Book of Origin – Chapter 1

by MJSmith

Chapter 1 – THE CREATION OF THE IDEAL MAN (Christ Head)/CHURCH (Christ Body)

      Genesis is the book about man’s origin.  Man is completely and totally spiritual, or of spiritual origin, hence, the book known as GENESIS, the first book in the Bible, begins with the Truth, God’s Truth, about man’s origin (or genesis).  The first creation story (Genesis 1-2:3) is about the spiritual creation of ideas as the universe, plants, animals, and man.  The God of the spiritual ideas being created is called Elohim, which is plural.  This plurality does not express the idea that there is more than one God, but rather that God is complete and is both Father and Mother of the universe, world, and man/woman.  And God is also complete in that He-She is Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love.
      A short bridge of versus 4 and 5, in chapter 2, follows the first creation (of spiritual ideas).  Then comes the second creation story about the inverse creation of matter where man is in the forefront of creation by a totally different God called the Lord God. The second creation (allegory) begins with Genesis 2:6 where the Lord God (Jehovah, a tribal god) creates a material man out of the dust (nothingness) of the ground’s red clay.  This second creation is really about the material organization in religious church and the physical body.
      I feel that most Christians fail to understand the fact that the book of Genesis presents two creations instead of one.  This is an important fact to accept!  Recently (September 2011) I purchased a DVD college lecture series on the book of Genesis.  The instructor presents the book in a literature fashion, which is interesting, but it lacks the spiritual interpretation of Genesis.  I am grateful for the outlines he presents, although he does not even understand what he has presented to his students or to himself!  I feel that this is because he does not understand the seven synonymous terms for God, nor does he really understand how the Seven Days relate to the literary layout of Abraham’s story (etc.).
      He asks the question, as I asked it to myself way back in 1999, why is the seventh day (Seventh Day of Love) not presented in the end of the first chapter of Genesis?  He says that this is unusual for literature.  He did not have an answer to his question either.  I have the answer to the question, as God provided it to me back in 1999!  The Six Days of Creation (the Seventh Day is the Sabbath only and not a Day of Creation) are presented in chapter one to present the ascending spiritual footsteps of man, or his journey up what I call the Major Pyramid Matrix of Truth (which is what God gave to me in 1999).
     So let us begin by understanding that the First Day represents the synonym of Mind, the Second Day represents the synonym of Spirit, the Third Day is for Soul, the Fourth Day is for Principle, the Fifth Day is for Life, and the Sixth Day is for Truth.  This concludes the Six Days of Creation that lands man upon the Capstone of Truth, and this is exactly where man-woman is given dominion over the earth because he-she is the spiritual reflection of God (Elohim our Father-Mother God).  These Six Days set up the pattern for the following Major Pyramid Matrix of Truth structures throughout the Bible.

            A Bible text informs us that “one day is like a thousand years to the Lord.”  Hence, each Day of Creation, presented in Genesis 1, can represent a period of six thousand years for man throughout history.  It certainly represents a timeline, and literary outline, of the Bible and its capstone Textbook of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

            Of course, I simplified the outline a bit, but this gives you the idea of what the Bible as a whole represents and how it fits in with the Six Days of Creation structure of Genesis 1.  This is not to say that mankind’s complete history is made up of 7,000 years only, it simply means that the spiritual development presented to us via the two books covers a time period of 7,000 years.  And perhaps evolutionists and creationists should begin to look at the Bible’s timeline in this way?

      The following layout is for the first creation with its tones of the synonyms, the four Sciences of God, and the divine calculus.  Although it is presented to you in a linear fashion, please remember that we are on the Side of Life and we are ascending upward until we reach the end of Genesis 1.
      The introduction to the First Record is found in Science and Health pages 502:22-503:17 with the exegesis of Genesis 1:1.  Here we find the divine creation from the standpoint of Science itself (p. 502:24-24[,]), divine Science (p.502:25[,]- 27), absolute Christian Science (502:27-29), and Christian Science (p. 502:29-503:5).[1]

exegesis

Genesis i. 1.  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Ideas and identities

Science itself
      The infinite has no beginning.  This word beginning is employed to signify the only, —

divine Science
…that is, the eternal verity and unity of God and man, including the universe.

absolute Christian Science
The creative Principle, —Life, Truth, and Love—is God. The universe reflects God.  There is but one creator and one creation.

