Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
Mary Baker Eddy

CHAPTER 15 - Genesis

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(Spiritual overture)
A second necessity for beginning with Genesis is that the living and real prelude of the older Scriptures is so brief that it would almost seem, from the preponderance of unreality in the entire narrative, as if reality did not predominate over unreality, the light over the dark, the straight line of Spirit over the mortal deviations and inverted images of the creator and His creation.

(Deflection of being)
Spiritually followed, the book of Genesis is the history of the untrue image of God, named a sinful mortal. 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. Even thus the crude forms of human thought take on higher symbols and significations, when scientifically Christian views of the universe appear, illuminating time with the glory of eternity.

In the following exegesis, each text is followed by its spiritual interpretation according to the teachings of Christian Science.


(Ideas and identities)
Genesis i. 1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

The infinite has no beginning. This word beginning is employed to signify the only, - that is, the eternal verity and unity of God and man, including the universe. The creative Principle-Life, Truth, and Love-is God. The universe reflects God. There is but one creator and one creation. This creation

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