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God Winning Us
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CLARENCE LATHBURY.

WITH A PREFATORY VERSE
BY

MAKY

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LATHBURY.

11 To the withered traditional church, yielding dry catechisms, he (Swedenborg) let in nature again, and the worshipper, escaping from the vestry oi verbs and texts, is surprised to find himself a party to the whole of his religion. His religion thinks for him, and is of

universal application. * * * Instead of a religion which visited diplomatically three or four times when he was born, when he married, when he fell sick, and when he died, and for the rest never interfered with him here was a teaching which accompanied him all day, accompanied him even into sleep and dreams. * * * He elected goodness as the clue to which the soul must cling in all this labyrinth of nature. * * * Nothing can keep you— not fate, nor health, nor admirable intellect none can keep you, but rectitude only, rectitude forever and ever. And with a tenacity which never swerved * * * he adheres to this brave choice." —Jt. W. Emerson.

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PREFATORY VERSE.

Through the long levels of the land two pilgrims by the hand. And ever as they walk the eyes of one Turn backward to the setting of the sun. The other eastward, toward the hills of dawn,
Life leads

Urges the steps of

Life,

ever eastward, ever westward drawn, Binds each to each with bands (Her soft, insistent hands) Kecalls them to the bird-songs near and sweet The plants of use and beauty springing round their
;

Who, Though

steadfast in the strife,

feet.

Life leans and listens to the tale, thrice told, The creed, the song, the legend of the Old But toward the east, the sunrise, and the dew, Her heart leaps forward with the radiant New.
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Maey
August 25, 1898.

A. Lathbuey.

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CONTENTS.
PAGE
I.

Emanuel Swedenborg,

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II.— God,
III.— Man,

15 30

IV.— The

Bible,

42
56
69
(In-

V.—This World,
VI.—The Other World,
VII.

God Accommodating Himself to Us
carnation),

85
98

VIII.— God Winning Us (Atonement),

IX.— God Opening Our Eyes

(Faith),

....
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Ill

X.— God Growing

In Us (Regeneration),
(Religion),

122 134
147

XI.—God Acting Through Us
XII.— God Caring For Us

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(Providence),

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EMANUEL SWEDENBORG.
Preliminary to some simple unfolding of

New Church
word about
turn on men.

truth,

it

seems expedient to say a

its

teacher.

All great movements Every reformation, every great

system of religious doctrine, every new school
of education, science, or philosophy has had a
leader

who
it

has crystallized that system and emin

bodied

his personality.

Pestalozzi

and

Froebel stand for the

New

Education, Darwin

and Huxley and Tyndal for the

New

Science,

Hegel and Kant for the New Philosophy, and Swedenborg not alone for the New Theology, but for the entire system of
that
is

new thought
stands for

breaking on this age.

He

the

New
1

Age, which

is

the

New

Church.
in

Emanuel Swedenborg was born
1

Stock-

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holm, Sweden, in 1688, and died in London in
1772, having lived on this planet eighty-four
years.

We

think of Sweden as an obscure
little

country, but a

reading will compel us to

change our minds.
land of lofty ideas,
actions.

Sweden has ever been the of brave and magnanimous
the land of Odin, and of
It gave birth
to

It

is

the mother of the great ScandiIt
is

navian race.

the descendants of Odin.

Gustavus Vasa, who awoke his country from
serfdom;
to

Gustavus Adolphus, famed

for

dazzling achievements,

who

burst over Catholic
transfigured

Europe

like a thunder-cloud

by

lightning.

It

is

the land of the ancestral poets

of Europe, the precursors of Shakespeare and

Tennyson.

Linnseus, the greatest of naturalists,

was born

there.

Frederika Bremer, the charmdaughters.
It

ing writer, and Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale, are her
is

the soil of
gifts

genius, beautiful and affluent in the
nature.

of

Swedenborg sprung from illustrious ancestry. His father was Doctor Jasper Swedberg, Bishop His mother was of the nobility. of Skara. His sister married Benzelius, the Archbishop
of Upsala.

Swedenborg was himself a nobleman, and sat in the Swedish House of Lords.

Emanuel Swedenborg.

3

The family was intimate at the court of Charles XII, the most illustrious of Sweden's reigning
monarchs.

Swedenborg's childhood

is

described as re-

markable for

its

purity, fidelity,

and scholarship.