Christian Science
This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected.  These ideas range from the infinitesimal to infinity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God.

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      Next comes the divine creation from the standpoint of divine Science (page 503:6-17) as divine Science (page 503:9-12), as the Word (page 503:12-14[,]), as the Christ (page 503:14[,]-15), and as Christianity (page 503:15-17).

Genesis i.2.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Spiritual harmony

divine Science as divine Science
      The divine Principle and idea constitute spiritual harmony, — heaven and eternity.  In the universe of Truth, matter is unknown.  No supposition of error enters there.

divine Science as the Word
Divine Science, the Word of God, saith to the darkness upon the face of error, “God is All-in-all,”

divine Science as the Christ
…and the light of ever present Love illumines the universe.

divine Science as Christianity
Hence the eternal wonder, — that infinite space is peopled with God’s ideas, reflecting Him in countless spiritual forms.

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The Word as the Word

      Now we come to the tone of Mind (S&H 503:18-505:3) in this First Day.  There is first the tone of Mind as Mind, then Mind as Spirit, and finally Mind as Soul.

Mind as Mind

Genesis i.3.  And God said, Let there be light:  and there was light.

      Immortal and divine Mind presents the idea of God:  first, in light; second, in reflection; third, in spiritual and immortal forms of beauty and goodness.  But this Mind creates no element nor symbol of discord and decay.  God creates neither erring thought, mortal life, mutable truth, nor variable love.

Mind as Spirit

Genesis i. 4.  And God saw the light, that it was good:  and God divided the light from the darkness.

     God, Spirit, dwelling in infinite light and harmony from which emanates the true idea, is never reflected by aught but the good.

Mind as Soul

Genesis i. 5.  And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night.  And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Light preceding the sun
     All questions as to the divine creation being both spiritual and material are answered in this passage, for though solar beams are not yet included in the record of creation, still there is light.  This light is not from the sun nor from volcanic flames, but it is the revelation of Truth and of spiritual ideas.  This also shows that there is no place where God’s light is not seen, since Truth, Life, and Love fill immensity and are ever-represent.  Was not this a revelation instead of a creation?

Evenings and mornings
     The successive appearing of God’s ideas is represented as taking place on so many evenings and mornings, — words which indicate, in the absence of solar time, spiritually clearer views of Him, views which are not implied by material darkness and dawn.  Here we have the explanation of another passage of Scripture, that ‘one day is with the Lord as a thousand years.’  The rays of infinite Truth, when gathered into the focus of ideas, bring light instantaneously, whereas a thousand years of human doctrines, hypotheses, and vague conjectures emit no such effulgence.

Spirit versus darkness
     Did infinite Mind create matter, and call it light?  Spirit is light, and the contradiction of Spirit is matter, darkness, and darkness obscures light.  Material sense is nothing but a supposition of the absence of Spirit.  No solar rays nor planetary revolutions form the day of Spirit.  Immortal Mind makes its own record, but mortal mind, sleep, dreams, sin, disease, and death have no record in the first chapter of Genesis.

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     Next follows the Second Day of Spirit (S&H 505:4-506:14) with Spirit as Mind, Spirit as Spirit, and Spirit as Soul.

Spirit as Mind

Genesis i. 6.  And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

Spiritual firmament
     Spiritual understanding, by which human conception, material sense, is separated from Truth, is the firmament.  The divine Mind, not matter, creates all identities, and they are forms of Mind, the ideas of Spirit apparent only as Mind, never as mindless matter nor the so-called material senses.

Spirit as Spirit

Genesis i. 7.  And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters, which were above the firmament:  and it was so.

Understanding imparted
     Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth.  The Psalmist saith:  “The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.”  Spiritual sense is the discernment of spiritual good.  Understanding is the line of demarcation between the real and unreal.  Spiritual understanding unfolds Mind, — Life, Truth, and Love, — and demonstrates the divine sense, giving the spiritual proof of the universe in Christian Science.

Original reflected
     This understanding is not intellectual, is not the result of scholarly attainments; it is the reality of all things brought to light.  God’s ideas reflect the immortal, unerring, and infinite.  The mortal, erring, and finite are human beliefs, which apportion to themselves a task impossible for them, that of distinguishing between the false and the true.  Objects utterly unlike the original do not reflect that original.  Therefore matter, not being the reflection of Spirit, has no real entity.  Understanding is a quality of God, a quality which separates Christian Science from supposition and makes Truth final.

