Genesis ii. 7. And the Lord God [Jehovah] formed man
of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils
the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Did the divine and infinite Principle become a finite
deity, that He should now be called Jehovah? With
a single command, Mind had made man,
both male and female. How then could a
material organization become the basis of man? How
could the non-intelligent become the medium of Mind,
and error be the enunciator of Truth? Matter is not
the reflection of Spirit, yet God is reflected in all His
creation. Is this addition to His creation real or
unreal? Is it the truth, or is it a lie concerning man and
It must be a lie, for God presently curses the ground.
Could Spirit evolve its opposite, matter, and give matter
ability to sin and suffer? Is Spirit, God, injected into
dust, and eventually ejected at the demand of matter?
Does Spirit enter dust, and lose therein the divine nature
and omnipotence? Does Mind, God, enter matter to become
there a mortal sinner, animated by the breath of
God? In this narrative, the validity of matter is opposed,
not the validity of Spirit or Spirit's creations. Man reflects
God; mankind represents the Adamic race, and is
a human, not a divine, creation.
The following are some of the equivalents of the term
man in different languages. In the Saxon, mankind, a
woman, any one; in the Welsh, that which rises
up, - the primary sense being image, form; in
the Hebrew, image, similitude; in the Icelandic, mind.
The following translation is from the Icelandic:-
And God said, Let us make man after our mind and
our likeness; and God shaped man after His mind; after
God's mind shaped He him; and He shaped them male and
In the Gospel of John, it is declared that all things were
made through the Word of God, "and without Him [the
logos, or word] was not anything made that
was made." Everything good or worthy, God
made. Whatever is valueless or baneful, He did not
make, - hence its unreality. In the Science of Genesis
we read that He saw everything which He had made,
"and, behold, it was very good." The corporeal senses
declare otherwise; and if we give the same heed to the
history of error as to the records of truth, the Scriptural
record of sin and death favors the false conclusion of the
material senses. Sin, sickness, and death must be deemed
as devoid of reality as they are of good, God.
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