THE FOUR GOSPELS Pt. 2a

by MJSmith

THE FOUR GOSPELS’ HOLY CITY MATRIX (Part 2a)

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                                                GOD IS OUR MOTHER

ST. MARK – the second living creature – the Ox or Bull

            We are in the four tones of the Christ that uncover the claims of duality, of evil, translating error back into true being (the “young man” or God’s idea). This is an important point to understand for this particular Gospel. As you will see the “young man” as God’s idea is brought out over and over throughout this Gospel. And this “young man” has no material lineage.
            St. Mark is operating as the Christ. There is no material lineage mentioned in St. Mark because the Christ is never born into matter. There is no material lineage mentioned in St. Mark because God is our real Mother, She creates man (mind that reflects Mind) in Her image (man) and likeness (woman) via the divine infinite calculus matrix (womb).

             Gordon Brown, beginning on page 286 of From Genesis to Revelation, presents the second Gospel of the New Testament. He writes: “The Gospel of Mark is the story of Christ, Truth, in divine Science, speaking to humanity as the Christ of Truth, Life, and Love in absolute Christian Science, through the translation order of Principle, Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, Mind [S&H 115], in Christian Science, within the framework of Christ as the Word, Christ as the Christ, Christ as Christianity, and Christ as Science.” In Window of the Open Book the first four minor Stargates, its Christ squared-cycle, represents the “Christ, Truth, in divine Science.” So I have put in an ordered form to help explain what Brown is speaking of.

St. Mark A

            The Christ order for the seven synonymous terms for God is complementary (see 2 above). The translation of Principle is white, white goes with every color, while green and red are complementary colors [opposite on the color wheel], as well as, blue and orange, and violet and yellow.

Ark and Mercy Lid

            It is also of significance that this order is found in the Holy Tabernacle symbols, if we begin with the Most Holy of Holies. This third area of the Tent of Meeting is where the Hebrews kept the Ark of the Covenant. This Ark is symbolic of Principle. On top of it was the Mercy Lid with its two angels of Truth and Love. Inside was kept the two Stella (the name Stella means “star”) stone tablets with the Ten Commandments (representing Life for the Letter of the Law and the Spirit of the Law), Manna (representing Truth),[1] and Aaron’s rod, which buds and blooms (representing Love) into ShAaron’s Rose. This trilogy is repeated in the Inner Court with the Golden Candlestick (Life), the Table of Shewbread (Truth), and the Altar of Incense (Love). In the Outer Court was the Laver Sea (Soul), Altar of Burnt Offerings (Spirit), and the entrance or door (Mind) wide enough for entrance of one.

Christ as the Word – Principle, Life

            Mark begins with the Christ as the Word, the position of our first minor Stargate, that shines its light upon the Woman God-crowned Keystone, therefore, “Animal Magnetism is Unmasked.”
            “In Chapter V, ‘Animal Magnetism Unmasked,’ the textbook gives the reader a definition of the nature and operation of animal magnetism, the anti-Christ. With a knowledge of the Christ, Mrs. Eddy in this chapter shows the nothingness, the powerlessness of error; that it is merely hypnotic suggestion. This is the Christ reflecting the Word.” (Your Divinity Revealed; by Helen Wright, p. 568)

