Spiritual Progression - God and the Lord's Prayer

Spiritual progression of the concept of God as presented in "Recapitulation"

First Period - Discovery Second Period - Reorientation Third Period - Church-Building Fourth Period - World-Healing
(The Christian Science Monitor)
Ques. What us God?
 -- (1876 class book)
Ans. Principle, wisdom, love, and truth.
Ques. What is Principle?
Ans. Life and intelligence
Ques. What is life and intelligence?
Ans. Soul
Ques. Then what is God?
Ans. The Soul of man and the universe.
Ques. Is God man?
Ans. No, they are perfectly distinct and yet united. Soul of God is not man, nor is that which we call Soul in man; while they are ever united as substance and its shadow; Soul the substance, man its shadow.

Ques. What is God?
 -- (3rd Edition - "Recapitulation" 1881)
Ans. Jehovah is not s person. God is a Principle.
Ques. What is Principle?
Ans. Life, Truth, Love. Substance, and Intelligence

Ques. What is God
 -- (1883 class book "Moral Science"
Ans. Jehovah is not s person. God is a Principle.
Ques. What is Principle?
Ans. Principle is Life, Truth and Love. Substance, and Intelligence

Ques. What is God?
-- (48th Edition - "Recapitulation" 1889)
Ans. God is Supreme Individual Being, Divine Principle, Eternal Mind.
Ques. What is Principle?
Ans. Life, Truth, Love. Soul, Substance, and Intelligence

Ques. What is God?
-- (50th Edition "Recapitulation" 1891)
Ans. God is divine Principle, supreme incorporeal Being, Mind, Spirit, Soul, Life, Truth, Love.
Ques. Are these terms synonymous?
Ans. They are. They refer to one absolute God and nothing else. They are also intended to express the nature, essence, and wholeness of Deity. The attributes of God are justice, mercy, wisdom, goodness, and so on.

Ques. What is God?
-- (214th Edition- "Recapitulation" 1901)
Ans. God is divine Principle, supreme incorporeal Being, Mind, Spirit, Soul, Life, Truth, Love.

Ques. Are these terms synonymous?
Ans. They are. They refer to one absolute God and nothing else. They are also intended to express the nature, essence, and wholeness of Deity. The attributes of God are justice, mercy, wisdom, goodness, and so on.

Ques. What is God?
-- (Modern Edition - "Recapitulation" 1910)
Ans.  God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.

Ques. Are these terms synonymous?
Ans. They are. They refer to one absolute God. They are also intended to express the nature, essence, and wholeness of Deity. The attributes of God are justice, mercy, wisdom, goodness, and so on.

 

Spiritual progression of the concept of God as presented in "Glossary"

First Period - Discovery Second Period - Reorientation Third Period - Church-Building Fourth Period - World-Healing
(The Christian Science Monitor)
 

Key to the Scriptures of
(9th Edition of Science and Health - 1884)

God: I AM. All-knowing, All-seeing, All-acting, All-loving, All-wise, and eternal. Principle. Soul, Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, Substance, and Intelligence.

-- (48th Edition - "Glossary" 1889)

God: The great I Am; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-loving, all-wise, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; Substance; Intelligence.

-- (50th Edition "Glossary" 1891)
almost the same definition as the above.

God: The great I AM; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-loving, all-wise, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; Substance; Intelligence.

-- (214th Edition- "Glossary" 1901)
the same definition as in the 48th Edition - 1889
-- (Modern Edition - "Glossary" 1910)
essentially the same definition as the for 48th Edition
except for "all substance; intelligence" in lower case form.

God: The great I AM; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-loving, all-wise, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence.

Note: The Glossary definition for God remained almost the same from beginning to end,
except for changes in punctuation, the addition of "Mind" found in the 48th Edition, and the change to lower case for (all) substance; intelligence in the 1910 Edition, the modern edition.

The big change to the un-capitalized form of "substance and intelligence," and the addition of "all" to "substance" (referring to God's manifestation in man and the universe),
may have occurred in 1907 in conjunction with the change from "incorporeal Being" to "infinite Mind" in Recapitulation, prior to the start of the Christian Science Monitor newspaper.

The definition for God in the "Scientific Translation (Definition in 1891) of Immortal Mind as, "God: Principle, Life, Truth, Love, Mind, Spirit, Soul" remains unaltered throughout all editions,
except the sequence of the last three synonyms appears altered in the 214th Edition till the end, to "Soul, Spirit, Mind,"
However, the wording in the "Scientific Translation of Mortal Mind" underwent many changes.

