Continuation from part 2
Thinkers at this point might be saying to themselves, “But wait! Who could this man be who takes supposition to be the Truth? Did we not already admit unreservedly that man is the full and complete image and likeness of God? Certainly God knows the invalidity of supposition, does He not?” (He certainly does!) “God made man incapable of misinterpreting supposition as reality, yet here I am, doing just that, living a life in which good and evil, truth and error seem to be equally valid and in simultaneous operation. Does not this observation blow all of the previous propositions right out of the water?”
No, it does not, for this human observation which sees the operation of error as valid, must be deceptive. Evil’s primary characteristic is its convincing deception. The deception of evil is but a negative mockery of the actual and infinite authority of Truth. There is still another key to the puzzle to be seen before all of the pieces of the explanation of being begin to fall into place.
The man who mistakes supposition for reality is not God’s man. There is only one valid man, and he is the man of God, who knows nothing but Truth, and therefore also knows the supposition of God’s opposite nature to be invalid. That valid spiritual man is our real identity. Of course human beings are quite sure that they are capable of experiencing evil. After all, from a human perspective our senses present evil to us continually.
Stay on the spiritual track
To consciously realize truth we must mentally stay on the spiritual track, and avoid the human track. To experience both good and evil is impossible from the spiritual perspective of God’s all-inclusive realm, given the logically proven fact that only Truth is valid, perfect, and eternal, and therefore that the opposite of Truth, error, or evil, is invalid, imperfect, and temporal. If Truth is, then error, evil, is not.
Christian Science explains that the man whom we believe to be experiencing both good and evil, the Adam man described in the second account of creation in Genesis, is himself merely a temporary mental supposition. He is a counterfeit man, a man who in the eyes of God, is not. He is the untrue erroneous perception of man whom God continually exterminates by virtue of His omnipotent presence. One of my favorite and often referred to paragraphs from Science and Health talks about this extermination and confirms this discussion: (469:13)
“The exterminator of error is the great truth that God, good, is the only Mind, and that the supposititious opposite of infinite Mind – called devil or evil – is not Mind, is not Truth, but error, without intelligence or reality. There can be but one Mind, because there is but one God; and if mortals claimed no other Mind and accepted no other, sin would be unknown. We can have but one Mind, if that one is infinite. We bury the sense of infinitude, when we admit that, although God is infinite, evil has a place in this infinity, for evil can have no place, where all space is filled with God.”
The mortal man whom human beings believe themselves to be is therefore not the representation of God, but is the inversion of God’s reflection, a counterfeit man. In the eyes of God, the only valid eyes by definition of Truth, mortal man is not. He is merely an erroneous conception of identity. This in-version of man whom we have been so thoroughly convinced by worldly education and experience to be ourselves, is not. The conception of our identity which experiences both good and evil, is to God non-existent. He is known to God only as a false supposition.
A liar and the father of it
The assumed origin of mortal man is rooted in the lie that the supposition of the opposite of that which is, and in reality is not, is! Restated: A lie is not. It cannot be turned into is. The father of the counterfeit man whom we know as mortal man, is a lie – the lie that a man who can falsely interpret supposition as the truth, is. Mortal man is a liar who voices lies as his own inverted so-called truth!
Jesus said in John 8:44
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”