ADAM AND FALLEN MAN

May 7, 2017

 

Golden Text

Lev 26:12 I will, 13 I have

I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people. I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.

 

 

Responsive Reading

Is 60:2 the Lord, 3

the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

 

And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

 

Ps 33:1,3 (to ;), 4-6,9,11,13,15 (to ;); 37:37

Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.

 

Sing unto him a new song;

 

For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.

 

He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

 

By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

 

For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

 

The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

 

The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.

 

He fashioneth their hearts alike;

 

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

 

 

Section I

( 1) Ps 37:18

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

 

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

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:

 

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.

 

 

( 1) 516:9 (only)

God fashions all things, after His own likeness.

 

( 2) 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.

 

( 3) 515:21 Man

Man is the family name for all ideas, the sons and daughters of God. All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power.

 

( 4) 517:8-10

The ideal man corresponds to creation, to intelligence, and to Truth. The ideal woman corresponds to Life and to Love.

 

 

Section II

( 3) Gen 2:1, 6-8, 16-18, 21,22

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

 

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. 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 said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

 

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.

 

 

( 5) 547:23-25

The Scriptures are very sacred. Our aim must be to have them understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth be gained.

 

( 6) 320:5-8

The most distinguished theologians in Europe and America agree that the Scriptures have both a spiritual and literal meaning.

 

( 7) 523:14-27

It may be worth while here to remark that, according to the best scholars, there are clear evidences of two distinct documents in the early part of the book of Genesis. One is called the Elohistic, because the Supreme Being is therein called Elohim. The other document is called the Jehovistic, because Deity therein is always called Jehovah, or Lord God, as our common version translates it.

Throughout the first chapter of Genesis and in three verses of the second, in what we understand to be the spiritually scientific account of creation, it is Elohim (God) who creates. From the fourth verse of chapter two to chapter five, the creator is called Jehovah, or the Lord.

 

( 8) 524:13-20

Genesis ii. 7. And the Lord God [Jehovah] formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

 

Did the divine and infinite Principle become a finite deity, that He should now be called Jehovah? With a single command, Mind had made man, both male and female. How then could a material organization become the basis of man?

 

( 9) 259:15-18

If man was once perfect but has now lost his perfection, then mortals have never beheld in man the reflex image of God. The lost image is no image. The true likeness cannot be lost in divine reflection.

 

(10) 525:20-24

Everything good or worthy, God made. Whatever is valueless or baneful, He did not make, hence its unreality. In the Science of Genesis we read that He saw everything which He had made, "and, behold, it was very good."

 

 

Section III

( 4) Gen 3:1-6,8,9,12,13,17

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: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 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 they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

 

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;

 

 

(11) 92:11-6

In old Scriptural pictures we see a serpent coiled around the tree of knowledge and speaking to Adam and Eve. This represents the serpent in the act of commending to our first parents the knowledge of good and evil, a knowledge gained from matter, or evil, instead of from Spirit. The portrayal is still graphically accurate, for the common conception of mortal man a burlesque of God's man is an outgrowth of human knowledge or sensuality, a mere offshoot of material sense.

Uncover error, and it turns the lie upon you. Until the fact concerning error namely, its nothingness appears, the moral demand will not be met, and the ability to make nothing of error will be wanting. We should blush to call that real which is only a mistake. The foundation of evil is laid on a belief in something besides God. This belief tends to support two opposite powers, instead of urging the claims of Truth alone. The mistake of thinking that error can be real, when it is merely the absence of truth, leads to belief in the superiority of error.

Do you say the time has not yet come in which to recognize Soul as substantial and able to control the body? Remember Jesus, who nearly nineteen centuries ago demonstrated the power of Spirit and said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also," and who also said, "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall

 

(12) 537:19-3

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. Subsequent Bible revelation is coordinate with the Science of creation recorded in the first chapter of Genesis. Inspired writers interpret the Word spiritually, while the ordinary historian interprets it literally. Literally taken, the text is made to appear contradictory in some places, and divine Love, which blessed the earth and gave it to man for a possession, is represented as changeable. The literal meaning would imply that God withheld from man the opportunity to reform, lest man should improve it and become better; but this is not the nature of God, who is Love always, Love infinitely wise and altogether lovely, who "seeketh not her own."

