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In the story Jacob struggles with an angel, and when he wins his peace he emerges with a new name, the name Israel.
The story begins with Jacob being a 'circumcised' person, but he comes to an impasse where he struggles with his denial of the fullness of God's creation and begins a transition to acknowledging the fullness of our universal divine humanity.
Mary Baker Eddy defines this transition with her dual definition for the name Jacob, beginning with, ’a corporeal mortal embracing duplicity, repentance, sensualism,’ ending with, ‘inspiration; the revelation of Science, in which the so-called material senses yield to the spiritual sense of Life and Love.’
While Jacob had struggled himself out of the trap of being a 'circumcised' person, his children had evidently not reached that high.
From the emptiness of their own circumcision, acting on a platform of deception - the same platform that Jacob had stood on in the beginning - some of the children, joining into a gang, attacked and killed all the men of a city. The people of the city had offered cooperative ties and intermarriage. They were answered with the sword.
This type of answer is still given on a large scale in the modern world, where military gangs, richly financed on both sides by empire, now force the policies of empire onto a helpless people, as in the case of Afghanistan, and by example onto the world.
We fight wars not out of strength, but out of weakness; out of an inner emptiness; out of our inability or stubborn unwillingness to built a human world in which the fullness of God's creation is the light thereof, fully recognized, understood, and acknowledged.
When the last F14 Tomcat departed from the aircraft carrier Theodor Roosevelt the entire game should have ended and all the engines of war been sent to the scrap yard.
Instead we have built bigger ones and more expensive weapons that are draining our economies.
We are sacrificing our very living on the altar of killing. We lay ourselves down to die in the unyielding and deepening denial of the fullness of God's creation, a denial that we staunchly maintain.
Our universal marriage with one another is denied. We solute the weapon that is designed to destroy the marvelous divine creation that the human being is. If this is not a form of gross denial, what is?
We have built the engines that can eradicate the human presence in a 1-hour war that destroys the environment that we require to live in.
And we have placed those engines into hands of those who hate humanity enough to destroy it.
The only fullness that we have so far been able to demonstrate is a growing fullness of achievements in terror and in insanity.
The 1-hour war that we have prepared for ourselves promises 100,000 Hiroshimas in destructive force, conservatively. And it is easily done, with a high degree of built-in automation.
We even train our children in the art of insanity with entertainment focused on killing and destroying, from movies to video games. The self-denial of our own humanity has become increasingly the focus of our universal marriage platform, instead of the universal development of our humanity and our world with it.
We have the materials, energy resources, and the technologies on hand to transform our world into a living paradise, even with a new Ice Age fast approaching for which the transition has already begun. We have the physical resources at our feet in boundless abundance, largely unused. We have the capability to double the world food supply with ease, and to produce high quality houses in automated production with such ease that we can give them to each other for free as an investment into ourselves for a boundless future; ending homelessness, slum living, and rent slavery, and so on. But we don't use the capability. We deny ourselves a human future by not acknowledging the fullness of good that we embody as human beings married to a profound humanity and with it to one-another.
The dynamics for breaking out of the self-entrapment that is presently strangling our world is demonstrated in the Jacob story. It is demonstrated by Leah's transition in self-perception from Levi to Judah, and in Rachel's similar transition from Dan and Naphtali, where she wrestled with her sister, to Joseph where she 'opened' herself to experiencing universal good.
With all this standing in the background, why would Mary Baker Eddy make provisions for society to perpetuate its low-level marriages in her church? She states, as if to answer such a question, in her chapter on marriage, "There is moral freedom in Soul, the freedom to develop on the entire front."
However, freedom rests on the twin-pillars of responsibility and development. On this note Mary Baker Eddy states, under the heading, Marriage temporal:
Marriage is the legal and moral provision for generation among human kind. Until the spiritual creation is discerned intact, is apprehended and understood, and His kingdom is come as in the vision of the Apocalypse, - where the corporeal sense of creation was cast out, and its spiritual sense was revealed from heaven, - marriage will continue, subject to such moral regulations as will secure increasing virtue.
Evidently the state of civilization as a whole will reflect to a large measure society's progression on its marriage perception, from sense to Soul, as it reaches higher and higher in its intentions towards the infinite plain. The infinite plain is unfolding in divine Science.
Mary Baker Eddy presents a visual reference to the Jacob story that places it into the universal context and into divine Science in the final sequential painting for her illustrated poem, Christ and Christmas.
Mary Baker Eddy has defined 9 of the names of the 12 children of Jacob. She represents these names as critical nine examples, shown in metaphor in the form of 9 dark birds surrounding the central cross.
As one would expect, this painting pertains to the same level in the foursquare city that her textbook chapter, Marriage, pertains to.
Mary Baker Eddy's illustrated poem, Christ and Christmas contains 16 verses to which 16 scenes apply. If the poem and its illustrations are applied to her foursquare city in a developmental sequence, the painting with its reference to the Jacob story in the form of 9 birds, which is associated with the 15th verse, applies to the same row on which the chapter, Marriage, is located, but on the opposite end.
This means that the subject of marriage is projected all the way through the entire row, touching on different dimensions of the row by which it becomes further defined.
The prominent dimensions here are those of the four rivers that Mary Baker Eddy has defined in her glossary, as follows:
Pison (river). The love of the good and beautiful, and their immortality.
Gihon (river). The rights of woman acknowledged morally, civilly, and socially.
Hiddekel (river). Divine Science understood and acknowledged.
Euphrates (river). Divine Science encompassing the universe and man; the true idea of God; a type of the glory which is to come; metaphysics taking the place of physics; the reign of righteousness. The atmosphere of human belief before it accepts sin, sickness, or death; a state of mortal thought, the only error of which is limitation; finity; the opposite of infinity.
It appears that Mary Baker Eddy ultimately did provide for a high-level institution of marriage, one that is big and wide enough to cover the entire ground of the foursquare city on every level. She called the model for it the Mother Church of Christ Scientist, and the outcome of it, its membership. She presents for this model 16 major aspects that are critical for its functioning, which ultimately define the dynamics of civilization. The focal points that she laid out may be seen as a map for building a Manual for Civilization, a type of manual of the principles of civilization that evermore defines our universal marriage with one another as human beings.
The 16 aspects shown reflect the guiding principles that she incorporated into her church manual. While the Church Manual's bylaws are specific to the church as an organization, its guiding principles are universally significant for the whole of civilization.
These are the topics on which an all-embracing Manual For Civilization will inevitably be built. This, of course, is a big subject all by itself.
The building of the 'Manual for Civilization' as a mental construct, will likely be founded on the foursquare foundation that has to the present day not been superseded for its all-encompassing scope and power.
To what degree individual marriages shall reflect the large universal model cannot be imposed by anyone. It will unfold with the dynamics of individual progression.
It may unfold in multiple types of manifestation with multiple marriages interlinked in principle and commitment and freedom, and even possibly without specific forms attached, built on the acknowledgement of the principles that are operating.
I have written 14 novels to explore this potentially boundless theme of progressing in our acknowledging of the fullness of God's creation, manifest in universal love and the wider recognition of our universal marriage with one another by our divine humanity. The theme is so large that 12 of the novels unfold as a single series just to touch upon it. I have named the series "The Lodging for the Rose." So wide is the scope of universal marriage on the infinite plain. I have made the novels accessible online for free.
Mary Baker Eddy never stated what her ultimate vision is for the full spectrum of God being fully reflected in man and humanity.
This wasn't her style. Still, she hinted that a grand progression has begun that has an inevitable grand outcome. She gave us a glimpse of her vision in her message to the 30,000 people who had come to Boston in 1906 for the dedication service for the just-completed, and fully paid for, extension edifice for her original church.
The giant edifice that seats 5,000 - now a landmark in Boston, Massachusetts - was filled to the brim 6 times on its dedication day. Mary Baker Eddy's message to the 30,000 who had come, was, "Choose Ye." She concluded:
You have dexterously and wisely provided for The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, a magnificent temple wherein to enter and pray. Greatly impressed and encouraged thereby, deeply do I thank you for this proof of your progress, unity, and love. The modest edifice of The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, began with the cross; its excelsior extension is the crown. The room of your Leader remains in the beginning of this edifice, evidencing the praise of babes and the word which proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Its crowning ultimate rises to a mental monument, a superstructure high above the work of men's hands, even the outcome of their hearts, giving to the material a spiritual significance - the speed, beauty, and achievements of goodness. Methinks this church is the one edifice on earth which most prefigures self-abnegation, hope, faith; love catching a glimpse of glory.
In today's world the edifice stands largely empty. Spiritual values have been crowded out of sight by material values.
Mass murder for profit has become the NEW universal marriage covenant in which material values are replacing spiritual values.
