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The Law of Heredity in the Spiritual Life.

The Law of Heredity in the Spiritual Life.

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BY EDWARD CAIRD.

" He that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life
eternal : that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice
together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another
reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour :
other men laboured and ye are entered into their labours. " John
iv. 36-38.
BY EDWARD CAIRD.

" He that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life
eternal : that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice
together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another
reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour :
other men laboured and ye are entered into their labours. " John
iv. 36-38.

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THE LAW OF HEREDITY IN THE SPIRITUAL LIFE. BY EDWARD CAIRD." He that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal : that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour : other men laboured and ye are entered into their labours. " John iv. 36-38. Whatever we may think of the justice of such an order of things as these words indicate, of the fact of its existence there can be no question. It needs little reflection to see that, as respects the religious as well as the other conditions of our life, the world is not ordered on the principle that each individual shall get only that for which he laboured. It would be nearer
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the truth to say that heredity rather than individualism is the principle according to which the blessings of life are dispensed to mankind. We are living witnesses to the enormous advantages which accrue to the generation to which we belong from the fact that it is heir to the moral and spiritual as well as to the intellectual wealth of the ages that are gone. The 380 HSrMdity in The spiritual life. 381 youngest student at the present day begins his career with opportunities of knowledge which would have made him the envy, not merely of the learners, but of the sages and philosophers of the past; and the
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humblest member of a modern Christian Church, born and bred at a time when Christian ideas have penetrated into the general intelligence and formed the public conscience, is familiar with and has had his spiritual  being unconsciously moulded by religious facts and  principles which " many prophets and righteous men " desired, but were not permitted, to know. In so far as intelligence and goodness depend on our outward surroundings — and, from one point of view they do depend as much on these as the growth of a plant on soil and climate, — that any one of us attains to a high measure of intellectual and moral advancement and not merely to a stunted and arrested inward growth, is due to this, that we are born amidst the better influences of the present rather than under the feeble light and in the depressing moral atmosphere of an earlier time. And if we ask to what or to whom, under heaven, we are indebted for these  benignant influences — this bright and genial light of Christian civilization, this soil rich in the fertilizing energies of intelligence and virtue — the answer is, ' Other men have laboured, and we have entered into their labours.' To produce this rich and varied life
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