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Metaphysical Application Ideas for Christian Science Bible Lesson Nov. 3-9, 2014

Subject: Adam and Fallen Man

by Kathy Fitzer of Lake St. Louis, MO
314-323-4083 kathyfitzer@gmail.com

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Having just celebrated Halloween, it’s easy to remember that the mask —or the costume — does not constitute the person. Sometimes, if a costume is worn too long, the person inside may start to identify with the character and begin to act out the role. There may be a resistance to remove the costume, because they’ve started to think they are that persona. At that point, a friend or parent needs to step in to awaken the person and help them get back to being themselves. Had there been a change in identity? Not for a moment. But, a shift in thought was required to recognize that. And so it is with waking up to see that we have never fallen from our identity as the immortal, perfect, sinless, upright child of God. But at times we can start to believe that the Adam and Eve mask defines our being. We fall into the trap of thinking and acting out the role of a mortal, falling for the lies of the talking serpent, and subject to being thrown out of paradise. This week’s lesson shows us how Christ awakens us and removes the costume, so we are free to see and be the man of God’s creating.

Golden Text:
“Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright…” I was interested to investigate various translations of this verse and realize that most would suggest that it means we should look at people with good human qualities, knowing that a good (human) life awaits those who are at peace. At least that’s how the translations came across to me. But, [to have an “acquaintance with the original texts” as Mary Baker Eddy advised (S&H 24:4, P.S.1)], I went back to the original Hebrew of the words used in the King James Version and got a much bigger picture. To me, the message of the Golden Text is that we must pay attention to and protect the completeness of man (the perfect man) and see man (ourselves and others) as upright. As we protect and attend to the complete, upright and whole man that God creates, we are assured that all is well.

I’m sharing here more of the Hebrew origins, but those who aren’t interested in the details can feel free to skip to the Responsive Reading (RR). Samar is the Hebrew word translated “mark” and it is a primitive root meaning “to hedge about,” so to “protect or attend to.” We are attending to the perfect man. Taken from the primitive Hebrew root, tamam, perfect also means complete, whole, and upright. I found the next part of the verse more what I had previously thought … to behold means to see and upright is upright or straight, and end can either be “latter end” or “result.” But peace was much more expansive than I had considered. It is from the familiar primitive Hebrew root, “shalom” meaning peace, but also includes such descriptions as good health, prosperity, safety, rest, and a sense of “all is well.” [See the “all will be well” and “all, all is well” lines in Hymn 350 & the Shunamite woman’s words in the original texts that surely inspired them (II Kings 4:18-37).]

Responsive Reading: Stepping out of the Adam mask reveals innocent, perfect man
Check out the first two verses of the Responsive Reading from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible: “…it is written, ‘The first man, Adam, became a living being’; the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.” “Just as we have borne the image of the man of the dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven.” The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary offers this comparison between “The First Adam” and “The Last Adam.” The First (i.e. the mortal counterfeit — or costumed version) was born and is of the earth, tied to the physical. The Second (i.e. the real man, or Christ) is life-giving, spiritual, and of heaven. Although some would say the first Adam eventually becomes the last Adam, Christian Science teaches that the “first Adam” is simply a costumed version — a counterfeit, a myth and a lie. As the costume is removed and the lie corrected, the “last Adam” — or ideal, perfect man that has always been the image of God — is seen, and realized to be the only man. Paul tells the Ephesians that we were predestined to be God’s holy and blameless child — it’s who we are, always have been, and ever will be. How do we rid ourselves of the weighty costume of mortality (the belief that we share a heritage with Adam created of the dust, and subject to a life of limitation?) Paul encourages his Christian audience to be in the building business… until we gain knowledge of the Son of God and the “perfect man.” We can also think of it as the revealing business… constantly working to not be confused by the temporal costume of mortality and dispelling that darkness that would hide our own or another’s identity by standing in the light of Christ to behold the perfect, upright man!

Section 1: Man is made in the image of God — perfect
Here we have two contradictory records of creation. (B-1 & B-2) It is important to remember that evidence points to the first chapter of Genesis (the spiritual record of man created in the image of God) being written many, many, many years after the 2nd chapter (the record of Adam.) Genesis 1 was written [during the Exilic Period,] while the Children of Israel were being held captive in Babylon. Is it not reasonable to think that this shift of thought from man, made of the dust, to man, made of Spirit, freed thought to be open to their release, as well as to the appearance of Christ Jesus, removing the mask of Adam? The Psalmist affirms that only through living can we praise God. The dust (matter, death, struggle, limitation) are not the means of praise, and so do not constitute man’s heritage. (B-3) Mary Baker Eddy makes a distinction between man and mankind. Mankind is the human form — the costumed Genesis 2 version. It is sometimes lovely, sometimes not. But the human can never be perfect. Man (described in Genesis 1) reflects God and therefore is always perfect, whole, healthy and prosperous. (S-5) Removing the mask, we find man!