Spirit as Soul

Genesis i. 8.  And God called the firmament Heaven.  And the evening and the morning were the second day.

Exalted thought
     Through divine Science, Spirit, God, unites understanding to eternal harmony.  The calm and exalted thought or spiritual apprehension is at peace.  Thus the dawn of ideas goes on, forming each successive stage of progress.

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     The next step upward is to the Third Day of Soul (S&H 506:15-509:8) with the tones of Soul as Mind, Soul as Spirit, Soul as Soul, Soul as Principle, and Soul as Life.

Soul as Mind

Genesis i. 9.  And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear:  and it was so.

Unfolding of thoughts
     Spirit, God, gathers unformed thoughts into their proper channels, and unfolds these thoughts, even as He opens the petals of a holy purpose in order that the purpose may appear.

Soul as Spirit

Genesis i. 10.  And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called He Seas:  and God saw that it was good.

Spirit names and blesses
     Here the human concept and divine idea seem confused by the translator, but they are not so in the scientifically Christian meaning of the text.  Upon Adam devolved the pleasurable task of finding names for all material things, but Adam has not yet appeared in the narrative.  In metaphor, the dry land illustrates the absolute formations instituted by Mind, while water symbolizes the elements of Mind.  Spirit duly feeds and clothes every object, as it appears in the line of spiritual creation, thus tenderly expressing the fatherhood and motherhood of God.  Spirit names and blesses all.  Without natures particularly defined, objects and subjects would be obscure, and creation would be full of nameless offspring, — wanderers from the parent Mind, strangers in a tangled wilderness.

The Word as the Christ

Soul as Soul

Genesis i. 11.  And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth and it was so.

Divine propagation
     The universe of Spirit reflects the creative power of the divine Principle, or Life, which reproduces the multitudinous forms of Mind and governs the multiplication of the compound idea man.  The tree and herb do not yield fruit because of any propagating powers of their own, but because they reflect the Mind which includes all.  A material world implies a mortal mind and man a creator.  The scientific divine creation declares immortal Mind and the universe created by God.

Ever-appearing creation
     Infinite Mind creates and governs all, from the mental molecule to infinity.  This divine Principle of all expresses Science and art throughout His creation, and the immortality of man and the universe.  Creation is ever appearing, and must ever continue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source.  Mortal sense inverts this appearing and calls ideas material.  Thus misinterpreted, the divine idea seems to fall to the level of a human or material belief, called mortal man.  But the seed is in itself, only as the divine Mind is All and reproduces all — as Mind is the multiplier, and Mind’s infinite idea, man and the universe, is the Soul of all.  Mind is Life, Truth, and Love which governs all.

Soul as Principle

Genesis i. 12.  And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind:  and God saw that it was good.

Mind’s pure thought
     God determines the gender of His own ideas.  Gender is mental, not material.  The seed within itself is the pure thought emanating from divine Mind.  The feminine gender is not yet expressed in the text.  Gender means simply kind or sort, and does not necessarily refer either to masculinity or femininity.  The word is not confined to sexuality, and grammars always recognize a neuter gender, neither male nor female.  The Mind or intelligence of production names the female gender last in the ascending order of creation.  The intelligent individual idea, be it male or female, rising from the lesser to the greater, unfolds the infinitude of Love.

Soul as Life

Genesis i. 13.  And the evening and the morning were the third day.

Rising to the light
     The third stage in the order of Christian Science is an important one to the human thought, letting in the light of spiritual understanding.  This period corresponds to the resurrection, when Spirit is discerned to be the Life of all, and the deathless Life, or Mind, dependent upon no material organization.[2]  Our Master reappeared to his students, — to their apprehension he rose from the grave, — on the third day of his ascending thought, and so presented to them the certain sense of eternal Life.

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     We proceed upward to the Fourth Day of Principle (S&H 509:9-511:18) with Principle in the tones of Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, and Life.

Principle as Mind

Genesis i. 14.  And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven, to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.

