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God Expressed Meekly/Mightily in you sparkle brightly with insights from Cobbey Crisler & others
as inspired by The Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“Adam and (UN)Fallen Man”
Sunday, May 7, 2023

(Cobbey Crisler’s insights are shared with the blessing of Janet Crisler
by Warren Huff, CedarS Executive Director Emeritus, warren@cedarscamps

So we no longer “falter between two opinions”
(I Kings 18:21, NKJV)

By Woodruff Smith
(Click  webpage to Download / print)

Where did it begin this idea called you?
In Genesis 1, or Genesis 2?
Which one of these concepts
Will prove to be true?
If you know what is what,
Do you know who is who?
In Genesis 1 in the 26th verse
There’s a man with never a taint’ of a curse.
But in Genesis 2 in verse number seven
There’s a dust man conceived…
He’ll never see heaven.

So, it really comes down
To which one you will claim,
What thou see’st thou be’st…
So, what is your name?
There they both stand.
Which one is you?
Is it immortal man one,
Or mortal man two?

If you’re immortal man
You know what you’re worth.
For according to law
You’ll inherit the earth.
But if you’re just a mortal
And made out of dust…
Is there anything to you
That’s worthy of trust?

No, the thing they call man
In Genesis 2
Is the dream of the dreamer.
It never was you.
So, know what you are.
Take your place in the sun,
You’re the immortal man
Of Genesis 1.



I gave a testimony one night in our Golden, Colorado church based on the ideas from a poem I really liked, which said, “Which of these men do you think of as you, Genesis One or Genesis Two?”

A couple of weeks later a businessman, not knowing I was behind him, probably, testified that he had heard a rather banal, trite testimony a couple of weeks ago from someone who recited that line, “Which of these men do you think of as you, Genesis One or Genesis Two?” and he thought it was so trivial, so lightweight.

He went to a business meeting in Atlanta, Georgia after that and was in a hotel room in the middle of the night, sound asleep with his wife beside him, when he had a massive heart attack.

He said he wasn’t naive, he knew what was happening, and he knew he was in a life-threatening situation. He was totally helpless, so helpless he could not even cry out to his wife for help, obviously could not call a practitioner, and he said for the first time in his life he felt completely helpless. He tried to repeat the Lord’s Prayer, the 23rd Psalm, the Scientific Statement of Being, but he couldn’t remember them, couldn’t put them together.

He felt totally mentally jumbled and then he recalled a very simplistic statement…”Which of these men do you think of as you, Genesis One or Genesis Two?” and he realized that it wasn’t so banal after all, that if he were a Genesis Two man he would probably not live through the night, but if he were a Genesis One man he could claim his dominion over the “things of the flesh.”

He did it. He said the pain lifted immediately and he felt whole and well. He decided the poem was OK after all.

–Lona lngwerson, CS

(Divine Image And Likeness man)  OF GENESIS 1!”**
(Click webpage to Download  a picture of a bar of Dial soap with this Genesis 1 message:  ‘RADIATE THE STRESS-FREE JOY & FRAGRANT DOMINION OF “CHRIST… THE DIVINE IMAGE AND LIKENESS” (Science & Health 332:11)

I LOVE THIS GENESIS 1 “STRESS-BUSTER” APPLICATION:  Whenever I start to feel the least bit stressed by whatever demands arise, I remind myself of being the dominion man of Genesis 1, created as God’s own image and likeness, as His/Her reflection! And it’s obvious that THERE IS NOTHING MORE STRESS-FREE THAN A REFLECTION! That’s true because a reflection doesn’t originate anything!  As Christ Jesus, “The Master” dominion man and the clearest reflection of God, put it “I can of mine own self do nothing…” (John 5:30)


transcribed from W’s notes on Cobbey Crisler talks on Genesis 1 (cit. B3):

[Cobbey said:] “Genesis chapter 1 was written in response to the Hebrew people’s crisis of exile.