Section 2: Take a lesson from Adam’s story
This section takes a closer look at the story of the second and third chapters of Genesis — specifically what happens when mankind falls asleep. According to the story, Adam was made to fall asleep and in this state, he became less than whole (a rib was taken from him) and from that rib, woman was made. (B-6) Continuing the sleepy saga, we read of the downward spiral triggered by Eve yielding to the temptations of the serpent, and Adam blindly following Eve’s lead. (B-7) There are lessons to be learned from these accounts. Rather than resigning ourselves to being cursed, let’s choose which account is real and which is the “costume-party version.” Both accounts can’t be true. (S-10) So, choose Chapter 1 as reality, and also defend consciousness, knowing that we can’t be made to fall asleep to the truth. At the same time, we shouldn’t just casually dismiss the untrue version. Mrs. Eddy writes of the rest of Genesis, “this deflection of being, rightly viewed, serves to suggest the proper reflection of God and the spiritual actuality of man, as given in the first chapter of Genesis.” (S-9) Actively reverse every lie presented—remove the costume layer by layer—until the real man is revealed. In so doing, we can’t be made to die in Adam (buy into the myth of mortality,) but we are sure to be made alive in Christ (divine immortality!) (B-8 & S-13)

Section 3: Refuse to be tricked by serpent-talk. Stand fast!
No worries that we’ll be tempted to listen to what an actual snake whispers to us. But, what about all the whispering (or often shouting) of mortal belief that fill our airwaves and aggressive suggest physical evidence that we really are material — much more like the first, earthly Adam, than the second heavenly Adam—or at least a mixture of the material and spiritual? Paul expressed his concern that just as the serpent had wholly seduced Eve by his trickery, the thought of the Corinthians would be corrupted—withered, ruined, or destroyed from the singleness (another term for simplicity) that is in Christ. (B-13) (Definitions were taken from Greek origins of the words.) A belief in duplicity is the culprit we must guard against. When you see someone in a costume, you don’t think there is the person there AND whatever the person is dressed up as. You’re not tricked because you understand the truth of the situation. Christ shows us the truth concerning the mortal and immortal—[concerning corruptible and incorruption. There is ONE creation. And the way to see it is to “be stedfast, unmoveable”— to “stand fast… in the liberty wherewith Christ,Truth, (the Genesis 1 report) has made us free” and “accept the glorious liberty of the children of God.” (B-11, B-12 & S-18) It all has to do with what is allowed to occupy thought. As “mortal mind” lets go of the false story (error) and “put[s] off itself with its deeds… immortal manhood, the Christ ideal, will appear.” (S-15) Shed the costume and be you! And mentally remove the costume from all others so they are seen to be themselves, too—God’s image!

Section 4: Place faith in the true rather than the false … in Spirit, rather than matter
We’re getting a lot in this Lesson from Paul’s letters to the Corinthians [RR, B-8, B-9, B-11, B-13, B-19, B-22 (“BINGO”)]. The Amplified Bible translates Chapter 10, verse 3 this way: “For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons.” [B-13] Based on my research with both Greek and English dictionaries, I had fun thinking of the verse this way: “Even though we’re currently dealing with a body, we should avoid struggling at a carnal level in pursuit of an improved human nature or circumstance.” The next verses tell us what we should do instead. Throw down (strip off the costume of) anything that would presume to suggest it is more powerful or a more reliable aid than God, and bring every thought into correspondence with the truth of man’s inseparable relationship to perfect God as perfect man, perfect image. (B-13) Jesus recognized that such a shift in thought had taken place with the woman who had been dealing with a hemorrhage of blood for 12 years. She had tried unsuccessfully the “warring after the flesh” approach … seeking the help of physicians and exhausting her funds. What Jesus felt (and responded to) was her reaching out to the Christ—seeking the healing power of God to transform her being. In response to her reaching out, healing power went out from Jesus. The woman felt it, and so did Jesus. The source of the power wasn’t Jesus, but came directly from God. (B-15) The question for us to ask ourselves is where are we placing our faith? Jesus “unfolded the remedy for Adam, or error.” Jesus understood that all that truly governs man is the kingdom of God reigning in the real man, “showing that man in God’s image is unfallen and eternal.” (S-21) We have to stop trying to perfect a mortal Adam, and throw our faith on the side of Spirit to strip off the disguise that would identify us as modern Adams and Eves, subject to [viruses like Ebola and all] the ills of the flesh. As we do, the upright man of God’s creating must be revealed.
[See “P.S. of a Cobbey Crisler Commentary” on Luke 8:41-48 (B-15) for more on how the woman who had been hemorrhaging for 12 years was healed by connecting with the Christ.]