He

was a brilliant student from his earliest
Precocity usually pauses at maturity,

years.

but Swedenborg's growth of

mind continued

to

extreme old age with unabated vigor.

He

grew

up

in

an atmosphere of culture, piety, and eru-

dition.

He
says
:

was so many-sided that
"

it

is

difficult to

speak of him in a single chapter.

Emerson

He

seemed by the variety and vastness

of his powers to be the composition of several
persons, like giant fruits, which are matured in

gardens by the union of four or five single
Mill, the noted English economist, blossoms." says " Measure him as a man of science with
:

Newton, and you
Plato,

will find

him
;

his equal in

point of intellectual greatness

with Bacon and
the greatest of
is

and he
;

is

great

among

philosophers
in the first

with Boerhaven and Halle, he

cal

rank of physiologists; with theologiwriters and commentators, from Origen to
Clarke, and

Adam

who

has equaled

him?"

Up

to fifty-four years of age

he was one of

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the

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most remarkable of

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scientists.

He

was

Assessor of Mines under Charles XII, a military engineer of stupendous ability, a great and

constant traveler journeying over England, Hol;

land, France,

and Germany, when traveling was

much more

laborious

work than now. His mind
his scientific
library.

was intensely active; to mention books is to almost catalogue a
money, finding the longitude
at

He

wrote on such a variety of subjects as decimal

moon; on docks,
cal

sluices,

by the salt-works, mathematisea

He wrote on algebra and chemistry; on dykes, minerals, iron and stalactites, and on the rise and fall of Swedish He performed a notable feat of encurrency.
and
practical themes.

gineering at the siege of Friedrichthal by haul-

ing two galleys, five boats, and a sloop some
fourteen English miles overland for the royal
service.

In

his "Principia"

he

may

be regarded

as taking his place beside

Newton, Kepler, and Humboldt, climbing to the high places and mountain-tops of nature, and overlooking the
universe.

He

anticipated

much

of the science of the
antici-

nineteenth century.

In astronomy he
it

pated the discovery of the seventh planet (Uranus),

and wrote about

forty years before

it

Emanuel Swedenborg.
was discovered by Herschel.
the offices of the lungs.
istence of a passage

5

He

first

described

He

discovered the exleft

between the right and

lobes of the brain.

He

outlined the majestic

doctrine of evolution that has taken possession

of the intellectual world, and

is

now

accepted

by scholars of rank
schools.

in

all

nations

and

all

The

discovery of this doctrine had

long been attributed to the noted philosopher

Emanuel Kant, but
denborg recorded
it

it is

now known
The

that

Swehave
dis-

in his

"Principia" when
scientists

Kant was but
covered what

ten years old.

had to yield the honor to Swedenborg.
is

He

called the nebular
is,

theory in

astronomy,

that

that the sun

was once nebu-

lous like a cloud.

Swedenborg
tion, the

is

the father of the
is

unfolding of which
is

Educarecognized by all

New

progressive teachers, and
session of the schools
earth.

swiftly taking pos-

and universities of the

Pestalozzi and Froebel are the

names

we hear most

often associated with the
its

New

Education, but

principles are all found in

the germinant state in

Swedenborg's doctrine
this subject ante-

of remains.

His teaching on
it

dated

that

of either Pestalozzi or Froebel.

Pestalozzi got

from Swedenborg, and Froe-

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bel

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from
Pestalozzi.

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The

great kindergarten

movement
intellectual

in education that has captured the

world belongs to the

New

Church.

These three things
of the
sun,

—evolution
of
religion
life

of worlds out

evolution

education

by un-

folding, evolution in

by development
to

of

the

religious

— belong

the

New

Church.
thing

Swedenborg discovered

the atomic

theory of the material universe
is made up of down to the central fires now conceded by every

— that everyatoms, from the ethers of the planet — which
valid
scientist.
else^ this

is

He

gave fifty-four years to the study of science;

and had he done nothing
immortalized him.

would have
treatises

In
says:

literature
in all

he was

prolific.

His

number

one hundred and fifty. Emerson was one of the missouriums and mastodons of literature, not to be measured by whole colleges of ordinary scholars. His stalwart presence would flutter the gowns of a uniEconomy of the Animal versity. * * * His

"He

'

Kingdom
human

'

is

one of the books which, for susis

tained dignity of thinking,
race.

an honor

to the

*

*

*

Nothing can exceed the

bold and brilliant treatment of a subject usually so dry and uninteresting. * * * The moral

Emanuel Swedenborg.