The Woman God-crown Keystone

            Mark 1:1, 2 – “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger [angel] before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.” [My interpolation.]
            St. Mark does not give an account of Jesus’ conception, birth, or genealogy. This is because the Christ was never conceived as a mortal idea.  The Christ was never born into a material body, the Christ never had a material father or material mother.  It was Jesus that seemed to have a material mother and material body, however,  Jesus knew that Mary was not his real mother and he would have to eventually demonstrate via spiritual understanding.  He spiritually understood God to be his Father and Mother.  I also think it is plausible that St. Mark skips over the genealogy of Jesus because this tone is not concerned with the congregation – the Christian body – but deals with the Christ consciousness (which is the head Shepherd).  St. Luke, like St. Matthew, does present the genealogy of Jesus; this is because they are concerned with the Christ body (the Christ mass or congregation) made flesh (the Word was made flesh). The Christ says, “Call no man on earth your father.” This is because God is the only Father there ever has been or ever will be. “Mark is compelled to stress the Christ’s absolute divine origin. This rids humanity of belief in fleshly birth, and so saves it from incarnate error. To Mark, Mother is God. Hence Mary is not mentioned.”[2] “Call no woman on earth your mother.” Brown points out that the terms which define “Mother” in the “Glossary” of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, are the same as those which open the Christ order, namely, Principle, Life, Truth, Love (all of which are located in the Most Holy of Holies). It is my own idea that the Ark of the Covenant stands for the Letter of the Law. This makes since in that inside the Ark are the Stella Stones for the Ten Commandments and I see the Arch of the Covenant as the promise of the seven synonymous terms for God (the bow within the cloud; the rainbow upon the angel’s forehead) that is fulfilled by the second coming of Christ.  The Spirit of the Law is based upon Principle-Love and this is the Arch of the Covenant.
            Jesus’ identity is like the priest Melchisedec. Who can say ?  Perhaps Melchisedec was supposed to be an early typification of Jesus? Paul describes this holy priest in Hebrews as “without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God.” Jesus refers to himself as the Son of God.
            “But in order for this Son of God to be the Saviour of humanity, the human Jesus must be baptized of John in Jordan at the same time as being baptized from heaven with the Holy Ghost. This twofold baptism illustrates the way in which the two translations (S&H 115-116) operate together as one, and in so doing heal and save mankind.
            “The events recorded by Mark are largely the same as those in Matthew, but Mark’s statements are shorter, simpler, and more direct.”[3]
            After Jesus is baptized, verse 12, says: “immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.” He is there for a period of forty days. The forty days is a symbol for spiritual rebirth. While Jesus is in the wilderness, according to verse 13, he is tempted by Satan. Satan is defined as: “lier in wait; an adversary; an enemy; hater; accuser; opposer; contradictor.” (Metaphysical Bible Dictionary)  I find the last word to be most interesting because mortal mind always contradicts divine Mind! This verse also says that he “was with the wild beasts [would these be the red dragon’s two beasts spoken of in Revelation 12?]; and the angels ministered unto him.”

            Adversary. An adversary is one who opposes, denies, disputes, not one who constructs and sustains reality and Truth. Jesus said of the devil, ‘He was a murderer from the beginning,…he is a liar and the father of it.’ This view of Satan is confirmed by the name often conferred upon him in Scripture, the ‘adversary.’” (S&H 580:28-581:2)

            Angels. God’s thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality.” (S&H 581:4)  When we have spiritual intuitions directing us, these are God’s thoughts passing to our conscious thought.  These thoughts are pure and perfect.