Rarefaction of thought
     Spirit creates no other than heavenly or celestial bodies, but the stellar universe is no more celestial than our earth.  This text gives the idea of the rarefaction of thought as it ascends higher.  God forms and peoples the universe.  The light of spiritual understanding gives gleams of the infinite only, even as nebulae indicate the immensity of space.

Divine nature appearing
     So-called mineral, vegetable, and animal substances are no more contingent now on time or material structure than they were when “the morning stars sang together.”  Mind made the “plant of the field before it was in the earth.”  The periods of spiritual ascension are the days and seasons of Mind’s creation, in which beauty, sublimity, purity, and holiness — yea, the divine nature — appear in man and the universe never to disappear.

Spiritual ideas apprehended
     Knowing the Science of creation, in which all is Mind and its ideas, Jesus rebuked the material thought of his fellow-countrymen:  “Ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?”  How much more should we seek to apprehend the spiritual ideas of God, than to dwell on the objects of sense!  To discern the rhythm of Spirit and to be holy, thought must be purely spiritual.

Principle as Spirit

Genesis i. 15.  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the ehaven, to give light upon the earth:  and it was so.

     Truth and Love enlighten the understanding, in whose “light shall we see light,” and this illumination is reflected spiritually by all who walk in the light and turn away from a false material sense.

Principle as Soul

Genesis i. 16.  And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night:  He made the stars also.

Geology a failure
     The sun is a metaphorical representation of Soul outside the body, giving existence and intelligence to the universe.  Love alone can impart the limitless idea of infinite Mind.  Geology has never explained the earth’s formations; it cannot explain them.  There is no Scriptural allusion to solar light until time has been already divided into evening and morning; and the allusion to fluids (Genesis i. 2) indicates a supposed formation of matter by the resolving of fluids into solids, analogous to the suppositional resolving of thoughts into material things.

Spiritual subdivision
     Light is a symbol of Mind, or Life, Truth, and Love, and not a vitalizing property of matter.  Science reveals only one Mind, and this one shining by its own light and governing the universe, including man, in perfect harmony.  This forms ideas, its own images, subdivides and radiates their borrowed light, intelligence, and so explains the Scripture phrase, “whose seed is in itself.”  Thus God’s ideas “multiply and replenish the earth.”  The divine Mind supports the sublimity, magnitude, and infinitude of spiritual creation.

Principle as Principle

Genesis i. 17, 18.  And God set them in the firmament of the heaven, to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness and God saw that it was good.

Darkness scattered
     In divine Science, which is the seal of Deity and has the impress of heaven, God is revealed as infinite light.  In the eternal Mind, no night is there.

Principle as Life

Genesis i. 19.  And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

     The changing glow and full effulgence of God is infinite ideas, images, mark the periods of progress.

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     We now climb up to the Fifth Day of Life (S&H 511:19-513:13) with Life in the tones of Mind, Spirit, Soul, and Principle.

Life as Mind

Genesis i. 20.  And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

Soaring aspirations 
     To mortal mind, the universe is liquid, solid, and aeriform.  Spiritually interpreted, rocks and mountains stand for solid and grand ideas.  Animals and mortals metaphorically present the gradation of mortal thought, rising in the scale of intelligence, taking form in masculine, feminine, or neuter gender.  The fowls, which fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven, correspond to aspirations soaring beyond and above corporeality to the understanding of the incorporeal and divine Principle, Love.

Life as Spirit

Genesis i. 21.  And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind:  and God saw that it was good.

Seraphic symbols
     Spirit is symbolized by strength, presence, and power, and also by holy thoughts, winged with Love.  These angels of His presence, which have the holiest charge, abound in the spiritual atmosphere of Mind, and consequently reproduce their own characteristics.  Their individual forms we know not, but we do know that their natures are allied to God’s nature; and spiritual blessings, thus typified, are the externalized, yet subjective, states of faith and spiritual understanding.

The Word as Christianity

Life as Soul

Genesis i. 22.  And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas; and let fowl multiply in the earth.

Multiplication of pure ideas
     Spirit blesses the multiplication of its own pure and perfect ideas.  From the infinite elements of the one Mind emanate all form, color, quality, and quantity, and these are mental, both primarily and secondarily.  Their spiritual nature is discerned only through the spiritual senses.  Mortal mind inverts the true likeness, and confers animal names and natures upon its own misconceptions.  Ignorant of the origin and operations of mortal mind, — that is, ignorant of itself, — this so-called mind puts forth its own qualities, and claims God as their author; albeit God is ignorant of the existence of both this mortal mentality, so-called, and its claim, for the claim usurps the deific prerogatives and is an attempted infringement on infinity.