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insight of Swedenborg, the correction of popular errors, the

announcement of

ethical laws,

him out of comparison with any modern writer and entitle him to a place, vacant for some ages, among the lawgivers of mankind.
take
* * *

He delivers golden sayings which
famed sentences that
(

express

with singular beauty the ethical laws, as when he
uttered those

In heaven

the angels

are

advancing continually to the

springtime of their youth, so that the oldest
angel appears to be the youngest ;' 'The more
angels, the

more room
' ; '

;
'

i

Man

in his perfect

form

is

heaven

The

perfection of

man

is

the

love of use/ "
:

Of his book entitled

"Conjugial

Love " he says " It came near to be the Hymn of Love which Plato attempted in his Banquet

—the
among

love

which

the angels in Paradise."

Dante says Casella sang George Dawprelate,

son, the

distinguished English

says:

up in prison three years, Swedenborg's books would be my choice; and at the end of three years it would be six more before I should find them dry and uninteresting."

" If I were to be shut

Up

to the age of fifty-four,

himself exclusively to science.

denly dropped science

Swedenborg gave There he sudand took up theology.

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For

thirty years thereafter he studied the Bible,
celestial revelations,

opened his eyes and ears to

and wrote
radiance.

his

remarkable books that are each

decade shining on the spirits of

men

with greater

He He

threw himself into theology as
he had thrown himself into
continued to
this

energetically as
science.

resigned his office under Charles
it

XII, but

the salary attached to

be paid to him until his death.

From

time

onward he appears before the world as a saint and a seer. His scientific creations are already eclipsed by his theological creations. His unfolding of Scripture, his superb system of truth

and love, his descriptions of the future life, will charm and inspire the world so long as time His eschatology is being accepted shall last.
Elizabeth Barrett by all religious faiths. Browning says "To my mind the only light
:

that has been cast on the other life
in

is

found

Swedenborg's philosophy.

It explains

much

incomprehensible." In speaking of is "Foregleams of Immortality," by E. H. Sears, " The writer is wise from Swedenshe says
that
:

borg.

I can scarcely conceive of his writings

not impressing
the
is

many and

deeply.
it

I have lent
It

book and recommended

in

England.

a beautiful and pungent treatise."

Emanuel Swedenborg.

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to

Swedenborg says about the time he began write his religious books his eyes were
to the unseen universe.

opened
time.

He

lived for

twenty-seven years in both worlds at the same

This has been a stumbling block to many
like to accept

who would
it

him

as a teacher,

and
ap-

has induced

many

to

pronounce him vision:

ary.

But Emerson says

" This man,

who

peared to his contemporaries as a visionary and

moonbeams, no doubt led the most And real life of any man then in the world. now when the royal and ducal Fredericks, Cristierns, and Brunswicks of that day have
an
elixir of
slid into oblivion,

he begins to spread himself

minds of thousands/' The accusation of being visionary might with equal reasonableness be charged to the wizard Edison to the
into the
;

photographer
tures a second

who can

take two hundred picin the

and photograph the bones

body;

to Paul,

who

says he

saw Jesus
;

after

his crucifixion

on the Damascus Road

to John,

who

says he

the island of

saw the heaveu opened while on Patmos; to our continually de-

parting friends

who

converse easily with those

who have gone

over the borderland.

We

ought

not to deny anything in this age until

we have

thoroughly investigated.

The

skies are full of

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wonders waiting to break on the
stress has

soul.

Much

been laid upon this department of his

disclosure;

an overemphasis has been placed

upon

it.

Few

realize that

he considered
It

it

no

part of his theological system.

was an

indi-

vidual experience

—a part of
it.
it.

his education.

He

asked no one to accept
asks no one to accept
eschatology can doubt

The New Church Few who study his
it is

it;

yet

not an article

of the creed of the

New

Church.
to the church the lost

Swedenborg restored
science

of

correspondences,

that

everything
;

in nature is the shrine of

some truth

that the

universe

is

a great kindergarten for the instruc-

tion of the Lord's children in the principles of

Swedenborg restored the Bible He showed that there is an inner to the church. sense, a truth that lies within the outward nartruth and love.
rative, like a jewel in its case.

