Code to the Scriptures – Chapter 3

by MJSmith

Chapter 3 – “Genesis” Continues with The Second Creation

     “The reader will naturally ask if there is nothing more about creation in the book of Genesis.   Indeed there is, but the continued account is mortal and material.”  (S&H 521:18)

Genesis ii. 6.  But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

“The story of error
     “The Science and truth of the divine creation have been presented in the verses already considered, and now the opposite error, a material view of creation, is to be set forth.  The second chapter of Genesis contains a statement of this material view of God and the universe, a statement which is the exact opposite of scientific truth as before recorded.  The history of error or matter, if veritable, would set aside the omnipotence of Spirit; but it is the false history in contradistinction to the true.

“The two records
     “The Science of the first record proves the falsity of the second.  If one is true, the other is false, for they are antagonistic.  The first record assigns all might and government to God, and endows man out of God’s perfection and power.  The second record chronicles man as mutable and mortal, – as having broken away from Deity and as revolving in an orbit of his own.  [And if we are not careful, this is when we will misinterpret the meaning of 2001’s giant baby in orbit around the earth.]  Existence separate from divinity, Science explains as impossible.
     “This second record unmistakably gives the history of error in its externalized forms, called life and intelligence in matter.  It records pantheism, opposed to the supremacy of divine Spirit; but this state of things is declared to be temporary and this man to be mortal, – dust returning to dust.

“Erroneous representation
      “In this erroneous theory, matter takes the place of Spirit.  Matter is represented as the life-giving principle of the earth.  Spirit is represented as entering matter in order to create man.  God’s glowing denunciations of man when not found in His image, the likeness of Spirit, convince reason and coincide with revelation in declaring this material creation false.

“Hypothetical reversal
     “This latter part of the second chapter of Genesis, which portrays Spirit as supposedly cooperating with matter is constructing the universe, is based on some hypothesis of error, for the Scripture just preceding declares God’s work to be finished.  Does Life, Truth, and Love produce death, error, and hatred?  Does the creator condemn His own creation?  Does the unerring Principle of divine law change or repent?  It cannot be so.  Yet one might so judge from an unintelligent perusal of the Scriptural account now under comment.”  (S&H 521:23-523:2, infuses added)
     This is an important point to make.  Adam is not the man given dominion in Genesis 1.  Likewise, most Christians believe that the four Gospels can be combined into one story about Jesus Christ.  But this is a mistake.  The four Gospels were written in the tones of the divine infinite calculus and they must stand alone and not be mixed up.  Mixing the four books is adultery.  In the BIBLE verse of Genesis 2:6 the first word is “But”.  This is the first time that “But” is used in the BIBLE.  “But” is a word that shows objection to something else.  Is not the “But” of verse 6 an objection to all spiritual creation that has preceded it?

Mind as Mind

“Mist or false claim
     “Because of its false basis, the mist of obscurity evolved by error deepens the false claim, and finally declares that God knows error and that error can improve His creation.  Although presenting the exact opposite of Truth, the lie claims to be truth.  [We now move on to the tone of Mind as Spirit.] The creations of matter arise from a mist or false claim, or from mystification, and not from the firmament, or understanding, which God erects between the true and false.  In error everything comes from beneath, not from above.  All is material myth, instead of the reflection of Spirit.”  (S&H 523:3, infuses added; my interpolation)
     Symbolically, what is it that comes to us from above?  It is divine Light, spiritual understanding, God’s pure Science.

Mind as Soul

“Distinct documents
     “It may be worth while here to remark that, according to the best scholars, there are clear evidences of two distinct documents in the early part of the book of Genesis.  One is called the Elohistic, because the Supreme Being is therein called Elohim.  The other document is called the Jehovistic, because Deity therein is always called Jehovah, – or Lord God, as our common version translates it.

“Jehovah or Elohim
     “Throughout the first chapter of Genesis and in three verses of the second – in what we understand to be the spiritually scientific account of creation – it is Elohim (God) who creates.  From the fourth verse of chapter two to chapter five, the creator is called Jehovah, or the Lord.  The different accounts become more and more closely intertwined to the end of chapter twelve, after which the distinction is not definitely traceable.  In the historic parts of the Old Testament, it is usually Jehovah, peculiarly the divine sovereign of the Hebrew people, who is referred to.

“Gods of the heathen
     “The idolatry which followed this material mythology is seen in the Phoenician worship of Baal [which means Lord], in the Moabitish god Chemosh, in the Moloch of the Amorites, in the Hindoo Vishnu, in the Greek Aphrodite, and in a thousand other so-called deities.

“Jehovah a tribal deity
     “It was also found among the Israelites, who constantly went after ‘strange gods.’  They called the Supreme Being by the national name of Jehovah.  In that name of Jehovah, the true idea of God seems almost lost.  God becomes ‘a man of war,’ a tribal god to be worshipped, rather than Love, the divine Principle to be lived [Letter of the Law] and loved [Spirit of the Law].”  (S&H 523:14-524:12; my interpolation)

Spirit as Mind

Genesis ii. 7.  And the Lord God [Jehovah] formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

“Creation reversed
     “Did the divine and infinite Principle become a finite deity, that He should now be called Jehovah?  With a single command, Mind had made man, both male and female.[1]  How then could a material organization become the basis of man?  How could the non-intelligent become the medium of Mind and error be the enunciator of Truth?  Matter is not the reflection of Spirit, yet God is reflected in all His creation.  Is this addition to His creation real or unreal?  Is it the truth, or is it a lie concerning man and God?
     “It must be a lie, for God presently curses the ground.  Could Spirit evolve its opposite, matter, and give matter ability to sin and suffer?  Is Spirit, God, injected into dust, and eventually ejected at the demand of matter?  Does Spirit enter dust, and lose therein the divine nature and omnipotence?  Does Mind, God, enter matter to become there a mortal sinner, animated by the breath of God?  In this narrative, the validity of matter is opposed, not the validity of Spirit or Spirit’s creations.  Man reflects God; mankind represents the Adamic race, and is a human, not a divine, creation.

