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THE SOUL OF A MAN

THE SOUL OF A MAN

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BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH, D.D.

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my
soul after thee, O God. — Psalm xlii., i.
BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH, D.D.

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my
soul after thee, O God. — Psalm xlii., i.

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THE SOUL OF A MAN BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH, D.D. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. — Psalm xlii., i. AS to what the soul is, of what elements it is ** composed, neither you nor I dare make any dogmatic assertion. Perhaps in some future age, when science shall have penetrated into the radiant centre of this problem, and the invisible becomes visible, men may be able to see each other's souls as they now see each other's bodies. The genius of research has wrought so many miracles that such a consummation would add but little to the astonishment we have already enjoyed. Psychology is a new domain, as yet practically unexplored, with many a surprise in store for us. It is easy, therefore, to imagine that at some future time science will be able to demonstrate the difference between matter and spirit, and prove beyond a 32
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THE SOUL OF A MAN 33 doubt that the latter does not cease to exist when the former is resolved into dust. Whether the soul consists of some sublimated material substance, like the ether which fills inter-planetary spaces, or is essentially different from any-thing we call matter, is a question which at present puzzles the thoughtful world. Investigation is mak-ing long strides, and it would be rash to limit its possibilities. The Christ very evidently saw more than we can see, and when He called the spirit of Lazarus back to reinhabit his body He must have known where that spirit was and must have been in communica-tion with it. The miracle- worker and the unseen Lazarus must have been within hearing distance of each other. What He saw we may some time see, and certainly shall see when we are in the same re-lation to God and the universe that He occupied.
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I am satisfied at this moment with the fact that the real man is behind the eye that looks, behind the lips which speak, and that when the lips are dumb and the eyes are closed this real man will step out of the worn-out house which has served his earthly purpose and enter another house which shall better 34 HERALD SERMONS fit his new environment. He will be the same man in another home, but with a larger prospect and a wider outlook. Whatever changes occur in his character and his motives will be the natural result of his clearer vision and his better knowledge of the relative value of the things to be desired, just as a man who travels from his narrow life in the village to the broad life of a great city drops his prejudices and his small views, and gradually becomes a part of the grander projects which tempt his energy and rouse his ambition.
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