Christian Science Bible Lessons
ADAM AND FALLEN MAN.
- Section 4 -
Question 14. - What is man?
ADAM = That which is not the image and likeness of good, but a
material belief, opposed to the one Mind, or Spirit.
(Mortals are not immortals)
Mortals are not fallen children of God. They never had a
perfect state of being, which may subsequently be regained. They
were, from the beginning of mortal history, "conceived in sin and
brought forth in iniquity." Mortality is finally swallowed up in
immortality. Sin, sickness, and death must disappear to give
place to the facts which belong to immortal man.
550:15 Chapter 15: Genesis
(Stages of existence)
Error of thought is reflected in error of action. The continual
contemplation of existence as material and corporeal - as
beginning and ending, and with birth, decay, and dissolution as
its component stages - hides the true and spiritual Life, and
causes our standard to trail in the dust. If Life has any
starting-point whatsoever, then the great I AM is a myth. If Life
is God, as the Scriptures imply, then Life is not embryonic, it is
infinite. An egg is an impossible enclosure for Deity.
522:12-18 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.
It records pantheism, opposed to the supremacy of divine Spirit;
but this state of things is declared to be temporary and this man
to be mortal, - dust returning to dust.
In this erroneous theory, matter takes the place of Spirit.
555:16-27 Chapter 15: Genesis
(The origin of divinity)
Searching for the origin of man, who is the reflection of God,
is like inquiring into the origin of God, the self-existent and
eternal. Only impotent error would seek to unite Spirit with
matter, good with evil, immortality with mortality, and call this
sham unity man, as if man were the offspring of both Mind and
matter, of both Deity and humanity. Creation rests on a spiritual
basis. We lose our standard of perfection and set aside the
proper conception of Deity, when we admit that the perfect is the
author of aught that can become imperfect, that God bestows the
power to sin, or that Truth confers the ability to err.