Life as Principle

Genesis i. 23.  And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

Spiritual spheres         
     Advancing spiritual steps in the teeming universe of Mind lead on to spiritual spheres and exalted beings.  To material sense, this divine universe is dim and distant, gray in the sombre hues of twilight; but anon the veil is lifted, and the scene shifts into light.  In the record, time is not yet measured by solar revolutions, and the motions and reflections of deific power cannot be apprehended until divine Science becomes the interpreter.

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The Word as Christianity

     And we finally come to the Capstone of Truth (S&H 513:14-519:6), with Truth repeating the seven synonymous terms for God as Truth in its Word order.

Truth as Mind in the tone of Mind – the Word as the Word

Genesis i. 24.  And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind:  and it was so.

Continuity of thoughts
     Spirit diversifies, classifies, and individualizes all thoughts, which are as eternal as the Mind conceiving them; but the intelligence, existence, and continuity of all individuality remain in God, who is the divinely creative Principle thereof.

Truth as Spirit in the tone of Spirit – the Word as the Word

Genesis i. 25.  And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind:  and God saw that it was good.

God’s thoughts are spiritual realities
      God creates all forms of reality.  His thoughts are spiritual realities.  So-called mortal mind — being nonexistent and consequently not within the range of immortal existence — could not by simulating deific power invert the divine creation, and afterwards recreate persons or things upon its own plane, since nothing exists beyond the range of all-inclusive infinity, in which and of which God is the sole creator.  Mind joyous in strength, dwells in the realm of Mind.  Mind’s infinite ideas run and disport themselves.  In humility they climb the heights of holiness.

Truth as Spirit in the tone of Soul – the Word as the Word

Qualities of thought
      Moral courage is “the lion of the tribe of Juda,” the king of the mental realm.  Free and fearless it roams in the forest.  Undisturbed it lies in the open field, or rests in “green pastures, …beside the still waters.”[3]  In the figurative transmission from the divine thought to the human, diligence, promptness, and perseverance are likened to “the cattle upon a thousand hills.”[4]  They carry the baggage of stern resolve, and keep pace with highest purpose.  Tenderness accompanies all the might imparted by Spirit.  The individuality created by God is not carnivorous, as witness the millennial estate pictured by Isaiah: —

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
And the calf and the young lion, and the fatling together;
And a little child shall lead them.

Creatures of God useful
      Understanding the control which Love held over all, Daniel felt safe in the lions’ den, and Paul proved the viper to be harmless.  All of God’s creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, usefull, indestructible.  A realization of the grand verity was a source of strength to the ancient worthies.  It supports Christian healing, and enables its possessor to emulate the example of Jesus.  “And God saw that it was good.”

The serpent harmless
      Patience is symbolized by the tireless worm, creeping over lofty summits, persevering in its intent.  The serpent of God’s creating is neither subtle nor poisonous, but is a wise idea, charming in its adroitness, for Love’s ideas are subject to the Mind which forms them, — the power which changeth the serpent into a staff.

Truth as Soul in the tone of the Truth – the Christ as the Christ

Genesis i. 26.  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Elohistic  plurality
      The eternal Elohim includes the forever universe.  The name Elohim is in the plural, but this plurality of Spirit does not imply more than one God, nor does it imply three persons in one.  It relates to oneness, the tri-unity of Life, Truth, and  Love.  “Let them have dominion.”  Man is the family name for all ideas, — the sons and daughters of God.  All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power.

Reflected likeness
      Your mirrored reflection is your own image or likeness.  If you lift a weight, your reflection does this also.  If you speak, the lips of this likeness move in accord with yours.  Now compare man before the mirror to his divine Principle, God.  Call the mirror divine Science, and call man the reflection.  Then note how true, according to Christian Science, is the reflection to its original.  As the reflection of yourself appears in the mirror, so you, being spiritual, are the reflection of God.  The substance, Life, intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; and when we subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this true likeness and reflection everywhere.

