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A Personal Testimony.

nor archreology well, and to me, as to many, to pull out one


great prop wa s to make the whole foundation uncertain.
So I floundered on for some years trying, as some of my
higher critical friends are trying today, to continue to use the
Bible as the Word of God and at the same time holding it
of compo site authorship, a curious and disastrous piece of
mental gymnastics-a
bridge over the chasm separating an
older Bible-loving generation from a newer Bible-emancipated race. I saw in the book a great light and glow of heat,
yet shivered out in the cold.
One day it occurred to me to see what the book had to say
about itself. As a short, but perhaps not the best 1nethod, I
took a concordance and looked out "Word," when I found that
the Bible claimed from one end to the other to be the authoritative Word of God to man. I then tried the natural plan of
taking it as my text -book of religion, as I would use a textbook in any science, testing it by submitting to its conditions.
I found that Christ Himself invites 1nen (John 7 :17) to do
thi s.
I now believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God,
inspired in a sense utterly different from that of any merely
human book.
I believe Je sus Christ to be the Son of God, without human
father, conceived by the Ho ly Ghost, born of the Virgin
Mary. That all men without excep tion are by nature sinners,
alienated from God, and when thu s utterly lost in sin the Son
of God Himself came down to earth, and by shedding His
blood upon the cro ss paid the infinite penalty of the guilt of
the whole world. I believe he who thus receives ] esus Christ
as his Saviour is born again spiritually as definitely as in his
first birth, and, so born spiritually, has new privileges, appetite s and affection s ; that he is one body with Christ the Head
and will live with I-Iim forever. I believe no man can save
himself by good works, or what is commonly known as a

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