More on Christ and Christmas and Animal Magnetism
MORE ON CHRIST AND CHRISTMAS and ANIMAL MAGNETISM
The following excerpt is from Paul R. Smillie’s book (pages 71-75) In Defense of Mary Baker Eddy and the Remnant of Her Seed.
How are we to view Christ and Christmas?
Mrs. Eddy’s book, Christ and Christmas, and comments of hers and others concerning it, give us a view from the following: (1) deification based in idolatry, (2) blasphemy [blasphemy means “breaking the law”] based in ignorant superstition, or (3) from the correct view given us by Mrs. Eddy. Here she describes the first and second views: “Evil was, and is, the illusion of breaking the First Commandment [blasphemy], ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me.’ It is either idolizing something and somebody, or hating them: it is the spirit of idolatry, envy, jealousy, covetousness, superstition, lust, hypocrisy, witchcraft.” (Mis. p.123:3) The first view (1) is deification of personality, while the second (2) is blasphemy.
Mr. Peel [Robert Peel, a Christian Scientist, wrote Mary Baker Eddy: Years of Authority; this book was an attack on Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science] says that Mrs. Eddy…”explicitly denied that the woman in the picture represented a person.” (Auth. p.390 #27) What Mrs. Eddy said was that the picture did not represent personality. Continuing, Mr. Peel informs us that the sitting figure that looks like Christ Jesus, is Jesus. How, therefore, can the figure that looks like Mrs. Eddy not be Mrs. Eddy? The figure of Christ Jesus represents the spiritual idea, the identity known as Christ Jesus, and that is not personality. The figure of Mary Baker Eddy represents the spiritual idea, the identity known as Mrs. Eddy, and that is not personality. Many Christian Scientists, including Mr. Peel, do not understand the difference between personality and individuality. They label as deification any reference to a person’s individuality. That is why Mrs. Eddy cautioned us by saying, “Advanced scientific students are ready for ‘Christ and Christmas;’ but those are a minority of its readers….” (Mis. p. 308:12-13) Obviously, those students who see Christ and Christmas as described in the first and second views above do not understand the book.
Mrs. Eddy also said, “All clergymen may not understand the illustrations in ‘Christ and Christmas;’ or that these refer not to personality, but present type and shadow of Truth’s appearing in the womanhood as well as in the manhood of God, our divine Father and Mother.” (Mis. p.33:7) What two individuals presented the ideal manhood and womanhood of God? Which two revealed the fatherhood and the motherhood of God? Remember, spiritual individuality is viewed through spiritual sense, and personality is viewed through material sense. In his book, Mr. Peel quotes Mrs. Eddy’s reference to Christ and Christmas, “To impersonalize scientifically the material sense of existence — other than cling to personality — is the lesson of to-day.” (Auth. p.64) To impersonalize the figures does not mean the figures do not represent the “type and shadow” of the ideal manhood and womanhood of God. Mrs. Eddy is not saying the figures do not represent Christ Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy, the spiritual ideas. Christian Scientists personalize much in their experience and they did this many times to Mrs. Eddy, and she did not want this done. But to impersonalize truth does not mean we de-individualize the one who brought the truth. There were many who saw her place in Bible prophecy and recognized her place as being fulfilled by the spiritual idea, Mrs. Eddy, just as the spiritual Jesus fulfilled prophecy, but not the personal Jesus. The test for us all is to see the spiritual idea in its impersonal depict but not de-identify or de-individualize her.
The following may help to further explain this issue. Your shadow is cast by yourself. The shadow is not your identity, but certainly represents your individual identity. Just as your shadow represents you so you, as a human, must represent your true identity. We would not annihilate, obliterate, or erase the type and shadow, but are grateful for the reality they represent and reveal to us.
Mr. Peel wrote, “The Stetson trauma had brought its own blessing to the founder of Christian Science in a deepened sense of what she had written years before in connection with Christ and Christmas: ‘Idolatry is an easily-besetting sin of all peoples.’” (Auth. p. 348) Does Mr. Peel mean that Mrs. Eddy felt Christ and Christmas was idolatrous? Or does he mean that all who see Mrs. Eddy and Jesus in Christ and Christmas are idolatrous? Shouldn’t he have made it clear that seeing the personal sense of Jesus and Mrs. Eddy in Christ and Christmas could tend to be idolatrous?
In addition he wrote, “If she should be deified by her followers, the truth she had expounded would again be lost to the world.” (Auth. p. 206) Those new to Christian Science think that the greatest danger is in deifying Mrs. Eddy; but that is not so. Mrs. Eddy was not afraid of being deified, as she knew the greatest error was total rejection of her. She wrote, “As a rule the Adam-race are not apt to worship the pioneer of spiritual ideas—but ofttimes to shun him as their tormentor.” (‘00 p.3:15-18) Superstition then ignorantly views all love, respect, gratitude, and appreciation for her as deification.
At this point, I will pause to move onto another excerpt from page 76 of Smillie’s book:
…In Mrs. Eddy’s day, the dictionary definition of ‘worship’ was “to adore, to pay divine honors to, to reverence with supreme respect.” The 1980 dictionary definition is “a service or the showing of reverence for Deity.” This 1980 definition is a complete change from the definition used in the dictionaries of Mrs. Eddy’s day. The modern definition is due to the influence of Romanism. So we now have lecturers and teachers telling Christian Scientists not to worship Mrs. Eddy, but have you noticed, they do not say we are “to adore, to pay divine honors to, to reverence with supreme respect.”
Many words have actually been “redefined” since Mary Baker Eddy’s day, this was done on purpose. It was done as another type of attack, by the red dragon, so that people would become confused as to the meaning of words written in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and Mary Baker Eddy’s other works. Now, to continue with Smillie’s work.
Then Mr. Peel writes, “Did, for instance, the aureoled female figure standing hand in hand with Jesus and bearing a scroll labeled ‘Christian Science’ represent Truth, or did she represent Mrs. Eddy?” (p.60) Mr. Peel then goes on to declare that, of course, it did not represent Mrs. Eddy. Again, we see the danger of not understanding the difference between personality and individuality. Mrs. Eddy wrote:
I feel this Poem and its illustrations are the same as my other works on Christian Science, fresh from the spirit of inspiration. Those who criticize them seem to know neither me nor the Divine Principle that is revealing itself to this age.
Mrs. Eddy’s Letters to Augusta Stetson, p, 17
This quote makes clear why she said that only “advanced scientific students are ready for ‘Christ and Christmas’….” (Mis. p. 308:12)
How does Mr. Peel feel about Christ and Christmas? He terms it “…a Christmas gift book by a self-taught artist from rural Vermont…” (p.44) It was not a Christmas gift book, and God supplied this “self-taught artist,” from not just Vermont but rural Vermont. What part of Vermont was not rural in those days? How does Mr. Peel define the other artist of Christ and Christmas, his Leader: “…an untrained theologian from rural New Hampshire….” What school of theology did Jesus attend?
I will answer that, he attended Rural Nazareth Academy! I would also like to add, before moving on, that the main reason for the poem book was to straighten out the thoughts of her followers (as to her place in Bible prophecy) so that the opposition in getting The First Church built would be handled, so that the opposition would lessen and fall away. And believe me, the builders did have much opposition to overcome during the nine months of building (nine months to symbolize the birth of a man child?).
Speaking of Miss Annie Dodge, who wrote lovingly of Christ and Christmas, Mr. Peel says, “This fulsome young lady….” (p.61) ‘Fulsome’ is defined as “disgusting because excessive.” He then ridicules her qualifications in critiquing Mrs. Eddy’s work. Then to top it all off we read, “Neither Mrs. Eddy nor James Gilman was qualified or inclined to dispute young Miss Dodge’s judgment….” Here is that intellectually inadequate Mrs. Eddy and that “untrained artist from rural Vermont” again. [Read for yourself Miss Dodge’s words concerning Christ and Christmas in Miscellaneous Writings, p.375:8-15 following Smillie’s writing] Mr. Peel then goes on to say that Miss Dodge “dragged Botticelli and Fra Angelico like twin red herrings [loaded words] across the serious questions raised by Christ and Christmas.” (e.a.) Whose serious questions? [Probably the one writing the book Authority] Who says that Mrs. Eddy did not know what she was doing or that Gilman was not much of an artist? Is Robert Peel an art critic too?
In her letter, Miss Dodge goes on to say (Mis. p.376:8), referring to Jesus, “The face having been taken by Fra Angelico from Caesar’s Cameo, the figure and garments from a description, in The Galaxy, of a small sketch handed down from the living reality. Their productions are expressionless copies of an engraving cut in a stone. Yours is a palpitating living Savior engraven on the heart. You have given us back our Jesus and in a much better form.”
Peel tells us that Mrs. Eddy wrote severely to Annie Dodge in order to stop her from engaging in personality worship. (Auth. p.298) Again, this does not mean Annie Dodge was incorrect in her artistic assessments, it merely means that the origin of her statements was incorrect. As we know, Jesus accepted recognition of his place in prophecy from those who saw it correctly, even called some of them fools who did not recognize it. But when the recognition of his place came through personal sense, Jesus was quick to shut it off.
