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Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

“Adam and Fallen Man”

May 8, 2016

by Rick Stewart, CS, Dresden, Germany +49 351 312 4736

Around 1910 a German candy manufacturer began to produce a very special caramel flavored hard candy known throughout the world as, Werther's Original. It happens to be one of my favorites and Werther's is one of my favorite Bible research tools! Excuse me? Well this is the lesson that Werther's taught me long ago.

Werther's Original is a lusciously rich hard, caramel flavored bon-bon. To really enjoy a Werther's you cannot chew it up. You have to slowly savor it in your mouth, a little while on the right side, a little while on the left, just allowing it to slowly dissolve in your mouth with all its rich, buttery caramel flavor. Savor and enjoy.

And the connection with the message of the Bible? Well, in my humble opinion the spiritual truths garnered from the Bible or for that matter also from Science and Health, often times must be arrived at slowly, deliciously, and with great contemplation. Allow the spiritual message to awaken all of your spiritual taste buds and enjoy. The experience is often even much more delicious than a Werther's Butterscotch Original.

As a regular CedarS subscriber and friend you may have noticed how often we have been able to include insights from beloved Bible Teacher and Researcher and Christian Scientist, Cobbey Crisler. Warren Huff our director is a great fan of Cobbey's and a friend of Cobbey's wife, Janet . And Janet has granted Warren permission to use Cobbey's writings in our Bible Mets. But some of you who read the Mets printed out and not on computer, have sometimes let me know that you would love to be able to share in that extra research. So I have changed a little my normal formatting, and am sharing in full form some of Cobbey's wonderful insights. Like the delicious pure ingredients used in making a Werther's Original, you will love what Cobbey's insights add to your lesson study this week!

The Golden Text and Responsive Reading begin us with the firm affirmation that God is the creator and that His creation is the reflection of His reality. Here is how the NLT (New Living Translation) puts it:

Golden Text | Isaiah 45:8

NLT-8“Open up, O heavens, and pour out your righteousness. Let the earth open wide so salvation and righteousness can sprout up together. I, the Lord, created them.

Responsive Reading | Isaiah 2:22; NLT 22Quit admiring the human race, who breathe through their nostrils. Why should they be admired?

ISA 65:18–20 be (to :), 21–25 18 Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation! And look! I will create Jerusalem as a place of happiness. Her people will be a source of joy. 19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem and delight in my people. And the sound of weeping and crying will be heard in it no more 20 No longer will people be considered old at one hundred! Only the cursed will die that young! 21 In those days people will live in the houses they build and eat the fruit of their own vineyards. 22 Unlike the past, invaders will not take their houses and confiscate their vineyards. For my people will live as long as trees, and my chosen ones will have time to enjoy their hard-won gains. 23 They will not work in vain, and their children will not be doomed to misfortune. For they are people blessed by the Lord, and their children, too, will be blessed 24 I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers! 25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together. The lion will eat hay like a cow. But the snakes will eat dust. In those days no one will be hurt or destroyed on my holy mountain. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

The Golden Text and Responsive Reading clearly call us to look to God as creator and to look at His creation through His eyes. Shifting our thought from the history of a mortal creation and lifting it to expectations of what creation would be like modeled after God, not matter.

Now this promise from Isaiah I find particularly inviting, “For my people will live as long as trees, and my chosen ones will have time to enjoy their hard-won gains.” “ Hmmmm, not far from my home in Florida there was a tree I visited many times, The Senator. It was a bald cypress estimated to be over 3,500 years old! I stood next to it, touched, let it speak to me of the years it had witnessed and I let it give me a vision of life in another perspective. Not just longer, but purer, more spiritual, beyond mortal measurements.

Just last spring my boys and I visited the General Sherman, a giant sequoia that is considered the biggest tree in the world, 83.8 meters, and girth about 24 meters, and estimated at about 2,000 years old. I have a cone I found on the foot path right at its base. Assuming it belonged to the General Sherman I picked it up and enjoy looking at it each day. It gives one a perspective to say the least. I shall live, “as long as trees” and I always then add “I shall live as long as my God and creator, “ eternally.

Sections 1 -4 Same old, same old? or discover what is new and you?

If you are a regular reader of the Christian Science Bible Lesson, (I have been studying it daily for 50 years), you are going to discover some very familiar citations from Genesis and Science and Health in this week's Lesson. But I have a challenge for you. How about you give these citations the “Werther's Original” treatment. Savor them. Cherish each little insight or taste. Think about them like enjoying a delicious hard candy. Taste, think, cherish each idea during your day. You will not believe what new insights you are going to discover.

One thing these sections teach us is the need for separating the ideas from the First Chapter of Genesis and the Second and subsequent chapters from each other. Letting the Science of the First Chapter tell you who you are. And letting the narrative of the Second and subsequent sections teach you about who you are not.

B-2 AMP –“I know that whatever God does, it endures forever: nothing can be added to it nor anything taken from it. And God does it so that men will [reverently] fear Him [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is].

MSG – —”whatever God does, that’s the way it’s going to be, always. No addition, no subtraction. God’s done it and that’s it.”