“Verse 2 attempts to explain how creation occurred as well as how a new beginning could occur out of the vacuity of nothingness of exile.  To the post-exilic authors of Genesis 1 “the earth was without form and void” – or “Toe-who” and Boe-who” – the translated names of the Babylonian mythical leviathan-like, sea monster and their mythical behemoth-like, land monster. The modern-day myth is that we evolved from the sea to be dry land creatures with a refined further way of animal thought and life.  Human thought was dark much like “darkness on the face of the waters.” … Spirit is the root of the whole word inspiration… No advance can occur in life without inspiration—so “the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”… This happens also when Jesus is baptized, coming “straightway out of the water,” as part of a divine announcement.  He sees “the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon him.”  (Matthew 3:16) Consequently, one recognizes that if Spirit represents the motive of his career, it’s an inspired career…

“It’s how the entire Bible begins (Genesis 1:2) because “the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”  It’s almost as if in Jesus’ baptism, we’re getting this genesis of God’s creation, that first chapter, applied on earth.  The Spirit is moving on those waters in which Jesus is standing.  There is a Spirit genesis here.  Look at what happened in Genesis 1 in those brief verses when creation is depicted for us.” 

Verse 3 (Warren: from a bumper sticker that a friend enjoyed seeing) “The Big Bang theory: “Let there be light” and BANG! It happened!”)  “Light (“or” in Hebrew, “phos” in Greek) was created before the stars…  The motif here is that of the creation of the world by the WORD and a differentiation between the light and light-bearers.”  Theological Dictionary of the New Testament

Verse 4 records the first Quality Control-check—“it was good.”

Application ideas:
“Any lack of originality is only a lack of knowledge about your true origin.”

BONUS: Compare the development of any right idea in business or otherwise to the mental model of creation in Genesis 1:
Verse 3 = the dawning of the light or idea
Verses 4-6 = the analysis (compare and divide as on the first day)
Verses 7-10 = the decisive, solid manifestation of the idea (dry land appears)
Verses 11-12 = investment in the idea and its productivity
Verse 13 = exposing the idea to light universally, marketing it
Verse 14-31 = diversification (lights for seasons, living creatures multiplying, male & female)
Verse 2:1-3 = rest (not inertia, but success of the idea and its continuing yield)

DISCOVER THE INDIVISIBLE NATURE OF GOD’S CREATION from the end of Genesis 1 (citation B3) in notes from Cobbey Crisler talks as transcribed by Warren):

[Cobbey said:] “Searching the scriptures does require scuba diving or at least snorkeling because there’s a need for both clear vision and inspiration.
Verse 26, cit. B3:  “Here in a book noted for its monotheism we find plural words relative to God. (“Let US make man in OUR likeness…”) Father-Mother (F-M) must be together indivisibly or we have more than one God.  If there’s indivisibility in the original there must be indivisibility in the product.

Verse 27, cit. B3:.  To have Male-Female (M-F) in the product means that it’s in the original.
On IMAGE, Clemet of Alexandria wrote: “In our view, image of God is not an object of sense, but a mental object, perceived not by the senses, but by the mind.”  But in Genesis 2:7 the mental model is dropped and in the material account of creation God forms man out of dust—the very OPPOSITE view.

This mimics the opposite view of male and female that is widely promoted in which sex promises us all satisfaction in physical unity—but does it deliver?  The very definition of sex is division, not indivisibility.  “The sensualist’s affections… and pleasures” would put one through lots of fitful, mental contortions that Mary Baker Eddy describes as “imaginary, whimsical, and unreal” (Science and Health, 241:8).
(Transcribed from notes in W’s Bible margins taken by Warren Huff during several Cobbey Crisler talks.)


