not distance, lends enchantment to this view.

To understand that Mind is infinite, not bounded by
corporeality, not dependent upon the ear and eye for
The Mind
21 sound or sight nor upon muscles and bones
for locomotion, is a step towards the Mind-
science by which we discern man's nature and existence.

The sick, the halt,
and the blind look up to Christian Science with blessings,
12 and Truth will not be forever hidden by unjust parody
from the quickened sense of the people.


Argument of
good works
21 Christian Science awakens the sinner, reclaims the
infidel, and raises from the couch of pain the helpless
invalid. It speaks to the dumb the words of
24 Truth, and they answer with rejoicing. It
causes the deaf to hear, the lame to walk, and the blind
to see.



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