Editor’s note: I wrote the original draft of The Prisoner of 1967 in 2009, then went over it again in 2015, but I feel that it is time to actually post it (in 2020) because of the conditions around the world right now.
[Truth as Principle – Man’s oneness with God (Principle) is expressed in the wholeness of manhood and womanhood – one-in-all and all-in-one – and Soul as the Christ as the Christ within the Word as Christianity]
Genesis 1. 27. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him, male and female created He them.
Ideal man and woman
To emphasize this momentous thought, it is repeated that God made man in His own image, to reflect the divine Spirit. It follows that man is a generic term. Masculine, feminine, and neuter genders are human concepts. In one of the ancient languages the word for man is used also as the synonym of mind. This definition has been weakened by anthropomorphism, or a humanization of Deity. The word anthropomorphic, in such a phrase as “an anthropomorphic God,” is derived from two Greek words, signifying man and form, and may be defined as a mortally mental attempt to reduce Deity to corporeality. The life-giving quality of Mind is Spirit, not matter. The ideal man corresponds to creation, to intelligence, and to Truth. The ideal woman corresponds to Life and to Love. In divine Science, we have not as much authority for considering God masculine, as we have for considering Him feminine, for Love imparts the clearest idea of Deity.
[Think about it, if man is actually a synonym of mind then why are today’s Left (those who claim to be feminists or on the feminists’ side?) so against the word? Why do they think it is a horrible word and why do they sick the thought police on it and try to change words like manhole? I will go so far in saying that mentality could mean “mantality”. The reason why the Left is against the word has nothing to do with sexual inequality and everything to do with the anti-Christ.
After posting WHAT DO WE REALLY KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE? I decided that I would go ahead and post this series with it, as I feel that they go with each other.
SEVEN DAYS – “the numerals of infinity”
And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob by the name of God Almighty; but by My name Jehovah was I not known to them. — Exodus.
All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of man. — John.
Why is the first BIBLE verse so important to understanding the book of Genesis? It is because this verse means that the Patriarchs did not know the Lord God Jehovah of the second creation story (Genesis 2:4 onward) but knew only the God Elohim, the God Almighty of the first creation story (Genesis 1-2:3). Likewise, the second BIBLE verse is equally important in understanding the difference between the two creation stories because God made all things Spirit (Elohim) not matter (Jehovah). God is Life itself, and the Life that is God is the Light (Mind) of man – spoken of in the first creation story.
The BIBLE tells us that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years. So what does that mean exactly? It is a clue to one way in which we should examine the Seven Days spoken of in Genesis 1-2:3. In other words, we do not need to think of them as seven days with twenty-four hours each but we should think of them as a period of seven thousand years, with each day lasting around 1,000 years. Mary Baker Eddy writes: “The numerals of infinity, called seven days, can never be reckoned according to the calendar of time. These days will appear as mortality disappears, and they will reveal eternity, newness of Life, in which all sense of error forever disappears and thought accepts the divine infinite calculus [of the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science].” (SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, page 520:10-15) In other words, it takes about 7,000 years, so it would seem, for mankind to mentally progress through the Seven Days.
– or – SEVENTY-SEVEN GENERATIONS?
In the Book of St. Matthew (which is in the tone of the Word) chapter one presents forty generations from Abraham to Jesus. This number forty symbolizes the generation of man’s spiritual birth, because a woman is pregnant for forty weeks. In Matthew the lineage goes only back to Abraham, the first father of the Israelites (in the Third Day of Soul). The Lord God Jehovah is not the God Almighty that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob knew. Yet in the Book of St. Luke (which is in the tone of Christianity) Jesus lineage goes all the way back to Adam (a man of sin) being “the son of God.” I believe that there is a specific reason for this. I believe that the Word begins with a spiritual type of manhood (Jesus), while Christianity seems to lead us back to the pure idea or our true being – God. When this happens we find that we are home in heaven. Yet perhaps a Bible verse from John 16:28 helps explain the difference between the two lineages of Jesus. Matthew (the Word) – “I came forth from the Father,” Mark (the Christ) – “and am come into the world again, I leave the world,” Luke (Christianity) – “and go to the Father”. Mary Baker Eddy tells us, “Science unfolds the eternal verity, that man is the spiritual, eternal reflection of God” (S&H 296:2).
Bible Prophecy Fulfilled (continued)
Chapter 16 of Bliss Knapp’s book The Destiny of The Mother Church is titled “Prophecy”. It begins on page 236 with the picture seen below. In the top left hand corner, on the Side of Life, there is Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy (there are also other less defined figures in the clouds). Then with hands in prayer fashion and looking to heaven, more in the center, but near the Side of Light there is the man child.
“The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.” “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.” (Matthew 13:33, 35)
In Bliss Knapp’s book Destiny of The Mother Church he tells us about how the parable of the woman, told to us by Jesus, was kept secret from the foundation of the world, that it “implies that she was no ordinary woman and that her mission must be unique” (Destiny, p. 185). His twelfth chapter (that seems to be in synch with Revelation’s twelfth chapter) is about Mary Baker Eddy and how she fulfilled Bible prophecy. And this is the reason why the Board of Directors did not want his book to be read by Christian Scientists in the late 1940’s and why they really did not want to publish it in the early 1990’s.
Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Understand What the BIBLE Really Says?
How much do they know about BIBLE history and its writing? Do they even know or care that there are two distinct creation accounts in Genesis? One is called the Elohistic Document and it is about the spiritual creation done by Elohim-Shaddai, the second is called the Jehovistic Document and it is about an allegorical creation of a material world and man created by the Lord God Jehovah. Jehovah is their main God, the one that is most important to the Witnesses. These two documents were not even written down (into the Torah) until the Jews (not the Israelites) were taken into Babylonian captivity. Any accounts of creation before this time, as well as stories about the Patriarchs, were handed down through verbal story telling.
I have received comments that I am wrong in stating that Mary Baker Eddy is the Second Coming of Christ, because she stated that Christian Science is the Second Coming of Christ, and that she makes it clear that there is only one Christ. Am I wrong to state that Mary Baker Eddy, instead of Christian Science, is the Second Coming of Christ?