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Spiritual Mindedness

Spiritual Mindedness

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BY CHARLES F. DEEMS, D.D., LL.D.


" REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAY : AND AGAIN I SAY, REJOICE. LET YOUR MODERATION BE
KNOWN UNTO ALL MEN. THE LORD IS AT HAND. BE YE CAREFUL FOR NOTHING; BUT
IN EVERYTHING, BY PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION WITH THANKSGIVING, LET YOUR REQUESTS
BE MADE KNOWN UNTO GOD. AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH PASSETH ALL UNDER-
STANDING, SHALL KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS." — PHILIP-
PIANS, IV. 4-7.
BY CHARLES F. DEEMS, D.D., LL.D.


" REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAY : AND AGAIN I SAY, REJOICE. LET YOUR MODERATION BE
KNOWN UNTO ALL MEN. THE LORD IS AT HAND. BE YE CAREFUL FOR NOTHING; BUT
IN EVERYTHING, BY PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION WITH THANKSGIVING, LET YOUR REQUESTS
BE MADE KNOWN UNTO GOD. AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH PASSETH ALL UNDER-
STANDING, SHALL KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS." — PHILIP-
PIANS, IV. 4-7.

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SPIRITUAL MINDEDNESS
BY CHARLES F. DEEMS, D.D., LL.D. " REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAY : AND AGAIN I SAY, REJOICE. LET YOUR MODERATION BE KNOWN UNTO ALL MEN. THE LORD IS AT HAND. BE YE CAREFUL FOR NOTHING; BUT IN EVERYTHING, BY PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION WITH THANKSGIVING, LET YOUR REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN UNTO GOD. AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH PASSETH ALL UNDER-STANDING, SHALL KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS." — PHILIP-PIANS, IV. 4-7. There is a natural world, a world whose phenomena address our senses, a world consist-ing of the things which are seen. There is a spiritual world, a world whose facts address our faith, a world consisting of things which are not seen. It is folly to ignore the one. It is no less folly to ignore the other. True wisdom lies in re-garding both, in adequately acknowledging the claims of each, and skillfully adjusting their
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relations to each other. A man may be so en-grossed by the natural world as to live as if there were no spiritual world. Such a man becomes a gross materialist. A man may be so fas-cinated by speculations on the spiritual world as to live as if there were no natural world. Such a man becomes a mystic, and perhaps a fanatic. We are now in i/iis world. Our business is with i/its world. We have functions and duties /lere. All true religion must help us to dis-charge these. Whatever does not is worthless. Whatever hinders is harmful. We are to gain all the culture of every sense, and all the intel-lectual discipline which the acquisition of learn-ing through those senses will bring us. And we are to have all the pleasure of such process of cultivation and acquisition. Life is to be as much as possible delightful growth. We are not to disdain this life, nor the methods of its support, as eating, drinking, sleeping, dressing. We are not to feel that we are wasting immortal powers when we are engaged in legitimate vis-iting and trading. The ceremonies and polite-nesses of life arc not despicable. All things that
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aid ourselves or others in passing through life, and gathering all its good and discharging all its duties, must be valued. The Heavenly Father did not make the world and mortal life for nothing. We are not yet in heaven, but on earth, and should behave accordingly. But there is a spiritual world. By that I do not mean a world of vague floating gases ; va-pory, silent, spectral entities ; awful damned goblins ; — but substantial individuals, whose substances do not report themselves to us through the bodily senses as matter does — be-ings who think and feel and will and act, but who are not acted on by matter as we are ; and, by the spiritual world, I mean, moreover, that system of laws which has not matter for its ob- ject, but which preserves the cosmical order of the unseen world of spiritual existences. It seems folly to ignore the existence of either world, when they are so intimately connected. It is wisdom, however, to adjust their relations in
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