Alice Orgain continues on with this chapter, but basically she is finished with her main discussion of the symbols for the three tabernacle churches.
Recently, on a game show, there was a question about Tom Cruise. The contestants were to name something that was well known about him. One woman said, “He is a Christian Scientist.” Well, this was not so. Her more intelligent family member said, “He is a member of the Church of Scientology.” This was correct. It is a sad state of affairs when the world does not know enough about Christian Science to keep anyone from confusing it with the cult (bad use of the word) the Church of Scientology. What is the difference between the two? The important difference is that Christian Science defeats animal magnetism while the Church of Scientology employs the use of animal magnetism! The following excerpt helps us to understand why such a mistake could even take place today. It is from Paul Smillie’s book (2nd edition) MARY BAKER EDDY The Prophetic and Historical Perspective. It begins on page 303. [My comments will be within brackets.]
In the manuscript the author, William Cox, never mentions Mother’s Room. I do not know why, as these three windows are of utmost importance. That being said I present to you:
“THE WINDOWS OF THE MOTHER CHURCH
The Linear Progression of Christ and Christmas and the Levels of the “Picture Windows” to The First Church of Christ Scientist (Part 1)
On Saint Patrick’s Day of 2014 I received a manuscript in the mail from a friend of mine. The author of the manuscript is J. W. S. Cox (a Doorly student). The first part is about the illustrations of Mary Baker Eddy’s poem Christ and Christmas, which Mr. Cox presents in a linear progression. The second part is about most of the windows found in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. What Mr. Cox presents seems to be correct for the linear progression, however, if we were to analyze the poem and illustrations in the pyramid or circular matrixes then we would come out with a different outcome for the matrix structures. There is also the graphics in the earlier editions that we must pay attention to. All of these different ways of looking at the poem book have presented in other posts.
“I Must See That ‘I Am That I Am’
“Why is it the testimony of Soul that we must listen to?
“Because Soul can truly define and name and testify in an unmistakable way, so that I see that I AM THAT I AM. Then the thing itself is described subjectively through other terms so that there is identity—identity between the object and the subject. The way I describe that object is then identical with the object and is true identity. Identity is reality at its deepest level where object and subject is one. It is that deepest level where object and subject is one. It is that deepest level where there is absolute congruity, absolute coincidence, between the object—what the object, as such, is—and how we look at the subject—what we see it is—so that subject and object is one. Then we have selfsameness. The object or the subject is reproduced exactly in our consciousness. It is the same within us. There is no discrepancy between the object and the subject. At the point of Soul, the identity is preserved.”
“How the Counterfeit Comes to View
“How does the counterfeit seemingly come into view? Mortal mind reflects upon itself. Mortal mind is the subjective state of error; and what is termed matter, Mrs. Eddy says, is but the subjective state of mortal mind. (See S&H 114:29.) When we have mortal mind, the counterfeit of the divine Mind, reflecting upon itself, this subjective condition, limited and ignorant, is called matter, the opposite of Spirit. Here we have the belief of mind in matter, and this counterfeit mind in matter erroneously gives, to the illusion of matter, the illusion of life, intelligence, and sensation. This constitutes the false concept of sense, which is the opposite of Soul.
“The belief that mind is in matter is the expression of material sense. The material senses try to invert scientific facts, but when we learn, through Soul, the true identification of ourselves as God, as Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love, with a body of spiritual ideas, the false identification of the material senses falls into oblivion, and ‘the kingdom of God [which] is within you’—within your consciousness—speaks.”
Once again animal magnetism can be compared to the false science of astrology because a serpent biting its own tail is a symbol of the zodiac. In the Garden of Eden the serpent presents physical sense to Adam, via the forbidden fruit, as being reality. Is it possible then, that the fruit of good and evil opened up Adam’s eyes to the science of astrology with its zodiac constellations?
Genesis i.5. And God called the light [to be symbolized by the sun] Day, and the darkness [to be symbolized by the moon] He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
“Light preceding the sun
“All questions as to the divine creation being both spiritual and material are answered in this passage, for though solar beams are not yet included in the record of creation, still there is light. This light is not from the sun nor from volcanic flames, but it is the revelation of Truth and of spiritual ideas. This also shows that there is no place where God’s light is not seen, since Truth, Life, and Love fill immensity and are ever-present. Was not this a revelation instead of a creation?
