Christian Science Bible Lessons

October 30,1898

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Genesis 2:15-17
15 And the Lord God took the man,
and put him into the garden of Eden
to dress it and to keep it.
16 And the Lord God commanded the
man, saying, Of every tree of the
garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 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.

526:17,29 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

(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


Chapter 10: Science of Being
Divine Science understood and acknowledged.  

I thank Thee O Father,...

Thus olden faith's pale star now blends 
In seven-hued white! 
Life, without birth and without end, 
Emitting light! 

Give us grace for to-day;
feed the famished affections. 

Cardinal point 3 - Column 3 - Extended

(Higher statutes)
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


Chapter 9: Creation
Divine Science understood and acknowledged.   

Christian Science Healing (2)

Forever present, bounteous, free, 
Christ comes in gloom; 
And aye, with grace towards you and me, 
For health makes room. 

Give us this day our daily bread.

Cardinal point 4 - Column 3 - Extended

(Finite views of Deity)
The human form, or physical finiteness, cannot be made the basis
of any true idea of the infinite Godhead.

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