“Definitions of man
     “The following are some of the equivalents of the term man in different languages.  In the Saxon, mankind, a woman, any one; in the Welsh, that which rises up, — the primary sense being image, form; in the Hebrew, image, similitude; in the Icelandic, mind.  The following translation is from the Icelandic: — “And God said, Let us make man after our mind and our likeness; and God shaped man after His mind; after God’s mind shaped He him; and He shaped them male and female.

“No baneful creation
     “In the Gospel of John, it is declared that all things were made through the Word of God, ‘and without Him [the logos, or word] was not anything made that was made.’  Everything good or worthy, God made.  Whatever is valueless or baneful, He did not make, — hence its unreality.  In the Science of Genesis we read that He saw everything which He had made, ‘and, behold, it was very good.’  The corporeal senses declare otherwise; and if we give the same heed to the history of error as to the records of truth, the Scriptural record of sin and death favors the false conclusion of the material senses.  Sin, sickness, and death must be deemed as devoid of reality as they are of good, God.”  (S&H 524:13-525:29; Mary Baker Eddy’s interpolations.)

Spirit at Spirit

Genesis ii. 9.  And out of the ground made the Lord God [Jehovah] to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also, in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.”  (S&H 525:30-526:2; Mary Baker Eddy’s interpolation.)

“Contradicting first creation

     “The previous and more scientific record of creation declares that God made ‘every plant of the field before it was in the earth.’ [Genesis 1]  This opposite declaration, this statement that life issues from matter, contradicts the teaching of the first chapter, —namely, that all Life is God.  Belief is less than understanding.  Belief involves theories of material hearing, sight, touch, taste, and smell, termed the five senses.  The appetites and passions, sin, sickness, and death, follow in the train[2] of this error of a belief in intelligent matter.

“Record of error
     “The first mention of evil is in the legendary Scriptural text in the second chapter of Genesis.  God pronounced good all that He created, and the Scriptures declare that He created all.  The ‘tree of life’ stands for the idea of Truth, and the sword which guards it is the type of divine Science.  The ‘tree of knowledge’ stands for the erroneous doctrine that the knowledge of evil is as real, hence as God-bestowed, as the knowledge of good.  Was evil instituted through God, Love?  Did He create this fruit-bearer of sin in contradiction of the first creation?  This second biblical account is a picture of error throughout.”  (S&H 526:3-25)

     The tree of life symbolizes a prophecy of what is to be in the Sixth Day of Truth – the Christian Science Textbook, with its “leaves [600 pages] for healing the [twelve] nations.”  For it, “a little book” (Revelation 10) is located in the midst (center or hub) of WINDOW OF THE OPEN BOOK.
     The tree of knowledge of good and evil is the counterfeit of SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES.  The tree of knowledge is physical science based upon the testimony of the five senses.  Spiritual sense is infinite, it cannot be limited to five senses at all.  What the tree of knowledge (with its mixture) of good (a belief that Spirit has entered a  material body and is held captive) and evil (matter controls Spirit) represents (because it is located within Eden) the physical body called Adam – is Adam’s spinal column.  The nervous system that coils around the spinal column is literally the talking serpent that sends electric messages to Adam’s brain.  Since writing this it has come to my attention that some Christian Scientists teach that the fruit from the tree of knowledge is the belief in good (pleasure in matter) and evil (pain in matter).  I do like this explanation very much.  The mesmerism belief is that when we experience pain we wish to get rid of the pain so that we have a well body (experience pleasure).  But experiencing pleasure is as great of sin as experiencing pain.  To heal matter of pain and pleasure is not the aim of Christian Science.  Waking man up from the Adam dream (where pain and pleasure seem real) is the aim of Christian Science.

Soul as Mind

Genesis ii. 15.  And the Lord God [Jehovah] took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden, to dress it and to keep it.

“Garden of Eden
     “The name Eden, according to Cruden, means pleasure, delight.  In this text Eden stands for the mortal, material body [the type of Adam man].  God could not put Mind into matter nor infinite Spirit into finite form to dress it and keep it, — to make it beautiful or to cause it to live and grow.  Man is God’s reflection, needing no cultivation, but ever beautiful and complete.”  (S&H 526:26-527:5; [Jehovah] is Mary Baker Eddy’s interpolation.  The second interpolation is mine.)
     The belief that the Lord God [Jehovah] has placed Mind in matter (Spirit’s opposite) and encased Spirit and Soul in matter body is spiritualism.

Soul as Spirit

Genesis ii. 16, 17.  And the Lord God [Jehovah] commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:  but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it:  for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”  (S&H 527:6)

     Now, I find this very interesting, and how many people have even spoken upon this point.  The Lord God, who is really Jehovah, a tribal god, a manlike god, tells Adam “the man” that he can freely eat from all trees but one tree.  Thus, Adam was allowed to eat from the tree of life!  Yet, Adam chose not to.  Is not this interesting?  It is not until after he eats from the forbidden tree that he is not allowed to eat from the tree of life and this is why he is kicked out of the Garden.  He was not kicked out because he ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he is kicked out because there is fear that he will eat from the tree of life!
     I have read, however, that the two trees, even though they have two different names, are really the same tree.  Would God send forth both good and bitter water from the same fount?  And if this is true, that both trees are actually the same tree, after Adam ate from the tree of knowledge, would this not also be the fruit from the tree of life?  Could it be put in a different way?  That the two trees are one tree, however, the two trees are the same tree being interpreted in two different ways.  The tree of knowledge (science of matter) represents Adam seeing his universe via the five senses (the red serpent), while the tree of life would give Adam the Scientific insight of God’s true Science that is totally based upon Spirit.  We could say then, that the tree of life is the structure for the Elohistic creation story of Genesis 1-2:3,[3] while the tree of knowledge is the structure for the Jehovistic creation story of Genesis 2:6-4:16.  And I have another idea on this topic.  Could it also be that the tree of knowledge of good and evil is the misuse (the mist-understanding) of Christian Science where mortal man attempts to use the fruit from the tree of life like material medicine in order to make the body feel good (like Spirit)?

