Accepting as true the record of the spiritual creation, as...

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Accepting as true the record of the spiritual creation, as given in the first chapter of Genesis, that it is God, Spirit, who creates, Christian Science teaches that the account in the second chapter of the same book is one of erroneous mortal belief, because it is not God, but the Lord God Jehovah—a limited concept of God—who is supposed to be the creating power. The Bible teaches that God is omnipotent, or all-power, and that His work of creation was finished with the creation of man in His own image and likeness. This man in God's image and likeness, then, must be the real man, spiritual and eternal, reflecting all that God is. Therefore the material, so-called creation of the second chapter of Genesis, where it is stated that man was formed from the dust of the ground, since it is the very opposite of the spiritual creation of the first chapter, must be erroneous, the concept of mortal, material, carnal mind, the mind that Paul declares is enmity against God. Since Spirit and matter cannot mingle, it is antagonistic to spiritual and scientific understanding of the Bible, and hence antagonistic to the teachings of Christian Science, to say that God, Spirit, breathed into a material body the breath of life.

Referring to the second or material account, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writing on page 522 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," says: "In this erroneous theory, matter takes the place of Spirit. Matter is represented as the life-giving principle of the earth. Spirit is represented as entering matter in order to create man. God's glowing denunciations of man when not found in His image, the likeness of Spirit, convince reason and coincide with revelation in declaring this material creation false."

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