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ever non-intelligent and therefore cannot spring from
intelligence. To all that is unlike unerring and eternal
Mind, this Mind saith, "Thou shalt surely die;" and elsewhere
the Scripture says that dust returns to dust. The
non-intelligent relapses into its own unreality. Matter
never produces mind. The immortal never produces the
mortal. Good cannot result in evil. As God Himself is
good and is Spirit, goodness and spirituality must be
immortal. Their opposites, evil and matter, are mortal
error, and error has no creator. If goodness and spirituality
are real, evil and materiality are unreal and cannot
be the outcome of an infinite God, good.
Natural history presents vegetables and animals as
preserving their original species, - like reproducing like.
A mineral is not produced by a vegetable nor the man
by the brute. In reproduction, the order of genus and
species is preserved throughout the entire round of nature.
This points to the spiritual truth and Science of being.
Error relies upon a reversal of this order, asserts that
Spirit produces matter and matter produces all the ills
of flesh, and therefore that good is the origin of evil.
These suppositions contradict even the order of material
The realm of the real is Spirit. The unlikeness of Spirit
is matter, and the opposite of the real is not divine, - it is
a human concept. Matter is an error of
statement. This error in the premise leads to errors
in the conclusion in every statement into which it enters.
Nothing we can say or believe regarding matter is immortal,
for matter is temporal and is therefore a mortal phenomenon,
a human concept, sometimes beautiful, always