Discovering Love

Rolf A. F. Witzsche

Element 2

The novel: 1 - Discovering Love
Textbook: 2 - Atonement and Eucharist
Metaphors: Christ Healing - part 1
Manual elements: Church Membership

Third row: Evening - Christianity, which is the outcome of the divine Principle of the Christ-idea in Christian history - divine omnipresence

1st column: The Word, the Polar Magnet of Revelation - northward dawn - God is incorporeal

River: Pison - The love of the good and beautiful and their immortality.


The subject of atonement is a wide-ranging one with vast implications, both individually and for civilization. In the general sense the term atonement refers to a process of "restoration of friendly relations." But who or what are we atoning with and for what purpose? Do we seek to build a special relationship with God, or with another human being that is the very reflection of God? Do we aim by this intention to improve perfection? Or do we aim to rescue ourselves from our folly of being at war with ourselves and one another? These are weighty questions.

General theology aims to atone God to man to serve the human need. Christ Jesus however set the opposite stage, to reconcile man to God, exemplifying man's unity with God that is ever complete, a dimension of Truth, Life, and Love. And so the process of reconciliation is a process of Truth coming to light, a process of discovering God being reflected in life and love as the very heart of Life and Love with a fullness of expression that is boundless. Thus the reconciliation is really a process of reconciling us with ourselves as a divine idea, and our neighbor in like manner. It is a scientific process of discovering the heart of all relationships, including sexual relationships; and this heart is Love. The often referred-to stumbling block in this discovery, generally called sin, Mary Baker Eddy frequently terms, sensuality. Does this term pertain to the gentle sexual intimacies that unfold into closer social intimacies, including economic, cultural, and national intimacies?

Here we come upon a dividing line. Christ Jesus said that flesh profits nothing. But sexual intimacy that builds social intimacy, takes us into a spiritual dimension that is not rooted in the flesh but unfolds in love. Did not everything that Christ Jesus stood for promote the recognition of the dimension of universal divine Love? So what is sin then? Isn't it what denies universal Love as the reality of human society reflecting the divine? Was not the greatest sin that has ever been perpetrated against Love the betrayal of Christ Jesus by Judas, for thirty pieces of silver? The betrayal has not ended. The process still continues. For Judas it ended in suicide. It still does for society that follows this path. The practice of betrayal has had a long history among the children of the circumcision that foreswore love even at lowest form of expression. The story of Jacob (from Genesis 25 on) is an example of betrayal replacing love. That circumcision stood at the center of this story of a long trail of betrayal is evident in the destruction of a city in which an uncircumcised man had been in love with Jacob's daughter for which the city was destroyed by a band of her circumcised brothers (Genesis 34). This tragic story too is continuing in many ways, except that now entire countries are being destroyed, and again by the circumcised in what may be called, wars without mercy and without humanity.

The circumcision is the effect of a people being at war with themselves and with love at their innermost level. It is inconceivable that Christ Jesus would have said to society that a man must be deeply mutilated before he can consider himself to be whole, which is the underlying story of the circumcision. Instead Christ Jesus became known throughout time as a man of peace, of inner peace, deep inner peace, the opposite of what the circumcision entails. It appears that the sin that culminated in the murder of Christ Jesus is the lack of peace to which peace and humanity is an offense. This sin has darkened the ages in which the civilization of universal Love should have developed. It led to persecutions and expulsions and counter-persecutions and wars and the creeping destruction civilization itself as the debilitating process became artificially advanced.

The practice of the male and female sexual mutilation far preceded the days of Christ Jesus, nor was it halted in the brief span of his time. He set the stage however for this healing processes, building a foundation for the principle of universal Love being recognized as valid even at the rudimental grassroots level by defending the adulterous woman (John 8). As far as I know, he never started a political campaign against the circumcision, a social, religious, and traditional practice that is designed to surgically  remove the sexual sensitivity of an individual person with lifelong debilitating consequences. He came to build a foundation on which the practice can be overturned. The practice was Love expressed in healing, and water being turned into wine. It appears that this practice ended at the cross. Love became reduced to its lower case form. The practice of people being at war with themselves and their humanity, rather than being at peace with themselves and one another, continued. 

