In the first chapter of Genesis we read: "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him" (verses 26, 27). In the second chapter, a different view of creation is presented. An attempt is made to explain the material concept of man as originating with God. And man is portrayed as having a material body, as separated from his Maker, and as a prey to mesmeric suggestions. Accepting the evidence of the material senses as true, the author of this second account then attempts to reconcile God to this material creation.

The first chapter starts with an absolute Principle, God, and from this perfection explains a perfect creation. The second chapter describes man as a mixture of good and evil and then proceeds to develop a theory of a limited creator and an imperfect creation.

Christ Jesus came to destroy this belief in materiality and limitation and to make clear to mankind the real man, the spiritual man, the man of God's creating. We read in the Bible (I John 3:8), "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." The Master came to show us man's unity, or at-one-ment, with God, good, not to reconcile Truth to error, for this is impossible.

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