Christian Science Bible Lessons
ADAM AND FALLEN MAN.
- Section 2 -
(Record of error)
The "tree of life" stands for the idea of Truth, and the sword
which guards it is the type of divine Science. 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.
(Garden of Eden)
The name Eden, according to Cruden, means pleasure, delight.
In this text Eden stands for the mortal, material body. God
could not put Mind into matter nor infinite Spirit into finite
form to dress it and keep it, - to make it beautiful or to cause
it to live and grow. Man is God's reflection, needing no
cultivation, but ever beautiful and complete.
307:25-13 Chapter 10: Science of Being
Truth has no beginning. The divine Mind is the Soul of man, and
gives man dominion over all things. Man was not created from a
material basis, nor bidden to obey material laws which Spirit
never made; his province is in spiritual statutes, in the higher
law of Mind.
(The great question)
Above error's awful din, blackness, and chaos, the voice of
Truth still calls: "Adam, where art thou? Consciousness, where
art thou? Art thou dwelling in the belief that mind is in matter,
and that evil is mind, or art thou in the living faith that there
is and can be but one God, and keeping His commandment?"
Until the lesson is learned that God is the only Mind governing
man, mortal belief will be afraid as it was in the beginning, and
will hide from the demand, "Where art thou?" This awful demand,
"Adam, where art thou?" is met by the admission from the head,
heart, stomach, blood, nerves, etc.: "Lo, here I am, looking for
happiness and life in the body, but finding only an illusion, a
blending of false claims, false pleasure, pain, sin, sickness, and
255:16-17 Chapter 9: Creation
(Finite views of Deity)
The human form, or physical finiteness, cannot be made the basis
of any true idea of the infinite Godhead.