            After this John is put in prison. Jesus is in Galilee preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. He says, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel [the Word].” (Mark 1:4-15)
            In verse 16 Jesus sees the brothers Simon (Peter) and Andrew casting a net into the sea, for they are fishers. Jesus says (verse 17), “Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.” So they did “straightway.” Then Jesus sees James (which has the same meaning as Jacob, Jacob whose saga journey was of Christianity) the son of Zebedee and John his brother. They are in their ship mending their nets. They leave their father Zebedee and follow Jesus. So Jesus Christ has his first four disciples (for the Word) that happen to be two pair of brothers. They are already Christians.
            These four disciples represent the Word’s squared-cycle – the Word as the Word, the Word as the Christ, the Word as Christianity, and the Word as Science. I see the casting a net as them putting into action the use of their mental matrix system and the action of mending their nets as the two men working on their mental matrix systems.
            Then Jesus goes to Capernaum and enters the synagogue on the sabbath day and begins to teach as one who has authority, not as the scribes. Then a man with an unclean spirit cries out, “Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.”
            Brown explains that the dominant idea is “the One. Jesus teaches as ‘one that [has] authority.’ The unclean spirit which asks to be let alone, but which is cast out of the man in the synagogue, addresses him as ‘the Holy One of God.’”[4] Here the tone is Principle. The unclean spirit is animal magnetism. That is all animal magnetism ever requests of a Christian Scientists – to leave it alone, to ignore it, to not cast it out via the use of the Woman’s divine matrix system.
            After leaving the synagogue the five elements of Spirit (the four disciples and Jesus) go to the house of Simon and Andrew. Here Simon’s mother-in-law (mother-by-law) is sick with a fever. Jesus takes her by the hand and lifts her up, the fever leaves and she “ministered unto them.” Fever is fear – “Heat; inflammation; anxiety; ignorance; error; desire; caution.” (S&H 586:11) If Christian Scientists allow the Word and Christ nature of their Mother’s By-Laws in the Church Manual (written by her hand) to rule and govern us then the Church Manual will minister unto us.
            Then at sunset many are brought to him and he heals many with diseases, those possessed with devils, etc. Then before sunrise Jesus goes out to pray and the disciples follow him. Simon says to Jesus, “All men seek for thee.” They go to another town for him to preach and he heals the leper. Leper means “outcast” and Jesus will again be in the presence of a leper when he is anointed by “a woman”.  So, it is Simon and his brother Andrew who are casting a net, it is their mother that Jesus casts a fever out of, and it is Simon (Peter) who comprehends that “All men seek for thee [the Christ]” before the leper has the disease cast out from his conscious thought (subjective) and healed of the disease on the body (objective). Today we have broadcasts of radio and television waves. These waves are invisible to the five material senses, yet we have devises (even phones) that can tune into these waves and broadcast them to our senses. And today there is Wi-Fi, wireless waves. Likewise, our mental thoughts are also methods of broadcasting and we can receive these Wi-Fi thoughts as well.  We are also capable of receiving God’s angels.  Which do you prefer to receive into your consciousness?  Christian Science operates by sending forth waves of Christ-Mind thoughts.  Animal magnetism uses the same method but it sends forth waves of mortal minded thoughts. Is a man going to broadcast waves of Christ-Mind thoughts or is man going to send out waves of animal magnetic thoughts? Jesus broadcast waves of Christ-Mind thoughts. This is how the man with an unclean spirit recognizes Jesus and why he cries out, “Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.”
            “Jesus retires to a solitary place where he is alone (all-one) with this Principle. This true aloneness (oneness with God) enables him to heal a lonely, isolated leper.”[5] On May 9, 2015, I read a comment on this website. The writer felt quite alone as a Christian Scientist. She asked how we achieve harmony in our church. I responded by explaining that we are not really alone, but that we are all-one with God (Principle). That we are not in church but rather the church, being the kingdom of God, is within our own conscious thought. I am, you are, the church. Then this same thought was put forth, out into the world, on May 10, 2015, on the television series AD: The Bible Continues.
            What was the result of Jesus’ atonement with Principle? “The result is the opposite of loneliness. All men seek for him, and come to him from every quarter. Principle, Life, is expressed in a true and impersonal sense of individuality.”[6] Individuality, by the way, means that we are undivided from God.
            The first chapter ends with the healing of the leper. “But he [the leper] went out, and began to publish [broadcast] it [the healing] much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places, and they came to him from every quarter.” (Mark 1:45; [My interpolations.]) With the word “quarter” we get the tone of Christian Science’s city of our God, and its divine infinite calculus. Again, we get the idea of the four living creatures in the following chapter.
            In St. Mark 2:3-12 there is a sick man with the palsy, “borne of four.” In other words, four men lower the man down through the roof into the center of the room where Jesus is (for he is the fifth element). This is the healing that Mary Baker Eddy was reading about when she had her resurrection healing in February 1866 (depicted below).  In this illustration from Christ and Christmas, you can see that there is a woman’s figure behind Mary, a spirit like figure. Could this faint figure be Mary’s own spiritual understanding, which was behind her Christ Healing?  In the movie The Fifth Element we have coming together as one (at the end of the film) man and woman, but it was not male or female that really was the fifth element.  The fifth element was the manifestation of divine Principle-Love.  Likewise, the four elements of fire, earth, air, and water (once they are spiritually translated back to God) are the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science.