[Warren} Singing this toe-tapping tune to oneself must come from “the admission to one’s self that man is God’s own likeness [which] sets man free to master the infinite idea.” (SH, 90:24-25, bracketed word added)

Other references in this Bible Lesson to “image” & “likeness” & “reflection” in Science & Health include p. 531:5/cit. S5; 333:19-23/cit. S12; 299:11-15/cit. S18; 332:9-15/cit. S22;
[Some other reflection references in Science and Health include: 300:9; 90:24-25; 476:28-5; 392:8; 200:16; 497:5; 200; 94:1-6; …
Song for Next Generation Fellowship 2018 by Mike Griswold (vocal) Mike Tice (guitar). Released: 2018.

LISTEN (by clicking black bar in an online Met) for an ORIGINAL ‘LITTLE DITTY” on REFLECTION
(written, sung and offered VIA EMAIL by longtime CedarS staff member, Mike Griswold, now the Director of the Music Ministry at Brentwood Christian Science Church/Next Generation Fellowship

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Cobbey Crisler on I Corinthians 15:22/Responsive Reading & citation B19 + S&H 545:31, 564:14 & 25:16

[Cobbey:] …If our thesis as presented is accurate, that the implication of Paul’s statement in I Corinthians 15:22: “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” presents problem and solution, or remedy. Then one of the greatest research jobs awaiting all of us is to get back into that problem called Adam which we’re all wrestling with.

“Just make a list of everything you detect that Adam did wrong mentally and physically. Because, if it is true that Jesus’ mission was to remedy the Adam man and wipe that alternative off the face of man’s consciousness, then everything that Adam did wrong which was upside down Jesus is going to put right side up and prove that man is upright.  Many things may occur to you, for instance in the initial phases of such a list which we could just touch upon.  Adam’s problem occurred in what environment?  The garden of Eden.  Where did Jesus face down and confront that Adam- problem?  The Garden of Gethsemane.  Is this a coincidence?  Is Gethsemane intended to be the remedy for the problems of Eden in our own thinking?  I love in that context to remember Isaiah’s words [Isaiah 1:29] when he says, “Ye shall be confounded for the gardens ye have chosen.”   Eden, Gethsemane.

“Adam’s problem, though, is probably symbolized most graphically by what?  He had been told not to do something, what was it?  “Not to eat of that tree” [Genesis 3:3].  Instead he went and did it.  The disobedience, doing one’s own will, would have to be totally remedied right up with the same even greater peak pressure on a humanhood that had just announced to the world that the way to get out of this Adam-mess is to yield to God’s will regardless of the pressure upon you, so [it’s] doing God’s will versus doing one’s own will. (“Jesus presented the ideal man… By his obedience to God he demonstrated more spiritually than all others the Principle of being.” (cit. S7/25:16)

“The tree of knowledge of good and evil.  You know that the New Testament refers several times to the cross as the tree, that they nailed Jesus to the tree [Acts 13:29; 1Peter 2:24].  Interesting symbolism.  The attempt to nail Jesus as if he were one more in the dying race of Adam, to be nailed to death, and that’s the termination and the end of anything that he would offer man radically as salvation.  Jesus could not be nailed on the cross any more than God’s man could be nailed on the cross, and thus his theology was exemplified.

“Do you remember, – just things like this to show you how much fun this work can be as well – part of the curse on Adam [Genesis 3:17,18] was that thorns will be brought forth unto him.  Did Jesus have to face Adam’s thorns on that weekend?

 “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread…dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return” [Genesis 3:19].  The grave was the pressure of the dust he was to return to.  There are many other details showing the complete reversal of the Adam.  It’s as if the highest sense of mind on earth, which had relinquished its right to mind except by reflection, is turning everything right side up just as we do visually.  That topic is far from being exhausted.  In fact, what can exhaust an infinite reservoir?  It’s one thing about supply in the Bible.  It’s never consumed.  Therefore, there are no consumers.

