In the second chapter of Genesis (2:15) we read, "The Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it." Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," points out that the Biblical commentator Cruden defines the word Eden as pleasure or delight, and in her interpretation of this verse she writes (pp. 526,527): "In this text Eden stands for the mortal, material body. God could not put Mind into matter nor infinite Spirit into finite form to dress it and keep it,—to make it beautiful or to cause it to live and grow. Man is God's reflection, needing no cultivation, but ever beautiful and complete."

Metaphorically speaking, then, it would seem that one dwells in the garden of Eden when he is bound by the mesmeric belief that pleasure, happiness, and satisfaction are to be found in the material body. This belief that mortal man lives in and derives happiness and sensation from matter is the source of his bondage. It is the basis of his belief in and fear of disease and finally death. The human or mortal man appears as a limited and finite creature. He is the expression of finity, of a finite mortal mind, and therefore is incomplete.

July 25, 1953

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