"N the first place, what do we mean by life) We mean that which we see, feel, hear, touch or taste, and the reason for it. We must have come into contact with all we know of life. We have already found what life is or we could not have had any of these experiences. 2"n the beginning was -od2 or life. /ut of this life which is, everything which is is made. o life must flow through
all things. There is no such thing as dead matter. 4oreover, life is one, and it cannot be changed except into itself. All forms are forms of this unity and must come and go through some inner activity. This inner activity of life or nature must be some form of self$consciousness or self$knowing. "n our human understanding we would call this inner knowing, or consciousness, 2thought.2 The pirit, or &ife, or -od, must make things out of *imself through self$recognition, or self$knowing or, as we would call it thinking. ince -od is all, there is nothing to hinder *im from doing what *e wishes, and the question, 2*ow do things come into being)2 is answered' -od makes them out of *imself. -od thinks, or knows, and that thing which *e thinks or knows appears from *imself, and is made out of *imself. There is no other possible explanation for what we see. 5nless people are willing to begin here, they will never understand how it is that things are not material but spiritual.
MAN'S PLACE IN CREATION.
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. Therefore it follows that he, too, is made out of -od, since -od, or pirit, is all. (eing made out of -od, he must partake of *is nature, for we are 2made in *is image.24an is a center of -od in -od. Whatever -od is in the 5niversal, man must be in the individual world. The difference between -od and man is one of degree and not of quality. 4an is not self$made! he is made out of -od.The question might arise, why did -od do this) No
living person can answer this question. This is something that is known only of the 7ather. We might suppose that -od made man to live with *im and to en1oy with *im, to be one with the 7ather. "t is true, indeed, that those who have felt this most deeply have had a corresponding spiritual power that leads us to suppose that -od really did make man as a companion. 4an is the individual and -od is the 5niversal. 2As the 7ather hath life within *imself, so hath he given it to the on to have life within himself.2 4ans mind is made out of -ods mind, and all that man is or ever will be, all that he has or ever will have, must partake of the 8ivine nature. 4an did not make it so, but it is so, and he must accept the fact and see what he can do with it. "f he has the same power in his individual life that -od has in the 5niversal, then this discovery will mean freedom from all bondage when he learns how to use his power. As -od governs *is 5niversal world so will man govern his individual world, always sub1ect to the greater law and life. This