Spiritual progression of The Lord's Prayer

First Period - Discovery Second Period - Reorientation Third Period - Church-Building Fourth Period - World-Healing
(The Christian Science Monitor)

From 1st Edition of Science and Health - 1875

Our Father which art in heaven,
--
Harmonious and eternal Principle of man,

Hallowed be Thy name.
-- Nameless and adorable Intelligence,

Thy kingdom come.
--
Spiritualize man;

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
--
Control the discords of matter with the harmony of Spirit.

Give us this day our daily bread;
--
Give us the understanding of God,

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
--
And Truth will destroy sickness, sin, and death, as it destroys the belief of intelligent matter.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
--
And lead man into Soul, and deliver him from personal sense,

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the
glory, forever.
--
For God is Truth, Life, and Love forever.

Note: In the original, the Lord's Prayer stanzas and Mary Baker Eddy's spiritual sense of the prayer do not appear interspersed, but listed as two sequential groups


From Science and Health 3rd Edition 1881

Our Father which art in heaven,
--
Principle, eternal and harmonious,

Hallowed be Thy name.
--
Nameless and adorable Intelligence,

Thy kingdom come.
--
Thou art ever present and supreme.

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
--
And when this supremacy of Spirit shall appear, the dream of matter will disappear.

Give us this day our daily bread;
--
Give us an understanding of Truth and Love.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
--
And loving we shall learn God, and Truth will destroy all error.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
--
And lead us into Life that is Soul, and deliver us from the errors of sense, sin, sickness, and death,

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the
glory, forever.
--
For God is Life, Truth, and Love for ever.

Note: In the original, the Lord's Prayer stanzas and Mary Baker Eddy's spiritual sense of the prayer do not appear interspersed, but listed as two sequential groups

From 48th Edition - 1889

Our Father which art in heaven,
-- Our eternal Supreme Being, all-harmonious,

Hallowed be Thy name.
-- Forever glorious.

Thy kingdom come.
-- Ever-present and Omnipotent;

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
-- Thy supremacy appears as matter disappears.

Give us this day our daily bread;
-- Thou givest to mortals the Bread of Life;

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
-- Thy Truth destroyeth the claims of error.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
-- And led by Spirit, mortals are delivered from sickness, sin, and death.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the
glory, forever.

-- For thou art Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, and man is Thy likeness forever. - So be it..


 

From the 50th Edition - 1891
 

Our Father which art in heaven,
-- Our eternal supreme Being, all-harmonious,

Hallowed be Thy name.
-- Forever glorious.

Thy kingdom come.
-- Ever-present and omnipotent!

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
-- Thy supremacy appears as matter disappears.

Give us this day our daily bread;
-- Give us each day the living bread;

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
-- And Truth will destroy the claims of error.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
-- Led by Spirit, mortals are freed from sickness, sin, and death.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the
glory, forever.

-- For thou art all Substance, Life, Truth, and Love  forever. - Amen. So be it..

 

From the 214th Edition- 1901
 

Our Father which art in heaven,
-- Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,

Hallowed be Thy name.
-- Adorable One.

Thy kingdom come.
-- Thy kingdom is come;
   God is ever-present and omnipotent.

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
-- Enable us to know, - as in heaven, so on earth, - God is All in all.

Give us this day our daily bread;
-- Give us grace for to-day; feed thou the famished affections;

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
-- And divine Love is reflected in love;

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
-- And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from evil, - sin, disease, and death.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the
glory, forever.

-- For God is Substance, Intelligence, Life, Truth, Love.

From the Modern Edition -  1910

Our Father which art in heaven,
-- Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,

Hallowed be Thy name.
-- Adorable One.

Thy kingdom come.
-- Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
-- Enable us to know, - as in heaven, so on earth, - God is omnipotent, supreme.

Give us this day our daily bread;
-- Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
-- And Love is reflected in love;

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
-- And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the
glory, forever.

-- For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.

Note: The Lard's Prayer, interspaced with Mary Baker Eddy's spiritual sense of it, was presented as a 16-part structure from the very beginning. This 16-part feature renders the structure potentially a part of the "City of God." The fact that we see this structural division right from the very beginning, suggests that Mary Baker Eddy may have been focused on the "City of God" from the beginning, and that this focus may have contributed to her discovery of Christian Science.

It is even possible, considering that John the Revelator who described the foursquare city coming from God, may have been Jesus' beloved disciple John, that he and Jesus may have been working in terms of a 16 part structure that the Lord's Prayer may have been designed to be a part of.