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are without a real origin or existence. They have neither
Principle nor permanence, but belong, with all that is
material and temporal, to the nothingness of error, which
simulates the creations of Truth. All creations of Spirit
are eternal; but creations of matter must return to dust.
Error supposes man to be both mental and material.
Divine Science contradicts this postulate and maintains
man's spiritual identity.
We call the absence of Truth, error. Truth and error
are unlike. In Science, Truth is divine, and the infinite
God can have no unlikeness. Did God, Truth,
create error? No! "Doth a fountain send
forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?" God
being everywhere and all-inclusive, how can He be absent
or suggest the absence of omnipresence and omnipotence?
How can there be more than all?
Neither understanding nor truth accompanies error,
nor is error the offshoot of Mind. Evil calls itself something,
when it is nothing. It saith, "I am man, but I am
not the image and likeness of God;" whereas the Scriptures
declare that man was made in God's likeness.
Error is false, mortal belief; it is illusion, without spiritual
identity or foundation, and it has no real existence.
The supposition that life, substance, and intelligence
are in matter, or of it, is an error.
Matter is neither a thing nor a person, but merely the
objective supposition of Spirit's opposite. The five material
senses testify to truth and error as united in a mind
both good and evil. Their false evidence will finally
yield to Truth, - to the recognition of Spirit and of the
Truth cannot be contaminated by error. The statement