“We’re going to review the actual events of the Gethsemane experience and see some of the differences.  What Jesus faced, what he was remedying, why he was there and see that we must, just for gratitude’s sake alone, have a stake in that Gethsemane, pioneer work.  But then we must take it beyond this.  We must go and do likewise.

“Matthew 26:30 When they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.”  A hymn before Gethsemane.  That shows the value Jesus places on such an uplifting of thought through the conjoining of music and words.  The meaning that is often conveyed even more deeply to us when we have that unity of soul expressed by thought in that manner…

 “…Jesus could say in part of that hymn that he sang before Gethsemane which is locatable in the later psalms, is still sung today at Passover, that he needed not to fear what man or flesh could do.  Out of that experience flowed the oil that is still blessing us, is still being utilized.  We’re not in an oil crisis today if we’re in the way with Jesus.  We maybe at a “parting of the ways,” the meaning of the word crisis.   We may be challenged regularly and often to make our right decisions, our right choice, our Gethsemane decision.

“Then, the result of no longer bowing down to a human will, no longer seeing within us any domination by others through their human will, but filled with the Holy Ghost’s own message, the angel that strengthens Jesus at that moment, according to Luke.  That angel awaits to strengthen us today. 

“The world with its creaky joints awaits, needs, yearns, for more Christ-oil to be poured from the thoughts and lives of those who have made the decision, are continuing to make the decision, and are moving from Gethsemane at the base of the Mount of Olives to the summit of the Mount of Olives where Jesus himself ascended.  We never have to budge from that mount.  It represents both cross and crown, both problem and solution.  And therefore, that oil which negates the experience of the cross and delivers the crown shows us that those two symbols, as precious as they are in Scripture, are inseparable.  If the cross represents the problem, and the crown the solution, then intertwined they deliver that simple message to me, problem solved.  That is the result of the Gethsemane decision.”
“The Gethsemane Decision,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


Discover in your “wilderness” experience a “vestibule” entryway where all that disappears is a material sense (like bulky outer garments) of “loneliness, doubt, darkness” while “spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence.” (Science & Health, 597:16) In the sacred refuge and solitude of this wilderness, we find the constancy of perfect health, the confidence of spiritual light-heartedness and sufficiency…all of which can never be diminished or made to disappear!

[Cobbey Crisler on James 1:17 (citation B9) and beyond thematically:
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning—as in an eclipse”[W:] or as in illusionist David Copperfield’s trick to click here to see the whole audience slowly revolved to make the Statue of Liberty seem to disappear.   (“The audience wasn’t in on it. This was a real illusion. The audience was placed on a rotating platform and he slowly rotated it so no one would noticed. When the curtains dropped the audience was actually facing the other way. The whole set was designed so you wouldn’t know you were moving. The spotlights used to “pass through the empty space” was actually there to blind the audience should they turn around to where the actual statue was.“)]

[Cobbey again] “As promised in scriptures:
“God is not a man, that he should lie…hath he not said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23: 19}

And, “For I am the Lord; I change not.” (Malachi 3:6)

James 1:18 continues: “Of his own will begat he us with the word—logos—of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures”—a sample of what He created to be consecrated to Himself.”
[per Warren’s notes on Cobbey Crisler’s talk on “The Book of Job”]

… “We already know that James read Job because we read the verse (James 5:11) that mentions Job in it…
James 1:6 tells us how we should pray—[W’s 10/7/19 notes: pray like Job did who never wavered in proclaiming his spiritual innocence. Job so refined his powerful prayers of protest to God that he received his healing and “the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before” (Job 42:10)].

[Cobbey:] “You’ll find when prayer is not prayer… “Let him ask in faith nothing wavering.” Wavering suggests this to-and-fro state of mind…
James 1:8 “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.”…

James 3:17 “But the wisdom that is from above” all stems from the commitment to oneness.”
“The Book of Job: A Mental Court Case” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

Cobbey Crisler on Luke 13:10-17/cit. B17 from his talk on “Jesus and Equality of Woman”

[Cobbey:] “Luke Chapter 13, Verse 11. Here is a case which only Luke gives us. Luke, supposedly a physician, does not say she has an infirmity but “a spirit of infirmity,” a mental sense of infirmity, “eighteen years bowed over,” spinal difficulty of some sort, rheumatic perhaps, “she could not lift up herself.”