Truth should, and does, drive error out of all selfhood.

 

(13) 530:26-29

The history of error is a dream-narrative. The dream has no reality, no intelligence, no mind; therefore the dreamer and dream are one, for neither is true nor real.

 

(14) 531:4

This is the error, that mortal man starts materially, that non-intelligence becomes intelligence, that mind and soul are both right and wrong.

 

(15) 529:13-15, 21

Genesis iii. 1-3. Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God [Jehovah] had made.

 

Whence comes a talking, lying serpent to tempt the children of divine Love? The serpent enters into the metaphor only as evil. We have nothing in the animal kingdom which represents the species described, a talking serpent, and should rejoice that evil, by whatever figure presented, contradicts itself and has neither origin nor support in Truth and good. Seeing this, we should have faith to fight all claims of evil, because we know that they are worthless and unreal.

 

(16) 103:15

The maximum of good is the infinite God and His idea, the All-in-all. Evil is a suppositional lie.

 

 

Section IV

( 5) Ps 146:8 (to 2nd :)

The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down:

 

( 6) Ps 30:4, 9 Shall, 12 O Lord

Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

 

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

 

O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

 

( 7) John 9:1-3,6-8,10,15,32

And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

 

When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent. ) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?

 

Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?

 

Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.

 

Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.

 

 

(17) 227:30-13

If God had instituted material laws to govern man, disobedience to which would have made man ill, Jesus would not have disregarded those laws by healing in direct opposition to them and in defiance of all material conditions.

The transmission of disease or of certain idiosyncrasies of mortal mind would be impossible if this great fact of being were learned, namely, that nothing inharmonious can enter being, for Life is God. Heredity is a prolific subject for mortal belief to pin theories upon; but if we learn that nothing is real but the right, we shall have no dangerous inheritances, and fleshly ills will disappear.

The enslavement of man is not legitimate. It will cease when man enters into his heritage of freedom, his God-given dominion over the material senses.

 

(18) 214:9-12, 14

Adam, represented in the Scriptures as formed from dust, is an object-lesson for the human mind. The material senses, like Adam, originate in matter and return to dust, are proved non-intelligent.

 

When it is learned that the spiritual sense, and not the material, conveys the impressions of Mind to man, then being will be understood and found to be harmonious.

 

(19) 545:27

Truth has but one reply to all error, to sin, sickness, and death: "Dust [nothingness] thou art, and unto dust [nothingness] shalt thou return."

 

(20) 183:26-29

Truth casts out all evils and materialistic methods with the actual spiritual law, the law which gives sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, voice to the dumb, feet to the lame.

 

(21) 176:28-32

human mind, not matter, is supposed to feel, suffer, enjoy. Hence decided types of acute disease are quite as ready to yield to Truth as the less distinct type and chronic form of disease. Truth handles the most malignant contagion with perfect assurance.

 

 

Section V

( 8) I Cor 15:12,20,22

Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

 

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

 

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

 

( 9) Act 20:7,9-12

And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

 

And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead. And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him. When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed. And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.

 

(10) Rom 8:2 the

the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

 

 

(22) 545:31-3

"As in Adam [error] all die, even so in Christ [Truth] shall all be made alive." The mortality of man is a myth, for man is immortal. The false belief that spirit is now submerged in matter, at some future time to be emancipated from it, this belief alone is mortal.

 

(23) 306:25-2

Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle, is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal.

God's man, spiritually created, is not material and mortal.

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.

 

(24) 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.

 

(25) 191:4

As mortals give up the delusion that there is more than one Mind, more than one God, man in God's likeness will appear, and this eternal man will include in that likeness no material element.

 

(26) 258:27

Never born and never dying, it were impossible for man, under the government of God in eternal Science, to fall from his high estate.

 

 

Section VI

(11) Is 60:1,4 (to 1st :)

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

 

Lift up thine eyes round about, and see:

 

(12) Ps 20:8 we

we are risen, and stand upright.

 

 

(27) 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.

 

(28) 258:11-15

Man reflects infinity, and this reflection is the true idea of God.

God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis.