called human intellect and will-power, - alias intelligent
In Shakespeare's tragedy of King Lear, it was the
traitorous and cruel treatment received by old Gloster
from his bastard son Edmund which makes true the lines:
The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
Make instruments to scourge us.
His lawful son, Edgar, was to his father ever loyal. Now
God has no bastards to turn again and rend their Maker.
The divine children are born of law and order, and Truth
knows only such.
How well the Shakespearean tale agrees with the word
of Scripture, in Hebrews xii. 7, 8: "If ye endure chastening,
God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is
he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without
chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye
bastards, and not sons."
The doubtful or spurious evidence of the senses is not
to be admitted, - especially when they testify concerning
Spirit, whereof they are confessedly incompetent to
Evil. But mortal mind and sin really exist!
Good. How can they exist, unless God has created
them? And how can He create anything so wholly unlike
Himself and foreign to His nature? An evil material mind,
so-called, can conceive of God only as like itself, and
knowing both evil and good; but a purely good and
spiritual consciousness has no sense whereby to cognize
evil. Mortal mind is the opposite of immortal Mind, and
sin the opposite of goodness. I am the infinite All. From
me proceedeth all Mind, all consciousness, all individuality,
all being. My Mind is divine good, and cannot
drift into evil. To believe in minds many is to depart
from the supreme sense of harmony. Your assumptions
insist that there is more than the one Mind, more than the
one God; but verily I say unto you, God is All-in-all;
and you can never be outside of His oneness.
Evil. I am a finite consciousness, a material individuality,
- a mind in matter, which is both evil and good.
Good. All consciousness is Mind; and Mind is God, -
an infinite, and not a finite consciousness. This consciousness
is reflected in individual consciousness, or man, whose
source is infinite Mind. There is no really finite mind, no
finite consciousness. There is no material substance, for
Spirit is all that endureth, and hence is the only substance.
There is, can be, no evil mind, because Mind is God.
God and His ideas - that is, God and the universe -
constitute all that exists. Man, as God's offspring, must
be spiritual, perfect, eternal.
Evil. I am something separate from good or God. I
am substance. My mind is more than matter. In my
mortal mind, matter becomes conscious, and is able to see,
taste, hear, feel, smell. Whatever matter thus affirms is
mainly correct. If you, O good, deny this, then I deny
your truthfulness. If you say that matter is unconscious,
you stultify my intellect, insult my conscience, and dispute
self-evident facts; for nothing can be clearer than the
testimony of the five senses.
Good. Spirit is the only substance. Spirit is God, and
God is good; hence good is the only substance, the only
Mind. Mind is not, cannot be, in matter. It sees, hears,
feels, tastes, smells as Mind, and not as matter. Matter