The myth of Eden, countered

For the Lesson titled “Adam and Fallen Man” from November 4 - 10, 2013

In Christian Science, “Adam” stands for “error,” and “Christ” stands for “Truth.” Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy explains First Corinthians 15:22 this way: “ ‘As in Adam [error] all die, even so in Christ [Truth] shall all be made alive.’ The mortality of man is a myth, for man is immortal” (p. 545, citation 22). This week’s Bible Lesson, “Adam and Fallen Man,” dispels error with Truth, contrasting the first, spiritual account of creation (see Genesis 1, cit. 2) with the second, mythical narrative (see Genesis 2, cit. 7). 

Some Bible readers might initially be concerned that Christian Science doesn’t take seriously the second account of creation because it explains the Adam and Eve narrative as an allegory. On the contrary, by dispelling the common confusion that conflates the two accounts, Christian Science contrasts them and actually deepens their significance. Jesus demonstrated the Christ, Truth, healing sin and sickness and defeating death. The Christ dispels the consequences of the “fall” by countering the myth of Eden, thus proving God’s real, good creation. “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (I Corinthians 15:22, Golden Text).

Your Daily Lift
What is Life?
November 4, 2013

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