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Extract from
Causation Spiritual
ALBERT F. GILMORE, CSB

 
         ... "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth," we read as the opening sentence [of the Bible]; and again, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him." John represents Jesus as declaring, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." Could there be more precise statements? Yet many have insisted and still continue to insist that the counterfeit of the real man, the so-called mortal, is God's image. Moreover, this claim is made in spite of the fact that the Prophet of Nazareth, wisest of men, declared exactly to the contrary. Truly, the perversity of human reasoning is incalculable.

         What more concise statements could our Leader [Mary Baker Eddy] make as to the First Cause and its method than are found on pages 502 and 503 of our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures"? "The creative Principle — Life, Truth, and Love — is God," she declares. "The universe reflects God. There is but one creator and one creation." And she elucidates creation thus: "This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected." Here is the story of creation set forth in terms comparable in dignity and conciseness with the Biblical story, so clear that none can fail to understand. Creation is spiritual, and there is none other. There is no other reality, nothing outside of nor in addition to this complete and perfect universe. It is God's work, which stands forever, to which nothing can be added and from which nothing can be taken away. Completeness and perfection prevail in the universe of Spirit.

         The illusion that there is another creator, however, is the source of all mankind's woes; and the extent of that woe is precisely in proportion to the degree of reality which mankind seems to accord to that which has no slightest claim to reality. In this seeming realm of the unreal lies all the trouble: it is there that all controversy arises and the Babel of tongues makes its opposing claims. In commenting on the story of error, that is, of the false creation and the consequences of according it reality, beginning on page 521 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy says, "The history of error or matter, if veritable, would set aside the omnipotence of Spirit; but it is the false history in contradistinction to the true." In this connection the query logically arises, Why become involved in controversy [i.e., the creation-evolution controversy] over that which is inherently false? Nothing of Truth can be gained from such controversy; nothing can be added to the revelation of spiritual Truth found in the Bible and our textbook.

         It is this certainty which enables Christian Scientists to abide in the sweet assurance that the kingdom of heaven is not to be taken by violence; and that spiritual Truth is not revealed through delving in the muddy waters of material belief. Manifestly, the great First Cause, which made all that was made and pronounced that all good, can have no rival. That there seems to be another cause of an entirely different character, which creates a rival universe, is the testimony of the material senses, and as such is wholly unreliable.

         The origin of that universe has been sought with more zeal than logic; for such a quest is in disregard of the patent fact that unreality can have no cause or origin. Mrs. Eddy has said the last word and all that can be said on this subject in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 57): "By the law of opposites, after the truth of man had been demonstrated, the postulate of error must appear." It is to the seeming realm of this "postulate of error" that all materiality must be relegated.

         True Science, then, deals with the universe and man created spiritually. This universe is infinite, since it includes all. Accordingly, no theory of creation, be it termed evolution or devolution, based upon material premises, has any claim to consideration as reality. Such theory can account for no fact of spiritual Truth, no process of divine law. God's work is done. Spirit has not created, nor could it create, matter. ...

 

Extract from "Causation Spiritual" by Albert F. Gilmore, CSB
Christian Science Sentinel, August 15, 1925


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