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    Nature and revelation inform us that like produces 30Like evolving likelike. Divine Science does not gather grapes from thorns nor figs from thistles. Intelligence never produces non-intelligence; but matter is 277 277:1ever non-intelligent and therefore cannot spring from intelligence. To all that is unlike unerring and eternal 3Mind, this Mind saith, “Thou shalt surely die;” and elsewhere the Scripture says that dust returns to dust. The non-intelligent relapses into its own unreality. Matter 6never produces mind. The immortal never produces the mortal. Good cannot result in evil. As God Himself is good and is Spirit, goodness and spirituality must be im9mortal. Their opposites, evil and matter, are mortal error, and error has no creator. If goodness and spirituality are real, evil and materiality are unreal and can12not be the outcome of an infinite God, good.

    Natural history presents vegetables and animals as preserving their original species, — like reproducing like. 15A mineral is not produced by a vegetable nor the man by the brute. In reproduction, the order of genus and species is preserved throughout the entire round of nature. 18This points to the spiritual truth and Science of being. Error relies upon a reversal of this order, asserts that Spirit produces matter and matter produces all the ills 21of flesh, and therefore that good is the origin of evil. These suppositions contradict even the order of material so-called science.

24    The realm of the real is Spirit. The unlikeness of Spirit is matter, and the opposite of the real is not divine, — it is Material errora human concept. Matter is an error of state27ment. This error in the premise leads to errors in the conclusion in every statement into which it enters. Nothing we can say or believe regarding matter is immor30tal, for matter is temporal and is therefore a mortal phenomenon, a human concept, sometimes beautiful, always erroneous.

278:1    Is Spirit the source or creator of matter? Science reveals nothing in Spirit out of which to create matter. 3Substance versus suppositionDivine metaphysics explains away matter. Spirit is the only substance and consciousness recognized by divine Science. The material 6senses oppose this, but there are no material senses, for matter has no mind. In Spirit there is no matter, even as in Truth there is no error, and in good no evil. It is 9a false supposition, the notion that there is real substance-matter, the opposite of Spirit. Spirit, God, is infinite, all. Spirit can have no opposite.

12    That matter is substantial or has life and sensation, is one of the false beliefs of mortals, and exists only in a One cause supremesupposititious mortal consciousness. Hence, 15as we approach Spirit and Truth, we lose the consciousness of matter. The admission that there can be material substance requires another admission, — 18namely, that Spirit is not infinite and that matter is self-creative, self-existent, and eternal. From this it would follow that there are two eternal causes, warring forever 21with each other; and yet we say that Spirit is supreme and all-presence.

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