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21    The origin, substance, and life of man are one, and that one is God, — Life, Truth, Love. The self-existent, perfect, and eternal are God; and man is their reflection 24and glory. Did the substance of God, Spirit, become a clod, in order to create a sick, sinning, dying man? The primal facts of being are eternal; they are never extin27guished in a night of discord.

    That man must be evil before he can be good; dying, before deathless; material, before spiritual; sick and a 30sinner in order to be healed and saved, is but the declaration of the material senses transcribed by pagan religionists, by wicked mortals such as crucified our Master, —  188 188:1whose teachings opposed the doctrines of Christ that demonstrated the opposite, Truth.

3    Man is as perfect now, and henceforth, and forever, as when the stars first sang together, and creation joined in the grand chorus of harmonious being. It is the trans6lator, not the original Word, who presents as being first that which appears second, material, and mortal; and as last, that which is primal, spiritual, and eternal. Be9cause of human misstatement and misconception of God and man, of the divine Principle and idea of being, there seems to be a war between the flesh and Spirit, a contest 12between Truth and error; but the apostle says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the 15Spirit.”

    On our subject, St. Paul first reasons upon the basis of what is seen, the effects of Truth on the material senses; 18thence, up to the unseen, the testimony of spiritual sense; and right there he leaves the subject.

    Just there, in the intermediate line of thought, is where 21the present writer found it, when she discovered Christian Science. And she has not left it, but continues the explanation of the power of Spirit up to its infinite meaning, 24its allness. The recognition of this power came to her through a spiritual sense of the real, and of the unreal or mortal sense of things; not that there is, or can 27be, an actual change in the realities of being, but that we can discern more of them. At the moment of her discovery, she knew that the last Adam, namely, 30the true likeness of God, was the first, the only man. This knowledge did become to her “a quickening spirit;” for she beheld the meaning of those words 189 189:1of our Master, “The last shall be first, and the first last.”

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