An Obsolete Partnership

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Thus in the simple, clear, and decisive language of the Bible is declared the great fact of creation on which the words and works of Christ Jesus and the Science of his Christianity are based: one God, who is good; one creation, the effect of that good; pure Mind, and its pure and perfect ideas.

Later in the book of Genesis we are told of a mythical creation which appeared as the result of belief in a power divided against itself, an impossible copartnership between good and evil; that which in time came to be called mind and matter. From this suppositional partnership have arisen all the perplexities, ills, warfare, sin, disease, and death which largely constitute the experience of mankind —what is sometimes called the "riddle of the universe." Nothing can answer this riddle, or heal the ills resulting from this mythical partnership, but the wisdom and love of the divine Mind. This Mind has no partner, but is the one infinite God, including within Himself His own infinite creation. In this creation there is neither discord nor co-operation between Spirit and matter, good and evil. Duality, with all its idolatrous claims, its arrogance and weaknesses, is unknown.

On page 361 of "Miscellaneous Writings" Mary Baker Eddy says, "God, the only substance and divine Principle of creation, is by no means a creative partner in the firm of error, named matter, or mortal mind." And on page 274 of the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," she says: "The conventional firm, called matter and mind, God never formed;" and later, "This suppositional partnership is already obsolete, for matter, examined in the light of divine metaphysics, disappears." The word "obsolete" is defined as "out of date, outworn, effaced; "so" in the light of divine metaphysics" the suppositional evils of the carnal mind become "out of date, outworn, effaced."

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November 25, 1944

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