I find it difficult to explain this theory to my friends who are limited in their understanding of God and Man. As is made clear in our belief and in our understanding of Scripture, “…according to the best scholars, there are clear evidences of two distinct documents in the early part of the book of Genesis (523:14-17).” Man, with a capital “M,” is the perfect creation by God; man is the mortal misconception created by the early writers of the Old Testament. God creates noting that is imperfect. Therefore, Man is eternal.
One of the terms that I cannot accept in this week’s lesson is “science.” Another is the word, “knowledge.” These are words created by men to try to understand the words and gifts of God. They are refuted by those who do not follow the meaning of God. I must admit that I never could learn science in either high school or college. Believe me when I say that this is embarrassing to admit. However, while in college, I attained a great deal of knowledge from my undergraduate programs to my doctorate in contemporary literature; and I will admit that as a teacher a college professor, I share a great deal of this knowledge with my students.
What I did not and could not share with them was Wisdom; this only comes from God. I explained this to them. What I did do was share with them how I attain Wisdom, through meditation and prayer. That was as far as I felt I could go. I had Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, and many other religious students sitting before me every day. What I shared was that I attained Wisdom through prayer and meditation. I admitted that I was a novice at this, even though I had been practicing this for over 30 years. I stressed that this is normal, since I have been programmed to be man, not Man.
Now, back to our lesson. When I join Bible study groups, I try to explain, in mortal words, how I accept the two tales of creation. My fellow seekers say that this is when God put skin on Adam and Eve, and they became mortal with a finite life span. Continuing on that God was very angry and therefore was punishing them for their disobedience. Impossible!!
As Mrs. Eddy says, and as we believe, the first definition of God is Love. And if we truly believe that, we cannot accept God’s anger. I have two children, and I have been blessed that neither of them has turned against God. Saying this, I have to admit that I am sometimes confused about their life choices. My son joined the Army and went to Iraq. I know that in combat, he probably killed some Iraqis; this was war. On the other hand, my daughter is powerful in business and had amassed what I refer to as a fortune, owning an historic home and one on the beach in North Carolina. They do not flaunt their wealth, but they do not hide it. Both are heavy contributors to charities.
Although I do question their choices at times, I do love them unconditionally and cannot punish them; I can only show them how simply I live in God’s Creation. I practice the same love that God has for us. the early scribes describe God’s anger for man; impossible! God is Love and loves us unconditionally and does not create discord.
©Russell Kendall Carter
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