Pay attention, your forever-ness and completeness is shining through here!

You are going to find these first four sections point to the distinction between the accounts in Genesis, Chapter One and Genesis, Chapter Two. Here is a delightful poem that captures the essence and flavor of that distinction:


By Woodruff Smith

Where did it begin

This idea called you?

In Genesis I,

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 I 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 I.

And here is a delightful testimony about this poem from our friend, Lona Ingwerson, C.S., from Laguna Beach, California.


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 immediatelyand he felt whole and well. He decided the poem was OK after all.

–Lona Ingwerson, CS

I am going to let you savor Sections 1-4 with the Werther's approach now!!!!!

Sections 5-7: Let the mortal lie simply disappear through the Science of Being, and the Christ.

B-8 NLT – Rise from the dust, O Jerusalem. Sit in a place of honor. Remove the chains of slavery from your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.

B-9 Romans 5: 19, 20, 21 NLT 19Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous. As people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant.21So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

CEB –19Many people were made righteous through the obedience of one person, just as many people were made sinners through the disobedience of one person. Where sin increased, grace multiplied even more.21The result is that grace will rule through God’s righteousness, leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord, just as sin ruled in death.

B-10 NLT –37When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume.38Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.39 When the Pharisee who off with her had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!”40 Then Jesus answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.”44Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair.45 You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume.47 “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, 50 And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Christian Scientist and Bible Researcher, B. Cobbey Crisler shared the following ideas regarding this account from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 7. In his comments, entitled, “Luke the Researcher,” Cobbey wrote,

“Jesus had opened the blind eyes, corrected lame limbs, cleansed lepers, enabled the deaf to hear perfectly, raised the dead, and preached the good news of victory to the poor. (The disciples of John the Baptist looked into these acts that Jesus was performing and they were instructed to go back and share with their teacher what they had seen.) Then they were to take their observations back to John the Baptist.

That would be the only answer Jesus would give: his works. If that's the only answer Jesus gave for the effectiveness of theology, I doubt that the rules have changed.

What would be the measure of effective theology to Jesus right here and now, if he looked around at every denomination on the face of the globe? Would they have to come up against that same merciless but really merciful, measurement? Are we producing? Are we solving problems?

In the twentieth century problems seem to be multiplying faster than the loaves and fishes did. We have very little time. We can't afford to waste thought on anything that doesn't work, especially religion.

In Verse 36 of Chapter 7, we have the incident of a woman coming into the Pharisee's house where Jesus had been invited for a meal. We're told in Verse 37, “the woman was a sinner.” In no case is this woman Biblically identified with Mary Magdalene. Very early tradition began to call her Mary Magdalene because of thinking that's what it might have meant when it described Mary Magdalene as one out of whom he had cast seven devils. Who could get worse than seven devils? It was just simply moved over into this context. There is nothing Biblical that ever identifies Mary Magdalene's name with it, however. It's and early tradition but there is no Biblical authority for it.

Again, if Jesus is interested in a state of mind, let's study it from that angle. In fact, if we studied all the gospels from the state of mind that it presented, and that Jesus said we should change to, then, it would be like an entirely different Bible to us.

Here this woman comes right in. In that day and age one would eat at a table on a reclining couch supporting your head with one hand resting on your elbow. Your feet would be away from the table so that your attention would not be there. The woman could very easily have slipped in unnoticed and begun “to wash Jesus' feet with the tears” that were pouring from her eyes, and “wiping his feet with the hair of her head” (Verse 38). If you remember what a dusty land that is, and that shoes were open sandals, one might get a little bit more of an idea what this woman had undertaken without regard for the effect on her hair among other things.

There was a deep feeling motivating this, there's no question about it. The Pharisee had forgotten some of the elementary hospitalities that have been passed right down to our century. He hadn't provided water for his guest. Jesus pointed that out later. While the Pharisee was blaming this woman for intruding on his dinner party, this woman had introduced some things that Simon himself had failed to do. We know his name is Simon.

If he happens to be the same Simon who is at home in Bethany, according to one of the other gospels, he had been a leper, or perhaps one that Jesus had cured.

And if that's true, imagine someone who should have been filled with gratitude. That's a state of breathing in a-Holy-Ghost-form of thinking, yet having an attitude against this particular woman and her needs.

Simon isn't very good at reading thoughts. In fact, he says, “This man, if he were a prophet, should have known who this woman is” (Verse 29). Indeed Jesus did know. Simon hadn't really read Jesus' thought at all but Jesus certainly had read his. Simon “spoke within himself,” it says. He didn't say a thing out loud. And Verse 40, “Jesus said, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.” There's sort of a poetry to it.

The interesting result of this parable is that the parable doesn't really speak to where the woman is mentally. The woman is beyond the minimal requirements of the parable. In this parable Jesus told Simon that the one who had owed the most, and was forgiven the most, would then love the most. Love after the fact of forgiveness.

This woman is well beyond that and Jesus knows it. This woman has loved even before the concept of forgiveness has come up. This woman has shown a deep confrontation with herself and where she has been mentally. She is simply expressing it in the presence of someone whom she feels could comfort and meet her needs. Just sensing that the environment in which Jesus moved would help her.

