Christ and Christmas
an illustrated poem by Mary Baker Eddy

Verse14 - 

To-day, as oft, away from sin 
Christ summons thee! 
Truth pleads to-night: Just take Me in! 
No mass for Me!

 

 

Truth versus Error


Truth pleads to-night: Just take Me in! 
No mass for Me!

 


And God leadeth us not into temptation, 
but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death

from the Lord's Prayer

 

Truth pleads to-night: Just take Me in! 
No mass for Me!

The Me is Truth, God, the universal Reality, the All-in-all, but what does Mary Baker Eddy refer to with the term "mass?" Is she referring to a mass movement? The woman in the above painting, the representative of universal Science, is knocking at the door to the masses of humanity, seeking entrance as if to start a mass movement, but the poem says, "no mass for me." Is she saying: Truth is the truth, the truth of all mankind, the truth of the universe and man? Is she saying that it is tempting to create a Christian Science mass movement in the world, but that such a mass movement would be insufficient, too small, and would in fact be a denial of the Truth that is the truth of you and me and all?

Doesn't this recognition point wonderfully to the corresponding stanza of the Lord's Prayer?

And God leadeth us not into temptation, 
but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death

The temptation to make Truth small and render it a personal thing that one could build a mass movement around (or an empire) is one of the arch-sins of the present age and the root of the resulting universal disease of poverty, self-enslavement, impotence, hate, fear, violence, war - the sin of self-denial that tramples on the image of God that is the death of mankind.

No man delivers us from this sin, this disease, this death, but God will, the universal impetus, the all-harmonizing Spirit or divine Love. These are some of the great attributes of universal Intelligence that are already coming to the surface on the universal platform of science. It can already be said on the platform of nuclear physics that Without Love the Universe Would Not Exist. And so, evermore, Truth is the universal center of mankind, not driven as a mass movement, but being acknowledged as a universal factor of the reality of our being.

Note that the scroll that the woman holds in her hand in the above paining is no longer specifically identified as "Christian Science" as it was in the previous painting, Christian Unity. The scroll in the above painting appear to be the universal universal identifier of Science itself. If there is but one Truth in the universe, there can be but one Science, the Science of Truth.

Is it any wonder then that the corresponding textbook chapter for this element is the chapter, Recapitulation, and that the corresponding element in the Church Manual is, Committee on Publication?

We encounter a transition-point here. Between the 14th 15th element in the textbook, a major change happens by which the textbook,  Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, is divided into two parts. The last two elements (15 and 16) pertain to the part called, Key to the Scriptures. This second part is prefaced with the following scriptural text:

These things saith He that is holy, 
He that is true, 
He that hath the key of David, 
He that openeth, and no man shutteth; 
and shutteth, and no man openeth;
 I know thy works: 
behold, I have set before thee an open door,
 and no man can shut it. - Revelation

Mary Baker Eddy doesn't state what her perception of the "Key of David" is. The phrase is used only twice in Scriptures (Isaiah 22, and Revelation 3), and Mary Baker Eddy likewise used it twice in the textbook, once to preface the second part of the textbook and once more to preface the glossary. The closest we come to an explanation by her is found in her address to her church in June 1900, where she said: 

   Beloved, let him that hath an ear (that discerneth spiritually)
hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; and
seek thou the divine import of the Revelator's vision -
and no other.  Note his inspired rebuke to all the churches
except the church in Philadelphia - the name whereof
signifies "brotherly love."  I call your attention to this
to remind you of the joy you have had in following the
more perfect way, or Golden Rule: "As ye would that
men should do to you, do ye."  Let no root of bitterness
spring up among you, but hold in your full hearts fervently
the charity that seeketh not only her own, but another's
good.  The angel that spake unto the churches cites Jesus
as "he that hath the key of David; that openeth and no
man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth;" in
other words, he that toiled for the spiritually indispensable.

The "key of David" is evidently not identical with the star of David, but stands far above it. The biblical text contains no reference to a symbol called "the star of David." A symbol with that name may have been a code of arms on the shield of David, but was most likely attributed to King David in retrospect, who became the founder of a dynasty that lasted for four centuries. 

The design of the symbol, the Star of David, can be perceived as the composite of two triangles, one standing erect, but being overlaid with another identical triangle turned upside down. The design suggests in its symbolism of deep inner conflict. The early years of King David were indeed years of deep conflicts, all overshadowing the spiritual idea, unfolding a tragedy that was later corrected in a deep struggle by David within him. And some of this struggle was sexual. In fact the key to the resolution was sexually related (II Samuel 11 - 12).

This then sets the stage for the transition to the second part of the textbook, Key to the Scriptures, but the preparation for the transition begins here. The stage is set in the closing element of Science and Health, and it unfolds symbolically with a sexual 'wake up call.' The representative of Science in the painting (above), who is seeking entrance into the mansion of mankind, has her hand on the door knocker. The door knocker is shown in the shape of a human being with its hands folded in front, which become the knocker. The human anatomy is such that the knocker would impact at the space of the genitals. And this is what we see happening in the painting as shown below in expanded view.

In the scientific analysis it becomes evident that "the key of David" is not represented by the "star of David," nor is it found in sex, but the scene of the door knocker that puts sex onto the scientific agenda for spiritual development is putting us at the threshold to the discovery of the "city of our God" which unfolds a higher sense of sex, a third sense of sex, a spiritual sense of sex by which all mankind stands undivided, complete, whole, with a profound new dimension in spiritual creativity, productivity, perfectibility, perspicacity, scientific perception, and an expanding understanding of the nature of spiritual being that reflects the boundless nature of infinite Mind. 

 


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