The allegorical account of the creation of man out of the dust of the ground, as recorded in the second chapter of Genesis, has no effect on man, created in the image and likeness of God, as described in the first chapter. The true and spiritual creation is intact, eternal, and has no connection whatsoever with so-called mortal man. Actually, according to the teachings of Christian Science, there is no mortal man.

The second, or Adamic, creation is a false concept of the perfect image of God as theretofore described. Spiritually minded thinkers are questioning more and more the assertion that mortal creation presents the real image of God, Spirit. As a matter of fact, the second record does not refer to Adam as God's likeness; that false assertion is of later origin. For a mortal to be God's image and likeness, God would need to be finite, which, of course, is absurd.

The best that can be said for the Adam man is that he is an untrue image, an image of a humanly conceived God, called the Lord God. No one has yet been able logically to justify or explain the man made of dust. That is not strange, for no supportable logic can explain him. But the real man, God's reflection, is logically explicable.

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