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            The four men represent the divine infinite calculus. Mary Baker Eddy was that palsied man being placed into the center hub of the Christ-Mind consciousness so that she could be healed – no longer was she paralyzed by a broken back (Aaron’s rod is whole). The Christ identifies man as being the Son of God. Jesus’ instant treatment is, “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” Man has never (as in the allegory of Adam) fallen away from God (been separated or divided), “man [the real man of Genesis 1] is not held in the grip of paralyzing sins. The truth behind his apparent loss of voluntary movement is man as the foursquare holy city coming down from God out of heaven.”[7] This is exactly what Mary Baker Eddy was experiencing on February 4, 1866!  Mary Baker Eddy is our Woman God-crowned Keystone.  Because St. Mark’s emphasis is Christ, he “lays great stress throughout his Gospel on this idea of coming down from God out of heaven. Hence the man’s four companions let their patient down through the roof.
            “It is useless for humanity to try to patch up an old material way of life, as advocated by John the Baptist. Old things must pass away and all become new. Life is always new when it comes forth directly from divine Principle, God. Instead of becoming withered by old Pharisaical laws and customs, men should be like David [the beloved Son] and partake of the shewbread [Christian Science Truth] outside the bounds of a personal sense of authority. Jesus’ real mother and brethren are the surrounding multitude who freely and spontaneously accept what he is teaching.”[8]

Christ as the Christ – Truth – or the Christ mass reflects the Christ leader

            Our second minor Stargate (the Christ reflecting the Christ) shines light on The Oil Lamp Keystone, thus the five wise virgins (spoken of in St. Matthew) of “consecration [the Word]; charity [the Christ]; gentleness [Christianity]; prayer [Science]; heavenly inspiration [divine Principle-Love]” (S&H 592:25) become key ingredients to the woman’s bread, for she placed leaven into the three measures of meal – “[Life] Science, [Truth of] Theology, [Love is] Medicine”. These three measures of meal represent three types of evolving Christianity (or Christ body, the Christ mass).   Roman Catholicism’s father-head fights God’s true Science (that Jesus taught), the Protestants son-head fight God’s true Theology (about Jesus as the human being coinciding with the Christ. In other, words, “the divine message from God [the Christ] to men speaking to the human consciousness [via Jesus]” S&H 332:10 [My interpolations]), and Christian Scientist’s mother-head fight God’s true Medicine (the healing power manifested via Mary Baker Eddy).
            “In Chapter VI, ‘Science, Theology, Medicine,’ the textbook reveals the Christ as the true idea of God, coming from God, infinite good, to man, uncovering and translating false existence back to the divine Being, our true being as Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love. This chapter is the Christ reflecting the Christ. (Your Divinity Revealed; by Helen Wright, p. 568)

