ADAM AND FALLEN MAN

November 6, 2016

 

Golden Text

Eccl 7:29 God (to ;)

God hath made man upright;

 

 

Responsive Reading

Ps 37:18,19 (to :), 23,27,28 (to :), 29-31, 34 (to :); 64:10

The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

 

They shall not be ashamed in the evil time:

 

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

 

Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

 

For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever:

 

The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

 

The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

 

The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

 

Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land:

 

The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.

 

 

Section I

( 1) Ps 143:10 thou

thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

 

( 2) Gen 1:26,27,31 (to 1st .)

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

 

( 3) Gen 2:6,7

But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

 

( 4) Is 2:22

Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?

 

( 5) Ps 37:37

Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

 

 

( 1) 516:9-12

God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence.

 

( 2) 475:7-13

The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit. Man is spiritual and perfect; and because he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian Science.

 

( 3) 200:16

The great truth in the Science of being, that the real man was, is, and ever shall be perfect, is incontrovertible; for if man is the image, reflection, of God, he is neither inverted nor subverted, but upright and Godlike.

 

( 4) 521:5-12,21-29

All that is made is the work of God, and all is good. We leave this brief, glorious history of spiritual creation (as stated in the first chapter of Genesis) in the hands of God, not of man, in the keeping of Spirit, not matter, joyfully acknowledging now and forever God's supremacy, omnipotence, and omnipresence.

The harmony and immortality of man are intact.

 

Genesis ii. 6. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

 

The Science and truth of the divine creation have been presented in the verses already considered, and now the opposite error, a material view of creation, is to be set forth. The second chapter of Genesis contains a statement of this material view of God and the universe, a statement which is the exact opposite of scientific truth as before recorded.

 

 

Section II

( 6) Eccl 7:29

Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

 

( 7) Gen 2:8,16,17,21-23

And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

 

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

 

And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

 

 

( 5) 526:14-17,19

The first mention of evil is in the legendary Scriptural text in the second chapter of Genesis. God pronounced good all that He created, and the Scriptures declare that He created all.

 

The "tree of knowledge" stands for the erroneous doctrine that the knowledge of evil is as real, hence as God-bestowed, as the knowledge of good. Was evil instituted through God, Love? Did He create this fruit-bearer of sin in contradiction of the first creation? This second biblical account is a picture of error throughout.

 

( 6) 481:12

The forbidden fruit of knowledge, against which wisdom warns man, is the testimony of error, declaring existence to be at the mercy of death, and good and evil to be capable of commingling. This is the significance of the Scripture concerning this "tree of the knowledge of good and evil," this growth of material belief, of which it is said: "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Human hypotheses first assume the reality of sickness, sin, and death, and then assume the necessity of these evils because of their admitted actuality. These human verdicts are the procurers of all discord.

 

( 7) 306:32-2

The parent of all human discord was the Adam-dream, the deep sleep, in which originated the delusion that life and intelligence proceeded from and passed into matter.

 

( 8) 531:29

The mythologic theory of material life at no point resembles the scientifically Christian record of man as created by Mind in the image and likeness of God and having dominion over all the earth. Did God at first create one man unaided, that is, Adam, but afterwards require the union of the two sexes in order to create the rest of the human family? No! God makes and governs all.

 

( 9) 502:29

There is but one creator and one creation. This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected. These ideas range from the infinitesimal to infinity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God.

 

 

Section III

( 8) Gen 3:1-4 , 6,9-13,17,23

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

 

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

 

And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

 

And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

 

Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

 

( 9) Ps 30:8 (to ;), 9 Shall

I cried to thee, O Lord;

 

Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?

 

(10) Ps 140:13

Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.

 

 

(10) 470:18-23

The standard of perfection was originally God and man. Has God taken down His own standard, and has man fallen?

God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection, man, remains perfect.

 

(11) 532:17-18,26-27,31

Knowledge and pleasure, evolved through material sense, produced the immediate fruits of fear and shame.