We are all aware that many looked upon the illustrations in Christ and Christmas as a golden calf, and saw the figures as representing personality. However, the “advanced scientific students” saw these as “type and shadow” that pointed to spiritual reality. Mrs. Eddy wrote an early student, “I intended the book for a novelty and an awakening, then for the readers to return to the books for study that teach not through the senses, but take one away from them. It is as pernicious for any one but a child to give that book to one, or use it for one’s self for healing, as to take drugs.” (S.L. p.19)
“‘Christ and Christmas’ voices Christian Science through song and object-lesson. In two weeks from the date of its publication in December , 1893, letters extolling it were pouring in from artists and poets.” (Mis. p.372:7)
Many Christian Scientists refuse to appreciate Christ and Christmas, not being “advanced scientific students.” When asked by the London Onlooker for a list of her six most important works, Mrs. Eddy named Christ and Christmas as fifth on the list. For those who think it only a Christmas gift book, let us consider Mrs. Newman’s statement (WKMBE Vol. 1, p.31), “She [Mary Baker Eddy] spoke at this time with ardor of her work on her illustrated poem, ‘Christ and Christmas.’ It was evidently dear to her heart.” Mrs. Eddy wrote to Carol Norton, “Christ and Christmas was an inspiration from beginning to end. The power of God and the wisdom of God was even more manifest in it and guided me more perceptibly, as those of my household can attest, than when I wrote Science and Health…He [God] taught me that the art of Christian Science has come through inspiration the same as its Science has. Hence the great error of human opinions passing judgment on it.” (Founding CS p.177, Grekel)
This is the end of Smillie’s piece. The following is from Miscellaneous Writings p. 371:26-376:15
“CHRIST AND CHRISTMAS”
An Illustrated Poem
This poem and its illustrations are as hopelessly original as is “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.” When the latter was first issued, critics declared that it was incorrect, contradictory, unscientific, unchristian; but those human opinions had not one feather’s weight in the scales of God. The fact remains, that the textbook of Christian Science is transforming the universe.
“Christ and Christmas” voices Christian Science through song and object-lesson. In two weeks from the date of its publication in December, 1893, letters extolling it were pouring in from artists and poets. A mother wrote, “Looking at the pictures in your wonderful book has healed my child.”
Knowing that this book would produce a stir, I sought the judgment of sound critics familiar with the works of masters in France and Italy. From them came such replies as the following: “The illustrations of your poem are truly a work of art, and the artist seems quite familiar with delineations from the old masters.” I am delighted to find “Christ and Christmas” in accord with the ancient and most distinguished artists.
The Christian Science Journal gives no uncertain declaration concerning the spirit and mission of “Christ and Christmas.”
I aimed to reproduce, with reverent touch, the modest glory of divine Science. Not by aid of foreign device or environment could I copy art, — never having seen the painter’s masterpieces; but the art of Christian Science, with true hue and character of the living God, is akin to its Science: and Science and Health gives scopes and shades to the shadows of divinity, thus imparting to humanity the true sense of meekness and might.
One incident serves to illustrate the simple nature of art.
I insisted upon placing the serpent behind the woman in the picture “Seeking and Finding.” My artist at the easel objected, as he often did, to my sense of Soul’s expression through the brush; but, as usual, he finally yielded. A few days afterward, the following from Rotherham’s translation of the New Testament was handed to me, — I had never before seen it: “And the serpent cast out of his mouth, behind the woman, water as a river, that he might cause her to be river-borne.” Neither material finesse, standpoint, nor perspective guides the infinite Mind and spiritual vision that should, does, guide His children.
One great master clearly delineates Christ’s appearing in the flesh, and his healing power, as clad not in soft raiment or gorgeous apparel; and when forced out of its proper channel, as living feebly, in king’s courts. This master’s thought presents a sketch of Christianity’s state, in the early part of the Christian era, as homelessness in a wilderness. But in due time Christianity entered into synagogues, and, as St. Mark writes, it has rich possession here, with houses and lands. In Genesis we read that God gave man dominion over all things; and this assurance is followed by Jesus’ declaration, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth,” and by his promise that the Christlike shall finally sit down at the right hand of the Father.
Christian Science is more than a prophet or a prophecy: it presents not words alone, but works, — the daily demonstration of Truth and Love. Its healing and saving power was so great a proof of Immanuel and the realism of Christianity, that it caused even the publicans to justify God. Although clad in panoply of power, the Pharisees scorned the spirit of Christ in most of its varied manifestations. To them it was cant and caricature, — always the opposite of what it was. Keen and alert was their indignation at whatever rebuked hypocrisy and demanded Christianity in life and religion. In view of this, Jesus said, “Wisdom is justified of all her children.”
Above the fogs of sense and storms of passion, Christian Science and its art will rise triumphant; ignorance, envy, and hatred — earth’s harmless thunder — pluck not their heaven-born wings. Angels, with overtures, hold charge over both, and announce their Principle and idea.
It is most fitting that Christian Scientists memorize the nativity of Jesus. To him who brought a great light to all ages, and named his burdens light, homage is indeed due, — but is bankrupt. I never looked on my ideal of the face of the Nazarite Prophet; but the one illustrating my poem approximates it.
Extremists in every age either doggedly deny or frantically affirm what is what: one renders not unto Caesar “the things that are Caesar’s;” the other sees “Helen’s beauty in a brow of Egypt.”
Pictures are portions of one’s ideal, but this ideal is not one’s personality. Looking behind the veil, he that perceives a semblance between the thinker and his thought on canvas, blames him not.
Because my ideal of an angel is a woman without feathers on her wings, — is it less artistic or less natural? Pictures which present disordered phases of material conceptions and personality blind with animality, are not my concepts of angels. What is the material ego, but the counterfeit of the spiritual?
The truest art of Christian Science is to be a Christian Scientist; and it demands more than a Raphael to delineate this art.
The following is an extract from a letter reverting to the illustrations of “Christ and Christmas”: —
“In my last letter, I did not utter all I felt about the wonderful new book you have given us. Years ago, while in Italy, I studied the old masters and their great works of art thoroughly, and so got quite an idea of what constitutes true art. Then I spent two years in Paris, devoting every moment to the study of music and art.
“The first thing that impressed me in your illustrations was the conscientious application to detail, which is the foundation of true art. From that, I went on to study each illustration thoroughly, and to my amazement and delight I find an almost identical resemblance, in many things, to the old masters! In other words, the art is perfect.
“The hands and feet of the figures—how many times have I seen these hands and feet in Angelico’s ‘Jesus,’ or Botticelli’s ‘Madonna’!
“It gave me such a thrill of joy as no words can express, to see produced to-day that art — the only true art — that we have identified with the old masters, and mourned as belonging to them exclusively, — a thing of the past, impossible of reproduction.
“All that I can say to you, as one who gives no mean attention to such matters, is that the art is perfect. It is the true art of the oldest, most revered, most authentic Italian school, revived. I use the words most authentic in the following sense: the face, figure, and drapery of Jesus, very closely resemble in detail the face, figure, and drapery of that Jesus portrayed by the oldest of the old masters, and said to have been authentic; the face having been taken by Fra Angelico from Caesar’s Cameo, the figure and garments from a description, in The Galaxy, of a small sketch handed down from the living reality. Their productions are expressionless copies of an engraving cut in a stone. Yours is a palpitating, living Saviour engraven on the heart. You have given us back one Jesus, and in a much better form.”
I actually wrote the following before I wrote what is above, but because I feel that the serpent behind the woman was touched upon, I want to present the article on animal magnetism here.
MORE ABOUT ANIMAL MAGNETISM
Revelation 12:1 – And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
The chapter “Animal Magnetism Unmasked” is in the tone of the Christ as the Word. This tone is placed on the Unity Matrix (Stargate) for Window of the Open Book with the Keystone (key’s-tone) for the “Woman God-crowned.” Who is the Christ as the Word in this Keystone window if not the woman God-crowned – Mary Baker Eddy? These facts are of vast importance! The main reason why they are so important is because it is the woman God-crowned (spoken of in Revelation 12) that is the one who unmasks (uncovers) animal magnetism. And this woman God-crowned is Mary Baker Eddy – Leader of the Christian Science Cause.
“Animal Magnetism Unmasked” is the fifth chapter in the Textbook – Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. Jacob’s fifth son is Dan. When we follow the divine calculus pattern Dan’s location on the wheel corresponds to the Woman God-crowned Keystone. Dan is defined by Mary Baker Eddy to be “animal magnetism.” Is there any doubt, once the Unity Matrix is understood, that Mary Baker Eddy was pointing to herself as being the woman God-crowned?
It is also of interest that Paul Smillie presents the red dragon’s flood starting at the number 12 position on the clock (although he did not consciously know this when he wrote about it) in the tone of Love, and then moves clockwise to Truth (1), Life (2), Spirit (3), Soul (4), Mind (5), and Principle at the number 6. (I have the dragon’s flood presented further on in this article.)
Notice on the illustration below of “Seeking and Finding,” from Christ and Christmas, the time depicted on the clock’s wheel.