The American corn that is consumed to produce the mandated 13.8 billion gallons of ethanol per year, even without the burning of soybeans for buio-diesel, would provide 1,200 calories of basic nourishment per day for one billion people, while every 5 seconds a child dies of hunger in the face of the burning of food. Like the great church edifice in Boston, the heart of society, too, stands largely empty.
The accepted material values are escalating into the now-near worldwide economic collapse, hyperinflation, terror, and war, with thermonuclear war standing ominous on the near horizon.
The collapse of spiritual values has been pushed so deep that society is now shutting down its most powerful energy resource, while burning evermore of its own food for little or no energy-advantage, and this at a time when drought, flooding, and untimely frosts are taking their toll on agriculture.
The spiritual horizon has become so empty that the food burning is now claiming the resources that would normally nourish 200 to 400 million people. A major portion of the food-deprived are sentenced to death thereby each year in the largest silent holocaust of all times. Our marriage model has become so exceedingly small that the annual murdering by starvation of over a hundred million people - that's three times the population of Canada - no longer raises any concern and is fully accepted.
On this road, the next step towards a thermonuclear holocaust, which no one may survive, is just a small step further.
This vast collapse-tragedy is now happening while the transition to the next Ice Age glaciation cycle is already in progress, which is swept under the rug with the depopulation tune being sung, obediently for the masters of empire who are determined to prevent humanity from creating itself new agricultural infrastructures in the tropics before much of the current agriculture becomes disabled by the ongoing Ice Age transition. One can hardly sink lower on the spiritual scale than society preparing itself, with an unrelenting determination, to commit suicide.
The rolling train to hell cannot be stopped by any other means, other than spiritual means. The great tragedies of our present world are not political in nature, or economic, financial, or strategic. They are the result of a long-cultivated void in the spiritual heart of humanity.
The marriage of humanity with one-another as human beings has become so extensively trashed that the greatest rape is now in progress.
In the opening page of her textbook chapter, Marriage, Mary Baker Eddy writes under the heading, fidelity required:
Infidelity to the marriage covenant is the social scourge of all races, "the pestilence that walketh in darkness, . . . the destruction that wasteth at noonday." The commandment, "Thou shalt not commit adultery," is no less imperative than the one, "Thou shalt not kill."
There is little fidelity left in the modern world to the bonds of humanity with one another on which civilization rests. Industries are yanked out of communities and exported to slave-wage countries for the sake of profit, while the communities that had built up the industries in the first place are thrown onto the trash heap. This adds up to gross adultery against the unwritten marriage contracts that had built the communities and nations into viable entities. The USA all by itself needs 30 million jobs, and substantially more than that to offset menial employment, while the unmet needs in society are increasing.
What we see happening today is a black, black testament that humanity's civil foundation, reflecting its spiritual value system, is being shredded and its core torn down. This needs to be rebuilt as a critical existential issue of our time. No other issue is presently greater than this.
The rebuilding of the world's fast collapsing civilization is not a physical, technological, or even an economic issue. The potential exists right now for society to provide itself a vast supply of free high-quality houses by the millions and to double the world food supply with ease, even to built floating cities and floating agriculture. The materials to do this exist in abundance, and so do the needed energy resources. As I said before, even the technologies do already exist to start the process tomorrow. The only thing that is lacking at the present stage is the scientific spiritual platform that enables humanity universally to recognize its already existing native marriage to one another as human beings. Once this becomes established, no limits really exist that can hold back the potential unfolding of good.
Ironically, the principle for the needed breakout to a brighter humanity was already understood in very early times. It was understood by the writer of the Jacob story, and illustrated with the dynamics surrounding the birth of Gad and Asher. What was illustrated as a necessary requirement then, still stands as a requirement today.
It is reasonable to assume that the essential breakout that was illustrated as possible then, is fully achievable in our time. No critical resources are missing. Even the most powerful scientific foundation for it that one can imagine, has already been built, thanks to the achievements of Mary Baker Eddy that have come to light as a mental monument of the unfolding fullness of God's creation.
The unfolding of the universal breakout from the current entrapment into today's dark emptiness may begin slowly at first, perhaps as a faint march of pennies, then dimes and dollars, followed politically by trillions of dollars that society credits itself to uplift the platform of its civilization out of the swamps of monetarist poverty, and political and ideological insanity, resetting the stage to the level of a new renaissance that the human being is divinely endowed to create, and therefore will create.
Nor does the story end here.