 

Fear was the first manifestation of the error of material sense.

 

The first impression material man had of himself was one of nakedness and shame. Had he lost man's rich inheritance and God's behest, dominion over all the earth? No! This had never been bestowed on Adam.

 

(12) 537:9-10,19-21

A knowledge of evil was never the essence of divinity or manhood.

 

No one can reasonably doubt that the purpose of this allegory this second account in Genesis is to depict the falsity of error and the effects of error.

 

(13) 533:12-14, 26-2

The allegory shows that the snake-talker utters the first voluble lie, which beguiles the woman and demoralizes the man.

 

Truth, cross-questioning man as to his knowledge of error, finds woman the first to confess her fault. She says, "The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat;" as much as to say in meek penitence, "Neither man nor God shall father my fault." She has already learned that corporeal sense is the serpent. Hence she is first to abandon the belief in the material origin of man and to discern spiritual creation.

 

(14) 520:30

Spirit acts through the Science of Mind, never causing man to till the ground, but making him superior to the soil. Knowledge of this lifts man above the sod, above earth and its environments, to conscious spiritual harmony and eternal being.

 

 

Section IV

(11) Is 42:1 (to :)

Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him:

 

(12) Act 10:38 God

God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

 

(13) Luke 13:11-17

And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

 

 

(15) 259:6

In divine Science, man is the true image of God. The divine nature was best expressed in Christ Jesus, who threw upon mortals the truer reflection of God and lifted their lives higher than their poor thought-models would allow, thoughts which presented man as fallen, sick, sinning, and dying. The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea, perfect God and perfect man, as the basis of thought and demonstration.

 

(16) 495:6

If sickness is true or the idea of Truth, you cannot destroy sickness, and it would be absurd to try. Then classify sickness and error as our Master did, when he spoke of the sick, "whom Satan hath bound," and find a sovereign antidote for error in the life-giving power of Truth acting on human belief, a power which opens the prison doors to such as are bound, and sets the captive free physically and morally.

 

(17) 242:9

There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality to have no other consciousness of life than good, God and His reflection, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses.

 

(18) 393:12

Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man.

 

 

Section V

(14) Prov 11:3 (to :), 5 (to :), 18,30 (to ;)

The integrity of the upright shall guide them:

 

The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way:

 

The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

 

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life;

 

(15) Luke 19:2-10

And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to-day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

 

 

(19) 239:11

The wicked man is not the ruler of his upright neighbor. Let it be understood that success in error is defeat in Truth. The watchword of Christian Science is Scriptural: "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts."

 

(20) 405:5-11, 19 Immortal

Christian Science commands man to master the propensities, to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success.

 

Immortal man demonstrates the government of God, good, in which is no power to sin.

 

(21) 231:20-25

To hold yourself superior to sin, because God made you superior to it and governs man, is true wisdom. To fear sin is to misunderstand the power of Love and the divine Science of being in man's relation to God, to doubt His government and distrust His omnipotent care.

 

(22) 171:4

Through discernment of the spiritual opposite of materiality, even the way through Christ, Truth, man will reopen with the key of divine Science the gates of Paradise which human beliefs have closed, and will find himself unfallen, upright, pure, and free, not needing to consult almanacs for the probabilities either of his life or of the weather, not needing to study brainology to learn how much of a man he is.

 

(23) 304:14

The perfect man governed by God, his perfect Principle is sinless and eternal.

 

 

Section VI

(16) Ps 4:6 Lord

Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

 

(17) Jude 1:24,25

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

 

 

(24) 246:1-3, 5-6

Man is not a pendulum, swinging between evil and good, joy and sorrow, sickness and health, life and death.

 

The perfect and immortal are the eternal likeness of their Maker.

 

(25) 548:2

Christian Science separates error from truth, and breathes through the sacred pages the spiritual sense of life, substance, and intelligence. In this Science, we discover man in the image and likeness of God. We see that man has never lost his spiritual estate and his eternal harmony.