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    The first mention of evil is in the legendary Scriptural 15text in the second chapter of Genesis. God pronounced Record of errorgood all that He created, and the Scriptures declare that He created all. The “tree of 18life” stands for the idea of Truth, and the sword which guards it is the type of divine Science. The “tree of knowledge” stands for the erroneous doctrine that the 21knowledge of evil is as real, hence as God-bestowed, as the knowledge of good. Was evil instituted through God, Love? Did He create this fruit-bearer of sin in contra24diction of the first creation? This second biblical account is a picture of error throughout.

Genesis ii. 15. And the Lord God [Jehovah] took the 27man, and put him into the garden of Eden, to dress it and to keep it.

    The name Eden, according to Cruden, means pleasure, 30 delight. In this text Eden stands for the mortal, mate527527:1rial body. God could not put Mind into matter nor inGarden of Edenfinite Spirit into finite form to dress it and 3keep it, — to make it beautiful or to cause it to live and grow. Man is God’s reflection, needing no cultivation, but ever beautiful and complete.

6 Genesis ii. 16, 17. And the Lord God [Jehovah] commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good 9and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

    Here the metaphor represents God, Love, as tempting 12man, but the Apostle James says: “God cannot be No temptation from Godtempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man.” It is true that a knowledge of evil would 15make man mortal. It is plain also that material perception, gathered from the corporeal senses, constitutes evil and mortal knowledge. But is it true that God, 18good, made “the tree of life” to be the tree of death to His own creation? Has evil the reality of good? Evil is unreal because it is a lie, — false in every statement.

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