We live in God’s creation, but we are not always a witness to His creation. We need to love God and trust Him and always remember what Jesus said, “Not my will but thine be done.” God is our source; we are the product of His Love. I have written a lot lately about “point of view” POV. Getting our thought in the right place is what allows us to experience God’s creation here and now.
Genesis I and II clearly explain what God’s creation is and is not. Genesis I is the spiritual creation and ends with, “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” Genesis II starts with, “THUS the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.” His creation, including man and the universe, is complete. Nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it.
Genesis II: verse 4, the name of God changes from “God” to the “Lord God.” Thus everything written from the perspective of the Lord God in the Old Testament is mostly from a mortal POV. The story of Adam and Eve clearly shows us life from that mortal POV.
The serpent tells the first lie, if we imbibe the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that the Lord God created, we will be as Gods knowing good and evil. However, God told them not to eat or touch that tree, “lest ye die.” That knowledge makes them mortal, subject to birth, maturity, decay and death. Poor Eve was “beguiled” by the serpent, buys into the lie, and shares it with Adam. ☹
In this allegory, it shows the beginning of life from a mortal POV. The Lord God created a supposed paradise, which included the choice between good and evil. I do not see that as paradise. Adam and Eve were ban from paradise because they believed the lie and made the wrong choice, so here we are trying to find our way back to paradise by making the right choices. Keep in mind that I believe the story of Adam and Eve is an allegory. Experts believe several people wrote it. It is their rendering of how we got here in this material world. ☹
Keep in mind that the material and the spiritual worlds are not in two different places. It is the same place, simply viewed in two different ways. From a mortal POV you see the material universe, full of confusion. From a divine POV you see God’s spiritual creation, and it is very good.
If things are not going well, we need to change our POV. Do you recall that statement, what you see (your point of view) is what you get? That is where our choice comes in. Are we going to continue to suffer from the mortal POV? Or will we rise to the human POV, where we grow in our understanding that we are God’s image and likeness, that we reflect all his goodness? When that happens, we can move into the divine POV where we become conscious of His creation.
In Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy describes in her chapter on Genesis the spiritual creation. Following is what she wrote about Gen.1:20: “To mortal mind, the universe is liquid, solid, and aeriform. Spiritually interpreted, rocks and mountains stand for solid and grand ideas. Animals and mortals metaphorically present the gradation of mortal thought, rising in the scale of intelligence, taking form in masculine, feminine, or neuter gender. The fowls, which fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven, correspond to aspirations soaring beyond and above corporeality to the understanding of the incorporeal and divine Principle, Love.” We are a creation of Love. This chapter is very enlightening and gives us the idea of how to spiritualize thought. We need to see past the material picture and comprehend the spiritual idea (divine thought) of creation.
Right here, right now is God’s creation; seeing through the mist that came up in Genesis II verse 6, clouds our vision so we cannot see His creation clearly. The Lord God created everything from dust, including man. Just look at the definition of dust from Webster dictionary: 1. fine particles of matter (as of earth) 2. the particles into which something disintegrates 3. something worthless 4. a state of humiliation 5. the earth especially as a place of burial 6. confusion, disturbance. This is awful, but it describes mortal man’s existence. It comes from the knowledge of good and evil. God’s good creation is not made of dust. It is the reflection of Love.
As a young adult struggling with the effects of child abuse, I made many wrong choices. I lived in fear after being beaten and belittled and believed the lie that I was worthless. While seeing my life from the mortal POV, nothing good happened in my life. It took me until I was in my forties before I found God. As soon as my choices started to improve, my life improved. I am living proof that when I changed my mind (point of view), my experience changed. This is what it means to repent, to ‘think again.’
I was not worthless. God’s creation is good, everything has value, and I am a valued part of that creation, so how could I be worthless. I learned a new way of seeing myself through a divine point of view, and my life changed. It was not easy; I had to un-think seventeen years of abuse and re-educate myself to think differently. It did not happen quickly. Slowly I began to believe I had worth, and more joy came into my life. I got over my fear of people, and my relationships improved, I got better jobs, and my income increased. I am now a happy, positive, productive person.
Always keep in mind that we cannot change anyone else; we are only responsible for our beliefs and behavior. However, what we believe, and the things we think and do, ripple out into the universe and affect others. Make sure you reflect Genesis I, God’s spiritual creation.
I know that learning to see the spiritual creation is not easy. I have been working at it for over thirty years now. Sometimes I get it right, and sometimes I miss the mark and fall tumbling back to this material universe with all it’s confusion. But I have had enough success that I know it works, and I will never stop doing my best to correct the things in my life that are not reflecting God’s spiritual creation.
In Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes, “The time for thinkers has come. Truth, independent of doctrines and time-honored systems, knocks at the portal of humanity. Contentment with the past and the cold conventionality of materialism are crumbling away. Ignorance of God is no longer the stepping-stone to faith. The only guarantee of obedience is a right apprehension of Him whom to know aright is Life eternal.” Page vii.
Rise above the mist and see God’s creation.