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The Right to Be Called a Child of God

The Right to Be Called a Child of God

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY GEORGE ALBERT COE, Ph. D.



What is it to be a Christian? This ques-
tion must be answered by appealing directly
to Jesus. To-day, more than for many cen-
turies, Christian thought realizes that he is the
one full and complete source of Christianity
properly so called. Would you know what
God is? Behold him revealed in Jesus.
BY GEORGE ALBERT COE, Ph. D.



What is it to be a Christian? This ques-
tion must be answered by appealing directly
to Jesus. To-day, more than for many cen-
turies, Christian thought realizes that he is the
one full and complete source of Christianity
properly so called. Would you know what
God is? Behold him revealed in Jesus.

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THE RIGHT TO BE CALLED A CHILD OF GOD BY GEORGE ALBERT COE, Ph. D. What is it to be a Christian? This ques- tion must be answered by appealing directly to Jesus. To-day, more than for many cen- turies, Christian thought realizes that he is the one full and complete source of Christianity properly so called. Would you know what God is? Behold him revealed in Jesus. Would you know what man is? Again, be- hold him revealed in Jesus. Would you know what a man must do in order to become a child of God? ote those whom Jesus received as his followers, and what demands he made upon those whom he sought for disciples. He is a Christian, in any age of the world, who fulfils the conditions of discipleship which Jesus exacted. The Simplicity of the Gospel. The question that we propose to ourselves leaves entirely out of consideration what goes 189 ipo RELIGIO OF A MATURE MID on in the mind of God with reference to those who turn from sin to righteousness. The simple message of the Gospel is that God loves us and is willing to accept us as children if only we are willing to be children. Im- measurable confusion has been wrought in
 
thoughtful and conscientious souls by the custom of setting side by side, as though they were equally significant, the demands which Jesus makes upon us on the one hand, and on the other hand, the church's oflBcial view of how God can be reconciled to a sinner, and what he works in the secret recesses of the repentant sinner's heart. Instead of defining discipleship by the conditions which we must fulfil on our part, it has been defined and described by God's attitudes and acts, or even by some product of a supposed psychology of the divine being. Would-be Christians have had their attention fixed more upon expected or desired signs of what is going on in the divine consciousness than upon their own plain ' duty and privilege. Looked upon thus as a transaction in a transcendental world, the entrance upon con- scious discipleship has been too largely given over to theorists and mystics. It was only an RIGHT TO BE CHILD OF GOD 19.1 extreme case of a widespread fact when some misguided pastors tested "seekers" by put- ting the question, ''Are you willing to accept the plan of salvation?" The other side of the error was contained in the instruction which led one thus willing to be saved to search his consciousness for signs and wonders from on high. "It is essential to a distinct Christian consciousness/' says a defender of these methods, "that the believer shall receive some preternatural manifestation that does not come under the laws of ordinary mental movement. ' ' This "divine revealment is not a mental pro-
 
cess, though the mind conveys, according to its ability, what the spirit reveals." How far is all this from the plain, practical preaching of Jesus! It would be well for the churches that have fallen into such errors in the method of presenting the Gospel to ask themselves whether they have not brought upon them- selves the indifference with which the masses regard evangelistic efforts. A plain, business-like attitude toward reli- gion more nearly resembles the attitude of Jesus than does that of the mere theologian or of the mere mystic. It is conceded that Mark's non-mystical picture of the Master is neaier 192 RELIGIO OF A MATURE MID the facts in point of time and contains less subjective coloring than that of John. The latter was a mystic theologian, who confessedly wrote his version of the Gospel history in order to establish a doctrinal point of view. Unquestionably the teachings of Jesus, and Jesus himself as a historical phenomenon, fur- nish legitimate impulse and inexhaustible material for theoretic thought. Similarly, Christian experience has a vast range of pos- sibilities. But Jesus' teachings are so pro- found, and his personality is so great, that their practical application is simple. It is so with all the great forces and laws of the universe. In spite of their vast range and complexity, practical adjustment for the essential purposes of life is always simple. A child of a year can adjust its body to the fact of gravitation so as to walk, though the law of universal attraction be sufficient to tax the highest

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