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God Just, Loving, True

God Just, Loving, True

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BY BENJAMIN JOWETT, M.A.

HE SHALL JUDGE THE WORLD IN RIGHTEOUSNESS. PSALM ix. 8.
GOD IS LOVE, i JOHN iv. 8.
HE THAT COMETH TO GOD MUST BELIEVE THAT
HE IS, AND THAT HE IS A REWARDER OF THEM
THAT DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM. HEBREWS xi. 6.



BY BENJAMIN JOWETT, M.A.

HE SHALL JUDGE THE WORLD IN RIGHTEOUSNESS. PSALM ix. 8.
GOD IS LOVE, i JOHN iv. 8.
HE THAT COMETH TO GOD MUST BELIEVE THAT
HE IS, AND THAT HE IS A REWARDER OF THEM
THAT DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM. HEBREWS xi. 6.



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GOD JUST, LOVING, TRUE BY BENJAMIN JOWETT, M.A.HE SHALL JUDGE THE WORLD IN RIGHTEOUSNESS. PSALM ix. 8. GOD IS LOVE, i JOHN iv. 8. HE THAT COMETH TO GOD MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS, AND THAT HE IS A REWARDER OF THEM THAT DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM. HEBREWS xi. 6. THERE are some truths of religion which seem to retire from view, and others take their place and become the topics of the day. And the lesser often prevail over the greater, the uncertain over the certain, the temporal and accidental over the spiritual and universal. A curious interest is aroused about some matters of controversy, and there is hardly any interest about the first principles of all religion, which seem to drop out of people s minds as if they had nothing to do with revelation. And this neglect of all proportion in religious truth often leads to conse quences quite at variance with the premises from which we started. Thus a sort of conflict appears to arise between faith and reason which is really due to an improper use of reason, drawing out inferences 1 Preached at Balliol, April 20, 1884.
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154 GOD JUST, LOVING, TRUE [ix. without considering- the grounds of them, following not the truth but the tendencies of the human mind, turning-rhetoric into logic, and building up probabilities when the limits of human knowledge have been attained, trusting to any fiction or illusion instead of looking facts boldly in the face or seeing things as they truly are. One great instance will be enough to illustrate this curious tendency of the human race which has been the source of so much error in religion. He who reflects on the history of the Roman Catholic Church will feel quite amazed at the way in which one doc trine has been piled on another until the baseless fabric has been in a manner complete. The willing ness of men to believe these doctrines, which is like the willingness of children to believe stories, has been accepted in the place of any real proof of them. And thus out of the words Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved has been developed the whole apparatus of Catholic theology, including the priesthood, purgatory, masses for the quick and dead, the infallibility of the Pope, the worship of the
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Virgin and her assumption into heaven, on to the new and strange dogma of the immaculate conception, which was first authoritatively sanctioned about twenty -nine years ago ; and, once more, taking a new form, the infallibility of the Pope, not with, but without, a council, which was a short time ago affirmed by a great congress of the Catholic world. So the ball goes on rolling from age to age, like a snowball, and ix.] SUPERSTRUCTURES AND FOUNDATIONS 155 perhaps like that some day to dissolve away. And beside this, in the development of these various doc trines distinctions have been introduced, and are so minute that the must be looked at through a micro scope before they can be seen. A man may almost miss his salvation through an ignorance of grammar or logic. I do not say this from any desire to attack our Roman Catholic brethren the time for such contro versies has passed but because I believe that lessons may be learned from them which are applicable to ourselves. For not only Roman Catholics but all men everywhere are tending to put the ceremonial in the place of the moral, the word in the place of the
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