The Oil Lamp Keystone

            In this tone, “the emphasis is translation – Christ as ‘the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness’ (S&H 332:10). Through the parable of the sower, for instance, Jesus shows the way in which the seed of Truth is divinely sown and propagated in the soil of human consciousness.”[9]  Brown glosses over the parables.  The parables are somewhat different in St. Mark from what we read in St. Matthew. As you may remember, if you read it, in St. Matthew there are seven parables (for the Word order of the seven synonymous terms for God). The fourth parable (which is Principle, the main focal point of the seven) is about the woman baker. This woman baker happens to be the woman God-crowned (the woman who unmasks [depersonalizes] animal magnetism). “The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.” (Matthew 13:32) Jesus provides us with the key to understanding his parables when he tells us, “He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.” (Matthew 13:37-39) What world (field) is it that comes to an end? It must be the material world, for the spiritual world is perfect and unchangeable and eternal. The spiritual world needs no change nor can it ever be destroyed.
            In St. Mark Jesus (who is the sower) tells us, “Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow [the seed of Truth]: And it came to pass, as he sowed, [1] some fell by the way side [originally Christianity was called “the Way” so those who fall by the way side are those who fall away from “the Way”], and the fowls of the air [third element – flocks = congregations of the airwaves] came and devoured it up [destroys, puts an end to its existence]. And [2] some fell on stony [insensitive to pity or human feeling; manifesting no movement or reaction; fearfully gripping] ground [mentality], where it had not much earth [second element – cultivatable attitude – when one does not have “much” cultivation one lacks the divine infinite calculus (the wheel)]; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth [no understanding] of earth [of the Christ]: But when the sun [first element – fire, the Word] was up [high in position and power], it [the seed of Truth] was scorched; and because it [the seed of Truth] had no root [spiritual understanding], it withered away. And [3] some fell among thorns [branch churches having no understanding about the leaves (the Word of God written on the pages of the little book open) for the healing of the nations], and the thorns grew up [branch churches adulterated the Truth about its Leader], and choked it [the good seed of Truth], and it yielded no fruit [spiritual demonstrations].  And [4] other fell of good ground [fifth element – a spiritual-basic metaphysical cause], and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred [percent healings and demonstrations of Truth]. And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear [understand]. And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. And he said unto them, unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see [spiritually discern], and not perceive; and hearing they may hear [spiritually understand], and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. And he said unto them, Know ye this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?” [My interpolations.] The first three examples are like the three measures of meal and the forth example is the leavened meal.
            “The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word. And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
            “And he said unto them. Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. [If you take this to mean that Jesus is speaking about Mary Baker Eddy being hidden in sacred obscurity I think it is a pun to say, “that is should come a broad (a woman)”.]  If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear; with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.
            “And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn of the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
            “And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowl of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.” (Mark 5:3-32)
            In St. Mark the seed is the Word, where as in St. Matthew the seed are the good children of Spirit. In St. Matthew the Word (as the seed) is made flesh (as the good children) and in St. Mark the Christ seed is the Word itself, having no father, no mother, no material inheritance whatsoever. Once again (as I spoke of in St. Matthew), the greatest seed is the smallest, the mustard seed, which is the woman whose Mother Church shoots out great branches, so that the congregation of Spirit (the air) may live under the shadow of the Christ Rock.
            So this second tone progresses where Jesus says, “Let us pass over unto the other side.”[10] Brown describes this as the desiring “to cross the sea of mortality.” To do this “we should identify ourselves with that which is divinely self-propelling, instead of trying to steer ourselves humanly.”[11] Then Jesus sleeps by the ship’s rudder and a storm arises. The all-controlling Christ, Truth, says to this storm, “Peace, be still.” Jesus calms the storm. We too, not as mortals but as the Son of God, are capable of calming all storms.
            On the other side of the lake is a legion of unclean spirits (nerve messages). It infests the head (thoughts of) “the Gadarene.” The demoniac legion drowns “in the sea of their own swinish elements, the nothingness of the psychic unconscious.”[12] The Gadarene is symbolic of material organization of body and church. Jesus, representing the Christ head of the church body, must excommunicate all waves (electric signals) of animal magnetic thoughts belonging to the anti-Christ. The anti-Christ has no choice but to return to its nothingness.   “But when nervous disorders are overruled by Christ – when the body’s nerve messages are translated into one omnipresent Christ-message – not only does the woman’s twelve-year old issue of blood cease, but Jairus’ little twelve-year old daughter awakens from her dream of death. Brain [Adam] controlling body [the serpent] through never-messages [waves of animal magnetic thoughts = the tree of knowledge of good and evil] must be replaced in human thought by the true head-body relationship of Christ (head) and man (body [the Christ mass]).”[13] Jesus handles the lie of nerve in body as being the “ruler of Body” (S&H 437:1).
            In Mark 6 Jesus and his disciples leave the home of Jairus. Then in verse two, “when the sabbath day was come” he began to teach in the synagogue. Some question (v. 3) – “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.”
