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the deep sleep, in which originated the delusion that life
and intelligence proceeded from and passed into matter.
This pantheistic error, or so-called serpent, insists
still upon the opposite of Truth, saying,
"Ye shall be as gods;" that is, I will make error as real
and eternal as Truth.
Evil still affirms itself to be mind, and declares that
there is more than one intelligence or God. It says:
"There shall be lords and gods many. I declare that God
makes evil minds and evil spirits, and that I aid Him.
Truth shall change sides and be unlike Spirit. I will
put spirit into what I call matter, and matter shall seem
to have life as much as God, Spirit, who is the only Life."
(Bad results from error)
This error has proved itself to be error. Its life is found
to be not Life, but only a transient, false sense of an existence
which ends in death. Error charges
its lie to Truth and says: "The Lord knows
it. He has made man mortal and material, out of matter
instead of Spirit." Thus error partakes of its own
nature and utters its own falsities. If we regard matter
as intelligent, and Mind as both good and evil, every sin
or supposed material pain and pleasure seems normal,
a part of God's creation, and so weighs against our course
Truth has no beginning. The divine Mind is the Soul
of man, and gives man dominion over all things. Man
was not created from a material basis, nor
bidden to obey material laws which Spirit never
made; his province is in spiritual statutes, in the higher
law of Mind.
(The great question)
Above error's awful din, blackness, and chaos, the voice
of Truth still calls: "Adam, where art thou? Consciousness,