He

has taught
lines.

us

how

to read deeply

between the

He

Old Testament tales of bloodshed and the horrors of war, and from out their uninviting exterior beams the beauties of truth and love. He makes the prophesies intelligible and fascinating. He has unlocked the Book
illuminates the

of

Revelation,
It
is

a

before

lurid

and

lovely

enigma.

like the discovery of

diamonds

Emanuel Swedenborg.
in

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smoking

craters, or gold beneath the barren

hills.

Swedenborg set Christ before men as the Almighty God. There is no teacher who adores and enthrones Christ as he does. Others have
spoken of his divinity; he speaks of his deity.

He
fore

lifts

the Bible and Jesus to an eminence be-

unknown.

In view of

this fact, it

seems

strange to hear people denying that the

New

Church believes either in Christ or the Bible. Swedenborg made no attempt to establish a
sect.

He

regarded his revelations as universal.
to

They were not

be confined within any

human
In
all

lines of demarcation.

He

wrote his books and

placed them in the libraries of the world.
his opinion the

New Church

was to pervade

religious

and secular organization, remolding
This
is

and rejuvenating them.
followers.

the idea of his

They do not

confine the

New Church
name.

to the small organization bearing that

They have never sought

to erect a vast

mechan-

ism of truth, but rather they have endeavored
to send the truth to the remotest corners of society.

In the true

sense, the

New Church
It
is

is

the

mightiest of religious organizations.
visible

the in-

body of the good and the true everywhere.
the

The New Education,

New

Philosophy, the

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New
his

New

Theology

is

the

New

Church.

Swedenborg never intended to make name known to the world. He did not put his name in his books until forced to it by publicity. He was the most humble and unselfish of men. Emerson says: "Swedenborg styles
himself, in the title-pages of his books, Servant

of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by force of intellect,

and

in effect,
is

he

is

the last father in the

church, and
* * *

not likely to have a successor. nature again, and
the
vestry

To

the withered traditional church yieldlet in

ing dry catechisms he

the worshiper, escaping from

of

verbs and texts, is party to the whole of his religion. * * * Instead of a religion that visited

surprised to find himself a

him diplomatiwhen he cally three or four times in his life was born, when he was married, when he fell sick, and when he died and for the rest never meddled with him, here was a religion that accompanied him all day, even into his sleep and

dreams. * * *
to

He

elected goodness as the clew
in all the labyrinth

which the soul must cling

of nature * * * nothing can keep you but rectitude * * * only rectitude forever

and

for-

ever."

Here follow a few independent witnesses

to

Emanuel Swedenborg.
the greatness of the character

13

we contemplate:
upon

"A

colossal soul,

he

lies

vast and broad

his times,

and requires a long

focal distance to be

seen " (Emerson).
historian

Thomas Carlyle, the eminent and essayist, says "A man of great
:

and

indisputable

cultivation,

strong

mathe-

matical intellect, and the most pious, seraphic

turn of mind; a
tragical to

man

beautiful

and lovable and
in him,

me, with

many thoughts

which,

when I

interpret

to belong to the high

them for myself, I find and perennial in human
bishop

thought."

Bishop Randolph

S. Foster, the senior

of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and her most eminent pulpit orator, says " Men that
:

see farther

and think deeper than the average

herd do not always escape obloquy, but they do
not easily die.
in the souls of

Emanuel Swedenborg will men long after his shallow
oblivion."

live
tra-

ducers have sunk into

Phillips

Brooks
ter

says, in a personal letter to the author " I have the profoundest honor for the charac-

and work of Emanuel Swedenborg, and while I have not been a special student in his

writings I have from time to time gained

much
on

from them.
so

It

is

impossible to say a

little

great a theme."

James Freeman Clarke

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says: "

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Emanuel Swedenborg became

the organ

of a new spiritual philosophy the power of

which
all

is

hardly yet understood, but which seems

likely to leaven all religious thought

and change

arbitrary theologies into a spiritual rational-

ism.

to find it; like

Swedenborg did not go out of Christianity George Fox and John Wesley, he found it in Christ." Edward Everett Hale says " Swedenborgianism has done the liberating work of the last century. The wave Swedenborg started lasts to this day. The statements of Swedenborg's religious works have
:

revolutionized theology."

II.