            To this Jesus responds, “A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.” And it is here where he is unable to do “mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.” And he marvels at their unbelief. (Mark 6:3-6)
            “Knowing that the body of the Christ-idea can never be parted from its controlling head, Jesus sends his twelve disciples into the world in pairs [Mind as Christian Science, Spirit as absolute Christian Science, Soul as divine Science, Principle as Science itself, Life as Love, and Truth as Truth]. Their work is to put into expression the two translations [S&H 115-116]. But in the case of the evangelizing John the Baptist, his head is cut off from the body.”[14] Personal sense must be cut off as leader of Christ’s church. “The multitude of five [senses of matter] thousand hungry people who surround Jesus are as sheep without a shepherd, that is, a body without a head. Jesus feeds them with five loaves [Life that is Truth] and two fishes [two Christ advents that take place during the Fifth Day of Life and the Sixth Day of Truth]. When all are satisfied, twelve baskets of fragments are gathered up. The apparently scattered Christ-body is fed only when it is properly gathered into one fold – that is, under one head.
            “The head is the ‘I’ of the body. [This ‘I’ is the ‘I’ that is later placed upon the cross, the opposite symbol of Christ Jesus being the Principled Science trunk of the Golden Candlestick.] When this I walks over the elements of mortality [walks on the water] unafraid, the body is not afraid either. [In Mark 6:56] The people touch the border of Jesus’ garments and are healed [the woman with the blood issue also only touched the border of his garment]. Identification with the divine Science of man ‘woven into one web of consistency without seam or rent’ reveals the body completely whole.
            “Reflecting this wholeness within himself, man is not defiled by what seems to be outside. He is clean externally and internally. But the hypocritical Pharisees [Mark 7] are defiled by what is within them and blame what is without. If the messages that come apparently from without are the same as those which come divinely from within, then, as Jesus proves, man is neither deaf nor dumb [Mark 7:32-37].
            “For the same reason, seven loaves and a few small fishes satisfy the four thousand [Mark 8:1-9]. Reflection does not expend the substance it reflects. Hence, seven full baskets of fragments are gathered up. Moreover, the substance itself being infinite, the symbol which reflects this substance (the loaves and fishes) is not limited either.”[15]
            I think that the four thousand represent man as the reflection of Principle (once the five senses are handled man recognizes himself as Principled-Science; that the seven loaves symbolize Love as Truth while the few small fishes represent the three Christ advents. I also feel that the bread is the bread which the woman placed leaven into three measures of meal. (I think) the seven full baskets represent the Seventh Day of Love when the third advent of Christ takes place as generic man. The fragments are the teachings of Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy. These fragments seem to be incomplete. The fragments, however, become whole when we recognize the male and female representatives of the Christ as “two individual natures in one; and this compounded spiritual individuality reflects God as Father-Mother, not as a corporeal being. In this divinely united spiritual consciousness, there is no impediment to eternal bliss—to the perfectibility of God’s creation.” (S&H 577:6-11)
            Next Jesus is in Dalmanutha “overhanging branch; bucket (Metaphysical Bible Dictionary)” for a short time when Pharisees come to ask for a sign. Jesus says there will be no sign given unto this generation. After this he immediately leaves. The Pharisees act as if they are over or higher than the Christ Mind because they are of the Holy Temple or some branch of the Jerusalem Mother Church. This type of thinking drives away the Christ. (Mark 8:10-13)
            Beginning with verse 14 onward Jesus warns the disciples of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod (the false teachings of the Church and State). The disciples do not understand what he is really speaking about because they entered the ship and departed and forgot to get any bread to eat, so they thought Jesus was thinking he spoke of the leaven because they had no bread to eat. He reminds them of the two feedings of the 5,000 and the 4,000 asking about the baskets full of fragments they took up, which were twelve and seven. He asks, “How is it that ye do not understand?” Reflection does not consume (eat up) the substance (spiritual understanding) it reflects. How many religious leaders and governmental leaders try to convince us that man lacks this and lacks that? The religious leaders convince man of their limitations because they claim that man is fallen (Adam). Government heads erroneously make a reality out of lack by setting up social welfare programs. But the Christ feeds the multitudes because it knows that Principle (God) and its idea (man) is one (never separated from each other). The Pharisees’ leaven and Herod’s leaven are opposites of the woman’s leaven that is placed in “Science, Theology, Medicine”.
            Mark 8:22 Jesus comes to Bethsaida where he heals the blind man. Brown explains that the two stages of healing indicate “that vision itself is twofold. The need is to ‘see’ ideas; and idea (as defined in the two translations [S&H 115, 116]) is both a subjective ‘image in Mind,’ and ‘the immediate object of understanding.’ This is the idea which Peter sees, when, in answer to Jesus’ question, ‘Whom say ye that I am?’ (what is the immediate object of understanding?), Peter replies, “Thou art the Christ’ (an image in Mind).”[16] Mary Baker Eddy could ask of us this same question. “Whom do you say that I am?” (What is the idea?) And I would reply, “Thou art the Christ (you are idea).”
            It is in Mark 8:29 that Peter speaks the Truth about Jesus’ true identity, but not long after Jesus begins to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again, then Peter takes him aside and began to rebuke Jesus (verse 32)! But Jesus turns and rebukes Peter, saying, “Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.”
            Finishing up chapter 8 Jesus calls the people to him and tells them to follow him by taking up the cross – by giving up the mortal minded way of life.

