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    It is essential to understand, instead of believe, what 286 286:1relates most nearly to the happiness of being. To seek Truth through belief in a human doctrine is not to un3derstand the infinite. We must not seek the immutable and immortal through the finite, mutable, and mortal, and so depend upon belief instead of demonstration, for 6this is fatal to a knowledge of Science. The understanding of Truth gives full faith in Truth, and spiritual understanding is better than all burnt offerings.

9    The Master said, “No man cometh unto the Father [the divine Principle of being] but by me,” Christ, Life, Truth, Love; for Christ says, “I am the way.” 12Physical causation was put aside from first to last by this original man, Jesus. He knew that the divine Principle, Love, creates and governs all that 15is real.

    In the Saxon and twenty other tongues good is the term Goodness a portion of Godfor God. The Scriptures declare all that He 18 made to be good, like Himself, — good in Principle and in idea. Therefore the spiritual universe is good, and reflects God as He is.

21    God’s thoughts are perfect and eternal, are substance and Life. Material and temporal thoughts are human, Spiritual thoughtsinvolving error, and since God, Spirit, is the 24only cause, they lack a divine cause. The temporal and material are not then creations of Spirit. They are but counterfeits of the spiritual and eternal. 27Transitory thoughts are the antipodes of everlasting Truth, though (by the supposition of opposite qualities) error must also say, “I am true.” But by this saying 30error, the lie, destroys itself.

    Sin, sickness, and death are comprised in human material belief, and belong not to the divine Mind. They 287 287:1are without a real origin or existence. They have neither Principle nor permanence, but belong, with all that is 3material and temporal, to the nothingness of error, which simulates the creations of Truth. All creations of Spirit are eternal; but creations of matter must return to dust. 6Error supposes man to be both mental and material. Divine Science contradicts this postulate and maintains man’s spiritual identity.

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