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24    Despite the hallowing influence of Truth in the destruction of error, must error still be immortal? Truth Truth destroys falsity spares all that is true. If evil is real, Truth 27 must make it so; but error, not Truth, is the author of the unreal, and the unreal vanishes, while all that is real is eternal. The apostle says that 30the mission of Christ is to “destroy the works of the devil.” Truth destroys falsity and error, for light and darkness cannot dwell together. Light extinguishes the 475 475:1darkness, and the Scripture declares that there is “no night there.” To Truth there is no error, — all is Truth. 3To infinite Spirit there is no matter, — all is Spirit, divine Principle and its idea.

Question. — What is man?

6Answer. — Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements. The Fleshly factors unrealScriptures inform us that man is made in 9the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit. Man is spiritual and perfect; and be12cause he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian Science. Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique. He is the compound idea of 15God, including all right ideas; the generic term for all that reflects God’s image and likeness; the conscious identity of being as found in Science, in which man is 18the reflection of God, or Mind, and therefore is eternal; that which has no separate mind from God; that which has not a single quality underived from Deity; that which 21possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker.

    And God said: “Let us make man in our image, after 24our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that 27creepeth upon the earth.”

    Man is incapable of sin, sickness, and death. The Man unfallenreal man cannot depart from holiness, nor 30can God, by whom man is evolved, engender the capacity or freedom to sin. A mortal sinner is not 476 476:1God’s man. Mortals are the counterfeits of immortals. They are the children of the wicked one, or the one evil, 3which declares that man begins in dust or as a material embryo. In divine Science, God and the real man are inseparable as divine Principle and idea.

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