Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A New View of Genesis Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A New View of Genesis Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

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In the United States in recent weeks, the media have been discussing the book of Genesis in the Bible. One television series includes conversations about Genesis with a wide range of people -- artists, scholars, writers, and others. These individuals discuss and interpret different parts of the book. One artist, for example, has found that the concept of creation has parallels with the way he creates a work of art.

By virtue of its name and content, we can accurately say that Genesis is a book about beginnings. A friend of mine used to say that anyone starting some project would benefit from reviewing Genesis before proceeding. And to get the greatest possible benefit from such a review, I've found that Mary Baker Eddy's book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures has been invaluable. In separate chapters titled "Genesis" and "Creation," as well as in other chapters, Science and Health offers insight into the significance of the Bible's first book.

Among other things, the book addresses the fact that Genesis presents two accounts of creation. The first is one in which we are made in God's likeness, and it ends with God's declaring what He made to be "very good" (1:31). The second account is perhaps more widely known. It includes the story of Adam and Eve and their banishment from the garden of Eden. Here we find a creation that is flawed by disobedience and sin. Many people view these two accounts as involving one creation that was at first perfect but that began to decline almost as soon as God made it. Science and Health, however, makes it much easier to understand that these are two separate accounts. Man couldn't start out perfect and then become a sinner. You and I actually have only a perfect nature, one that through prayer and spiritual understanding can be recognized and proved as real in our lives. How could this be? Quite simply because sin and death never had a place in God's scheme of things. His plan has always been for there to be a perfect creation. Christian Science, Mrs. Eddy's discovery of the truth of God's creation, shows that each of us actually has that perfection now. …

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