“No temptation from God
     “Here the metaphor represents God, Love, as tempting man, but the Apostle James says:  ‘God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man.’  It is true that a knowledge of evil would make man mortal.  It is plain also that material perception, gathered from the corporeal senses, constitutes evil and mortal knowledge.  But is it true that God, good, made ‘the tree of life’ to be the tree of death to His own creation?  Has evil the reality of good?  Evil is unreal because it is a lie, — false in every statement.” (S&H 527:11)  Notice that Mary Baker Eddy asks, “…is it true that God, good [Spirit], made ‘the tree of life’ to be the tree of death [tree of knowledge] to His own creation?  We must answer, “God’s true-man cannot misinterpret (misuse or mist-understand) Christian Science, the tree of life!”

Soul as Soul and Soul as Principle

Genesis ii. 19.  [Soul as Soul] And out of the ground the Lord God [Jehovah] formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; [Soul as Principle] and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.”  (S&H 527:21

Soul as Soul, Principle, and Life

Soul as Soul 

“Creation’s counterfeit
     “Here the lie represents God as repeating creation, but doing so materially, not spiritually, and asking a prospective sinner to help Him.  Is the Supreme Being retrograding, and is man giving up his dignity?  Was it requisite for the formation of man that dust should become sentient, when all being is the reflection of the eternal Mind, and the record declares that God has already created man, both male and female?  [Soul as Principle] That Adam gave the name and nature of animals, is solely mythological and material.  [Soul as Life] It cannot be true that man was ordered to create man anew in partnership with God, this supposition was a dream, a myth.”  (S&H 527:26-528:8)  The fact that Adam names the animals means that he names all that comes from animal magnetism, in other words, Adam is what gives diseases their names.

Principle as Mind and Principle as Spirit

Genesis ii. 21, 22.  {Principle as Mind} And the Lord God [Jehovah, Yawah] caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept:  and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; {Principle as Spirit} and the rib, which the Lord God [Jehovah] had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man.”  (S&H 528:9; Mary Baker Eddy’s interpolation.  {My interpolations})

Principle

     This “deep sleep” is a self-hypnotic sleep.  The Scriptures never mention that Adam wakes up!

“Hypnotic surgery[4]
     “Here falsity, error, credits Truth, God, with inducing a sleep or hypnotic state in Adam in order to perform a surgical operation on him and thereby create woman.  This is the first record of magnetism.  Beginning creation with darkness instead of light, —materially rather than spiritually, — error now simulates the work of Truth, mocking Love and declaring what great things error has done.  Beholding the creations of his own dream and calling them real and God-given, Adam — alias error — gives them names.  Afterwards he is supposed to become the basis of the creation of woman and of his own kind, calling them mankind, — that is, a kind of man.”  (S&H 528:15)

Principle as Mind, Principle as Spirit, and Principle as Soul

     In Revelation 12 the red dragon is acting as a midwife, waiting to take away the manchild from the woman, but it fails.

“Mental midwifery
     “[Principle as Mind] But according to this narrative, surgery was first performed mentally and without instruments; and this may be a useful hint to the medical faculty.  [Principle as Spirit] Later in human history, when the forbidden fruit was bringing forth fruit of its own kind, there came a suggestion of change in the modus operandi, – that man should be born of woman, not woman again taken from man.  It came about, also, that instruments were needed to assist the birth of mortals.  [Principle as Soul] The first system of suggestive obstetrics has changed.  Another change will come as to the nature and origin of man, and this revelation [Christian Science] will destroy the dream[5] of existence, reinstate reality, usher in Science and the glorious fact of creation, that both man and woman proceed from God and are His eternal children, belonging to no lesser parent.”  (S&H 528:16-529:12; my interpolations)
     One must ask honestly, if Adam never woke up from his dream then just who is the woman?  It is claimed that she is created from his rib.  So, just who is she?  She could not exist except as a figment of his imagination!  But, we must speak in spiritual terms here and not think of the woman in such literal terms.  Thus, let us say that the woman is Adam’s own divinity, his highest ideal.  The woman is Adam’s Womanhood (spiritual nature).  What the “rib” symbolizes is the Ark Covenant between God (Elohim) and man.  So, Adam dreaming that he is separated from his rib (the counterfeit of Principle as Spirit) is his own mistaken false belief that he has become separated from God, that he has been able to break the Ark of the Covenant (the Letter of the Law)!
     John W. Doorly, on the other hand, feels that the rib refers to one of the question-answers in “Recapitulation;” the sixteenth question (of the twenty-four[6]) in the tone of Christianity as Christianity.  I do not disagree with him, but I have this to say about it, if this were true then would not Adam’s womanhood actually be made up of this sixteenth question-answer?  And is this why she so easily identifies the serpent as animal magnetism?  The sixteenth question-answer can be found in S&H 478:14-482:12 – “Question. — Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and is there intelligence in matter?”  This brain refers to Adam, the nerves refers to the serpent, and is there intelligent communication between the brain and the nervous system?  Would not this type of intelligent communication be a belief in spiritualism?