“Evenings and mornings
“The successive appearing of God’s ideas is represented as taking place on so many evenings and mornings, — words which indicate, in the absence of solar time, spiritually clearer views of Him, views which are not implied by material darkness and dawn. Here we have the explanation of another passage of Scripture, that ‘one day is with the Lord as a thousand years.’ The rays of infinite Truth, when gathered into the focus of ideas, bring light instantaneously, whereas a thousand years of human doctrines, hypotheses, and vague conjectures emit no such effulgence.
“Spirit versus [reverses] darkness
“Did infinite Mind create matter, and call it light? Spirit is light, and the contradiction of Spirit is matter, darkness, and darkness obscures light. Material sense is nothing but a supposition of the absence of Spirit. No solar rays nor planetary revolutions form the day of Spirit. Immortal Mind makes its own record, but mortal mind, sleep, dreams, sin, disease, and death have no record in the first chapter of Genesis.” (S&H 504:6-505:3)
It came to me that the “evenings” and the “mornings” were symbolized by the moon and the sun. I feel that there is a symbolic reason why the moon precedes the sun. This reason has to do with Venus and the fact that every now and again it transits the sun. These transits occur in pairs and they take place eight years apart from each other. The first transit is for the evening (star), the moon, and the second transit is for the morning (star), the sun. The moon and sun are also thought of as being the two great lights during the Fourth Day of Principle (in Genesis).
In Revelation 10 there is the angel with the little open book. Most Christians believe this woman to be a male angel, but the truth is the angel is a female messenger. She descends from heaven (home, harmony) with a little open book – Science and Health [Salvation] with Key to the Scripture. This angel is Mary Baker Eddy. In Christ and Christmas Mary Baker Eddy, as the angel, is depicted during the midnight hour, the evening. However, the light that shines down upon her is from the evening star (Venus), for she is God’s chosen vessel.
In Revelation 12 there is the woman God-crowned. Most Christians believe this woman to be the Virgin Mary or Mary Magdalene. Yes, the woman is a type of Womanhood, and this Womanhood quality was manifested by the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene, however, this woman is meant as prophecy for the endtime. Hence the woman God-crowned is really neither the Virgin Mary or the Magdalene. For this woman God-crowned represents the second coming of Christ, a woman named Mary – Mary Baker Eddy. What is interesting about this woman is that she has her feet upon the moon, she has dominion over the moon – it has no power over her – she has power over it. Another important description given to this woman is that she is “clothed with the sun.”
“Sun. The symbol of soul governing man, — of Truth, Life, and Love.” (S&H 595:1)
The three comings of Christ take place during the Day of Life, the Day of Truth, and the Day of Love.
“Because of his more spiritual vision, St. John saw an ‘angel standing in the sun.’ The Revelator beheld the spiritual idea 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.” (S&H 561:6) God’s Christ is both masculine and feminine; if Christ were not masculine and feminine then Christ would be incomplete – not whole.
“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. The spiritual idea is clad with the radiance of spiritual Truth, 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 561:23) And today Martha Jones-Smith says, “There was a woman sent from God…to bear witness of that Light.”
THE FOUR HORSEMEN and the SEVEN SEALS
The first vision of Revelation introduces the four living creatures (the divine infinite calculus) and God’s Lamb (Love) to the reader. The Lamb of God (God’s spiritual idea) is the only one capable of unsealing the seven seals (of error) to open up the Bible (make the Bible spiritually understood). We read about this in the fifth chapter of Revelation. Most Christians believe this Lamb to be Jesus, but this is not the case because this Lamb is not a man. It represents the Christ ideal which manifests God’s Love (God’s Mother Hood). The reason why the Lamb is not Jesus is because his mission came too early. The world was not ready, not mentally prepared, to have the Bible opened up to them. Today we begin to understand that God’s Lamb, this spiritual idea, is a woman. This woman is an angel (divine messenger of God) who descends from heaven during the Sixth Day of Truth. This angel is “clothed with a cloud.” Hence, she is a divine messenger of God. Jesus prophesied the second coming of Christ as descending from heaven in the same manner that he ascended to heaven, upon a cloud – the symbol for a divine messenger. We can then begin to understand that because the angel is “clothed with a cloud” that she is veiled, or it is hard for mankind (including women and children) to see her true identity. Or perhaps, it makes more sense to say that the world’s mental vision about the woman’s place has been clouded or obscured by the red dragon of ecclesiastical despotism.
Today there are many people making the claim that Jesus practiced socialism (which always leads to communism). Is this true? I can answer this question with a firm “No, it is not true.” And that is the purpose of this post, to explain the difference between Jesus’ teachings and socialism.