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    Nerves are an element of the belief that there is sensa9tion in matter, whereas matter is devoid of sensation. Harmony from SpiritConsciousness, as well as action, is governed by Mind, — is in God, the origin and gov12ernor of all that Science reveals. Material sense has its realm apart from Science in the unreal. Harmonious action proceeds from Spirit, God. Inharmony has no 15Principle; its action is erroneous and presupposes man to be in matter. Inharmony would make matter the cause as well as the effect of intelligence, or Soul, thus 18attempting to separate Mind from God.

    Man is not God, and God is not man. Again, God, or good, never made man capable of sin. It is the oppo21Evil non-existentsite of good — that is, evil — which seems to make men capable of wrong-doing. Hence, evil is but an illusion, and it has no real basis. Evil is a 24false belief. God is not its author. The supposititious parent of evil is a lie.

    The Bible declares: “All things were made by Him 27 [the divine Word]; and without Him was not anything Vapor and nothingnessmade that was made.” This is the eternal verity of divine Science. If sin, sickness, and 30death were understood as nothingness, they would disappear. As vapor melts before the sun, so evil would vanish before the reality of good. One must hide the 481 481:1other. How important, then, to choose good as the reality! Man is tributary to God, Spirit, and to nothing 3else. God’s being is infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Like the archpriests of yore, man is 6free “to enter into the holiest,” — the realm of God.

    Material sense never helps mortals to understand Spirit, God. Through spiritual sense only, man com9The fruit forbiddenprehends and loves Deity. The various contradictions of the Science of Mind by the material senses do not change the unseen Truth, which re12mains forever intact. The forbidden fruit of knowledge, against which wisdom warns man, is the testimony of error, declaring existence to be at the mercy of death, 15and good and evil to be capable of commingling. This is the significance of the Scripture concerning this “tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” — this growth of 18material belief, of which it is said: “In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Human hypotheses first assume the reality of sickness, sin, and death, and 21then assume the necessity of these evils because of their admitted actuality. These human verdicts are the procurers of all discord.

24    If Soul sins, it must be mortal. Sin has the elements of self-destruction. It cannot sustain itself. If sin is Sense and pure Soulsupported, God must uphold it, and this is 27impossible, since Truth cannot support error. Soul is the divine Principle of man and never sins, — hence the immortality of Soul. In Science we learn that 30it is material sense, not Soul, which sins; and it will be found that it is the sense of sin which is lost, and not a sinful soul. When reading the Scriptures, the substitu482482:1tion of the word sense for soul gives the exact meaning in a majority of cases.

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