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BY Rev. Llewelyn Ioan Evans, D.D., LL.D.

Col. 2 : 10. " And ye are complete in him."
BY Rev. Llewelyn Ioan Evans, D.D., LL.D.

Col. 2 : 10. " And ye are complete in him."

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COMPLETENESS. BY Rev. Llewelyn Ioan Evans, D.D., LL.D.Col. 2 : 10. " And ye are complete in him." Completeness, fullness, is an essential characteristic of true religion. The Christian state is one of com-pleteness. In it man has been filled up, wholly and in all his parts filled up, with life ; with Christ ; with God. The fatal defect of all false religions and of all false con-ceptions of religion, is that they are partial, one sided. They take a part of religion for the whole. Man must have some religion, something, at least, that he can with some show of reason call his religion, and every form of religion in which man tries to believe must have something in it of truth and divineness, something which resembles, or is a part of true religion. It must be true so far as it goes. But false religion does not go far enough nor deep enough, and this it is which makes it fatal. Of all errors partial truths are the most pernicious. Of all partial truths, partial views of religion are the most dangerous. It is to some of these I would ask your consideration at this time, in the hope that we may be led thereby to understand better, and to value
more highly, that completeness of spiritual development which belongs only to the life of Christ in the soul. The first form of false religion to which I would di-rect your attention is that which, recognizing the claims (105) 106 LLEWELYN IOAN EVANS. of the intellect in the man, would identify religion with a creed. This you will observe embodies a partial truth. Religion is a matter of belief. That is but a partial re-ligion not worthy of the name which does not appeal to the rational principle, which does not recognize the importance of a solid healthy intellectual belief. That religion is a poor religion which does not enrich the mind. That religion is a weak religion which does not strengthen the understanding. That religion is itself ignoble which does not ennoble the intellect. A mere religious sentimentalism will not permanently satisfy active and thinking minds. It must furnish food to
such and to all for thought and reflection. And the excellence of Evangelical Christianity is shown in this, that while it is so simple in its presentation of the more important truths which are necessary to salvation that the humblest intellect may understand them, it is at the same time so rich and manifold in its contents, that the loftiest intellects need not be weary in study-ing them. Let us now proceed to study a few other of the prevalent misconceptions in regard to religion. To some minds religion presents itself as a mere creed. It requires our faith in central doctrines. And in re-ligion as well as in business, in government, in art, in philosophy and in politics, what a man believes is a matter of some consequence. In all ages of the world good men have thought it important to define their views, to draw the line as accurately as they could be-tween truth and error. There never was a political party which did not have its creed. It was a necessity that the Church in developing its life, in unfolding its con-sciousness, in justifying principles and in assailing error should present to the world harmonious and systematic statements of what it believed. This necessity recurred continually, as often as the Church entered upon some

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