     Her answer to this question is as follows:      “Answer. – No, not if God is true and mortal man a liar.  The assertion that there can be pain {evil} or pleasure {good} in matter is erroneous.  That body is most harmonious in which the discharge of the natural functions is least noticeable.  How can intelligence dwell in matter when matter is non-intelligent and brain-lobes cannot think?  Matter cannot perform the functions of Mind.  Error says, ‘I am man;’ but this belief is mortal and far from actual.  From beginning to end, whatever is mortal is composed of material human beliefs and of nothing else.  That only is real which reflects God.  St. Paul said, ‘But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by His grace,…I conferred not with flesh and blood.’
     “Mortal man is really a self-contradictory phrase, for man is not mortal, ‘neither indeed can be;’ man is immortal.  If a child is the offspring of physical sense and not of Soul, the child must have a material, not a spiritual origin. With what truth, then, could the Scriptural rejoicing be uttered by any mother, ‘I have gotten a man from the Lord’?  On the contrary, if aught comes from God, it cannot be mortal and material; it must be immortal and spiritual.
     “Matter is neither self-existent nor a product of Spirit.  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-cognizant, — cannot feel itself, see itself, nor understand itself.  Take away so-called mortal mind, which constitutes matter’s supposed selfhood, and matter can take no cognizance of matter.  Does that which we call dead ever see, hear, feel, or use any of the physical senses?
    “‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.’ (Genesis I. 1, 2.)  In the vast forever, in the Science and truth of being, the only facts are Spirit and its innumerable creations.  Darkness and chaos are the imaginary opposites of light, understanding, and eternal harmony, and they are the elements of nothingness.
     “We admit that black is not a color, because it reflects no light.  So evil should be denied identity or power, because it has none of the divine hues.  Paul says: ‘For the invisible things of Him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made.’ (Romans I. 20.)  When the substance of Spirit appears in Christian Science, the nothingness of matter is recognized.  Where the spirit of God is, and there is no place where God is not, evil becomes nothing, — the opposite of the something of Spirit.  If there is no spiritual reflection, then there remains only the darkness of vacuity and not a trace of heavenly tints.
     “Nerves are an element of the belief that there is sensation in matter, whereas matter is devoid of sensation.  Consciousness, as well as action, is governed by Mind, — is in God, the origin and governor of all that Science reveals.  Material sense has its realm apart from Science in the unreal.  Harmonious action proceeds from Spirit, God.  Inharmony has no Principle; its action is erroneous and presupposes man to be in matter.  Inharmony would make matter the cause as well as the effect of intelligence, or Soul, thus attempting to separate Mind from God.
     “Man is not God, and God is not man.  Again, God, or good, never made man capable of sin.  It is the opposite of good — that is, evil — which seems to make men capable of wrong-doing.  Hence, evil is but an illusion, and it has no real basis.  Evil is a false belief.  God is not its author.  The suppositious parent of evil is a lie.
     “The Bible declares: ‘All things were made by Him [the divine Word]; and without Him was not anything made that was made.’  This is the eternal verity of divine Science.  If sin, sickness, and death were understood as nothingness, they would disappear.  As vapor melts before the sun, so evil would vanish before the reality of good.  One must hide the other.  How important, then, to choose good as the reality!  Man is tributary to God, Spirit, and to nothing else.  God’s being is infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss.  ‘Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.’  Like the archpriests of yore, man is free ‘to enter into the holiest,’ — the realm of God.
     “Material sense never helps mortals to understand Spirit, God.  Through spiritual sense only, man comprehends and loves Deity.  The various contradictions of the Science of Mind by the material senses do not change the unseen Truth, which remains forever intact.  The forbidden fruit of knowledge, against which wisdom warns man, is the testimony of error, declaring existence to be at the mercy of death, and good and evil to be capable of commingling.  This is the significance of the Scripture concerning this ‘tree of the knowledge of good and evil,’—this growth of material belief, of which it is said: ‘In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.’  Human hypotheses first assume the reality of sickness, sin, and death, and then assume the necessity of these evils because of their admitted actuality.  These human verdicts are the procurers of all discord.
     “If Soul sins, it must be mortal.  Sin has the elements of self-destruction.  It cannot sustain itself.  If sin is supported, God must uphold it, and this is impossible, since Truth cannot support error.  Soul is the divine Principle of man and never sins,—hence the immortality of Soul.  In Science we learn that it is material sense, not Soul, which sins; and it will be found that it is the sense of sin which is lost, and not a sinful soul.  When reading the Scriptures, the substitution of the word sense for soul gives the exact meaning in a majority of cases.
     “Human thought has adulterated the meaning of the word soul through the hypothesis that soul is both an evil and a good intelligence, resident in matter.  The proper use of the word soul can always be gained by substituting the word God, where the deific meaning is required.  In other cases, use the word sense, and you will have the scientific signification.  As used in Christian Science, Soul is properly the synonym of Spirit, or God; but out of Science, soul is identified with sense, with material sensation.” (S&H 478:16-482:12; [Mary Baker Eddy’s interpolations.] {My interpolations.})
     It is also of importance that Adam does not name (falsely identify) his Womanhood (wife – help meet) until after the curse!

Principle as Principle and Principle as Life

Genesis iii. 1-3.  {Principle as Principle} Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God [Jehovah] had made.  And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?  {Principle as Life} And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:  but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

Principle as Principle

“Mythical serpent
     “Whence comes a talking, lying serpent to tempt the children of divine Love?  The serpent enters into the metaphor only as evil.  We have nothing in the animal kingdom which represents the species described, — a talking serpent, —and should rejoice that evil, by whatever figure presented, contradicts itself and has neither origin nor support in Truth and good.  Seeing this, we should have faith to fight all claims of evil, because we know that they are worthless and unreal.”  (S&H 529:13-29)
     Where does the talking serpent come from?  Now, if the tree of knowledge, in the Garden of Eden (Adam’s material body), is Adam’s spinal column (trunk) found in the middle of the human body then the serpent that is coiled around the tree of knowledge must be Adam’s nervous system.  This nervous system uses electrical currents to communicate with Adam’s big giant head (brain).  So, it is easy to see that Adam and the serpent are one and the same, and this is why they are given the same curse after he digests the forbidden fruit.  And let us accept that this nervous system has no more reality than a talking serpent does!

