Wednesday Readings: Biology - Origins and Structure of Man

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the Oct. 20, 2010 Wednesday Testimony Meeting of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chagrin Falls, OH. After the readings, those attending the meeting are encouraged to share proofs of God's care.  All are lovingly invited to attend the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday meetings at our church.

The Bible

Gen. 1:1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 

Gen 1:26 (to :),27,28 (to :)
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

SH 172:23-24
  What is man?  Brain, heart, blood, bones, etc., the material structure?

SH 173:20

Man is spiritual, individual, and eternal; material structure is mortal. 

SH 490:23

The scientifically Christian explanations of the nature and origin of man destroy all material sense with immortal testimony.  This immortal testimony ushers in the spiritual sense of being, which can be obtained in no other way. 

SH 555:16-23

  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.

SH 63:5

  In Science man is the offspring of Spirit.  The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry.  His origin is not, like that of mortals, in brute instinct, nor does he pass through material conditions prior to reaching intelligence.  Spirit is his primitive and ultimate source of being; God is his Father, and Life is the law of his being. 

SH 247:15
Immortal men and women are models of spiritual sense, drawn by perfect Mind and reflecting those higher conceptions of loveliness which transcend all material sense. 

SH 298:22
Spiritual ideas lead up to their divine origin, God, and to the spiritual sense of being. 

SH 262:27-28

  The foundation of mortal discord is a false sense of man's origin.

The Bible

Gen 2:6-7,18,21-23
But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.  And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. 

And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 

And 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.  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 

Rom. 8:9 ye (to 2nd ,)
ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit,

Isa. 2:22
Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of? 

Eph. 4:22-23 put,24 put

put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 

Eph. 4:4 (to 2nd ,)
There is one body, and one Spirit,

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

SH 521:23-26
  The Science and truth of the divine creation have been presented in the verses already considered, and now the opposite error, a material view of creation, is to be set forth.

SH 546:12
"There went up a mist from the earth."  This represents error as starting from an idea of good on a material basis.  It supposes God and man to be manifested only through the corporeal senses, although the material senses can take no cognizance of Spirit or the spiritual idea. 

SH 553:17

  Adam was created before Eve.  In this instance, it is seen that the maternal egg never brought forth Adam.  Eve was formed from Adam's rib, not from a foetal ovum.  Whatever theory may be adopted by general mortal thought to account for human origin, that theory is sure to become the signal for the appearance of its method in finite forms and operations.  If consentaneous human belief agrees upon an ovum as the point of emergence for the human race, this potent belief will immediately supersede the more ancient superstition about the creation from dust or from the rib of our primeval father. 

SH 549:13
According to recent lore, successive generations do not begin with the ^birth^ of new individuals, or personalities, but with the formation of the nucleus, or egg, from which one or more individualities subsequently emerge; and we must therefore look upon the simple ovum as the germ, the starting-point, of the most complicated corporeal structures, including those which we call human.  Here these material researches culminate in such vague hypotheses as must necessarily attend false systems, which rely upon physics and are devoid of metaphysics. 

SH 554:12
The mortal is unconscious of his foetal and infantile existence; but as he grows up into another false claim, that of self-conscious matter, he learns to say, "I am somebody; but who made me?"  Error replies, "God made you."  The first effort of error has been and is to impute to God the creation of whatever is sinful and mortal; but infinite Mind sets at naught such a mistaken belief. 

SH 148:7-17
  Neither anatomy nor theology has ever described man as created by Spirit,--as God's man.  The former explains the men of ^men^, or the "children of men," as created corporeally instead of spiritually and as emerging from the lowest, instead of from the highest, conception of being.  Both anatomy and theology define man as both physical and mental, and place mind at the mercy of matter for every function, formation, and manifestation.  Anatomy takes up man at all points materially.  It loses Spirit, drops the true tone, and accepts the discord.

SH 173:17 (only)
  Anatomy declares man to be structural.

SH 172:32; 173:11-12

  When we admit that matter (heart, blood, brain, acting through the five physical senses) constitutes man, we fail to see how anatomy can distinguish between humanity and the brute, or determine when man is really ^man^ and has progressed farther than his animal progenitors. 

  What is termed matter manifests nothing but a material mentality.

SH 462:20-24
  Anatomy, when conceived of spiritually, is mental self-knowledge, and consists in the dissection of thoughts to discover their quality, quantity, and origin.  Are thoughts divine or human?  That is the important question.

SH 552:32-6
  Naturalists describe the origin of mortal and material existence in the various forms of embryology, and accompany their descriptions with important observations, which should awaken thought to a higher and purer contemplation of man's origin.  This clearer consciousness must precede an understanding of the harmony of being.