This time depicts the slice of Keystone Pie belonging to the woman God-crowned! I am here to tell you that this is no accident. It was done on purpose, and what is even more important is that the time depicted on this Grandmother Clock (Mary Baker Eddy is my Grand Mother in Science) points us to Revelation 12:1-5.
“True estimate of God’s messenger
“Heaven represents harmony, the divine Science interprets the Principle of heavenly harmony. The great miracle, to human sense, is divine Love, and the grand necessity of existence is to gain the true idea of what constitutes the kingdom of heaven in man. This goal is never reached while we hate our neighbor or entertain a false estimate of anyone whom God has appointed to voice His Word.” [Mary Baker Eddy is speaking of herself here as the one “appointed to voice His Word.”] “Again, without a correct sense of its highest visible idea [the author of this book], we can never understand the divine Principle [God]. The botanist must know the genus and species of a plant in order to classify it correctly. As it is with things, so it is with persons.” This includes patriarchs, Moses, prophets, Jesus, Paul, and Mary Baker Eddy.
“Abuse of the motives and religion of St. Paul hid from view the apostle’s character, which made him equal to his great mission. Persecution of all who have spoken something new and better of God has not only obscured the light of the ages, but has been fatal to the persecutors. Why? Because it has hid from them the true idea which has been presented. To misunderstand Paul, was to be ignorant of the divine idea he taught. Ignorance of the divine idea betrays at once a greater ignorance of the divine Principle of the idea — ignorance of Truth and Love. The understanding of Truth and Love, the Principle which works out the ends of eternal good and destroys both faith in evil and the practice of evil, leads to the discernment of the divine idea.
Agassiz, through his microscope, saw the sun in an egg at a point of so-called embryonic life. Because of his more spiritual vision, St. John saw an ‘angel standing in the sun.’ The Revelator beheld the spiritual idea [who would later be known as Mary Baker Eddy] from the mount of vision. Purity was the symbol of Life and Love. The Revelator saw also the spiritual ideal as a woman clothed in light, a bride coming down from heaven, wedded to the Lamb of Love. To John, ‘the bride’ and ‘the Lamb’ represented the correlation of divine Principle and spiritual idea, God and His Christ, bringing harmony to earth.”
She is warning us that persecution of herself is harmful to the Cause of Christian Science.
An espousal is a spouse or betrothed one. The angel and the woman God-crowned are the betrothed ONE, or she is being, coming to mankind as, the Truth as ONE. John saw the angel and the woman she says, and both are Mary Baker Eddy. The angel of Revelation 10 is her manhood while the woman God-crowned is her Womanhood. The Lamb is the Christ while the bride is the Word of God; they are married in this tone of the Christ as the Word as one wedded individual the divine Principle as the Word of God and the spiritual idea as the Christ bringing harmony to earth.
She is going to explain to us in the next paragraph how it is possible that she is the angle and the woman God-crowned because she came in the form of the human and divine coincidence (co-in-side-ence of the human and the divine).
“Divinity and humanity
“John saw the human and divine coincidence, shown in the man Jesus, as divinity embracing humanity in Life and its demonstration, — reducing to human perception and understanding the Life which is God. In divine revelation, material and corporeal self-hood disappear, and the spiritual idea is understood.” (S&H 561:16)
Since Jesus came as the masculine representative of the Christ – as the human and divine coincidence – she is now able to make it clear to the reader that Mary Baker Eddy came as the feminine representative of the Christ – as the human and divine coincidence.
“The woman in the Apocalypse symbolizes generic man, the spiritual idea of God; she illustrates the coincidence of God and man as the divine Principle and divine idea. The Revelator symbolizes Spirit by the sun. This spiritual idea is clad with the radiance of spiritual Truth [betrothed to itself], and matter is put under her feet. The light portrayed is really neither solar nor lunar, but spiritual Life, which is ‘the light of men.’ In the first chapter of the Fourth Gospel it is written, ‘There was a man sent from God…to bear witness of that Light.’” (S&H 561:22)
Mary Baker Eddy wrote the following to her secretary Calvin Frye: “The first experience of mind in entering upon the discovery of Christian Science was the entire stoppage of the periods that are believed to be concurrent with the moon. Hence that saying of the Revelator of the spiritual idea, ‘The moon was under her feet’. Often it seems to be discouraging to hear my female students talk of this period as if it was part of their life, normal and scientific.” (DCC p.109)
“John the Baptist prophesied the coming of the immaculate Jesus, and John saw in those days the spiritual idea as the Messiah, who would baptize with the Holy Ghost, — divine Science. As Elias presented the idea of the fatherhood of God, which Jesus afterwards manifested, so the Revelator completed this figure with woman, typifying the spiritual idea of God’s motherhood. The moon is under her feet. This idea reveals the universe as secondary and tributary to Spirit, from which the universe borrows its reflected light, substance, life, and intelligence. (S&H 561:32-562:10 infuses added)
She is speaking of herself here. It cannot be any clearer that she is the second coming of Christ.
“Spiritual idea crowned
“The spiritual idea [Mary Baker Eddy] is crowned with twelve stars. The twelve tribes of Israel with all mortals, — separated by belief from man’s divine origin and the true idea, — will through much tribulation yield to the activities of the divine Principle of man in the harmony of Science. These are the stars in the crown of rejoicing. They are the lamps in the spiritual heavens of the age, which show the workings of the spiritual idea by healing the sick and the sinning, and by manifesting the light which shines ‘unto the perfect day’ as the night of materialism wanes.” (S&H 562:11)
A moon also wanes!
Revelation 12:2 – And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
“Travail and joy
“Also the spiritual idea is typified by a woman in travail, waiting to be delivered of her sweet promise, but remembering no more her sorrow for joy that the birth goes on; for great is the idea, and the travail portentous.” (S&H 562:24)
The word portent means, in part, “foreshadows a coming event.” This travail foreshadows the coming event of Christian Science.
Revelation 12:3 – And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
“The dragon as a type
“Human sense may well marvel at discord, while, to a diviner sense, harmony is the real and discord the unreal. We may well be astonished at sin, sickness, and death. We may well be perplexed at human fear; and still more astounded at hatred, which lifts its hydra [water] head, showing its horns in the many inventions of evil. But why should we stand aghast at nothingness? The great red dragon symbolizes a lie, — the belief that substance, life, and intelligence can be material. This dragon stands for the sum total of human error. The ten horns of the dragon typify the belief that matter has power of its own, and that by means of an evil mind in matter the Ten Commandments can be broken.” (S&H 563:1)
In Christian Science water is a symbol for the elements of divine Mind. The four riverheads in Genesis are one true aspect of the story as they represent the divine calculus. But even more than this, the river of Gihon represents the rights of the one woman being acknowledged! “Gihon. The rights of woman [not women] acknowledged morally, civilly, and socially.” (S&H 587:3) The seven hydra (water) heads of the red dragon represent seven types of false teachings about the woman God-crowned.
I happened to see a news program where a study had been done on cheating during test taking. People were likely to cheat if they saw someone that belonged to their group doing it. If the person that cheated was thought of as the enemy they refused to cheat. When the host asked the psychologist what could be done to stop cheating. The man told the host that they had proved that if those about to take the test were asked to think about the Ten Commandments before they took the test that they did not cheat. The honesty had to do with the test takers being reminded of the moral code we all are expected to live by. I think it also has to do with the fact that when we remember and have our thoughts on God we cannot help but act morally.
“The sting of the serpent
“The Revelator lifts the veil from this embodiment of all evil, and beholds its awful character; but he also sees the nothingness of evil and the allness of God. The Revelator sees that old serpent [from the Garden of Eden], whose name is devil or evil, holding untiring watch, that he may bite the heel of truth and seemingly impede the offspring of the spiritual idea [the woman], which is prolific [fruitful] in health, holiness, and immortality.” (S&H 563:15)
This paragraph takes me back to Genesis 3 when the woman (not yet misidentified by male energy [Adam] to be Eve – mother of all men of matter) is given her God-crowned mission. “And I will put enmity between thee [the serpent] and the woman, and between thy seed [children of Cain] and her [remnant, children of Israel (Seth)] seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow [travail] thou shalt bring forth children [the spiritual idea]; and thy desire shall be to thy husband [which is the Christ-Truth], and he shall rule [govern] over thee [with Principle].” (Verse 15 and 16)
Jesus is shown to be in the lineage of Seth (Third Degree), the lineage that never died out, unlike the lineage of Cain (First Degree). It is interesting that Cain killed Abel (Second Degree). What is it that Abel represents? He represents the human, while Seth represents spiritual understanding. When Christian Scientists refuse to accept Mary Baker Eddy’s place in Bible prophecy, the second coming of Christ, because they have listened to the red dragon they are killing their own humanity. In this instance the red dragon says, “The human consciousness, the Second Degree, is not God bestowed. Hence, God does not know Mrs. Eddy.” They are not able to accept their own human and divine coincidence if they do not accept Mary Baker Eddy’s human and divine coincidence! When Christian Scientists listen to the red dragon’s propaganda flood the following happens.