Christ as Christianity – Love

            The third minor Stargate shines its light upon the Pomegranates Keystone. The Pomegranate is a fruit used to symbolize Venus, the woman God-crowned, however, it has also been used to describe the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This erroneous type of fruit is physical science, so the true understanding behind the pomegranate is the woman’s chapter “Physiology” where God’s Science (the fruit from the tree of life) has power over physical science (the tree of knowledge of good and evil). The physical brain (Adam man, the opposite of Christ Jesus) and physical body (the serpent’s electrical communications with Adam brain, the opposite of the Christ body) are transfigured by Love (the woman).
            “In Chapter VII, ‘Physiology,’ the reader begins to sense the effect and outcome of the translation [given to the world by the woman]—the translation of mortal man, so that what seems in illusion, in hypnotic suggestion, to be a mortal man, is translated into an immortal. This is Christ reflecting Christianity. (Your Divinity Revealed; by Helen Wright, p. 568; [My interpolation.])

The Pomegranates Keystone

            Mark 9:2 – “And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.” The six days and the high mountain symbolize the tone of Truth.
            Mark 9:3 – “And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow, so as no fuller on earth can white them.” The white as snow raiment (array) symbolizes the spiritual matrix system of Principled Science.
            “This part of Mark’s text opens with that preview of ultimate Christly perfection known as the transfiguration. Jesus puts before Peter, James, and John convincing proof that all past, present, and future being (typified by Moses, himself, and Elias) is here and now on one plane of consciousness, and does not live in three separate tabernacles of time. This shining glory of the Christliness of all things is ‘my beloved Son,’ says the Father’s voice from out of the cloud.”[17]
            Mark 9:11-13 – “And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come? And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought. But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.”
            After this Jesus is with a multitude and a man says, “Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with the teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.”
            Jesus says, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.” They do and when Jesus sees him, “straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.” Then Jesus asks the father “How long is it ago since this came unto him?”
            He said, “Of a child. And oftimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.”
            “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
            The father cries out and says with tears, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”
            Jesus calls it a deaf and dumb spirit. (Mortal mind is impotent, even though it does not hear Truth it cannot overrule Truth, nor is it capable of speaking error.) “And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.” (Verses 17-27) It is said that this boy was epileptic. This may have been so, and back then the people could have believed the boy to be possessed by a demon or devil. Whether it was a physical ailment or a demon Jesus healed it and cast out the error of the situation.
            The disciples privately ask Jesus why they could not cast him (the demon) out. Jesus tells them, “This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.”
            Brown explains, “At the foot of the mountain the convulsions that tear the son of mortal fatherhood are healed by this true Father-Son relationship. But prayer (in respect of the first translation) and fasting (in respect of the second) alone bring such healing to pass. And so, whereas the transfiguration reveals the allness and ever-presence of Life (first translation), the coming crucifixion is for the purpose of proving the nothingness of death (second translation).”[18]
            Jesus tells his disciples that he is going to be killed, but within three days he will resurrect. These men fail to comprehend what he is telling them. They cannot understand that the first spiritual translation leads to resurrection in the second translation.
            The disciples are speaking amongst themselves as to who will be the greatest, and I think this is why Jesus points out the qualities of the children. “Little children play an important part in this section of the text. Childlike innocence and receptivity to good, in contrast to greedy ambition and acquisitiveness, are the qualities men need most. These qualities reflect not only the Christ-idea but also the Principle which commissions the idea.”[19] Jesus goes on to explain that if there is anything physical that offends man that man is to cut it off, separate himself from matter. Man’s marriage to his physical body must end in divorce.
