July 20, 2022

 Subject: Adam and Eve

Golden text: Mark 10: 29-30, ESV, copyright by Crossway Bibles

 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.

Genesis 4:1, 25-26

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” And again, she bore his brother Abel.

And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another offspring instead of Abel, for Cain killed him.” 26 To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord.

I Corinthians 15:12-14, 20-25

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.

20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.

21st Century Science and Health, copyright by Cheryl Petersen

Whatever theory is adopted by the mass human thinking, that theory is sure to signal its appearance in form and operation. Take the analogy of Adam and Eve. Adam came from dust. Eve came from a rib. Adam and Eve had sex—joined together and shared information—and this then was believed to be the point of emergence for humans. Millenniums later, mass human consciousness changes. Now, biotechnology says multiplication can result in the laboratory. Although these theories will keep changing, matter and materialism began and will end with the human mind.

You may say that human beings are formed before they think or know anything of their origin. You may also ask how belief can affect a result which precedes the development of that belief. It can only be replied that divine Science reveals what “No eye has seen”[1]—even the cause of all that exists. The universe, inclusive of person, is as eternal as God, who is their divine immortal Principle. There is no such thing as mortality, nor are there properly any mortal beings, because being is immortal, resembling Spirit—or, rather, spiritual being and Spirit are inseparable.

Error is always error. It is no thing. Any conclusion regarding life as based on a misconception of life is erroneous. False conclusions are destitute of any knowledge of life, destitute of any knowledge of its origin or existence. Human beings are unconscious of their fetal and infant states. As they grow into another false claim, that of self-conscious matter, they learn to say, “I am somebody, but who made me?” Error replies, “God made you.” The first effort of error has been and is to charge God with the creation of whatever is ultimately doomed. Infinite Mind corrects the mistaken affirmations.

The science of metaphysics receives less attention than physics. Why? My experience has been that the human mind must wake up to the spiritual essence of life before it cares to solve the problem of existence metaphysically. When mental enlightenment is received, existence is on a new standpoint.

Recognizing the power of thought is valuable. Parents can develop their children properly with spiritual thoughts and knowledge.

Jesus could have withdrawn himself from his enemies. He had power to put aside a human sense of life for his spiritual identity in the likeness of the divine, but he allowed people to attempt to destroy the human body so that he might furnish the proof of spirituality. Jesus could give his temporal life into his enemies’ hands because he knew that matter had no life and that real Life is God. He could no more be separated from his spiritual Life than God could be extinguished. When his earth-mission was accomplished, his spiritual life, indestructible and eternal, was found forever the same. Nothing can kill our Life.

Matthew 21:18-27

 In the morning, as [Jesus] was returning to the city, he became hungry. 19 And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once.

20 When the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither at once?” 21 And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. 22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

23 And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 The baptism of John, from where did it come? From heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘From man,’ we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

21st Century Science and Health

Spiritual advancement matures into the view that individual consciousness is characterized by the divine Spirit as idea, not matter.

Suffering, self-destructive, dying beliefs are unreal. When divine Science is universally understood, the negative consciousness will have no power over us, for we are spiritual and live by divine authority.

The sinless joy is the perfect harmony and immortality of Life, possessing unlimited divine beauty and goodness without a single bodily pleasure or pain. Our real indestructible being embodies sinless joy. This state of being is scientific and intact. It is a state of perfection discernible only by those who have the final understanding of God’s idea in divine Science. Death can never produce immortality or spirituality for death must be overcome, not submitted to, before immortality appears.

The recognition of Spirit and of infinity does not come all at once, but throughout eternity. Haba na haba, a Swahili phrase for little by little, or step by step, has relevance. Human beings do not change from error to truth in an instant.

Existence continues to be a perception of divided body energies until the Science of being is reached.

Luke 5:27-32

]Jesus] went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” 28 And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.

29 And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. 30 And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

21st Century Science and Health

The highest earthly representative of God, speaking of the human ability to reflect divine power, prophetically said, “Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing,”[2] and, “These signs will accompany those who believe.”[3]

The Pharisees’ accusations against Jesus were as self-contradictory as their religion. The bigot, the morally corrupt, and the hypocrite accused Jesus of being a glutton and drunk. They said: “By Beelzebub, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons,”[4] and he is “a friend of tax collectors and sinners.”[5] The last accusation was true, but not in their meaning. Jesus was no ascetic. He did not fast as John the Baptist’s disciples; yet there never lived a man so far removed from appetites and fixations. Jesus admonished sinners straightforwardly without flinching, because he was their friend; hence the cup he drank.

Jesus’ reputation differed from his character. Why? Because his divine Principle and practice were misunderstood.

Whatever indicates a fall from spirituality is the Adam-dream.[6] That which symbolizes an opposite to Spirit, or an absence of Spirit, is neither Mind nor us. We can overturn error and discover Truth. The light of Truth dispels error. As human beings begin to understand Spirit, they give up the belief that there is any true existence apart from God.

In the Scriptural allegory of human history, Adam (representing the lie of humanized dirt or atoms), had the job of naming all that was material. These names indicated the properties, qualities, and forms of matter, but lacked the idea of real substance. A lie, the opposite of Truth, cannot name the qualities and effects of eternal substance. A lie cannot create the alleged laws of the flesh, nor can a lie hold the predominate power in any direction against God, Spirit.

It is generally agreed upon that God is Father, eternal, self-created, infinite. If this is true, the forever Father must have had children prior to Adam. There is no linear life cycle that begins with Adam. We coexist with God. The great, I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE[7] made all “that has been made.”[8]

Adam, represented in the Scriptures as formed from dust, is a case in point for the human mind. The physical senses, like Adam, originate in matter and return to dust. They are proved non-intelligent. Limited senses go out as they came in, for they are still the error not the truth of being. When it is learned that the spiritual sense, and not the material, conveys the impressions of Mind, then Being will be understood and found to be harmonious.

There is divine authority for believing in the superiority of spiritual power over material resistance.

Christ. The divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error.

[1] I Cor. 2:9

[2] John 14:12

[3] Mark 16:17

[4] Matt. 12:24; Luke 11:15

[5] Matt. 11:19; Luke 7:34

[6] Gen 2:7

[7] Ex. 3:14

[8] John 1:3

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