Revelation 12:4 – And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
“The serpentine form stands for subtlety, winding its way amidst all evil, but doing this in the name of good. Its sting is spoken of by Paul, when he refers to ‘spiritual wickedness in high places.’ It is the animal instinct in mortals [the zodiac of astrology is animal magnetism], which would impel them to devour each other and cast out devils through Beelzebub.
“As of old, evil still charges the spiritual idea [Mary Baker Eddy] with error’s own nature and methods. This malicious animal instinct, of which the dragon is the type, incites mortals to kill morally and physically even their fellow-mortals, and worse still, to charge the innocent with the crime. This last infirmity of sin will sink its perpetrator into a night without a star [of Boston].” (S&H 563:27-564:9)
The enemies of Christian Science claim that Mary Baker Eddy stole Christian Science from the mesmerist known as Doctor Phineus Parkhurst Quimby. Christian Science and mesmerism are total opposites. Furthermore Quimby never wrote down any of his methods for healing, and there is the question if he ever really healed his patients as most of them suffered from relapse.
Where do the “spiritually wicked in high places” reside if not in high offices of church and state?
“The author [Mary Baker Eddy] is convinced that the accusations against Jesus of Nazareth and even his crucifixion were instigated by the criminal instinct here described. The Revelator speaks of Jesus as the Lamb of God and of the dragon as warring against innocence. Since Jesus must have been tempted in all points, he, the immaculate, met and conquered sin in every form. The brutal barbarity of his foes could emanate from no source except the highest degree of human depravity [which, thank goodness, is only the First Degree]. Jesus ‘opened not his mouth.’ Until the majesty of Truth should be demonstrated in divine Science, the spiritual idea was arraigned before the tribunal of so-called mortal mind, which was unloosed in order that the false claim of mind in matter might uncover its own crime of defying immortal Mind.” (S&H 564:10)
“Doom of the dragon
“From Genesis to the Apocalypse, sin, sickness, and death, envy, hatred, and revenge, — all evil, — are typified by a serpent, or animal subtlety [astrology]. Jesus said, quoting a line from the Psalms, ‘They hated me without a cause.’ The serpent is perpetually close upon the heel of harmony. From the beginning to the end, the serpent pursues with hatred the spiritual idea [the woman]. In Genesis, this allegorical, talking serpent typifies mortal mind, ‘more subtle than any beast of the field.’ In the Apocalypse, when nearing its doom, this evil increases and becomes the great red dragon, swollen with sin, inflamed with war against spirituality, and ripe for destruction. It is full of lust and hate, loathing the brightness of divine glory.” (S&H 564:24-565:5)
The red dragon’s tall tale fooled the third (the First Degree) of the stars of heaven. One third of the stars fall to the earth (dust, nothingness = where Adam and the serpent hang out together).
Revelation 12:5 – And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
“The conflict with purity
“Led on by the grossest element of mortal mind [the First Degree], Herod decreed the death of every male child in order that the man Jesus, the masculine representative of the spiritual idea, might never hold sway and deprive Herod of his crown. The impersonation of the spiritual idea had a brief history in the earthly life of our Master; but ‘of his kingdom there shall be no end,’ for Christ, God’s idea, will eventually rule all nations and peoples — imperatively, absolutely, finally — with divine Science. This immaculate idea, represented first by man and, according to the Revelator, last by woman, will baptize with fire; and the fiery baptism will burn up the chaff of error with the fervent heat of Truth and Love, melting and purifying even the gold [divine] of human character. After the stars sang together and all was primeval harmony, the material lie made war upon the spiritual idea; but this only impelled the idea to rise to the zenith of demonstration, destroying sin, sickness, and death, and to be caught up unto God, — to be found in its divine Principle.” (S&H 565:9 infuses added)
Revelation 12 makes it clear that Mary Baker Eddy’s manchild, Christ Science, is caught up unto God, hence it is protected from the red dragon’s malicious mental malpractice. It is after this that the red dragon changes its tactics, or method of attack. It turns its attention toward the woman and tries to kill her.
Revelation 12:6 – And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
The woman flees, or flies, into the wilderness. “Wilderness….Spontaneity of thought and idea; the vestibule in which a material sense of things disappears, and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence.” (S&H 597:16)
The thousand two hundred and sixty days (2,260 days, 3.5 years, or 42 months) simply stands for an indefinite time period, or rather, for however long it seems to take for the war between the flesh and Spirit to end.
Michael is Truth, the Truth that Christian Science demonstrates. The angels of Michael (Truth) are “God’s thoughts passing to man.” The dragon’s angels are thoughts of error, of scholastic theology, thoughts that come from animal magnetism (male energy). What the angel thoughts belonging to error (animal magnetism, the red dragon of Adam man) pass on to man is the false belief and false teachings that Mary Baker Eddy is not the woman God-crowned.
“As the children of Israel were guided triumphantly through the Red Sea, the dark ebbing and flowing tides of human fear, — as they were led through the wilderness, walking wearily through the great desert of human hopes, and anticipating the promised joy—so shall the spiritual idea guide all right desires in their passage from sense to Soul, from a material sense of existence to the spiritual, up to the glory prepared for them who love God. Stately Science pauses not, but moves before them, a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night, leading to divine heights.” (S&H 566:1)
Revelation 12:7, 8 – And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought, and his angels, and [the red dragon] prevailed not; neither was there place found any more in heaven.
“The Old Testament assigns to the angels, God’s divine messages, different offices. Michael’s characteristic is spiritual strength. [S]He leads the hosts of heaven against the power of sin, Satan, and fights the holy wars. Gabriel has the more quiet task of imparting a sense of the ever-presence of ministering Love. These angels deliver us from the depths. Truth and Love come nearer in the hour of woe, when strong faith or spiritual strength wrestles and prevails through the understanding of God [as Jacob did before seeing his brother face to face – as the face of God]. The Gabriel of His presence has no contests. To infinite, ever-present Love, all is Love, and there is no error, no sin, sickness, nor death. Against Love, the dragon warreth not long, for he is killed by the divine Principle. Truth and Love prevail against the dragon because the dragon cannot war with them. Thus endeth the conflict between the flesh and Spirit.” (S&H 566:29-567:13)
The red dragon can never win, nor can it have any location in the mental realm of harmony. Is it at all possible that the Truth and Love which needs to be brought out has to do with Mary Baker Eddy’s place in Bible prophecy as the woman God-crowned – the second coming of Christ?
In Genesis Jacob presents the tone of Christianity with his life saga. The living creature for Christianity is the face of a man. Jacob wrestled with God’s angel because he was afraid of meeting his brother, he was afraid that his brother would kill him. What came to Jacob was that he had believed a lie about his brother, the lie that his brother could be a murderer or be seeking revenge. He had believed that his brother was of the First and Second Degrees instead of the Second and Third Degrees. The false believe was a belief in the coincidence of matter and human as one, while the Truth was that his brother was like he was, as they were twins, and so Jacob had to spiritually understand, via his angel messenger (the Third Degree), that Esau was a human and divine coincidence of oneness. Jacob had to understand that both his own humanity and his brother’s humanity WAS God bestowed! When he understood this then he saw Esau’s face as if it were God’s face, in other words, he saw Esau’s divine nature. He then Loved his brother and feared him no more.
I recommend that you read The Book of Origin, as I speak of Jacob and Esau. But to quickly review what I did say after Jacob’s wrestling is that in the morning that followed he placed his favorite wife and favorite son last in order. Most people reading this, I know I did for quite some time, believe that this meant that Jacob still feared his brother and was trying to protect Rachel and Joseph. But this is not true at all. It is because of Jacob’s new “spiritual understanding” (of the Third Degree) that he creates a new matrix order. He places Rachel and Joseph under the tone of Science, and it is because of this that we are capable of having Joseph’s life saga present the tone of Science to us in the chapters that follow. And it is because of this that Rachel will conceive again and give birth to Jacob’s thirteenth child (twelfth son) that completes the Israelite nation.
Revelation 12:9 – And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
This “old serpent” is the same serpent spoken of in Genesis 3, the same serpent that the woman exposed to be the one evil, Satan.
“Dragon cast down to earth
“That false claim — that ancient belief, that old serpent whose name is devil (evil), claiming that there is intelligence in matter either to benefit or to injure men — is pure delusion, the red dragon; and it is cast out by Christ, Truth, the spiritual idea [Mary Baker Eddy], and so proved to be powerless. The words ‘cast unto the earth’ show the dragon to be nothingness, dust to dust; and therefore, in his pretence of being a talker, he must be a lie from the beginning. His angels [thoughts], or messages, are cast out with their author. The beast and the false prophets are lust and hypocrisy. These wolves in sheep’s clothing are detected and killed by innocence, the Lamb of Love [Mary Baker Eddy].” (S&H 567:18)
The angel of Revelation 10 stands upon the sea of lust (for power) and the land of hypocrisy with her right and left feet, so she has dominion over the red dragon’s two beasts. The beast upon the land is literally a wolf in sheep’s clothing (or rather a goat [devil] in a Lamb of God costume). This beast pretends to be the spiritual idea (Lamb of God), but by its description we know it is a fake because it has horns. A lamb is a young animal and it has no horns.
