REVELATION – VISION IV – LOVE reflecting PRINCIPLE – Part 6b
There were a lot of celebrities at this year’s Democratic Convention. They sang a song from the 1960’s and after thinking about it I no longer like its message. The words go, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. What the world needs now is love, sweet love, no not just for some, but for everyone. Lord, we don’t need another mountain….” After this I sort of forget the worthless words.
THE WAR BETWEEN THE WOMAN (SPIRIT) AND ANIMAL MAGNETISM (FLESH)
I am going to compare quotes from “Genesis” (chapter 15) and “The Apocalypse” (chapter 16) from Mary Baker G. Eddy’s Textbook. I begin with the following quote from Science and Health with Key to the Scripture, page 530:13 to page 532:12. [My interpolations.]
THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT WAS KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD MATTER AND EVIL MATTER
In the allegory about the Lord God Jehovah, Adam man, the serpent, and the woman, who was falsely identified by mortal mind to be Eve, there is the tree of knowledge of good and evil. What is this tree really all about? What is the knowledge that one gains after mentally digesting its poisonous fruit? We are told that this fruit is good and evil so the knowledge must be good and evil. But does this really explain it to us? Some might think good refers to God (Spirit) in this instance (which is what I have thought for quite some time) and some might say evil is the devil (a fallen angel). It certainly sounds like the good fruit is the knowledge of Spirit and the evil fruit is the knowledge of matter. And I still believe this is correct, however, it is not the pure knowledge of good (God) that the fruit represents. I feel that it is a false belief that man entertains about good (God, Spirit) and evil (error) coexisting in matter where Spirit is the slave of matter, or where matter seems to reign over Spirit, good. This forbidden fruit (thought) brought into Adam man’s consciousness the false practice and false beliefs of spiritualism. And it is this spiritualism, the belief that Spirit and Soul can reside within matter and be controlled by matter that leads us into the belief that matter is both pleasurable (good) and painful (evil). A section of a book by Bicknell Young makes it clear that the knowledge of good fruit is the belief that matter as being good and pleasurable while the knowledge of evil fruit is the belief that matter is evil and painful. For sure, the knowledge of good as being matter falls way short of the Third Degree’s spiritual understanding!
Before beginning with the main body of this text I would like to talk to you about the June 5, 2012 transit of Venus across the sun. Originally I read that the transit would take place on the 6th, perhaps this was a miscalculation in that 2012 is a leap year? But it really does not matter what day, however, I do find the 5th interesting symbolically as it takes eight years for Venus to travel the path of the five pointed star. In addition, the transit is God’s perfect symbol for the woman God-crowned of Revelation 12. Venus is the Morning Star. And this Morning Star of the woman God-crowned is most important in relation to Christian Science as symbolized in Mary Baker Eddy’s illustrated poem Christ and Christmas. What this star stands for is the light (Mind) of divine Science.