Principle as Life

“Error or Adam
     “Adam, the synonym for error, stands for a belief of material mind.  He begins his reign over man somewhat mildly, but he increases in falsehood and his days become shorter.  In this development, the immortal, spiritual law of Truth is made manifest as forever opposed to mortal, material sense.

“Divine providence
     “In divine Science, man is sustained by God, the divine Principle of being.  The earth, at God’s command, brings forth food for man’s use.  Knowing this, Jesus once said, ‘Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink,’—presuming not on the prerogative of his creator, but recognizing God, the Father and Mother of all, as able to feed and clothe man as He doth the lilies.”  (S&H 529:30-530:12)

Life as Mind

Genesis iii. 4, 5.  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:  for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

“Error’s assumption
     “This myth represents error as always asserting its superiority over truth, giving the lie to divine Science[7] and saying, through the material senses[8]:  ‘I can open your eyes.  I can do what God has not done for you.  Bow down to me and have another god.  Only admit that I am real, that sin and sense are more pleasant to the eyes than spiritual Life, more to be desired than Truth, and I shall know you, and you will be mine.’  Thus Spirit [Womanhood] and flesh [Adam man] war.

“Scriptural allegory
     “The history of error is a dream-narrative.  The dream has no reality, no intelligence, no mind; therefore the dreamer and dream are one, for neither is true nor real.  First, this narrative supposes that something springs from nothing, that matter precedes mind.  Second, it supposes that mind enters matter, and matter becomes living, substantial, and intelligent.  The order of this allegory — the belief that everything springs from dust instead of from Deity — has been maintained in all the subsequent forms of belief.  This is error, — that mortal man starts materially, that non-intelligence becomes intelligence, that mind and soul are both right and wrong.

“Higher hope
     “It is well that the upper portions of the brain represent the higher moral sentiments, as if hope were ever prophesying thus:  The human mind will sometime rise above all material and physical sense, exchanging it for spiritual perception, and exchanging human concepts for the divine consciousness.  Then man will recognize his God-given dominion and being.

“Biological inventions
     “If, in the beginning, man’s body originated in non-intelligent dust, and mind was afterwards put into body by the creator, why is not this divine order still maintained by God in perpetuating the species?  Who will say that minerals, vegetables, and animals have a propagating property of their own?  Who dares to say either that God is in matter or that matter exists without God?  Has man sought out other creative inventions, and so changed the method of his Maker?”  (S&H 530:13-531:24; my interpolations)

Life as Spirit

     “Which institutes Life, — matter or Mind?  Does Life begin with Mind or with matter?  Is Life sustained by matter or by Spirit?  Certainly not by both, since flesh wars against Spirit and the corporeal senses can take no cognizance of Spirit.  The mythologic theory of material life at no point resembles the scientifically Christian record of man as created by Mind in the image and likeness of God and having dominion over all the earth.  Did God first create one man unaided, — that is, Adam, — but afterwards require the union of the two sexes in order to create the rest of the human family?  No!  God makes and governs all.  (S&H 531:25-532:4)

Life as Soul and Life as Principle

“Progeny cursed
     “[Life as Soul] All human knowledge and material sense must be gained from the five corporeal senses.  Is this knowledge safe, when eating its first fruits brought death?  ‘In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die,’ was the prediction in the story under consideration.  [Life as Principle] Adam and his progeny were cursed, not blessed; and this indicates that the divine Spirit, or Father, condemns material man and remands him to dust.”  (S&H 532:5; my interpolation)  When we begin to understand that the Christian Science Textbook is the tree of life and later on is the same book that the angel of Revelation 10 descends from heaven with then we can understand why Revelation tells man to “eat” the book!  Eating SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES gives us eternal life.

Truth as Mind

Genesis iii. 9,10.  And the Lord God [Jehovah] called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?  And he said, I heard Thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked;[9] and I hid myself.” (Mary Baker Eddy’s interpolation.)  Notice that the verse has the Lord God speaking only to Adam, not to the woman.

“Shame the effect of sin
     “Knowledge and pleasure, evolved through material sense, produced the immediate fruits of fear and shame.  Ashamed before Truth, error [Adam] shrank abashed from the divine voice calling out to the corporeal senses.  Its summons may be thus paraphrased:  ‘Where art thou, man?  Is Mind in matter?  Is Mind capable of error as well as of truth, of evil as well as of good, when God is All and He is Mind and there is but one God, hence one Mind?’

“Fear comes of error
     “Fear was the first manifestation of the error of material sense.  Thus error began and will end the dream of matter.  In the allegory the body had been naked, and Adam knew it not; but now error demands that mind shall see and feel through matter, the five senses.  The first impression material man had of himself was one of nakedness and shame.  Had he lost man’s rich inheritance and God’s behest, dominion over all the earth?  No!  This had never been bestowed on Adam.

Genesis iii. 11,12.  And He said, Who told thee that thou wast naked?  Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat?  And the man said, The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

“The beguiling first lie
     “Here there is an attempt to trace all human errors directly or indirectly [via Womanhood] to God, or good, as if He were the creator of evil.  The allegory shows that the snake-talker utters the first voluble lie, which beguiles the woman and demoralizes the man.  Adam, alias mortal error, charged God and woman with his own dereliction, saying, ‘The woman, whom Thou gavest me, is responsible.’  According to this belief, the rib taken from Adam’s side has grown into an evil mind, named woman, who aids man to make sinners more rapidly than he can alone.  Is this an help meet for man?
     “Materiality, so obnoxious to God, is already found in the rapid deterioration of the bone and flesh which came from Adam to form Eve.  The belief in material life and intelligence is growing worse at every step, but error has its suppositional day and multiplies until the end thereof.”  (S&H 532:13-533:25; my interpolations)