It is our recognition and acceptance of Mary Baker Eddy as Leader of Christian Science that exposes these “wolves” and they are detected and killed (error is destroyed).
“Warfare with error
“Divine Science shows how the Lamb slays the wolf. Innocence and Truth overcome guilt and error. Ever since the foundation of the world, ever since error would establish material belief, evil has tried to slay the Lamb; but Science is able to destroy this lie, called evil. The twelfth chapter of the Apocalypse typifies the divine method of warfare in Science, and the glorious results of this warfare. The following chapters depict the fatal effects of trying to meet error with error. The narrative follows the order used in Genesis. In Genesis, first the true method of creation is set forth [with the man/woman that has dominion over the earth] and then the false [a Lord God Jehovah creates Adam man from nothingness (dust, red clay, or mud of the earth)]. Here, also, the Revelator first exhibits the true warfare and then the false.
Christian Scientists must come to understand what the true method of warfare is! I have already spoken of it. The true method of warfare is to recognize, accept, acknowledge, and spiritually understand Mary Baker Eddy as Leader of the Cause, as the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, and as the second coming of Christ. The following four quotes are just some of Mary Baker Eddy’s own words upon this “warfare.”
“The united plans of the evildoers is to cause the beginners either in lecturing or teaching or in our periodicals to keep Mrs. Eddy as she is (what God knows of her and revealed to Christ Jesus) out of sight, and to keep her as she is not (just another white haired old lady) constantly before the public. This kills two birds with one stone. It darkens the spiritual sense of students and misguides the public. Why? Because it misstates the idea of the divine Principle that you are trying to demonstrate and hides it from the sense of the people.” (Divinity Course and General Collectanea [Blue Book]p.109,e.a.)
“‘For the world to understand me in my true light, and life, would do more for our Cause than aught else could. This I learn from the fact that the enemy tries harder to hide these two things from the world than to win any other points. Also Jesus’ life and character in their first appearing were treated in like manner and I regret to see that loyal students are not more awake to this great demand in their measures to meet the enemies’ tactics.” (Letter to Kimball, 1893, e.a.) Notice she says, “in their first appearing.” This points us to Jesus’ God-crowned mission as Christ Jesus. It also means that Jesus’ life and character has a second appearing during Mary Baker Eddy’s God-crowned mission. It was part of her mission to help the world understand Jesus in his true light and true life.
“Keeping the truth of her character [Mary Baker Eddy’s character] before the public will help the students, and do more than all else for the Cause. Christianity in its purity was lost by defaming and killing its defenders. Do not let this period repeat this mistake. The truth in regard to your Leader heals the sick and saves the sinner. The lie has just the opposite effect, and the evil one that leads all evil in this matter knows this more clearly than do the Christian Scientists in general.” (Collectanea of Items about Mary Baker Eddy; by Gilbert C. Carpenter, Jr. p.74, e.a.)
“When a student loses the true sense of me, and what I do, he is at the threshold of the plunge so many make into darkness, believing the darkness is a greater light.” (Ibid.p.73,e.a.)
From just these four samples we can see why it is so important for Christian Scientists to stand up for their Leader’s place and recognize her importance in God’s divine plan.
She also said, “There is too much looking backward two thousand years. They will find that there is a Way here in Concord as well as in Palestine.” (Recollections of Mary Baker Eddy; by James F. Gilman [artist for Christ and Christmas] p.81)
Revelation 12:10 – And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation [Science and Health], and [spiritual] strength, and the kingdom of our God [within man’s consciousness], and the power of his Christ [first manifested by Jesus Christ and now is fulfilled by the Womanhood of Mary Baker Eddy]: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Adam, the old serpent, the red dragon of ecclesiastical despotism and male energy is the accuser, the one who takes Mary Baker Eddy to court. This accuser dragged the spiritual idea into the courts during the early days of the Christian Science Cause because of the malpractitioners, those who used animal magnetism to harm Mary Baker Glover and her students. In 1901 it tried again with the Josephine Woodbury Suit. In this suit the wayward student, Woodbury, made the claim that Mary Baker Eddy taught her students that she was the woman God-crowned. Before this suit came to court Judge Hanna was working on an article for a periodical hinting at the idea that Mary Baker Eddy is the woman God-crowned. She was guiding him with his statements and she did approve of the article, however, when the suit came up she had to put the article on the back burner (so to speak), as she knew that it would allow Woodbury to win her suit. The Hannas were even asked to leave town so that they would not be called to testify in court upon the matter of Mary Baker Eddy’s place.
Then in 1907 the red dragon tried another attack with Joseph Pulitzer’s Next Friend Suit. But this failed too, as the following verse tells us:
Revelation 12:11 – And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
These attacks failed because Mary Baker Eddy was in the wilderness.
Revelation 12:12 – Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
“Paean [divine calculus] of jubilee [fifty years]
“For victory over a single sin, we give thanks and magnify the Lord of Hosts. What shall we say of the mighty conquest over all sin? A louder song, sweeter than has ever before reached high heaven, now rises clearer and nearer to the great heart of Christ; for the accuser is not there, and Love sends forth her primal and everlasting strain. Self-abnegation, by which we lay down all for Truth, or Christ, is our warfare against error, is a rule in Christian Science. This rule clearly interprets God as divine Principle, — as Life, represented by the Father; as Truth, represented by the Son; as Love, represented by the Mother. Every mortal at some period, here or hereafter, must grapple with and overcome the mortal belief in a power opposed to God.” (S&H 568:24-569:5)
The paragraph head for this paragraph is of much importance. It is mentioned in Genesis that a period of about fifty years took place after Joseph’s death, and the new Pharaoh knew not Joseph. That Pharaoh typified the material senses of the material body. Had the Christian Scientists forgotten Mary Baker Eddy’s place by 1960? Some remembered, for a while, the remnant seed remembered, but the red dragon of ecclesiastical despotism has continuously poured forth its wormwood flood. It seems sad that by 2010, another jubilee, Mary Baker Eddy is unknown by most of the world. But we can take comfort in that the divine calculus was opened up within the first fifty years and that in the second fifty years it has been explained to the world over the Internet.
“The robe [mantle of successorship] of Science
“The Scripture, ‘Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many,’ is literally fulfilled, when we are conscious of the supremacy of Truth, by which the nothingness of error is seen; and we know that the nothingness of error is in proportion to its wickedness. He that touches the hem of Christ’s robe and masters his mortal beliefs, animality, and hate, rejoices in the proof of healing, — in a sweet and certain sense that God is Love. Alas for those who break faith with divine Science and fail to strangle the serpent of sin as well as of sickness! They are dwellers still in the deep darkness of belief. They are in the surging sea of error, not struggling to lift their heads above the drowning wave [of the dragon’s flood].” (S&H 569:6)
To me the word successorship simply means that the Christ is present to those that are successful healers and demonstrators of divine Science. It is also important to remember that the one who touched the hem of Christ’s robe was a woman and not a man. It is womanhood, not mortal man, that masters “mortal beliefs, animality, and hate” and “rejoices in the proof of healing, — in a sweet and certain sense that God is Love.”
“Expiation [acts of atonement] of suffering
“What must the end be? They must eventually expiate their sin through suffering [permitting “it to be so now”]. The sin, which one has made his bosom companion, comes back to him at last with accelerated force, for the devil knoweth his time is short. Here the Scriptures declare that evil is temporal, not eternal. The dragon is at last stung to death by his own malice; but how many periods of torture it may take to remove all sin, must depend upon sin’s obduracy.” (S&H 569:20)
Revelation 12:13 – And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
“Apathy to occultism
“The march of mind and of honest investigation will bring the hour when the people will chain, with fetters of some sort, the growing occultism of this period. The present apathy as to the tendency of certain active yet unseen mental agencies will finally be shocked into another extreme mortal mood, — into human indignation; for one extreme follows another.” (S&H 570:1)
How does the red dragon persecute the woman? By putting forth false claims with its seven talking heads. The word “occult” means “hidden.” What is it that Mary Baker Eddy is going to warn us about that is hidden to her students that they show apathy toward? It must be her place in Bible prophecy. Occult also has to do with an obstruction [Adam] that gets in “The Way.” Occult is also defined as an eclipse, what is it that is trying to hide from view Mary Baker Eddy’s place in Bible prophecy?
Indignation means, “anger aroused by something unjust, unworthy, or mean.” When Christian Scientists are finally “shocked into another extreme mortal mood” which is human anger aroused by the red dragon’s unjust, unworthy, and mean words about Mary Baker Eddy then there will no longer be any apathy (lack of interest or concern over error’s methods of attacks, its flood of erroneous words) and healing will begin to take place again and crime will be held in check.
Mary Baker Eddy put this right underneath Revelation 12:13 that warns about the persecution of the woman. She is yelling at us to understand that the red dragon’s attack is against her and that it uses hidden methods of attack. These attacks are hidden to Christian Scientists because they are asleep or mesmerized by animal magnetism.
