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542:1 The belief of life in matter sins at every step. It in‐curs divine displeasure, and it would kill Jesus that it 3Murder brings its cursemight be rid of troublesome Truth. Material beliefs would slay the spiritual idea when‐ever and wherever it appears. Though error hides 6behind a lie and excuses guilt, error cannot forever be concealed. Truth, through her eternal laws, unveils error. Truth causes sin to betray itself, and sets upon 9error the mark of the beast. Even the disposition to excuse guilt or to conceal it is punished. The avoidance of justice and the denial of truth tend to perpetuate sin, 12invoke crime, jeopardize self-control, and mock divine mercy.
Genesis iv. 15. And the Lord [Jehovah] said unto him, 15Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord [Jehovah] set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
18 “They that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” Let Truth uncover and destroy error in God’s Retribution and remorseown way, and let human justice pattern the 21divine. Sin will receive its full penalty, both for what it is and for what it does. Justice marks the sinner, and teaches mortals not to remove the 24waymarks of God. To envy’s own hell, justice con‐signs the lie which, to advance itself, breaks God’s commandments.
The sinful misconception of Life as something less 543 543:1than God, having no truth to support it, falls back upon itself. This error, after reaching the climax of suffering, 3Climax of sufferingyields to Truth and returns to dust; but it is only mortal man and not the real man, who dies. The image of Spirit cannot be effaced, since it 6is the idea of Truth and changes not, but becomes more beautifully apparent at error’s demise.