Genesis without Mist
The first chapter of Genesis describes
spiritual creation from Elohim's perspective. The divine I or
Us created evidence of one perfect Mind - "male and female
created he them" (Gen 1:27). "And God saw every thing
that he had made, and, behold, it was very good" (Gen 1:31).
Beginning in the next chapter, however,
a second story of creation unfolds as a saga of mankind's attempt
to explain how God made him a flawed mortal. "Whatever indicates
the fall of man or the opposite of God or God's absence, is the
Adam-dream, which is neither Mind nor man, for it is not begotten
of the Father" (SH 282:28). As presented, this second record
is false because it has been infused with mortal beliefs; however,
the truth is discernable by removing the mask of error. "If
you wish to know the spiritual fact, you can discover it by reversing
the material fable, be the fable pro or con, -
be it in accord with your preconceptions or utterly contrary
to them" (SH 129:7). Mary Baker Eddy called this method
of discovery "Truth by inversion."
"There went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole
face of the ground" (Gen 2:6).
In Science, all form and action proceeds
from Spirit with infinite clarity. "The creations of matter
arise from a mist or false claim, or from mystification, and
not from the firmament" (SH 523:7). Is it possible for obscurity,
ignorance, and confusion to be real when Spirit contradicts it?
No! Therefore, the statement, "there went up a mist from
the earth," must be stricken from the record because it
never happened (Gen 2:6). As corroborators of Truth, we may observe
error, but we bear witness to truth. Only truth is validated
"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground"
(Gen 2:7). Lord God is almost always a figurehead of mortal
mind. "The Jewish tribal Jehovah was a man-projected God,
liable to wrath, repentance, and human changeableness. The Christian
Science God is universal, eternal, divine Love" (SH 140:23).
Lord God or Jehovah must be replaced in the narrative with divine
Mind, for only infinite intelligence can record man's history
accurately. Watered dust is not the medium for molding God's
"The tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the
tree of knowledge of good and evil" appear to be in strange
juxtaposition, as if to tempt mortal man with contraries: infinite
life, which he believes is unapproachable and impossible
on the one hand, and good and evil, which he knows all
too well but does not like to admit on the other (Gen 2:9). The
mystery of the text is solved if we know that perfect God has
no contrary attachments and neither do His perfect trees. The
words "and evil" must be erased in order to identify
the second tree correctly. The two trees are thus identified
as the tree of Life, of which one freely eats, and the
tree of knowledge of Good, by which one understands how
infinite Life lives us and every idea in spiritual creation.
Knowledge of Good is akin to knowledge of salvation, which
Mrs. Eddy identifies as Christian Science. Right in the midst
of the charade of material creation stands the two anointed ones
- Christ and Christian Science! There are many scriptural symbols
that reference these Life witnesses: the two great lights, the
two olive trees, the two olive branches through which the two
golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves, and the
bridegroom and the bride.
Adam and Eve:
"The Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and
he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh
instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from
man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man" (Gen
2:21-22).In the false history, Adam - "the usurper of Spirit's
creation, called self-creative matter" - was hypnotized
into believing that he originated Eve (SH 580:17). Then, while
still in his deep sleep, he and his Eve imagined "that the
human race originated materially instead of spiritually, - that
man started first from dust, second from a rib, and third from
an egg" (SH 585:25). Without divine direction, earth's authors
tried to substitute their dream for the facts of spiritual creation.
By replacing their observations with God's directive, a perfect
man appears at the right time and in the proper order. "Let
there be light: and there was light" commences spiritual
creation (Gen 1:3). In other words, shining the light of understanding
precedes God's manifestations. In the twelfth chapter of Revelation,
it is the woman clothed with the sun who brings forth the man
child that is "caught up unto God, and to his throne"
(verse 5). Therefore, Womanhood (Christian Science or the Comforter)
is the light of understanding that brings man, the individual
"I AM" and beloved of God, into view.
In verse twelve of Christ and Christmas,
Mary Baker Eddy reaffirms the proper order of creation as Mind,
For Christian Science brings to view
The great I Am, -
Omniscient power, - gleaming through
Mind, mother, man.
mother understands, and man appears as the highest
expression of Godlikeness - the one who comprehends all things,
even infinite Life, Truth, Love. Creation has no mist, limitation,
or finity. When we know the truth, we are free indeed and shall
never again be tempted to return to the garden of ignorant bliss.
George Denninger ©