Revelation 12:14 – And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
The time, and times, and half a time is the same thing as the 1,260 days from verse 6. The two wings symbolize the omni-action of divine Science. The great eagle is the fourth living creature – Science. Again, she is in the wilderness, which is her place. I think that this could be her own understanding and acceptance of her place in Bible prophecy. So if she understands and accepts her place in Bible prophecy then her followers [her remnant seed] must understand and accept it as well. It is in this place that she is nourished (maintained and supported). Hence, Christian Scientists MUST maintain and support Mary Baker Eddy’s place in Bible prophecy that she is the second coming of Christ. THIS IS THE PERFECT METHOD OF WARFARE that Mary Baker Eddy told us that the twelfth chapter of Revelation presents.
Revelation 12:15, 16 – And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
“Millions of unprejudiced minds — simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert—are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ’s name and never fear the consequences. What if the old dragon should send forth a new flood to drown the Christ-idea? He can neither drown your voice with its roar, nor again sink the world into the deep waters of chaos [Babylon astrology] and old night. In this age the earth will help the woman; the spiritual idea will be understood. Those ready for the blessing you impart will give thanks. The waters will be pacified, and Christ will command the wave.” (S&H 570:14)
The red dragon’s flood is the opposite of the elements of Mind, the true source for the river of divine Science (the cup of cold water). This flood is meant to kill the woman. The following is from Paul Smillie’s (on page 4) book In Defense of Mary Baker Eddy and the Remnant of Her Seed. It tells us straight out that the flood is coming from the red dragon’s seven mouths (the red dragons spoken words).
These seven deceptions are dangerous to the Cause of Christian Science. Although I really appreciate the work in Science that Doorly and his followers have given to us I have a feeling that they have sort of fallen for the seventh head (the opposite of Principle) that it is irrelevant to make such a big deal over Mary Baker Eddy’s place in Bible prophecy and that she is the second coming of Christ. They prefer to think that all we really need is the “pure Science” of it all. But this does not get us anywhere if we do not tell the world who Mary Baker Eddy is.
“Hidden ways of iniquity
“When God heals the sick or the sinning, they should know the great benefit which Mind has wrought. They should also know the great delusion of mortal mind, when it makes them sick or sinful. Many are willing to open the eyes of the people to the power of good resident in divine Mind, but they are not so willing to point out the evil in human thought, and expose evil’s hidden mental ways of accomplishing iniquity.
“Why this backwardness, since exposure is necessary to ensure the avoidance of the evil? Because people like you better when you tell them their virtues than when you tell them their vices. It requires the spirit of our blessed Master to tell a man his faults, and so risk human displeasure for the sake of doing right and benefiting our race. Who is telling mankind of the foe in ambush? Is the informer one who sees the foe? If so, listen and be wise. Escape from evil, and designate those as unfaithful stewards who have seen the danger and yet have given no warning.” (S&H 570:26-571:14)
These “unfaithful stewards” are those belonging to the Board of Directors. Smillie said that the Six Points changed the second world war after the Board literally got on board with telling the world about Mary Baker Eddy’s place in Bible prophecy! Why is it that this little pamphlet is not in Christian Science Reading Rooms today?
I am grateful to Paul R. Smillie because he told me of the foe in ambush and I have been able to do so much for my Leader because of it.
“The armor of divinity
“At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil. Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you. The cement [congregation] of a higher humanity will unite all interests in the one divinity.
“Pure religion enthroned
“Through trope and metaphor, the Revelator, immortal scribe of Spirit and of a true idealism, furnishes the mirror in which mortals may see their own image. In significant figures he depicts the thoughts which he beholds in mortal mind. Thus he rebukes the conceit of sin, and foreshadows its doom. With his spiritual strength, he has opened wide the gates of glory, and illumined the night of paganism with the sublime grandeur of divine Science, outshining sin, sorcery, lust, and hypocrisy. He takes away mitre and sceptre. He enthrones pure and undefiled religion, and lifts on high only those who have washed their robes white in obedience and suffering.” (S&H 571:22-572:2)
The earth is known as Mother Nature, but it is not really Mother Nature that helps the woman, it is rather Womanhood that helps the Woman Mary Baker Eddy. It is the Womanhood found within the Remnant Seed – the Christian Scientists who maintain the Truth about Mary Baker Eddy’s place in Bible prophecy and support her place in Bible prophecy and understand her to be the second coming of Christ, as its feminine representative, that swallow up the red dragon’s flood (make it disappear). The red dragon’s flood is false propaganda about Mary Baker Eddy.
“Native nothingness of sin
“Thus we see, in both the first and last books of the Bible, — in Genesis and in the Apocalypse, — that sin is to be Christianly and scientifically reduced to its native nothingness. ‘Love one another’ (I John, iii. 23), is the most simple and profound counsel of the inspired writer. In Science we are children of God; but whatever is of material sense, or mortal, belongs not to His children, for materiality is the inverted image of spirituality.
“Fulfilment of the [Spirit of the] Law
“Love fulfils the law of Christian Science, and nothing short of this divine Principle, understood and demonstrated, can ever furnish the vision of the Apocalypse, open the seven seals of error with Truth, or uncover the myriad illusions of sin, sickness, and death. Under the supremacy of Spirit, it will be seen and acknowledged that matter must disappear.” (S&H 572:3-18)
Revelation 12:17 – And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
“What are the results of this error in the world?
“Worldwide struggles over leadership roles in families, churches, in business and political organizations, are the result of men fighting for supremacy in nations and their attempts at world domination. The world has one Leader and that one is a woman; however, this truth will never be seen until Christian Scientists accept this fundamental point. Who then is responsible for world chaos? M.A.M., sin, is in control and mankind does its bidding because Christian Scientists, the only ones who can stand against its false claims, are not standing. They are not firm in their resolve to love and support their Leader.
“Bliss Knapp’s experience related here, shows the results of this claim of original sin, the Adamic thought, operating in the movement over half a century ago. He wrote, ‘In January of 1929 I discerned mentally the gathering opposition to Mrs. Eddy. [At that time he was in Germany.] So I wrote the Board of Directors asking them to have Retrospection and Introspection translated into the same six languages into which Rudimental Divine Science and No and Yes had been translated, because already in Germany a play and two books were ready to be launched against Mrs. Eddy….”
Let me stop here to make this point – it says that the play and two books were against Mary Baker Eddy. This is not a fact generally known by history buffs is it? But here was a loyal follower of Mary Baker Eddy’s, Bliss Knapp (who understood and accepted his Leader’s place), in Germany living the history and he tells us that this actually did happen. We must wonder today why? If Mary Baker Eddy is not who I am claiming her to be, who I am writing to you about and stating for a fact that she is, then why would the Germans be so upset with this American woman who had passed on (to corporeal belief) on December 3, 1910? Was not this reaction toward Mary Baker Eddy what laid the groundwork for one Adolf Hitler?
“…When I reached home, I learned that the Directors had granted my request, and had turned the work over to Mr. Harry I. Hunt, the publisher of Mrs. Eddy’s writings.
“From that time, I kept in touch with Mr. Hunt; and after two years I began to discover a great opposition to those translations, expressed in all sorts of blockades and interferences. One day Mr. Hunt confessed to me there was apparently more opposition to Mrs. Eddy’s own statement about herself than to anything else in our movement. But he kept assuring me of progress in spite of blockades, until finally one by one the translations of Retrospection and Introspection began to appear. But the German translation, which was the most urgent of all, was the last to appear, and it came out only last September, five and a half years after the work was started!’ (MBE:PHP p.307)” This would have been 1934.
“Any student of history can tell you what was going on in Germany at that time, the rise of Naziism and Hitler. Do you remember what he was called?—Mein Fuhrer, which means my Leader. Mussolini was called Il Duce, the Leader. But false leadership could have had no power except that it built upon the latent hatred in mortal mind, the red dragon, for the true Leader, Mary Baker Eddy. If Christian Scientists had handled this hatred and The Mother Church had sent Retrospection and Introspection into Germany when requested by Bliss Knapp, Hitler’s rise to power could have been thwarted. But The Mother Church allowed the hatred for Mrs. Eddy to continue unhandled. World War II was to start very soon; first Europe, then the entire world, was encompassed in bloodshed. Do you think it was important to handle the hatred for Mrs. Eddy? Do you think it needs to be handled now, today?
“The lie must be met now or plagues, economic collapse, war and invasion will result. It can happen here….” It has happened here, in America, even as we speak our government in Washington D.C. is being invaded by the Muslim Brotherhood! You know the phrase, “If you can’t beat them [in war] join them [at home].” The United States has suffered great economical collapse and we have been at war in the Middle East ever since September 11, 2001. Our government seems to side with Islam over Israel. To continue…“Worldwide problems increase because the red dragon’s hatred of the woman goes unchecked. Mary Baker Eddy has revealed the Science of Christianity. Male egotism is furious. It cannot gain the heights of demonstration through this Science as she did. Does it attack the Science? No, it attacks the Revelator. It attempts to pull her down, minimizes her accomplishments and importance, and thus tries to approximate her lustre.
