On the Christian Science Platform in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy

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 'The Christian Science Platform'
Rolf A. F. Witzsche
July 2010


The Christian Science Platform
 in the chapter SCIENCE OF BEING

is a platform of 32 statements

7

8

5

6

3

4

1

2

15

16

13

14

11

12

9

10

23

24

21

22

19

20

17

18

31

32

29

30

27

28

25

26

This how one may relate them to the foursquare structure?

 

The chapters in the textbook, the stanzas of the Lord's Prayer, the segments in the Church Manual and the verses in Christ and Christmas are all sequenced in a developmental order, starting at the lowest aspect and ending with the highest.

In contrast with that, the Christian Science Platform starts with the highest element, and then list below it, everything that is subsumed by the highest concept, sequencing downward row by row. In this manner, the higher elements incorporate what lays below them. For the naming of the individual rows and columns please refer to the exploratory article: - Sublime Science

Since the Christian Science Platform contains 32 elements, and the foursquare structure can contain only 16, we face a paradox. To solve it, the manner in which Christ and Christmas is constructed, comes to our aid. Christ and Christmas contains 16 verses, to fully cover the foursquare structure, but fewer paintings, so that in some cases two adjacent verses are grouped together under the same painting, to illustrate that they are related aspects. When this principle is applied to the the Christian Science Platform, we end up with 16 groups, as shown above.

Of course, this is not where the significance of the Christian Science Platform ends. Mary Baker Eddy provided two major structures that by their nature are related to the Christian Science Platform. One of these is the 16-part glossary definition for the term MORTAL MIND, which its own sequence presents a counter-platform. By bringing the Christian Science Platform to bear on it, this critical counter-platform, called MORTAL MIND, can be scientifically defeated. One of the platform statements in each group appears to be designed to accomplish this, and accomplish this in this manner in every element of the foursquare structure.

The second major 16-part structure that is related to the foursquare structure and is logically related to the Christian Science Platform, is the structure of the 16 segments of the Church Manual. One of the platform statements in each group would therefore be related to the respective segment of the Church Manual.

The result of these relationships is shown below.

The following presents the Christian Science Platform statements applied

They are applied in the sequence indicated above, with the Manual segment added to the first part of each group, as the key element in the structure of the Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, and with the MORTAL MIND denial added to the second part, which is overturned by the respective platform statement.

@ -7- Divine trinity

MM - a suppositional material sense, alias the belief that sensation is in matter, which is sensationless

@ -5- Allness of Spirit

MM - error creating other errors;

@ -3- Evil obsolete

MM - mythology;

@ -1- The deific supremacy

MM - nothing claiming to be something, for Mind is immortal;

@ -8- Father-Mother

4 - Meetings

;

Element 4

@ -6- The universal cause

8 - The Mother Church and Branch Churches

Element 3

@ -4- Life the creator

12 - Board of Education

Element 2

@ -2- The deific definitions

16 - Church Manual

Element 1

@ -15- The Son's duality

MM - the belief that man is the offspring of mortals;

@ -13- The divine Principle and idea

MM - the belief that life has a beginning and therefore an end;

@ -11- Christ Jesus

MM - the opposite of Spirit, and therefore the opposite of God, or good;

@ -9- The Son of God

MM - a belief that life, substance, and intelligence are in and of matter;

@ -16- Eternity of the Christ

3 - Discipline

Element 8

@ -14- Spiritual oneness

7 - Relation and Duties of Members to Pastor Emeritus

Element 7

@ -12- Messiah or Christ

11 - Teaching Christian Science

Element 6

@ -10- Holy Ghost or Comforter

15 - Church-Building

Element 5

@ -23- Indivisibility of the infinite

MM - material senses;

@ -21- The divine Ego

MM - the subjective states of error;

@ -19- Soul and Spirit one

MM - idolatry;

@ -17- Infinite Spirit

MM - the belief that there can be more than one creator;

@ -24- God the parent Mind

2 - Church Membership

Element 12

@ -22- The real manhood

6 - Reading Rooms

Element 11

@ -20- The one divine Mind

10 - The Christian Science Publishing Society

Element 10

@ -18- The only substance

14 - Committee on Publication

Element 9 

@ -31- Evil not produced by God

MM - death.

@ -29- Adam not ideal man

MM - sickness; 

@ -27- True idea of man

MM - sin;

@ -25- Man reflects the perfect God

MM - that which neither exists in Science nor can be recognized by the spiritual sense;

@ -32- Basis of health and immortality

1 - Church Officers

Element 16

@ -30- Divine pardon

5 - Church Services

Element 15

@ -28- Truth demonstrated

9 - Guardianship of Funds

Element 14 

@ -26- Purity the path to perfection

13 - Board of Lectureship

Element 13 

 
 

I have created a comprehensive page with details presented each of the 16 groups with links identified by their number.

