Overcoming the Deceit of Sense-Testimony

THE twelfth chapter of the book of Revelation, in its account of the struggle between Michael and his angels and the dragon, graphically sets forth the triumph of good over evil, of truth over error. "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world," runs the narrative. Evil, thus symbolized as devil or Satan, is manifestly the serpent of Genesis, who makes his sinuous entrance into the garden as the deceiver and through his subtlety first brings dissension to mortals.

The definition of "serpent" on page 594 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" reads in part, "The first claim that there is an opposite of Spirit, or good, termed matter, or evil." It is significant that Mrs. Eddy here uses evil as a synonym for matter. The sum total of evil inheres in the belief in matter as real, belief in substance other than Spirit. Spirit, however, being infinite, is in reality All. And since Spirit is All, matter exists only in belief, and that belief erroneous, false. How accurately, then, did the Revelator characterize the devil, evil, as that "which deceiveth the whole world"! Mortals greatly need to be awakened to the fact that materiality in its myriad phases and claims is erroneous, is false, the counterfeit of reality, and that in consequence sense-testimony in its entirety is false, the deceiver of the whole world, or at least of all who are not awake to the nature of its claims. Sense-testimony, based as it is upon the false supposition that matter is real, having entity and power, must be seen in its true light, and repudiated as would be any other testimony proved to be baseless and untrue.

January 21, 1928

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