Verse 12. Jesus addresses her in his typical fashion. That way that no one other than Jesus had ever addressed a woman before. It seems kind of impersonal, perhaps abrupt, but it has the general sense of womanhood, as if he were addressing womanhood generally through the representative in front of him: “womanhood, You are loosed from your infirmity.” Notice that declarative statement, “you are free, Woman, from your infirmity.” That must be the truth because Jesus said, “It is the truth that makes one free.” (John 8:32). Therefore, what has bound her or kept her in bondage must not be from God who would only be capable of truth, but if that liar, which he defines (in John 8:44) the devil as Satan.

Verse 16, “Satan (meaning the Prosecuting Attorney) hath bound this woman.” She was created to be free (like YOU). Satan and disease are linked there. Not God as the cause of loss or pain, or disease, or failure. Satan’s (the Prosecuting Attorney’s) already been defined as a lie. Truth is the only way to freedom in Jesus’ theology.”
“Jesus and Equality of Woman,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


[Ken:] “Jesus perceived the thoughts and righteousness of a woman with a spirit of infirmity eighteen years. She was receptive, and that loosed her from infirmity. He knew the expression of Truth is never failing, our freedom constant and now.   Her poem is attached, her story narrated by my wife, Sue.

“One healing proves the truth for all healings. The touch of the Christ is available to everyone, it needs to be perceived, received and then conceived in demonstration and joy, – like a flowing river assured of its own progress and fulfillment.” More information is available on You Tube under SHOW MORE

DELETE JUNK MAIL “things of the flesh” (that) entangle again with the yoke of bondage”  [W.] Cherish Real angel messages,”live … (and) walk in the Spirit” (Rom. 8:5, Gal. 5:1, 19, 25, citation B21)    – not junk mail & its “un-Reels”
of fleshly “April Fool’s” allurements.

[Last month Christie Hanzlik, CS, in Section 3 of her “Unreality” Met wrote:]
“This past Wednesday, a friend shared a testimony about the importance of being alert to stray thoughts that try to undermine our joy and health. She compared this alertness to using a junk-mail filter with our email. When an inharmonious idea tries to take away our joy or health, we can quickly delete the junk. She added that we don’t need to take the junk mail personally, nor do we have to read it, analyze it, try to figure out why we got it, or get upset about it. Just delete it. It has no honest origins. Just delete it.

“The author of Galatians makes a list of things of the “flesh”—that which is limited and distorted—that could be considered junk mail: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like (cit. B11, Galatians 5:17-23) Even though this list might seem overwhelmingly long, as soon as we identify it as just junk mail, it’s easy to know what to do. Delete it.

“The author of Galatians also makes a list of good messages: “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” These come from a good and reliable source: Divine Spirit. These messages we keep. These messages are undeletable because they come from an everlasting and validated source.

“Consider this verse from Romans using the junk mail analogy: “They that [spend their time reading junk mail] do mind the things of [wasted time and junk]; but they that [take in only the messages from Spirit enjoy the blessings] of the Spirit. For to [waste our time on junk thoughts] is [a dead end]; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. You are not [made out of junk], but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.”  (Romans 8:5, 6, 9) …

“Sometimes we may feel like there are just too many metaphorical email messages coming at us at once, but we are steadily making progress in deleting junk. As we are clearer and clearer as to what is true and real, it becomes easier to recognize and delete the junk. As Mary Baker Eddy writes, “If divine Love is becoming nearer, dearer, and more real to us, [junk] is then submitting to Spirit.”  (cit. S15, 239:18-20)”



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