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The Faith Faculty.

The Faith Faculty.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY F. D. HUNTINGTON, D. D.,

THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD ARE SPIRITUALLY
DISCERNED. 1 Cor. ii. 14.
BY F. D. HUNTINGTON, D. D.,

THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD ARE SPIRITUALLY
DISCERNED. 1 Cor. ii. 14.

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THE FAITH-FACULTY. BY F. D. HUNTINGTON, D. D.,THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD ARE SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED. 1 Cor. ii. 14. THIS is addressed to persons supposed to have some concern about gaining a Christian character, and to be seeking the way. It presumes us to be risen above the stolidity of a mere sensual satisfaction into a posture of spiritual inquiry. It especially meets two mistakes, not uncommon, nor without plausibility ; that of sup posing that the whole measure of Christian obligation is filled out by a development of moral sensibility and moral performance ; and that of supposing that all Christian truth can be received and tested by the in tellect. If that is the best definition of education which makes it consist in giving a man the right use of his powers, the education will be best which assigns to each of his powers its own use, and does not require of one to do the work of another. Respecting those faculties of man that are more purely intellectual, this is generally allowed. But it is just as true of what is called his religious or spiritual nature ; and in the
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practical acknowledgment of that truth will come a THE FAITH-FACULTY. 37 great wave of spiritual light, a great gain of religious power, if indeed such a discovery shall not be found indispensable finally to any commanding action of the Christian faith in the world. Why should I, or why should you, not having done so before, set about the business of being a Christian, in secret principle, in open confession, in consistent conduct? This, in short, is the question. Christian ity stands on earth, the Gospel is published, Christ himself was born at Bethlehem, and died at Calvary, and inspires his disciples, to give the answer. But that it may be received as an answer, that in us which the voices speak to must hear ; that door through which only the heavenly guests can enter, must be open. Every good that is possible to man finds something in him to lay hold of it ; material nourishment, a body ; the air, lungs ; light, eyes ; enterprises, a will ; property,
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the passion of ownership ; beauty, taste ; science, an understanding ; friends, affection. On the other hand, every faculty in him has its external object, and an appropriate exercise in reaching towards it. This is the adaptation of the creature to his place ; the mu tual fitness between man and his home, every part of man and some part of his surroundings. Without this complete adjustment, nature would be a riddle, the mind a mockery, history a failure, and our Maker certainly not God. So far as the outward condition is concerned, this is easily found out. Even in the more external move ments of the intellect, having to do with our immediate wants, and necessary to provide for our comfort, it is acknowledged. If we fail to own it when we come to 4 88 THE FAITH-FACULTY. our deeper life, passing from man as a mind to man as a soul, or from man as he thinks and under stands, to man as he feels, aspires, and believes, it
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