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From the December 1902 issue of The Christian Science Journal

IF we literally accept the account given in the second and third chapters of Genesis as a statement of facts which actually occurred, what conclusions as to the nature of God should we derive therefrom? First: that He engendered in man the capacity to sin, which presupposes a taste and inclination for sin; Second: that He made him blind to the nature of temptation; Third: that God Himself assisted in tempting man by putting "The Tree of Knowledge" into the garden and creating a talking serpent, which was the instrument for tempting man, who was perfectly innocent and quite unable to prevent being endowed with such weakness and imperfection of character. Can we believe all this of a just and merciful God? of a loving Father such as Jesus taught us to regard Him? No human parent with a trace of love would act in that way towards innocent, helpless creatures.