pattern from Truth, by reversing Truth. So evil and all
its forms are inverted good. God never made them; but
the lie must say He made them, or it would not be evil.
Being a lie, it would be truthful to call itself a lie; and by
calling the knowledge of evil good, and greatly to be desired,
it constitutes the lie an evil.
The reality and individuality of man are good and God-made,
and they are here to be seen and demonstrated; it
is only the evil belief that renders them obscure.
Matter and evil are anti-Christian, the antipodes of
Science. To say that Mind is material, or that evil is
Mind, is a misapprehension of being, - a mistake which
will die of its own delusion; for being self-contradictory,
it is also self-destructive. The harmony of man's being is
not built on such false foundations, which are no more
logical, philosophical, or scientific than would be the assertion
that the rule of addition is the rule of subtraction,
and that sums done under both rules would have one
Man's individuality is not a mortal mind or sinner; or
else he has lost his true individuality as a perfect child of
God. Man's Father is not a mortal mind and a sinner;
or else the immortal and unerring Mind, God, is not his
Father; but God is man's origin and loving Father,
hence that saying of Jesus, "Call no man your father
upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in
The bright gold of Truth is dimmed by the doctrine of
mind in matter.
To say there is a false claim, called sickness, is to admit
all there is of sickness; for it is nothing but a false claim.
To be healed, one must lose sight of a false claim. If the
claim be present to the thought, then disease becomes as
tangible as any reality. To regard sickness as a false
claim, is to abate the fear of it; but this does not destroy
the so-called fact of the claim. In order to be whole, we
must be insensible to every claim of error.
As with sickness, so is it with sin. To admit that sin
has any claim whatever, just or unjust, is to admit a dangerous
fact. Hence the fact must be denied; for if sin's
claim be allowed in any degree, then sin destroys the
at-one-ment, or oneness with God, - a unity which sin
recognizes as its most potent and deadly enemy.
If God knows sin, even as a false claimant, then acquaintance
with that claimant becomes legitimate to
mortals, and this knowledge would not be forbidden; but
God forbade man to know evil at the very beginning,
when Satan held it up before man as something desirable
and a distinct addition to human wisdom, because the
knowledge of evil would make man a god, - a representation
that God both knew and admitted the dignity of evil.
Which is right, - God, who condemned the knowledge
of sin and disowned its acquaintance, or the serpent, who
pushed that claim with the glittering audacity of diabolical
and sinuous logic?