“The Jewish people, after they rejected our Lord, were destroyed by the Romans. The nation of Judah went into captivity for not listening to Jeremiah and Ezekiel. The Egyptians suffered plagues for resisting Moses. Rejection of Elijah brought drought and famine to the entire nation. We forfeit the influence of divine Love, as a nation and as a church, when we reject God’s messenger. Who do we think we are that we can reject God’s representative and escape the punishment for this original sin?”
Further on page 29 Smillie speaks about the Six Points.
“Mortal mind fools us
“Christian Scientists are quite willing to admit that Jesus fulfilled Bible prophecy, but they are not willing to admit the same for Mrs. Eddy. Isn’t it interesting that the people of Jesus’ time were willing to admit that Moses and the prophets fulfilled prophecy and God’s plan, but not Jesus? For years, those who accepted and saw Mrs. Eddy’s place in Bible prophecy as the Woman, have, by the general Christian Science population, been regarded as emotional fools. With regard to my articles, in the many letters I received over the years, very few were written in opposition; of those, none was able to use the books to prove his or her contention that Mrs. Eddy was not the woman, while I have used the books extensively to prove she was. It is becoming increasingly apparent from which corner the emotion is coming. Christian Scientists are deifying board members in churches, officials in Boston, teachers and practitioners, even readers. If our position cannot be defended in the books, our position is not worth defending.
“Just as we saw the danger grow in Germany as the result of resisting Mrs. Eddy’s place, so we subsequently saw what the official stand of The Mother Church in publishing the Six Points in recognition of her fulfillment of Bible prophecy produced. When these Six Points were published in the June 5, 1943 Sentinel, there were six major turning points in World War II which favored the Allies, who, until that point, were losing the war. The truth about these points was seen prior to this time, but it had no great effect on the world until the official position of the Christian Science Board of Directors concerning this issue was declared and published.
Can you imagine what in our time the official rejection of these Six Points has brought to the world? No need to imagine, we can see what has resulted: severe climatic, social, political and economic turmoil. Everything in our nation and in the world is out of control and headed for destruction, devastation, and desolation. Now  we’re being told there never were 57 pages of material called from published and unpublished statements of Mrs. Eddy’s that concerned her place in prophecy and that were condensed into these Six Points. And also, that there had only ever been a few pages, and now even those few pages cannot be found. I know of several individuals who saw the 57 pages in the Archives many years ago. Why the conspiracy to keep this material hidden? The committee of six who prepared the report on Mrs. Eddy’s place said, ‘We feel that the period of silence with regard to our Leader’s true status as revelator and messenger has continued all too long, and that it is high time the veil was gently lifted.’ (Association address by Roscoe Drummond.)
“We are faced with the present Board of Directors  trying to convince us that the boards of 1943 and 1962 were wrong, as were all the editors and associate editors of the periodicals who originally compiled the Six Points. The boards and editors of 1943 and 1962 were in a prosperous healing atmosphere, while the current Board of Directors presides over a rapidly deteriorating movement. Emotionalism will always justify. Original sin says, Do not talk about her while I am trying to turn the people against her, God’s representative. Remember, Jesus did not uncover animal magnetism, Mary Baker Eddy did and that is why Christian Scientists are accepting Jesus’ God-appointed mission and not Mrs. Eddy’s.
“Mrs. Eddy wrote, ‘When the Discoverer of Christian Science in this age must deal with sinning, so-called Christian Scientists, those who know their Leader as she is must be awake to the delusions of M.A.M. that would make Jerusalem a waste and desert place. Take up those transgressors in our midst who would undo the work of their Leader… Waken to the need of this hour that those who would set aside the Manual of The Mother Church with its just By-Laws see the sinfulness of their ways.’ (Divinity Course and General Collectanea p.53, e.a.)”
After this Mr. Smillie begins writing about mistakes made in Robert Peel’s third book (in the biography series on Mary Baker Eddy) – Years of Authority. There has been a letter that went out around the turn of our latest century stating that Peel was not the actual author of this third book, as it varied so much from the other two books. I cannot say which is true. If someone else wrote the book it does explain why it is so much different and why it attacked Mary Baker Eddy.
With all of this being said, can there be any wonder as to why biblical Christians attack Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science in their literature? Is there really any wonder as to why they think of it as a cult (they to not mean the wheel – cult)? It there any mystery as to why those who attended Christian Science Sunday schools grow up and turn against Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science and claim that they hate the Woman?
It is up to the Remnant Seed to help the woman. How do we help the Woman? We help her by knowing in our treatments that there can be no resistance or hatred for or toward Mary Baker Eddy. We must not hate anyone or anybody; we must impersonalise the errors as belonging to the red dragon, and this red dragon is powerless and is unable to falsely influence any Christian Scientist. We must know that their vision is open to the Truth about God’s messenger, God’s Holy Scribe.
The following is also from Paul Smillie’s book, pages 46-50.
Non-Christian Scientists say healing is impossible because God left us to our own free will. Communists believe that all is matter and there is no God. Christian Scientists say matter is nothing, this is all a dream, and falsely conclude that God knows nothing about any of us, thus robbing us of the human and divine coincidence, the same conclusion that results from scholastic theology and communism. Scholastic theology teaches that man is a miserable sinner and asserts he can have no chance of salvation except through Christ Jesus as God Himself. The human and divine coincidence is thereby denied. [Even though, as I showed you earlier, that Jacob had to understand the human and divine coincidence to solve his problem.] Here again we find male energy, primarily in the Christian Science church, giving support to scholastic theology. This is the same scholastic theology that wishes to retrogress 2,000 years in the Christian church, and over 3,000 in the Jewish synagogue, to a time when healing had not been revealed, when M.A.M. had not been uncovered and the human and divine coincidence not revealed. All of this supports the claim of A.M. [animal magnetism] and its hatred of the woman. Along with this error we hear, I don’t like hearing so much talk about A.M.; and if we could hear its latent argument, it would be saying, I don’t want to handle A.M. This belief handles mortal Adams. It is male thought that refuses to handle or even to recognize A.M. Scholastic theology is a form of absolutism that is all theory and no practice. It is a claim that pretends all is well when it isn’t. This belief is operating in the sciences as substance in matter, in theology as intelligence in matter, and in medicine as life in matter.
The intellectual absolutists in our midst are basically materialists who reject demonstration for absolute, high sounding philosophical statements about God. This is animal magnetism, and it rejects the demonstration of the human and divine coincidence, the fact that God knows each of His ideas. The absolutist, therefore, is the prime mover against the intervention of God in human affairs. The Christian Scientist who is an absolutist has enforced the beliefs of humanism, atheism, and all forms of separation from God. All of those ‘isms’ and ‘ologies’ state, in various ways, that a mortal can take care of himself since mortals, especially bright mortals, can certainly do it all themselves; thus making God unimportant. This belief is opposed to Jesus’ statement, “The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” (John 5:19)
How is this argument—God doesn’t know our Leader—stated in the movement? We are mortal; God doesn’t know us. I’m insignificant. What can one person do? The leaders in Boston are taking care of it. I don’t need to demonstrate. Accepting all of this error, produces a resignation to evil on the part of those who refuse to see the truth. It brings a sense of futility to those who do see through it, but will not handle it. It brings a struggle for healings and results in a rejection of absolute standards, such as the Manual. Many Christian Scientists then fail to resist pornography, violent and sexual TV content, and salacious literature. Thus, they become satisfied with incorrect metaphysics, akin to oriental mysticism, crime is not held in check, and they return to medicine and drugs. [I would like to stop here for now. I would like to say that because healing has been retarded that perhaps honest and sincere Christian Scientists have had no choice but to turn to medicine for help because they have not been taught how to heal themselves. It is true that media can be a form of mesmerism to those who are already asleep. To continue.] The absolutists openly claim that those who recognize Mrs. Eddy’s place in Bible prophecy reek with mysticism and vow to stamp out these misinformed Christian Scientists, keep them out of teaching, lecturing, board positions, and Sunday School teaching, and from having any position of importance in the Christian Science church.
What are the results of this error in the world? Those CSB’s who teach that God did not create the second degree, that it is not God-bestowed, reject the human and divine coincidence. They teach a total separation from God with no uplifting humanity. This teaching of humanism based in mortal mind effort, produces loneliness, doubt and fear, and leads to disease and suicide. Humanism is a rejection of the entire second degree that is based in the moral. “The teachers of Christian Science need to watch incessantly the trend of their own thoughts; watch that these be not secretly robbed, and themselves misguided, and so made to misteach others.” (Mis. p.114:7-10) Hinduism and oriental mysticism teach that the world is unreal and that we are nothing. Christian Science does not teach that. These foreign teachings, believed, produce extreme selfishness, — a lack of caring and consideration for others — and they are running our church from the highest to the lowest levels of responsibility.
