Christian Science Bible Lessons

September 11,1898

- Section 2 -


Genesis 2:6,7
6 But there went up a mist from the
earth, and watered the whole face of
the ground.
7 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.
Genesis 3:9,10
9 And the Lord God called unto
Adam, and said unto him, Where art
10 And he said, I heard thy voice
in the garden, and I was afraid,
because I was naked; and I hid

545:21 Chapter 15: Genesis


Chapter 15: Genesis
Divine Science encompassing the universe and man;...  

The Way 

No blight, no broken wing, no moan, 
Truth's fane can dim; 
Eternal swells Christ's music-tone, 
In heaven's hymn. 

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

Cardinal point 2 - Column 4 - Extended

(Erroneous standpoint)
The translators of this record of scientific creation
entertained a false sense of being. They believed in the
existence of matter, its propagation and power. From that
standpoint of error, they could not apprehend the nature and
operation of Spirit. Hence the seeming contradiction in that
Scripture, which is so glorious in its spiritual signification.
Truth has but one reply to all error, - to sin, sickness, and
death: "Dust [nothingness] thou art, and unto dust [nothingness]
shalt thou return."

522:12-14 Chapter 15: Genesis

(The two records)
This second record unmistakably gives the history of error in
its externalized forms, called life and intelligence in matter.

523:7-10 Chapter 15: Genesis

(Mist, or false claim)
The creations of matter arise from a mist or false claim, or
from mystification, and not from the firmament, or understanding,
which God erects between the true and false.

524:28-3 Chapter 15: Genesis

(Creation reversed)
Could Spirit evolve its opposite, matter, and give matter ability
to sin and suffer? Is Spirit, God, injected into dust, and
eventually ejected at the demand of matter? Does Spirit enter
dust, and lose therein the divine nature and omnipotence? Does
Mind, God, enter matter to become there a mortal sinner, animated
by the breath of God?

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(Scriptural allegory)
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. First, this narrative
supposes that something springs from nothing, that matter precedes
mind. Second, it supposes that mind enters matter, and matter
becomes living, substantial, and intelligent. The order of this
allegory - the belief that everything springs from dust instead of
from Deity - has been maintained in all the subsequent forms of
belief. This is the error, - that mortal man starts materially,
that non-intelligence becomes intelligence, that mind and soul are
both right and wrong.

532:26-28 Chapter 15: Genesis

(Shame the effect of sin)
Fear was the first manifestation of the error of material sense.
Thus error began and will end the dream of matter.

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