            In chapter 10, after he comes to the coasts of Judaea, the Pharisees tempt Jesus by asking him, “Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife?” Jesus asks them what Moses commanded them to do. They answered, “Moses suffered [permitted] to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.” Jesus explains, “For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation [as spoken of in Genesis 1] God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” [My interpolations.]
            Brown writes, “They [the qualities that reflect not only the Christ-idea but also the Principle which commissions the idea] are involved in the true sense of marriage, and answer the Pharisees on the subject of divorce.”[20] Jesus explains that the law of divorce between a man and woman is not according to God’s Law of atonement, that divorce leads to adultery (the belief that matter and Spirit are mixed together into a physical body).
            So there are some of the disciples who wish to prevent some children from going unto Jesus. But the Christ says, “Suffer [Permit] the little children to come unto me [the Christ idea], and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14; my interpolations]) We cannot enter the kingdom of God unless we are as a child in nature – innocent and receptive of good. This explains why those who are greedy, ambitious and acquire material wealth cannot enter into the kingdom of God. “They [the qualities] would enable the young man, rich in materiality, to leave his sense of personal possessiveness and follow the Christ-example.”[21]
            Mark 10:17-22 – “And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.”
            “How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!” Jesus says. (v. 23) “Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle [I have been told that this needle a gate in the city.], than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” (v. 24, 25; [My interpolation.])
            The disciples ask, “Who then can be saved?
            “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” (v. 26, 27)
            Peter tells Jesus that they have left all to follow him. And Jesus says, “Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.” (v. 28-31) In Egypt the kings had their material wealth buried with them in the tomb so that they could use it in the after life. Yet, not one mummy ever used the treasure buried with them nor was it transported to heaven through the Stargate.
            After this Jesus reminds the twelve disciples, again, about his future death experience. Then James and John ask to sit next to Jesus in the kingdom. But it is not left up to Jesus to allow them these seats of importance.
            They go to Jericho. Jericho was the city devoted to the moon – human intellectualism, which is blindness. “Blind Bartimaeus possesses no light [intelligence] of his own [however, he has much faith in the Christ]; Christ, the light [intelligence] of the world, is Bartimaeus’ light, and this truth heals him of blindness.”[22] Later on the same can almost be said about Saul of Tarsus. However, in Saul’s case, he was a bitter enemy of “the Way” (which was later called Christianity). He was mentally blind to the Christ-Truth and this physically came true while on his way to Damascus (which was in Syria. “Syria represents the intellectual sense domain, and the river Abanah represents a current of intellectual thoughts and reasonings about life. Damascus (meaning sack of blood) signifies a state of consciousness that is founded upon a material concept of life in the body; this concept has been sustained by the race from time immemorial.” [Metaphysical Bible Dictionary] Saul means: “The action of the will in attaining that which it [personal sense] desires.” Metaphysical Bible Dictionary [My interpolation.]) When Saul was willing to give up his human (or mortal, male) desires, that were rooted to intellectualism, Saul’s conscious thought was opened to “the Way,” and he was able to spiritually understand what Jesus’ mission was all about, and the blindness fell like scales (of the serpent) from his eyes. Saul becomes humbled and is renamed Paul (meaning “small”).

To be continued to St. Mark Pt. 2b…

 

[1] Manna means: “What is it?” Pilate asked Jesus, “And what is Truth?”

[2] From Genesis to Revelation; by W. Gordon Brown, p. 286

[3] Ibid

[4] Ibid [Brown’s interpolation.]

[5] Ibid

[6] Ibid

[7] Ibid; [My interpolations.]

[8] Ibid, pages 286 and 287; [my interpolations]

[9] Ibid, p. 287

[10] Ibid

[11] Ibid

[12] Ibid

[13] Ibid; [my interpolations]

[14] Ibid; [my interpolation]

[15] Ibid, pages 287 and 288

[16] Ibid, p. 288

[17] Ibid

[18] Ibid

[19] Ibid

[20] Ibid

[21] Ibid

[22] Ibid

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