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This Longing for Immortality.

This Longing for Immortality.

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" And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven." — Acts i. 10.

" And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven." — Acts i. 10.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Mar 01, 2014
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THIS LONGING FOR IMMORTALITY.BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH " And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven." — Acts i. 10. We did not come into the world of our own accord, and are therefore not responsible for being here. It is evident, however, that we are here for a purpose, and it is perfectly clear what that pur-pose is. When we arrive it is with a perfectly helpless body. For a time we must be taken care of, our necessities supplied by some person or persons who have been appointed to that end. After a few years we obtain possession of ourselves and begin to think and act on our own judgment. The body goes through the mysterious processes of growth and continues to develop until it reaches a certain stature ; then the growth ceases, and by slow degrees the body declines in strength until at
last we enter the stage of childhood a second time. 214 THIS LONGING FOR IMMORTALITY. 21$ The law is that the body shall increase until it reaches its maximum of energy. It is safe, there-fore, to generalize and say that everything has a purpose ahead of it, and ought to have such an environment that this purpose can be reached, provided the laws which govern it are obeyed. That statement proves itself and is not subject to denial. The mind and the soul, like the body, are merely dormant possibilities at birth. They know nothing and have experienced nothing. Knowledge and experience come little by little, and in that way mind and soul commence to develop. Now, if it be true that the body grows to its full height and strength by what it feeds on, we ought
to say without fear of contradiction that there is also an ideal perfection for mind and soul to reach, and that in some way and somewhere the oppor-tunity will be offered to attain that ideal. It would be strange to declare that one part of us can come to its maturity, but the other part never will, for it is plainly true that no human soul has ever yet reached that point where there was nothing more or better that it could do or become. We have, then, this curious anomaly, namely, 2l6 HERALD SERMONS. that, so far as this present life is concerned, — counting a man as consisting of body, soul, and spirit, — one third of us is accorded fair play for itself with a generous hand, while two thirds of 'us, and altogether the best part of us, are denied the chance to attain their legitimate end. The idea of immortality, therefore, originates in

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