Truth as Spirit

“False womanhood
      “Truth, cross-questioning man as to his knowledge of error, finds woman the first to confess her fault.  She says, ‘The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat;’ as much as to say in meek penitence, ‘Neither man nor God shall father my fault.’  She has already learned that corporeal sense is the serpent.  Hence she is first to abandon the belief in the material origin of man and to discern spiritual creation.  This hereafter enabled woman to be the mother of Jesus and to behold at the sepulchre the risen Saviour, who was soon to manifest the deathless man of God’s creating.  This enabled woman to be first to interpret the Scriptures in their true sense, which reveals the spiritual origin of man.” (S&H 533:26-534:7)
     This is a very important paragraph to understand, for it points to Mary Baker Eddy’s own God-crowned mission to “interpret the Scriptures in their true sense, which reveals [uncovers] the spiritual origin of man.”  To finite material sense it appears that Jehovah gives the woman of Genesis a curse, but spiritually interpreted, God, Elohim, really gives the woman of Genesis a God-crowned mission, to give continual birth to the lineage of the Christ.  There are windows in the Boston edifice called the “Four Marys.”  Before the “Four Marys” is “The Woman of Samaria.”  I feel that this particular stained glass window represents the Womanhood in Genesis 3.  The first Mary (window) is MARY MOTHER OF JESUS, the second Mary is MARY ANOINTS THE HEAD OF JESUS, the third Mary is MARY FIRST AT THE RESURRECTION.  The second and third Mary windows are of Mary Magdalene.  The fourth Mary is WOMAN GOD-CROWNED.  The fourth Mary is for Mary Baker Eddy.

The first Mary window.
The second Mary window.
The third Mary window.

Genesis iii. 14, 15.  And the Lord God [Jehovah] said unto the serpent,…I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed, it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

“Spirit and flesh
     “This prophecy has been fulfilled {by the First Mary}.  The Son of the Virgin-mother unfolded the remedy for Adam, or error; and the Apostle Paul explains this warfare between the idea of divine power, which Jesus presented, and mythological material intelligence called energy and opposed to Spirit.
     “Paul says in his epistle to the Romans:  ‘The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the spirit of God dwell in you.’

{SEEKING AND FINDING, from Christ and Christmas, shows Mary Baker Eddy (the fourth Mary).  Notice the serpent has human teeth and the swirls above the serpent is like an invisible serpent or serpents – denoting animal magnetism’s invisible electricity.}  “Bruising sin’s head
     “There will be greater mental opposition {animal magnetism’s invisible electricity} to the spiritual, scientific meaning of the Scriptures than there has ever been since the Christian era began.[10]  The serpent, material sense, will bite the heel of the woman, — will struggle to destroy the spiritual idea of Love; and the woman, this idea, will bruise the head of lust.  The spiritual idea has given the understanding a foothold in Christian Science.  The seed of Truth and the seed of error, of belief and of understanding, — yea, the seed of Spirit and the seed of matter, —are the wheat and tares which time will separate, the one to be burned, the other to be garnered into heavenly places.

Genesis iii.16. Unto the woman {later misidentified as Eve by Adam} He said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception:  in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband {Adam}, and he shall rule over thee.  {This is how most Christians interpret this verse.  Yet what if we look at it in another way?  “Unto the woman [God-crowned] He [God] said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy [mental] conception [of the spiritual idea]:  In sorrow thou shalt bring forth [the] children [of Israel]; and thy desire shall be to thy husband [the Christ Mind], and he [the bridegroom] shall rule over thee.”  Now this is a blessing, not a curse, is it not?}

“Judgment on error
     “Divine Science deals its chief blow at the supposed material foundations of life and intelligence.  It dooms idolatry.  A belief in other gods, other creators, and other creations must go down before Christian Science.  It unveils the results of sin as shown in sickness and death.  When will man pass through the open gate of Christian Science into the heaven of Soul, into the heritage of the first born among men?  Truth is indeed ‘the way.’”  (S&H 534:80-535:18; {my interpolations})
     I see these children not as corporeal beings (ghosts or idols) but as “Children.  The spiritual thoughts and representatives of Life, Truth, and Love.”[11]  I see these children as the “Children of Israel.  The representatives of Soul, not corporeal sense; the offspring of Spirit, who, having wrestled with error, sin, and sense, are governed by divine Science; some of the ideas of God beheld as men, casting out error and healing the sick, Christ’s offspring.”[12]  This being said, then who can the real husband of Womanhood be but that of the Christ?  The Christ Head – the Bridegroom – is to govern the Christ Body – the Bride (the woman) – not the Adam man as ecclesiastical despotism and scholastic theology teach.

Truth as Soul

Genesis iii. 17-19.  And unto Adam He said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it:  cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life:  thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field:  in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground, for out of it wast thou taken:  for dust[13] thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

“New earth and no more sea
     “In the first chapter of Genesis we read:  ‘And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called He seas.’  In the Apocalypse it is written:
     “‘And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:  for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.’  In St. John’s vision, heaven and earth stand for spiritual ideas, and the sea, as a symbol of tempest-tossed human concepts advancing and receding, is represented as having passed away.  The divine understanding reigns, is all, and there is no other consciousness.

“The fall of error
     “The way of error is awful to contemplate.  The illusion of sin is without hope or God.  If man’s spiritual gravitation and attraction to one Father, in whom we ‘live, and move, and have our being,’ should be lost, and if man should be governed by corporeality instead of divine Principle, by body instead of by Soul, man would be annihilated.  Created by flesh instead of by Spirit, starting from matter instead of from God, mortal man would be governed by himself.  The blind leading the blind, both would fall.
     “Passions and appetites must end in pain.  They are ‘of few days, and full of trouble.’  Their supposed joys are cheats.  Their narrow limits belittle their gratifications, and hedge about their achievements with thorns.

