Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Evolution vs. creationism—time to wake up

One of the things I love about Christian Science is how it weighs in on the evolution / creationism debate. How does it? The answer is: it doesn’t.

The other night I had a dream. (This is relevant, so bear with me.) In the dream, my alarm didn't go off, so I overslept and missed an important meeting. But in real life, my alarm did go off, and I made it there fine.

To me, exploring evolution and/or creationism is like trying to figure out why the dream alarm didn't go off.

Following me yet? In Christian Science, there's a Creator who is entirely Spirit, creating a reality that is entirely spiritual. The Bible talks about this creation in Genesis, Chapter 1, and creation is characterized as "finished" at the end of the story. But a few verses later in Chapter 2, there's a verse that to me sums up pretty much all that we've been dealing with since then:

But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

--Genesis 2:6

Interestingly, the Bible never talks about the mist clearing up. To my mind, it's still clouding our vision of that first creation. The mist can also be called by its alias—matter.

If material existence is the mist, then hey, we're still in it. That's what we're perceiving here with our five senses as reality. But it's *not* reality. Reality actually lies with that first creation, the entirely spiritual one. This material seeming is a smoke screen, which is destined to evaporate as the sunlight of Truth hits it.

So what's the point in trying to figure out the mist? To me, that's what evolution and creationism are trying to do. One says the mist has a self-generated order, the other claims the mist is God's responsibility. But both are obsessing over the mist.

Mary Baker Eddy also characterized material existence as a dream from which we need to awaken. We've all experienced what it's like to wake up from a disorienting dream to find that everything is actually in order. Once we're back on solid ground, we dismiss the dream as so much nonsense.

I believe this is how we'll feel also upon waking up fully from this material existence. It will no longer matter (no pun intended) how we got here, how it formed, why it happened. It will be dismiss-able as nonsense.

We can do this in little steps through the process of spiritual awakening on a particular point, i.e. healing. When we come to see that a relationship problem, or a money problem, or a physical problem is part of the mist, we can wake up from the dream in that respect and instead embrace spiritual harmony. This can bring even the dream vision more into line with reality, and present solutions and healing.

So to me, when it comes to evolution or creationism, the idea is not to keep trying to figure out the dream, but to wake up.


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3 Comments:

At 9/13/2006 01:52:00 PM, Blogger athos said...

this is very deep and a profound topic. i think you did a good job of simplifying the issues and how MBE defines/eliminates them.

 
At 10/17/2006 01:07:00 AM, Anonymous Mary said...

Thank you so much for this article.

Mary

 
At 8/07/2007 11:01:00 PM, Blogger michael said...

Mist is all we have to rely on for information and provability of material reality. It is a shame we cannot see beyond it to report on something more, though some believe they have through dreams and near death experience. Beliefs help us cope, but in the end we can only hypothesize on other dimensional possibilities or life beyond biological death. Nice try though!!

 

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