SH 529:6
Another change will come as to the nature and origin of man, and this revelation will destroy the ^dream^ of existence, reinstate reality, usher in Science and the glorious fact of creation, that both man and woman proceed from God and are His eternal children, belonging to no lesser parent. 

SH 325:26
The time cometh when the spiritual origin of man, the divine Science which ushered Jesus into human presence, will be understood and demonstrated. 

Isa. 7:14 Lord (to 3rd ,)

Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,

Luke 1:26-31,34,35,37,38
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.  And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.  And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 

Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
For with God nothing shall be impossible.  And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. 

SH 548:18-21
  Speaking of the origin of mortals, a famous naturalist says: "It is very possible that many general statements now current, about birth and generation, will be changed with the progress of information."

SH 29:20-30:4

  The illumination of Mary's spiritual sense put to silence material law and its order of generation, and brought forth her child by the revelation of Truth, demonstrating God as the Father of men.  The Holy Ghost, or divine Spirit, overshadowed the pure sense of the Virgin-mother with the full recognition that being is Spirit.  The Christ dwelt forever an idea in the bosom of God, the divine Principle of the man Jesus, and woman perceived this spiritual idea, though at first faintly developed. 
  Man as the offspring of God, as the idea of Spirit, is the immortal evidence that Spirit is harmonious and man eternal.  Jesus was the offspring of Mary's self-conscious communion with God.  Hence he could give a more spiritual idea of life than other men, and could demonstrate the Science of Love--his Father or divine Principle.

SH 332:23-29 Jesus
Jesus was the son of a virgin.  He was appointed to speak God's word and to appear to mortals in such a form of humanity as they could understand as well as perceive.  Mary's conception of him was spiritual, for only purity could reflect Truth and Love, which were plainly incarnate in the good and pure Christ Jesus.

SH 313:23; 314:12-19

  Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe.  He plunged beneath the material surface of things, and found the spiritual cause.  To accommodate himself to immature ideas of spiritual power,--for spirituality was possessed only in a limited degree even by his disciples,--Jesus called the body, which by spiritual power he raised from the grave, "flesh and bones."  To show that the substance of himself was Spirit and the body no more perfect because of death and no less material until the ascension (his further spiritual exaltation), Jesus waited until the mortal or fleshly sense had relinquished the belief of substance-matter, and spiritual sense had quenched all earthly yearnings.  Thus he found the eternal Ego, and proved that he and the Father were inseparable as God and His reflection or spiritual man.  Our Master gained the solution of being, demonstrating the existence of but one Mind without a second or equal. 

When Jesus spoke of reproducing his body,--knowing, as he did, that Mind was the builder,--and said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up," they thought that he meant their material temple instead of his body.  To such materialists, the real man seemed a spectre, unseen and unfamiliar, and the body, which they laid in a sepulchre, seemed to be substance.

The Bible

Col. 3:9 put, 10 put
put off the old man with his deeds;

put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

II Pet. 3:13 look
look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 

Rev. 1:9
I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 

Rev. 21:1-2 (to 3rd ,),22 (to :)

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven,

And I saw no temple therein:

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
SH 576:14-20
The word ^temple^ also means ^body^.  The Revelator was familiar with Jesus' use of this word, as when Jesus spoke of his material body as the temple to be temporarily rebuilt (John ii. 21).  What further indication need we of the real man's incorporeality than this, that John saw heaven and earth with "no temple [body] therein"?

SH 172:17

If the material body is man, he is a portion of matter, or dust.  On the contrary, man is the image and likeness of Spirit; and the belief that there is Soul in sense or Life in matter obtains in mortals, ^alias^ mortal mind, to which the apostle refers when he says that we must "put off the old man."

SH 556:3
  Vertebrata, articulata, mollusca, and radiata are mortal and material concepts classified, and are supposed to possess life and mind.  These false beliefs will disappear, when the radiation of Spirit destroys forever all belief in intelligent matter.  Then will the new heaven and new earth appear, for the former things will have passed away. 

SH 546:18-20

  Genesis and the Apocalypse seem more obscure than other portions of the Scripture, because they cannot possibly be interpreted from a material standpoint.

SH 547:25
The true theory of the universe, including man, is not in material history but in spiritual development.  Inspired thought relinquishes a material, sensual, and mortal theory of the universe, and adopts the spiritual and immortal. 

SH 548:5-6
In this Science, we discover man in the image and likeness of God.

SH 114:23-29

  Christian Science explains all cause and effect as mental, not physical.  It lifts the veil of mystery from Soul and body.

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