“True attainment
     “Mortal mind accepts the erroneous, material conception of life and joy, but the true idea is gained from the immortal side.  Through toil, struggle, and sorrow, what do mortals attain?  They give up their belief in perishable life and happiness; the mortal and material return to dust, and the immortal is reached.” (S&H 535:19-536:29)

Truth as Principle

Genesis iii. 22-24.  And the Lord God [Jehovah] 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 forever, therefore the Lord God [Jehovah] sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.  So 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.

“Justice and recompense
     “A knowledge of evil was never the essence of divinity or manhood.  In the first chapter of Genesis, evil has no local habitation nor name.  Creation is there represented as spiritual, entire, and good.  ‘Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.’  Error excludes itself from harmony.  Sin is its own punishment.  Truth guards the gateway to harmony.  Error tills its own barren soil and buries itself in the ground, since ground and dust stand for nothingness.

“Inspired interpretation
     “No one can reasonably doubt that the purpose of this allegory — this second account in Genesis — is to depict the falsity of error and the effects of error.  Subsequent Bible revelation is coordinate with the Science of creation recorded in the first chapter of Genesis.  Inspired writers interpret the Word spiritually, while the ordinary historian interprets it literally.  Literally taken, the text is made to appear contradictory in some places, and the divine Love, which blessed the earth and gave it to man for a possession, is represented as changeable.  The literal meaning would imply that God withheld from man the opportunity to reform, lest man should improve it and become better, but this is not the nature of God, who is Love always, — Love infinitely wise and altogether lovely, who ‘seeketh not her own.’

{The Stargate} Spiritual gateway
     “Truth should, and does, drive error out of all selfhood.  truth is a two-edged sword, guarding and guiding.  Truth places the cherub wisdom at the gate of understanding to not the proper guests.  Radiant with mercy and justice, the sword of Truth gleams afar and indicates the infinite distance between Truth and error, between the material and spiritual, — the unreal and the real.

{The Arena of} Contrasted testimony
     “The sun giving light and heat to the earth, is a figure of divine Life and Love, enlightening and sustaining that universe.  The ‘tree of life’ is significant of eternal reality or being.  The ‘tree of knowledge’ typifies unreality.  The testimony of the serpent is significant of the illusion of error, of the false claims that misrepresent God, good.  Sin, sickness, and death have no record in the Elohim introduction of Genesis, in which God creates the heavens, earth, and man.  Until that which contradicts the truth of being enters into the arena, evil has no history, and evil is brought into view only as the unreal in contradistinction to the real and eternal.” (S&H 536:30-538:22; {my interpolations})

Truth as Life

Genesis iv. 1.  And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord [Jehovah].

“Erroneous conception
     “This account is given, not of immortal man, but of mortal man, and of sin which is temporal.  As both mortal man and sin have a beginning, they must consequently have an end, while the sinless, real man is eternal.  Eve’s declaration, ‘I have gotten a man from the Lord,’ supposes God to be the author of sin and sin’s progeny.  This false sense of existence is fratricidal.  In the words of Jesus, it (evil, devil) is ‘a murderer from the beginning.’  Error begins by reckoning life as separate from Spirit, thus sapping the foundations of immortality, as if life and immortality were something which matter can both give and take away.

“Only one standard
     “What can be the standard of good, of Spirit, of Life, or of Truth, if they produce their opposites, such as evil, matter, error, and death?  God could never impart an element of evil, and man possesses nothing which he has not derived from God.  How then has man a basis for wrong-doing?  Whence does he obtain the propensity or power to do evil?  Has Spirit resigned to matter the government of the universe?

“A type of falsehood
     “The Scriptures declare that God, condemned this lie as to man’s origin and character by condemning its symbol, the serpent, to grovel beneath all the beasts of the field.  It is false to say that Truth and error commingle in creation.  In parable and argument, this falsity is exposed by our Master as self-evidently wrong.  Disputing these points with the Pharisees and arguing for the Science of creation, Jesus said:  ‘Do men gather grapes of thorns?’  Paul asked:  ‘What communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial?’

“Scientific offspring
     “The divine origin of Jesus gave him more than human power to expound the facts of creation, and demonstrate the one Mind which makes and governs man and the universe.  The Science of creation, so conspicuous in the birth of Jesus, inspired his wisest and least-understood sayings, and was the basis of his marvellous demonstrations.  Christ is the offspring of Spirit, and spiritual existence shows that Spirit creates neither a wicked nor a mortal man, lapsing into sin, sickness, and death.

“Cleansing upheaval
     “ In Isaiah we read:  ‘I make peace, and create evil.  I the Lord do all these things,’ but the prophet referred to divine law as stirring up the belief in evil to its utmost, when bringing it to the surface and reducing it to its common denominator, nothingness.  The muddy river-bed must be stirred in order to purify the stream.  In moral chemicalization, when the symptoms of evil, illusion, are aggravated, we may think in our ignorance that the Lord hath wrought an evil; but we ought to know that God’s law uncovers so-called sin and its effects, only that Truth may annihilate all sense of evil and all power to sin.

“Allegiance to Spirit
     “Science renders ‘unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.’  It saith to the human sense of sin, sickness, and death, ‘God never made you, and you are a false sense which hath no knowledge of God.’  The purpose of the Hebrew allegory, representing error as assuming a divine character, is to teach mortals never to believe a lie.

Genesis iv. 3,4.  Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord [Jehovah].  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock, and of the fat thereof.