Please note that the structure of the Manual, which is presented by Mary Baker Eddy in the form of a developmental structure, is applied here as shown by itself in the appendix to this page. In the same manner are also all of the 16-part development structures applicable, which are the 16 stanzas of the Lord's Prayer, the 16 illustrated verses in Christ and Christmas, and the 16 chapters of the textbook, as also shown below in the appendix to this page. Naturally, the platform structure shown above is also related to the platform of Recapitulation and that of the Bible Lesson topics, which are likewise presented below for quick cross-referencing.

-Platform summation-  by Mary Baker Eddy

      This text in the book of Ecclesiastes conveys the Christian Science thought, especially when the word duty, which is not in the original, is omitted: "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." In other words: Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: love God and keep His commandments: for this is the whole of man in His image and likeness. Divine Love is infinite. Therefore all that really exists is in and of God, and manifests His love.

      "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." (Exodus xx. 3.) The First Commandment is my favorite text. It demonstrates Christian Science. It inculcates the tri-unity of God, Spirit, Mind; it signifies that man shall have no other spirit or mind but God, eternal good, and that all men shall have one Mind. The divine Principle of the First Commandment bases the Science of being, by which man demonstrates health, holiness, and life eternal. One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, "Love thy neighbor as thyself;" annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, - whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.

A very large development structure results from the comprehensive interrelationships with the Christian Science Platform that Mary Baker Eddy has provided. Mary Baker Eddy did not require the Primary teaching in the field to be as comprehensive as include all that. However, she did require  the Christian Science Platform to be taught in the Normal class (for teachers) in the Board of Education, evidently in order the enable the teacher in the field to develop an understanding of the Christian Science Platform through their continuing care for the students in the field, which is required of them. 

Since the Christian Science Platform has evidently not been taught in a comprehensive fashion during the last century, and may not be officially taught in this manner for possibly some time to come, I am presenting here what has been officially omitted. 

The development presented here seems easy, but it really wasn't easily derived. It took a long time for the interrelationships to come together clear enough to be presented here. I am presenting the results on order that the field may consider these factors and explore them, and take them further, and thereby educate itself to the level that has evidently been designed to unfold, for the further unfolding of The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, which has not been happening during the last hundred years.


Appendix


        

The Manual of the Mother Church, 
the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts

 

Temple

Church

 

The Word  
The river Pison - oriented northward to the early dawn

Christ  
The river Gihon - oriented eastward to the sunrise

Christianity  
The river Hiddekel - oriented southward to the heat of the day

divine Science  
The river Euphrates - oriented westward to the sunset

The Word  

4 - Meetings

8 - The Mother Church and Branch Churches

12 - Board of Education

16 - Church Manual

The Christ  

3 - Discipline

7 - Relation and Duties of Members to Pastor Emeritus

11 - Teaching Christian Science

15 - Church-Building

Christianity  

2 - Church Membership

6 - Reading Rooms

10 - The Christian Science Publishing Society

14 - Committee on Publication

Christian Science  

1 - Church Officers

5 - Church Services

9 - Guardianship of Funds

13 - Board of Lectureship

The Manual of the Mother Church (full text online)


The Christian Science Textbook by Mary Baker Eddy

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

the book that has healed for more than a century

 

The Word  
The river Pison - oriented northward to the early dawn

Christ  
The river Gihon - oriented eastward to the sunrise

Christianity  
The river Hiddekel - oriented southward to the heat of the day

divine Science  
The river Euphrates - oriented westward to the sunset

The lateral Reality 

Love - omnipotence

4 - Christian Science versus Spiritualism

8 - Footsteps of Truth

12 - Christian Science Practice
* 16 - The Apocalypse
 
Christ - Science

Truth - omniscience

3 - Marriage
 
7 - Physiology
11 - Some Objections Answered
* 15 - Genesis
 
Escaping Morality

Soul - omnipresence

2 - Atonement and Eucharist

6a Science
6b Theology  
6c Medicine
10a - Science of Being 
10b - Platform of Christian Science
14 - Recapitulation
 

Escaping depravity

Principle - omniaction

 Preface 
1 - Prayer
5 - Animal Magnetism Unmasked
 
9 - Creation

13 - Teaching Christian Science

 

For the printed version and free PDF Book
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures in Divine ScienceScience 

* part of the section Key to the Scriptures


The Lord's Prayer and its spiritual interpretation
 by Mary Baker Eddy 

  Dawn Sunrise Heat of the day The Golden Light of Peace
The lateral Reality 

Love - omnipotence

4- Adorable One. 8- Enable us to know, - as in heaven, so on earth, - God is omnipotent, supreme. 12 - And Love is reflected in love; 16 - For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.
Christ - Science

Truth - omniscience

3- Hallowed be Thy name.
7- Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 - And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 15 - For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

Escaping Morality

Soul - omnipresence

2- Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,
6- Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present. 10 - Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;
14 - And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.
Escaping depravity