Section 5: Be transformed through a renewal of consciousness
The first line of the Responsive Reading is repeated here. Do we want to just exist according to the reports of the physical senses — accepting the ups and downs of life as inevitable and sometimes beyond our control? Or, do we take a stand for our heritage as the child of God, filling consciousness with the life-giving Spirit of Christ? (B-19) Paul’s message to the Romans should make the choice an easy one—“to be carnally minded (to set the mind on the flesh) is death; but to be spiritually minded (to set the mind on the Spirit) is life and [the all-is-well mindset of] peace.” (B-18 KJV & NSRV) When we are embroiled in a difficulty, it can seem next to impossible to “set our mind on the Spirit,” even though we know that that’s the answer. But, the difficulty arises from having bought in on the lie that we’re dealing with a personal mortal mind. That is the biggest lie of the “carnal material mentality, misnamed mind.” Can a costume change you, as long as you know who you are? Absolutely not! Nor can a fraudulent carnal mind convince you that you are anything less than God’s perfect, complete, and upright image. This is a strong statement: “Anybody, who is able to perceive the incongruity between God’s idea and poor humanity, ought to be able to discern the distinction (made by Christian Science) between God’s man, made in His image, and the sinning race of Adam.” (S-28) We do not have to change the carnal mind into the Mind of Spirit. We DO have to be sure that we see the difference between God’s creation (the true story of Genesis 1) and the fable of a creation of the fallen race of Adam. If we can discern the difference, we can discern what is true and what is false. Stick to the true story. We’re not waiting for some down-the-road transformation, but keeping thought locked into perfect God, perfect man, knowing that the entire universe, including man, IS “governed … by the law of Spirit, not by the so-called laws of matter.” (S-27) Holding this position, consciousness is renewed thought-by-thought and experience is transformed—surely, step-by-step, [as by the “OIL”-lamp model. (S&H 592:25)]

Section 6: Learn a lesson from Adam
Sometimes it’s tempting to want to just skip over the story of Adam and Eve, and the serpent, and all that follows. It can feel better to just stay with that glorious, promising report of Genesis 1—the true story of the relation of God and man. And although we never want to believe that anything about Genesis 2 and beyond is factual, it is important to learn the object lessons presented there. We read in II Timothy 3 that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (B-21) When studying any kind of science (be it math, music, or a physical science) we are taught to recognize a mistake in order to correct it. The First Tenet of Christian Science says, “As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life.” (S&H p. 497) That doesn’t mean we pick and choose which parts of the Bible are inspired and which aren’t. It means we bring inspiration to all parts of the Bible and use the inspired message to guide us. For instance, there have been various interpretations of citation B-22 from I Corinthians: “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” [I Cor. 13:9, 10] Some believe that the perfect won’t come until after death. It is thought that at that point we will become spiritual. But, these words from Science and Health put a different spin on it (what I believe to be an example of the “inspired Word”): “Through discernment of the spiritual opposite of materiality, even the way through Christ, Truth, man will reopen with the key of divine Science the gates of Paradise which human beliefs have closed, and will find himself unfallen, upright, pure, and free….” (S-31) We don’t have to wait for the passage of time to pass through the “gates of Paradise.” [See Warren’s “There’s no chance in ‘Pair-a-dice’!” P.S.] In fact, we don’t want to accept time [or chance] as factors at all! Understanding that the stories of Genesis starting with the 2nd chapter paint a picture of the costumed version of life, we aren’t satisfied to stay at that level—no matter how good and pleasant it may seem at times. We stick to the Science presented in Genesis 1 to reverse each false suggestion and replace the false with the true, thereby unlocking the full potential of perceiving the man of God’s creating present here and now. Stick with perfect God and perfect man, untouched by the impositions of duality. Just as a stream cuts through rock and gradually erodes more and more until a river runs freely through a deep canyon—unobstructed—so “the calm, strong currents of true spirituality” established by the facts of “in the beginning (in the only) God…” cut through the obstacles presented by the later Genesis story of material creation, until every obstacle is eroded away and all that is left is “God’s spiritual, perfect man.” (S-32)