“Spiritual and material
     “Cain is the type of mortal and material man, conceived in sin and ‘shapen in iniquity;’ he is not the type of Truth and Love.  Material in origin and sense, he brings a material offering to God.  Abel takes his offering from the firstlings of the flock.  A lamb is a more animate form of existence, and more nearly resembles a mind-offering than does Cain’s fruit.  Jealous of his brother’s gift, Cain seeks Abel’s life, instead of making his own gift a higher tribute to the Most High.”  (S&H 538:23-541:5; Mary Baker Eddy’s interpolations.)
     What I feel is also of importance with Abel’s offering being a lamb is that later the Lamb of God is to be identified as Jesus Christ.  Cain is of the First Degree while Abel is of the Second Degree.  Eve says of Cain that she has gotten a man from the Lord, of Abel it is said (verse 2) “And she again bare his brother Abel.”  Eve did not make the same claim or statement about Abel.  Thus Abel, being “bare” was uncovered and/or revealed!  Able was a higher mental idea.

Truth as Truth

Genesis iv. 4, 5.  And the Lord [Jehovah] had respect unto Abel, and to his offering:  but unto Cain, and to his offering, He had not respect.

     “Had God more respect for the homage bestowed through a gentle animal than for the worship expressed by Cain’s fruit?  No; but the lamb was a more spiritual type of even the human concept of Love than the herbs of the ground could be.

Genesis iv. 8.  Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

     “The erroneous belief that life, substance, and intelligence can be material ruptures the life and brotherhood of man at the very outset.

Genesis iv. 9.  And the Lord [Jehovah] said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother?  And he said, I know not:  Am I my brother’s keeper?

“Brotherhood repudiated
     “Here the serpentine lie invents new forms.  At first it usurps divine power.  It is supposed to say in the first instance, ‘Ye shall be as gods.’  Now it repudiates even the human duty of man towards his brother.

Genesis iv. 10,11.  And He [Jehovah] said,…The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto Me from the ground.  And now art thou cursed from the earth.

“Murder brings its curse
     “The belief of life in matter sins at every step.  It incurs divine displeasure, and it would kill Jesus that it might be rid of troublesome Truth.  Material beliefs would slay the spiritual idea whenever and wherever it appears.  Though error hides behind a lie and excuses guilt, error cannot forever be concealed.  Truth through her eternal laws, unveils error.  Truth causes sin to betray itself, and sets upon error the mark of the beast.  Even the disposition to excuse guilt or to conceal it is punished.  The avoidance of justice and the denial of truth tend to perpetuate sin, invoke crime, jeopardize self-control, and mock divine mercy.”  (S&H 541:6-542:13; Mary Baker Eddy’s interpolations.)

Truth as Love

Genesis iv. 15.  And the Lord [Jehovah] said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.  And the Lord [Jehovah] set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

“Retribution and remorse
     “‘They that take the sword shall perish with the sword.’  Let Truth uncover and destroy error in God’s own way, and let human justice pattern the divine.  Sin will receive its full penalty, both for what it is and for what it does.  Justice marks the sinner, and teaches mortals not to remove the waymarks of God.  To envy’s own hell, justice consigns the lie which, to advance itself, breaks God’s commandments.”  (S&H 542:14-26; Mary Baker Eddy’s interpolation.)

Love as Truth

Genesis iv. 16.  And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord [Jehovah], and dwelt in the land of Nod.”  (S&H 542:27; Mary Baker Eddy’s interpolation.)

     Nod (“L cinis ashes”[14]) has to do with “incinerate.”  We could say then, that Nod sort of has the same idea to it that hell has.  The Hebrew’s idea of hell was a portion of land outside the city where garbage was placed and burned.  Most commonly, however, I believe that people think of Nod as a place where one nod’s off, or goes to sleep, it probably is a reference to “death.”  If we thought of Nod as being both hell and sleep we could say that the mortal mind beliefs that come out of mesmerism, sleep, is what brings us hell – inharmony.  Cain’s lineage dies off in the book of Genesis, while Seth’s lineage eventually begets Jesus Christ.

“Climax of suffering
     “The sinful misconception of Life as something less than God, having no truth to support it, falls back upon itself.  This error, after reaching the climax of suffering, yields to Truth, and returns to dust; but it is only mortal man and not the real man, who dies.  The image of Spirit cannot be effaced, since it is the idea of Truth and changes not, but becomes more beautifully apparent at error’s demise.”  (S&H 542:29-543:7)
     It is the Third Degree son, Seth, that Enos is of (the seventh [Love] grandson who is translated and walks with God, or never sees death).

Love as Love

“Dwelling in dreamland [Nod]
     “In divine Science, the material man is shut out from the presence of God.  The five corporeal senses cannot take cognizance of Spirit.  They cannot come into his presence, and must dwell in dreamland [the Adam dream], until mortals arrive at the understanding that material life, with all its sin, sickness, and death, is an illusion, against which divine Science is engaged in a warfare of extermination.  The great verities of existence are never excluded by falsity.”  (S&H 543:8; my interpolations)
     This concludes the second part of “Genesis.”


[1] Notice man is single, thus the single man is both male and female.

[2] Train, as in “a train of thought” or a type of thinking.  In CHRISTMAS EVE from Christ and Christmas, by Mary Baker Eddy, there is a train in the decapitated Christmas tree.  The true “train of thought” follows, or is seen, in CHRISTMAS MORN with the angel’s wedding gown train.  In this train you can see many faces representing generic man in all its infinite genders.  The Christ-mass tree is also symbolic of the ecclesiastical despotic tree of knowledge of good and evil, for around its trunk is a coiled serpent.

[3] This fact is even substantiated in the Kabala tree of life matrix.

[4] It is also of importance, I feel, that the word surge (of surgery) has to do with electricity.  Electricity is a cohort of animal magnetism and mesmerism.

[5] This is the Adam dream, he never woke up!

[6] Man has twenty-four ribs.

[7] Here divine Science means “the woman.”

[8] The material senses are derived from the nervous system (the red serpent).

[9] Being naked means that Adam believed himself to be dressed in matter and not Spirit.

[10] This is where the New Testament begins.

[11] S&H 582:28

[12] S&H 583:5

[13] In the “Glossary” Mary Baker Eddy tells us that this dust (and ground) is “nothingness.”

[14] Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary

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