The claim of absolutism is atheism and counterfeits the absolute Truth. It claims that we are all the same, no one is better than you or I, and that we are all separate from God. Absolutism violently rejects its Leader and, together with the rejection of the truth that God created the second degree, rose to power in 1917 as communism. If we go back four years from the point to 1913, we find that the following were passed into law as amendments to the United States Constitution: I. the graduated income tax, a plank of Marx’s Manifesto, and 2. the popular election of senators, that resulted in the destruction of the state and federal balance of power. [Okay, I want to say that this plank of Marx’s Manifesto is coming into play again today when President Obama (who practices socialism, which always leads to communism) wants the rich “capitalists” to put in more money for their income taxes. Also, the popular election of senators that resulted in the destruction of the state and federal balance of power reflects the actions resulting from the illegal 89th Church Manual when the (State) Branch Churches were put under the thumb of The (Federal) Mother Church. This destroyed a balance of God’s power (governing Principle) when the Branch Churches were to obey the demands of the Board of Directors.] Mrs. Eddy tells us, “Religious liberty and individual rights under the Constitution of our nation are rapidly advancing, avowing and consolidating the genius of Christian Science.” (My. 200:1) These two amendments destroyed our Constitution and left the Christian Science movement open to deterioration. Also in 1913, the Federal Reserve Act became law and placed all banking and currency in the hands of private banking institutions and, therefore, totally separate from our government’s control, and, therefore, from your control. These three planned points opened the way for all the suffering our nation has experienced since 1913, — the present deception of glasnost, the destruction of the economy, the crises in banking, and the rise of an all-powerful central government. [And it has gotten even worse since this was written in the 1980s!]
The second degree is named ‘Moral.’ Rejecting the second degree as God-bestowed, there is then no moral standard. The rejection begins when we listen to and accept malicious animal magnetism’s erroneous suggestions about Mrs. Eddy. To see her as solely mortal enslaves all mankind to mortal mind and mortality, and robs mankind of individuality and identity. This error accomplished, absolute standards and ethics are then done away with in business and in political and economic activities. Homosexuality becomes rampant. [Again more rampant then in the 1980s. It is gotten to the point that homosexuality is forced upon us in television, movies, books, and politics. Take, for instance, that the “gays,” as they refer to themselves, are so upset at the fast food chicken place. Christian Science has actually healed homosexuality!] The baser elements of thought take control. Drugs and medicine control every element of society. Rejection of the human and divine coincidence, because it is hatred for Mrs. Eddy’s demonstration, builds up the belief of life, substance and intelligence in matter, M.A.M. This in turn give rise to humanism, atheism, agnosticism, psychology, sociology, intellectualism, theosophy and all the false sciences. Occultism witchcraft, and mesmerism grow rapidly, as there is nothing left to check them.
The argument of malicious animal magnetism that the human consciousness is not God-bestowed results in the false claim that man is solely mortal and that mortality is primary. This falsehood, remaining unchallenged, produces an age of deep materialism. It rejects punishment for crime and rejects discipline in the home and churches. Theosophical teachings, parading as Christian Science, which state that God knows nothing about the human consciousness or about us, are lies. There is a human and divine coincidence. [If there was not one Mary Baker Eddy would not have written about it.]
How does A.M., using these lies, keep us out of the mirror of divine Science, outside of the “focal distance of infinite Spirit”? (S&H p. 301:26) 1. It tells us the mirror doesn’t operate for us anymore. 2. It keeps us declaring the allness of God, yet feeling separated from God. 3. It obscures and distorts the mirror of our vision. 4. It subtly removes the demonstrator of Love, the revelator, and we find ourselves ungrateful and unloving. None of us can see in the mirror of Divine Science if we are unchristian to the one who gave us Science, or if we accept any of the seven arguments. If you have accepted any of the seven arguments of the red dragon, you have allowed the obscuration of the mirror. The four suggestions listed above cannot operate in thought that is filled with genuine love for Mrs. Eddy. Why do you think the Pharisees tried to distort the image of Jesus’ character?
How can these errors be corrected? Reverse the lies, stop the specific argument and claim of M.A.M., the red dragon, that God does not know Mrs. Eddy. Know that Christian Scientists do understand through their Leader’s writings that God knows our Leader and each one of us through the human consciousness He bestows. We are alert to consistently keep the fact of God’s Allness and the consequent nothingness of evil before us. There is no opposition to Love and Love’s idea. Our Leader says, “One’s protection against hate is the realization that divine Love flows through every avenue, cleanses every channel, and removes every obstruction. In fact, the law of Love is the law of elimination and the law of destruction to everything unlike itself.” (DCC p. 210) God knows each and every one of us and we are not separated from His healing love. Know that man is loved and inseparable from Life.
The dragon informs man that mortal mind is all powerful and is the only mind, — that God has no control here. This is the red dragon’s way of maintaining its assumed territorial rights. By accepting this wretched lie, there is then no way that Jesus’ scientific truth, “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven,” can be proved.
If Mrs. Eddy is not known by God as some contend, there is no human and divine coincidence; she is not the Leader now and does not fulfill Bible prophecy. Perhaps you are beginning to see the importance of getting your own metaphysics correct so you can recognize when others are incorrect. If we deny the fact of our Leader’s spiritual identity, individuality and her place in prophecy, how can we see our own true relationship to God? We cannot. Believing the lie about her, are we not in essence saying that we, too, are separated from God, and that there is no hope for us? Could this be one of the reasons why healing has so badly deteriorated in her church? Our dear Leader writes, “The truly Christian and scientific statement of personality and of the relation of man to God, with the demonstration which accompanied it, incensed the rabbis, and they said: ‘Crucify him, crucify him…by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.’” (S&H p.94:6, e.a.) And so in our time, we see again that “the truly Christian and scientific statement of personality” given to us by Mrs. Eddy and demonstrated by her incenses the Adamic male, and they crucify her.
The subtle argument of the red dragon, that Mary Baker Eddy is unknown by God, violates the “Office of Life: The vital Principle or divine Mind that is conscious of divine existence. The reflecting of activity.” (Marie K. Larkin, CSB.) This argument rejects the attributes of Life so necessary in the Christian Science movement: immortality, permanence, existence, spiritual energy, purity, eternality, unfoldment, devotion, industry, movement, activity, conduct, inspiration, awakening, arousing, expressing, unending and undecaying. Rejecting Mrs. Eddy’s identity as known by God, we manifest the antonyms of these attributes in the movement.
 For years I would always write Mrs. Eddy because it was shorter and easier than writing out her full name, and everyone in Christian Science called her Mrs. Eddy. But after I sent a manuscript to someone, who was a Christian Scientist, she wrote back that Mrs. Eddy was the old way of speaking about our Leader, that she deserved more honor than a “Mrs.” to her name. She told me that she always used our Leader’s full name. So I decided that she was correct in her reasoning and action, so I began to write Mary Baker Eddy’s full name in everything I wrote, even if it did take up more space and even if it did take longer to write it out! I also feel that “Mrs.” keeps in mind a little gray-haired old lady.
 Mis. is for Miscellaneous.
 I know of many Christians that deify Jesus.
 I assume that Robert Peel is referring to the 1909 attack upon Augusta Stetson by the Board of Directors. Yes, it was mortal minded men against womanhood.
 ’00 is for the Message of 1900 to The Mother Church.
 Robert Peel failed to understand the meaning of the book’s title because he saw it as a Christmas present instead of seeing its spiritual meaning. For the title pointed to the Christ head (which was crowned with light [and Mary Baker Eddy’s light is greater than Jesus’ light – which ticked many men off]) and the Christ-mass body (the Lamb’s wife) being one Christ Scientist – as presented in “Christian Unity.” Both heads were crowned with divine light, hence, Jesus is our Master, our Shepherd and Mary Baker Eddy is our Leader.
 As an artist, I can honestly say that the only thing, I think, that Gilman had problems with were “hands.” Even though Dodge says they are like the master artists. They could be, I have not studied art like she probably did, I just draw (I guess I am rural too?]. If the perspective is off in any of the illustrations it was done on purpose.
 The First Church of Christ Scientist would open for service in December 1894.
 We Knew Mary Baker Eddy
 The Founding of Christian Science by Doris Grekel (1 of her 3 biographies on Mary Baker Eddy)
 S&H 560:10
 Ibid 560:22-561:15
 I left out page 566:12-24, so if you are interested you may turn to the Textbook to read this section.
 Another name for the red dragon’s seven heads is “the seven seals of error.”
 M.A.M. stands for malicious animal magnetism. I would use small letters myself, but this is a quote, and Paul Smillie uses capital letters for it.
 This quote is from the 1980s.
 In Defense of Mary Baker Eddy and the Remnant of Her Seed (Loving Our Leader); by Paul Smillie, page 12
 Mary Baker Eddy: The Prophetic and Historical Perspective by Paul R. Smillie
 Ibid, p. 12, 13
 Ibid, p. 13
 In my new copy of this book it says that a copy of this 57 page report can be ordered from The Bookmark. I have not seen it listed in Ann Beal’s catalog and this is news to me, I hope it is true. I would also like to know how they happen to have this report!
 In Defense of Mary Baker Eddy and the Remnant of Her Seed; by Paul Smillie, pages 29, 30
 Not all Christian Scientists are absolutists.
 There certainly does seem to be a lot of New Age philosophy in the periodicals.
 Marie K. Larkin is Stanley Larkin’s (of the Christian Science Endtime Center) mother. Her teacher was Annie M. Knott (who was the first female Board of Directors).