Principle
- omniaction
1- Our Father which art in heaven, 5- Thy kingdom come.
9- Give us this day our daily bread;
13 - And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;

 


Christ and Christmas   

The Christian Science Bible Lessons 

7 - SOUL. 5 - LOVE. 3 - LIFE. 1 - GOD.
8 - MIND. 6 - SPIRIT. 4 - TRUTH 2- SACRAMENT
15 - ARE SIN, DISEASE, AND DEATH REAL? 13 - REALITY. 11 - SUBSTANCE. 9 - CHRIST JESUS.
16 - DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT. 14 - UNREALITY. 12 - MATTER. 10 - MAN.
25 - IS THE UNIVERSE, INCLUDING MAN, EVOLVED BY ATOMIC FORCE? 22 - ANCIENT AND MODERN NECROMANCY, ALIAS MESMERISM AND HYPNOTISM,  DENOUNCED. 19 - ADAM AND FALLEN MAN. 17 - PROBATION AFTER DEATH.
26 - CHRISTIAN SCIENCE. 23 - GOD THE ONLY CAUSE AND CREATOR.

24 - GOD THE PRESERVER OF MAN.

20 - MORTALS AND IMMORTALS.

21 - SOUL AND BODY.

 

18 - EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT.
 Mary Baker Eddy writes, "the name Adam represents the false supposition:

that Life is not eternal, but has beginning and end;

that the infinite enters the finite, that intelligence passes into non-intelligence, and that Soul dwells in material sense;

that immortal Mind results in matter, and matter in mortal mind;

 that the one God and creator entered what He created, and then disappeared in the atheism of matter.

 

 

the recapitulation questions and answers 

 

7. - What is substance?

( - Adam: A belief in intelligent matter, finiteness, and mortality. - )
5. - What are the demands of the Science of Soul?

( - Adam: The opposite of good,--of God and His creation. - )
3. - Is there more than one God or Principle?

( - Adam: The belief in "original sin," sickness, and death - )
1. - What is God?

( - Adam: Error - )
8. - What is Life?

( - Adam: "Dust to dust" - )

Element 4

6. - What is the scientific statement of being?

( - Adam: A curse - )

Element 3

4. - What are spirits and souls?

( - Adam: Evil - )

Element 2

2. - Are these terms synonymous?

( - Adam: A falsity - )

Element 1

15. - What are body and Soul?

( - Adam: A co-called finite mind, producing other minds, thus making "gods many and lords many" - I Corinthians viii. 5 - )
13. - Is there no sin?

( - Adam: The opposite of Spirit and His creations - )
11. - Are doctrines and creeds a benefit to man?

( - Adam: The first god of mythology - )
9. - What is intelligence?

( - Adam: Red sandstone - )
16. - Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and is there intelligence in matter?

( - Adam: A product of nothing as the mimicry of something - )
Element 8
14. - What is man?

( - Adam: That which is not the image and likeness of good, but a material belief, opposed to the one Mind, or Spirit - )
Element 7
12. - What is error?

( - Adam: Not God's man, who represents the one God and is His own image and likeness - )
Element 6
10. - What is Mind?

( - Adam: Nothingness - )

Element 5

23. - How can I progress most rapidly in the understanding of Christian Science?

( - Adam: Immortality's opposite, mortality - )

21. - Do the five corporeal senses constitute man?

( - Adam: Life's counterfit, which ultimates in death - )

19. - Is materiality the concomitant of spirituality, and is material sense a necessary preliminary to the understanding and expression of Spirit?

( - Adam: An inverted image of Spirit - )
17. - Is it important to understand these explanations in order to heal the sick?

( - Adam: An unreality as opposed to the great reality of spiritual existence and creation - )
24. - Have Christian Scientists any religious creed?

( - Adam: That of which wisdom saith, "Thou shalt surely die." - )

Element 12
22. - Will you explain sickness and show how it is to be healed?

( - Adam: The opposite of Love, called hate - )

( - Adam: The userper of Spirit's creation, called self-creative matter - )
Element 11

20. - You speak of belief. Who or what is it that believes?

( - Adam: The image and likeness of what God has not created, namely, matter, sin, sickness, and death - )

( - Adam: The opposer of Truth, termed error - )
Element 10

18. - Does Christian Science, or metaphysical healing, include medication, material hygiene, mesmerism, hypnotism, theosophy, or spiritualism?

( - Adam: A so-called man, whose origin, substance, and mind are found to be the antipode of God, or Spirit - )

Element 9

Mary Baker Eddy writes, "the name Adam represents the false supposition:

that Life is not eternal, but has beginning and end;

that the infinite enters the finite, that intelligence passes into non-intelligence, and that Soul dwells in material sense;

that immortal Mind results in matter, and matter in mortal mind;

 that the one God and creator entered what He created, and then disappeared in the atheism of matter.

 

 
 

Rolf A. F. Witzsche

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