Truth as Soul in the tone of Love – the Christ as the Christ

Love imparts beauty
      God fashions all things, after His own likeness.  Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence.  Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light.  The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, “The meek shall inherit the earth.”  The modest arbutus sends her sweet breath to heaven.  The great rock gives shadow and shelter.  The sunlight glints from the church-dome, glances into the prison-cell, glides into the sick-chamber, brightens the flower, beautifies the landscape, blesses the earth.  Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God’s dominion over all the earth.  Man and woman is coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.

Truth as Principle in the tone of Soul – the Christ as the Christ

Genesis i. 27.  So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.

Ideal man and woman
     To emphasize this momentous thought, it is repeated that God made man in His own image, to reflect the divine Spirit.  It follows that man is a generic term.  Masculine, feminine, and neuter genders are human concepts.  In one of the ancient languages the word for man is used also as the synonym of mind.  This definition has been weakened by anthropomorphism, or a humanization of Deity.  The word anthropomorphic, in such a phrase as “an anthropomorphic God,” is derived from two Greek words, signifying man and form, and may be defined as a mortally mental attempt to reduce Deity to corporeality.  The life-giving quality of Mind is Spirit, not matter.  The ideal man corresponds to creation, to intelligence, and to Truth.  The ideal woman corresponds to Life and to Love.  In divine Science, we have not as much authority for considering God masculine, as we have for considering Him feminine, for Love imparts the clearest idea of Deity.

Truth as Principle in the tone of Spirit – the Christ as the Christ

Divine personality
     The world believes in many persons; but if God is personal, there is but one person, because there is but one God.  His personality can only be reflected, not transmitted.  God has countless ideas, and they all have one Principle and parentage.  The only proper symbol of God as person is Mind’s infinite ideal.  What is this ideal?  Who shall behold it?  This ideal is God’s own image, spiritual and infinite.  Even eternity can never reveal the whole of God, since there is no limit to infinitude or to its reflections.

The Word as Science (the Side of Life)

The Truth as Life – Christianity as Christianity

Genesis i. 28.  And God blessed them and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

The Truth as Life in the tone of Life – Christianity as Christianity

     Divine Love blesses its own ideas, and causes them to multiply, — to manifest His power.

The Truth as Life in the tone of Truth – Christianity as Christianity (Birthright of man)

Man is not made to till the soil.  His birthright is dominion, not subjection.

The Truth as Life in the tone of Love – Christianity as Christianity

He is lord of the belief in earth and heaven, — himself subordinate alone to his Maker.  This is the Science of being.

The Truth as Truth – Christianity as Christianity

Genesis i. 29, 30.  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed, to you it shall be for meat.  And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat:  and it was so.

The Truth as Truth in the tone of Spirit – Christianity as Christianity (Assistance in brotherhood)

      God gives the lesser idea of Himself for a link to the greater, and in return, the higher always protects the lower.  The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father;…

The Truth as Truth in the tone of Soul – Christianity as Christianity

…and blessed is that man who seeth his brother’s need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another’s good.

The Truth as Truth in the tone of Mind – Christianity as Christianity

Love giveth to the least spiritual idea might, immortality, and goodness, which shine through all as the blossom shines through the bud.  All the varied expressions of God reflect health, holiness, immortality — infinite Live, Truth, and Love.

The Word as Science (the Side of Light)

Truth as Love – Science as Science

Genesis i. 31.  And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good.  And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

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

     And so ends the first chapter of Genesis and we now begin descending down the Major Pyramid Matrix of Truth, with the Seventh Day of Love (S&H 519:7-520:15).

Love as Truth

Genesis ii. 1.  Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

Infinity measureless
     Thus the ideas of God in universal being are complete and forever expressed, for Science reveals infinity and the fatherhood and motherhood of Love.  Human capacity is slow to discern and to grasp God’s creation and the divine power and presence which go with it, demonstrating its spiritual origin.  Mortals can never know the infinite, until they throw off the old man and reach the spiritual image and likeness.  What can fathom infinity!  How shall we declare Him, till, in the language of the apostle, “we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ”?

Love as Love – Science as Science

Genesis ii. 2.  And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.

