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The Supreme Disclosure of God

The Supreme Disclosure of God

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY GEORGE HODGES

THE elements of revelation and
of miracle in religion meet in
a supreme disclosure.
God has made Himself evi-
dent to us in the world of nature. The
heavens declare the glory of God, and
the changing seasons, the sun and rain,
the seed-time and harvest, manifest the
providence of God.
BY GEORGE HODGES

THE elements of revelation and
of miracle in religion meet in
a supreme disclosure.
God has made Himself evi-
dent to us in the world of nature. The
heavens declare the glory of God, and
the changing seasons, the sun and rain,
the seed-time and harvest, manifest the
providence of God.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Mar 10, 2014
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THE SUPREME DISCLOSURE OF GOD BY GEORGE HODGES THE elements of revelation and of miracle in religion meet in a supreme disclosure. God has made Himself evi-dent to us in the world of nature. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the changing seasons, the sun and rain, the seed-time and harvest, manifest the providence of God. But this is not an adequate disclosure of the divine. The great place of the miraculous in all religions testifies to the strong desire of man for clearer evidence. The order of the world is so impersonal, the years go on about their business with so little regard for our concerns, the just and the unjust are treated so alike, that the whole universe seems a vast machine, which may indeed bear witness to some mighty force, but which gives us no assurance of individual interest. 89
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THE SUPREME DISCLOSURE OF GOD What we want is a swift and certain interposition in our affairs, which shall settle all our doubts without a per-adventure. We want to see the light-ning flash. The stars are symbols of wonder, and we look up at them as they shine out of the environing mys-tery of space ; but they stay in their courses so serenely and everlastingly that they do not give us any satisfac-tion. They make no response. If the sun should be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, if the stars should fall, then we might realize the relation between earth and heaven. After all is said about the manifes-tation of God in common life, and the subordination of the old belief in mira-cle to the new belief in the divineness of the commonplace, we are not con-
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tented. There is a common feeling, which may be illogical but is certainly natural, that a world without a miracle is a world without convincing evidence of the personality of God. And that means that the disclosure of God in nature is not enough. God has spoken unto us also in the 90 THE SUPREME DISCLOSURE OF_ GOD world of humanity. The course of history declares the glory of God. Taking the life of man thus in the large, we see as we can rarely see in our own experience or observation that there is a guiding hand. On comes the race along the highway of the nations, led by providential powers, slowly learning the essential lessons, taught by pains which at the moment seemed sheer tragedy and cruelty, but
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