This woman was part of a despised profession. The ceremonial purity and public professions of piety of the Pharisees would necessitate a great show of contrast between those states of mind. The surprising thing is, Jesus is going to find that the state of mind of the woman is more receptive and filled with love, hospitality and repentance than the Pharisees who seems to fill the category of one of the woes that we'd heard, already full, with no room in Simon's thought.

In Verse 48, Jesus speaks to the woman for the first time. Imagine addressing a woman, especially in a Pharisee's house, where this woman clearly didn't belong (At that time, the most devout rabbis and strict constructionists wouldn't dare to speak, even to their women relatives, if they met them in the street.) Jesus is breaking all convention.

Apparently, he doesn't think that God is behind that convention. He says, “Your sins are forgiven,” addressing the woman directly. Up to now, she's just regarded as an object, and object of scorn, derision, repulsion and a sex object. A mere “thing.”

Jesus addressed her through his lenses that magnified for him the sense of God's manhood and womanhood, “Your sins are forgiven,” he said. Immediately that set a buzz around the table. They said in Verse 49, “within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?” Jesus unperturbed still addressed the woman, “Your faith hath saved thee.”

Why does Jesus make such a great effort for the woman to comprehend that a change in her mental state has even overcome sin? It can be done because it is implicit in the word, “dominion.” If we're stuck with our mistakes, there's no way out. If we can solve our problems, then Jesus would have to indicate such as a matter of encouragement to humanity. “Your faith hath saved you.” Your mental state filled with something that has come directly from the Holy Ghost. Faith is a state of mind. “Go in peace.”

Imagine how she came, with very little peace in thought. She left with her mental state changed, and one is left also with the thought that her entire life must have changed as a result.”

Section 6: Jesus heals the blind man and refutes sin and inheritance as a cause.

B-12 | John 9:1–3, 6, 7 NLT – As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 2“Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” 3 “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. ’” 6 Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. 7 He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing!

As described in citation B12, here are some great insights from Cobbey on the importance of being God’s “spittin’ image” by showing contempt for the dust man that must be washed off to heal all blindness to the presence of spiritual perfection as God’s image as given us in Genesis 1.

John 9:2. “who did sin? (A) This fellow over here? Or (B) his parents?”
John 9:3. Jesus had that paper before him as in the examination room on that point many times before. “He says, (C), none of the above… [Or per Warren proposes (D) DNA (DeoxyriboNucleic Acid (DNA) the molecule that supposedly carries encoded genetic instructions Does Not Apply!)] Neither hath this man sinned or his parents.” What’s that saying about origin? Where is that man? His roots are not in parents of in some reincarnated experience…”
Notice what he does in John 9:6 and what it may remind you of. “He spat on the ground, made clay of the spittle.” That reminds you of man being made of the dust in the Second Chapter of Genesis Verse 6 and 7, doesn’t it? Would Jesus ever mock God if he considered that was the real way that creation occurred? Yet, it almost looks like a mockery of that. He’s taking on that concept of the man of dust. He’s spitting on that ground, into the dust, making clay of it, and slapping it on the eyes of the blind man.
John 9:7. The man goes to the pool of Siloam. He can’t see his way there. He’s got mud all over his face. He doesn’t go seeing. He comes seeing.” He comes only after he has washed off that symbolic making or formation of man out of the dust.
In a way, it might even give us a greater hint on what the true meaning of baptism is, the immersion in Spirit, nativity, and washing off every trace of the dust man.” The Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple, p. 52-53]

Section 7 Let's wrap this baby up, in Spirit, never born and never dying.

B-13 | Isaiah 65:18 be 18 Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation! And look! I will create Jerusalem as a place of happiness. Her people will be a source of joy.

B-14 | Isaiah 66:13 (to 😉 NLT – 13 I will comfort you there in Jerusalem as a mother comforts her child.”

B-15 | II Corinthians 6:17 and I, 18 NLT -”and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

S-27 557 :18 “Divine Science rolls back the clouds of error with the light of Truth, and lifts the curtain on man as never born and as never dying, but as coexistent with his creator.”

Always precious to me is the healing of a loved relative. Reports right after birth seemed to forecast problems and a future of limited human intelligence, problems of various sorts. The mom told me she called to the practitioner praying at the time for her. And you might say that was that. The prospects of a life limited by mortal claims has rather been one of boundless good and love. Well…..a long, happy life filled with both challenges and victories, but also a number of firsts in class, first in exams, football, joy, and continuing to shine, live and express intelligence at an extremely high level. The only time I can think of this relative not expressing much intelligence is when he followed his Florida cousins into the wilds and waters of Florida in sometimes very dubious situations. What a joy it has been to see the “Word made flesh,” in a productive, creative, adventurous and very loving life.

Dear Father you are indeed the one and only Creator and we delight in your eternal creation, harmonious and good declaring that man is God's own child, upright, whole and free, now!

[**Warren's PS1: See Online version of this Met (upper right) for inspiring Cobbey Crisler commentary Downloads on Bible citations B10 and B12 in this Lesson. (copied in body of Met)]

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