[P.S. 1 about being familiar with the original texts: Acquaintance with the original texts, and willingness to give up human beliefs (established by hierarchies, and instigated sometimes by the worst passions of men), open the way for Christian Science to be understood, and make the Bible the chart of life, where the buoys and healing currents of Truth are pointed out.” Science & Health 24:4]

[Cobbey Crisler Commentary P.S. on Luke 8:41-48 (B-15) that sets the stage for how the woman who had been hemorrhaging for 12 years was healed by touching the hem of Jesus’ garment.
“In this case we have something that might present a problem. Two people that need attention simultaneously. What do you do?… Here’s how Jesus deals with it. He is first summoned by a ruler of the synagogue with a great deal of human priority. Jairus has the rank and he asks first. He’s got a more urgent need….

“This radical change of thought was in the presence of the Christ-correction that Jesus was exercising in the mental realm. It’s going to be sufficient and the woman feels that it will help her. She’s lost all her money on physicians.[No health insurance…]Mark even tells us that she’s worse because of that choice. [Mark 5:26] All she does is touch the border of his garment. The issue of blood, the continuous hemorrhaging that had occurred for twelve years had kept her out of the temple, kept her out of worship and made her as unclean as the lepers…
“In Luke 8, Verse 48 he calls that lady, “Daughter.” Who’s daughter? Certainly, not his. In fact, he lifts that word “daughter” entirely out of any sense of blood relationship. That was the woman’s problem. He lifts even her identity out of blood.
“Daughter, be of good comfort” (Verse 48). Look at how he’s addressing the thought of that woman. Not only the precious relationship to God, but the comfort. She hasn’t experienced that in twelve years. She’d lost all her money. She was about to be thrown on the society. There was nowhere to go when you were thrown on society. That may have happened to the woman who had been a sinner. Prostitution was the only open career for many women when they were simply thrown out and discarded from normal humanity…
Jesus refuses to allow that woman to walk away from the scene thinking that physical contact with his robe had anything to do with the healing. He says, again, “Your faith hath made you whole.” The word “whole” and the word “heal” in Anglo-Saxon have the identical root. It implies that disease is something less than wholeness, that it is a fragmentation of our being. Healing is the condition of being made whole.” Luke the Researcher, B. Cobbey Crisler, p. 163, 164]

[Warren’s corny “gates of Paradise” P.S. (S-31, 171:4): To enter “the gates of Paradise”—or of the kingdom of heaven (or of God) should not be thought of as too difficult since Jesus said “the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). This universal salvation of entering the peaceful Paradise of God’s reign within you is the Christ-pronounced identity and destiny of all of you and doesn’t depend on time or on chance. It’s what we are to pray for daily in the “Daily Prayer” given to us by Mary Baker Eddy. (“Thy kingdom come;” let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me, and rule out of me all sin; and may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them!”, Church Manual, p. 41:19). To find yourself in God’s kingdom (Paradise), “unfallen, upright, pure, and free…” (S-31), it helps to remind yourself often that “There’s no chance in this Paradise (or this ‘Pair-a-dice…)’!” To help remind me of this I keep on my desk a pair of Monopoly dice that I have altered (and altar-ed with spiritual sense) the common acceptance of randomness and of luck—be it good luck or bad luck. I added just enough dots on each of the six surfaces to make a total of 7 dots per side; no matter how often or oddly these dice are rolled, double 7s, or double completeness, is all that ever comes up. An easy, universal pattern is to add dots with a Sharpie permanent clothes marker with one dot in the middle of each surface and a row of three dots on each side of it. You can modify any pair of dice according to this “pattern shewed to thee on the mount” (Ex. 25:40, Heb. 8:5). This could including dice designed to be hung from a rear-view mirror, but I chose Monopoly dice to link to another large lesson that “One with God is a monopoly” – not just a majority. This concept reminds me (and new Sunday School student drivers who I share it with) of this biblically-based assurance: “The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” (Ps. 121:8) Changing the common notion of chance elevates and brings a calm, all-is-well assurance to all our travels, to our relationships, to employment entry and exit timing for ourselves and others, to elections, to real estate transactions… For this to take place, here’s what Mary Baker Eddy says “must” happen: “we must leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to the proper sense of God’s unerring direction and thus bring out harmony.” (SH 424:8) Like “the ancient worthies” who understand “the control that Love held over all,” we can “emulate the example of Jesus.”(S&H, 514: 26…] And, in this Paradise (as with my ‘Pair-a-dice’), there is no chance!”]


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