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This patriarch illustrates the purpose of Love to create trust in Good, and shows the Life-preserving power of spiritual understanding.

Adam. Error; a falsity; the belief of “original sin,” sickness, and death; evil; the opposite of good, or God, and His creation; a curse; a belief in intelligent matter, finity, and mortality; “dust to dust;” red sandstone; nothingness; the first god of mythology; not God's man, who represents the One God, and is His own image and likeness, — even the perfect and spiritual reflection of Spirit, whose Life, Substance, and Intelligence are in and of God; the opposite of Spirit and its creations; that which is not the image and likeness of God, but a material belief, opposed to the One Mind, or Spirit; a so-called finite mind, producing other minds, thus making “gods many and lords many” (1 Cor. viii. 5); a product of nothing, as the opposite of something; an unreality, as opposed to the great reality of spiritual existence and creation; a so-called man, whose origin, substance, and mind are supposed to be the opposite of God, or Spirit; an inverted image of Spirit; the image and likeness of God's opposites, — namely, matter, sin, sickness, and death; the antipodes of Truth, termed error; the counterfeit of Life, which ultimates in death; the opposite of Love, called hate; the antipodes of Spirit's creation, called self-creative matter; Immortality's opposite, mortality; that of which Wisdom saith, “Thou shalt surely die.”

This name represents the false supposition that Life is not eternal, but has beginning and end; that the Infinite enters the finite, Intelligence passes into non-intelligence,