THE FIRST TRUTHJOSEPH FORT EWTO, D.D."In the beginning God." — Gen. i : i.HERE is the first truth and the last, thegreatest thought in the world, the mostprofound, the most revealing, the mostsatisfying. History tells us What has happened,science seeks to know How it happened, philosophytries to tell us Why it happened; but they leaveus with one question still in our hearts. Whatwe most want to know is. Who made it happen,Who spread out this far-shining city of the uni-verse and gave us a home and a duty in it ? Thatis why, after man has studied the earth and thesky, and reviews what he has learned, he finds hisheart unsatisfied, and even restless, until one otherquestion is somehow answered. So it has beenfrom the beginning, and so it will be until the end,while human nature is the same.Therefore it is that the Bible, the wisest anddeepest book that broods over the mystery of life,begins its great story at the beginning, and an-swers the last question first. or has all the witand wisdom of the ages been able to give a betteranswer. With an insight clear as light the old25M THE MERCY OF HELLbook goes straight to the heart of the mystery,and time has shown that its answer is in accordwith right reason, the verdict of moral sanity, andthe testimony of facts when rightly read. TheBible does not argue; it affirms. Its truth is thefruit of religious experience, and its vision of theunity, spirituality and righteousness of God, whois the beginning and the end of all things, is thegreatest gift that ever came to the world from anysource.