Christian Science Bible Lessons
ADAM AND FALLEN MAN.
- Section 1 -
(Jehovah or Elohim)
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.
524:8-6 Chapter 15: Genesis
(Jehovah a tribal deity)
In that name of Jehovah, the true idea of God seems almost lost.
God becomes "a man of war," a tribal god to be worshipped, rather
than Love, the divine Principle to be lived and loved.
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? How could the
non-intelligent become the medium of Mind, and error be the
enunciator of Truth? Matter is not the reflection of Spirit, yet
God is reflected in all His creation. Is this addition to His
creation real or unreal? Is it the truth, or is it a lie
concerning man and God?
It must be a lie, for God presently curses the ground. 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? In this narrative, the validity of matter is opposed, not
the validity of Spirit or Spirit's creations. Man reflects God;
mankind represents the Adamic race, and is a human, not a
214:9 Chapter 8: Footsteps of Truth
(Adam and the senses)
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. They 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 to man, then being will be understood and found to be