Resting in holy work Love and man coexistent
     God rests in action.  Imparting has not impoverished, can never impoverish, the divine Mind.  No exhaustion follows the action of this Mind, according to the apprehension of divine Science.  The highest and sweetest rest, even from a human standpoint, is in holy work.  Unfathomable Mind is expressed.  The depth, breadth, height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all space.  That is enough!  Human language can repeat only an infinitesimal part of what exists.  The absolute ideal, man, is no more seen nor comprehended by mortals, than is his infinite Principle, Love.  Principle and its idea, man, are coexistent and eternal.  The numerals of infinity, called seven days, can never be reckoned according to the calendar of time.  These days will appear as mortality disappears, and they will reveal eternity, newness of Life, in which all sense of error forever disappears and thought accepts the divine infinite calculus.

     This is where Mary Baker Eddy stops in “Genesis” with the first creation story.  It is true that we cannot count on (reckon) the 7,000 year period of calendar time to magically make mankind be at one mental consciousness with God.  Just because time passes does not mean that you will pass the test!  It is up to each of us to recognize our oneness with God.  It is our duty to reach the goal, to climb up the Major Pyramid Matrix of Truth for ourselves.

     To continue on…there is slightly more in our descent, and I think that we can see it as the following.

Love as Love – Science as divine Science

Genesis 2:3 – And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it:  because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Love as Love – Science as absolute Christian Science

Genesis 2:4a – These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created,

     In the absolute we have perfection of heaven being manifested on earth.  It is complete and whole, the generation process is finished.  However, in the inverse Adam dream, which is about to be sprung upon us, we have to work in the tone of Christian Science.  And so we have Genesis 2:4b.

Love as Love – Science as Christian Science

Genesis 2:4b – …in the day that the Lord God [Jehovah] made the earth and the heavens,

     In the first part of the fourth verse it reads “heavens and of the earth” for the subjective tone of absolute Christian Science while in the second part of the fourth verse it reads “the earth and the heavens” for the objective tone of relative Christian Science.  It is in the objective viewpoint where the inverse takes place so.  These two sections of verse 4 are part of the bridge that we stand upon while reading this section of chapter 2.  As we look to the Elohim creation we see the perfection of ideas, however, when we turn our head in the other direction we see the Lord God [Jehovah] creation of material organization.  However, Mary Baker Eddy actually translates Jehovah back into love in her rendition of the 23rd Psalm at the end of “The Apocalypse.”

     We now can proceed with the Bridge section of “Genesis” (S&H 520:18-521:17).

The Word as the Word

Genesis ii. 5. …and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew:  for the Lord God [Jehovah] had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

Growth is from Mind
     Here is the emphatic declaration that God creates all through Mind, not through matter, — that the plant grows, not because of seed or soil, but because growth is the eternal mandate of Mind.  Mortal thought drops into the ground, but the immortal creating thought is from above, not from beneath.  Because Mind makes all, there is nothing left to be made by a lower power.  Spirit acts through the Science of Mind,…

The Word as the Christ

…never causing man to till the ground, but making him superior to the soil.  Knowledge of this lifts man above the sod, above earth and its environments, to conscious spiritual harmony and eternal being.

The Word as Christianity

Spiritual narrative
     Here the inspired record closes its narrative of being that is without beginning or end.  All that is made is the work of God, and all is good.  We leave this brief, glorious history of spiritual creation (as stated in the first chapter of Genesis) in the hands of God, not of man, in the keeping of Spirit, not matter, — joyfully acknowledging now and forever God’s supremacy, omnipotence, and omnipresence.

The Word as Science

     The harmony and immortality of man are intact.  We should look away from the opposite supposition that man is created materially, and turn our gaze to the spiritual record of creation, to that which should be engraved on the understanding and heart “with the point of a diamond” and the pen of an angel.

     [This angel being Mary Baker Eddy (the angel of Revelation 10).  She finishes with…]

     “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)


[1] I apologize to those of you who have read my previous book – Code to the Scriptures – as much of this is repeat.  Feel free to skim over parts that you feel you are acquainted with already.

[2] This includes a church body, as well as, the human body.

[3] This quote is from Psalms 23 (found at the end of “The Apocalypse” chapter).  It depicts the lion I spotted by the pond in “The Way” (the eleventh illustration of Christ and Christmas, by Mary Baker Eddy).

[4] These cattle are also found on the hillside of “The Way.”

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