This is not a trivial issue. Today, the male mutilation affects more than 600 million men (100 million in the USA), and more than a 100 million women worldwide. We find mutilation practice spread across many religions and countries. We find it on all continents, and always with the same old range of consequences for society and the victims that have darkened the social landscape in distant ages. While the issue is beginning to become controversial to some degree, even while it is pursued for an ever-greater variety of excuses, it remains a significant element, even beyond the vast consequences to society, as a matter of principle. If man is the image of God, then being at peace with God, which atonement signifies, is necessarily synonymous with being at peace with oneself, both biologically and in the relations with one-another. Scientific metaphysics, unfolding divine Principle and universal Love, alone can furnish the healing outcome that has evaded society for millennia, that is reflected both biologically and spiritually.

It is interesting to note in the above context that Mary Baker Eddy has placed the subject of Atonement and Eucharist into the moral domain. The foursquare structure has four levels. Mary Baker Eddy described four levels in the mental domain. The highest she pertains to "immortal Mind," to God, Man, and Idea that she defines as "divine." The lower three levels she defines as progression from the physical, through the moral, to the spiritual level of perception, leading up to the divine. The middle ground, the moral ground, Mary Baker Eddy defines with transitional qualities. By placing the subject of atonement or reconciliation at the moral level she defines it as a matter of choice for which scientific perception can raise to the human mental sphere to the spiritual level, which she defined in the foursquare matrix as that of the Christ. 

By being transitional, the moral level is obviously also exposed to society's mental regression into depravity. (see textbook Chapter 6, part 1, p. 115) With these considerations she defines the nature of atonement or reconciliation, our reconciliation with the divine reality of our being. At the spiritual level scientific progression touches the hem of peace. In the lateral domain of Life, Truth, and Love where God is all, man is at peace. Atonement is an elevating process of divine Science that puts one face to face with divine Truth and divine Principle that are universal by their very nature in which we find the beauty of the divine.

It is interesting to note here that Mary Baker Eddy associates the matrix element that she places the subject of atonement with, with a profound metaphorical image of the Christ raising a dead person from a coffin to life, which she labeled: Christ Healing. (see above: Metaphors)

Isn't the real atonement always with ourselves, a process of coming face to face with the Truth, the reality of our being, thereby coming face to face with the nature of God? With God being all-embracing universal divine Principle, special relationships or mutilated relationships become an impossibility, because there is but one Principle. She writes in essence, "Principle and its idea is One, and this One is God." There is no 'outside,' no division, no separation, no boundary, and no relationship where Love does not apply or is not reflected.

In retrospect I find it amazing to note how closely the novel in its dimensions reflects the dimension of atonement, which it sequentially pertains to, though there was no intention for this to happen while the novel was being written. But why should I be surprised? After all, Principle and its idea is One.

It is also interesting to note in retrospect how accurate Mary Baker Eddy has been in pointing out that as Christ Jesus was "forsaken by all save John, the beloved disciple, and a few women who bowed in silent woe beneath the shadow of his cross," the apostles themselves in their disserting of the Principle of Universal Love came to a violent end themselves, save John for whose death no records exist. The tragedy of today is that society is following this course again. The Principle of Universal Love is being betrayed again for coins of silver as the looting financial system that has strangled the world is in final stages of collapse. Love is being betrayed in the grand bail-out of the dying system of the largest gambling orgy in universal history. Some call the grand bail-out the biggest bank heist in the history of the world that puts the burden of countless trillions in debt obligations onto the shoulders of society while not a penny is put on the table to meet the needs of the physical living of society. "Let the penniless die," is the watchword on the banners of our time. Few in the modern world stand wailing at the foot of the cross where Love is being put to shame and is becoming 'executed' financially and in wars. The tragedy of this hour hints once again at the long-proven consequences that no one may escape, with shadows of a new dark age that ultimately none but a few might survive. The novel, Discovering Love, does not touch on these tragedies as they were still far distant in the timeframe in which the novel is situated. However it probes the principles that could have prevented the currently unfolding tragedy, which of course may yet come to the foreground as an aid in healing the world.


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