GOD.
how important it is to have a correct idea of God. Our attitude to God depends entirely upon what we think of him. Some persons hate God and fear him sim-

Few

persons realize

ply because he has been misrepresented to them.

If we have no personal acquaintance with some
one,

We
ous,

we depend upon what others say of him. measure him entirely by hearsay. If we
is

are told that he

hard and cold and ungenerthus,

we think of him

and draw such a
be grossly mis-

mental picture of him.
represented.

He may

He may

be a beautiful character,

but we think of him according to what we have

heard about him.

We
him

shun him, we want
If he
is

nothing to do with him, for we understand that

he

is

not worthy of our confidence.

introduced,

we

treat

coldly.

We

have

in

mind the
enemy.

false picture

of him drawn by an

And

so quite frequently persons

who

are actually congenial,

and might be
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fast friends,

are deprived of a rich companionship,

and sep-

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arated

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their idea of one another.

At

last,

perhaps, something brings
quaintance, and the result
that
is

them
is

to a closer ac-

a deep intimacy

never broken.
it is

So exactly
Lord.
love

with the Great Person
;

—the

If we are afraid of him
;

him with him

if

we do not
because

feel as

if we do not much at home

as with our mother, husband, wife,
it is

children,

we have a wrong
only by hearsay,

idea of

him.

Many know God

—what

the ministers and deacons and religious people
in general

have said about him.

And

not

agree.

Some

say one

thing

these do and some

another.

There have been many untrue things

said about him, quite frequently

by those who

have themselves meant

to

be honest.

Many

have, with a breaking heart, uttered things they

have supposed to be true because the church has taught them, and the Bible has seemed to them
to teach them.

They have misunderstood
have

his

character

and

unwittingly misreported

him.

Their pictures of him have frightened

us and caused us to instinctively withdraw from
his

presence.

Love

for such a character has

been impossible.

Peace and a childlike, home-

like feeling in his presence

have been impossible.
it

If a true picture were drawn,

would be so

Ood.
beautiful, so evidently loving

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and compassionate

that we should turn to him eagerly, however bad we might be. If a true idea of him were conveyed, it would cause him to appear more lovely than the dearest friend we have ever known.

God

is, first

of

all,

a person.

I was talking

not long ago with a lady of great intelligence,

who was
subject

at the

was the personality of God.

same time very aged. The She said
as a mist or cloud floating

she thought of

God

about the universe, blown hither and thither

by the winds.

human
this
ter
!

form.

She could not clothe him She could not think of him

in as

being real as her father.

What

a terrible idea

And

this

woman was

a beautiful charac-

nity.

and had been reared in a Christian commuShe had attended a Christian church for

four-score years.

Think of praying
Gaze

to a cloud.

Think of

a cloud governing the universe and
race.

guiding the

at the fleeciest cloud

that lies against the cerulean blue

and

see if

can feel any affinity with

it.

See

if

you you can
that he

warm up

to

it.

A

minister of the gospel told

me

could not think of

God

as a person.

He thought

of him as scattered about in the flower, the rocks,

and the sky.
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When

he prayed, he prayed into

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space.

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How pathetic

is

this

!

When

our hearts
Shall

hunger for love, shall we go

to the flowers?

we seek the
lies

cold and rugged hills where

God

buried

?

Shall

we

cry to the stars that glit-

ter

through

infinite space ?
satisfy, for

They

are beautiful,

but they can not

they are not God.

want a God upon whose bosom we can, like We want a warm, loving, living, palpitating personality. We want one into whose ears we can pour our sorrows and be sure of comfort. If God is our father, is he not an actual person ? Shall we not beJohn, place our aching head.
hold him as actually as
friends?

We

we shall our departed we not gaze upon the face, the hands, the figure of God ? Shall we not hear his voice? Can God create the dear children,
Shall
the affectionate mother, the sublime statesman,
essence,

and he himself be nothing more than an
or a gas, or a cloud ?

Recall the noblest person you have ever met

—the
God.
are
in

most loving, the
the

wisest,

the sweetest,

the strongest,
tiply that

most beautiful

—and

mul-

person by infinity, and you have
is

God
their

in

nature just as our friends

creations.

picture, a statue, a book,

just like him."

We see

Our friend makes a and we say, " This is him in every line, every

God.
curve, every tint, every sentence.

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paragraph, and

we

We read a " That sounds just like say,
know."
(<

Emerson." and we
say,

We

hear a voice in another room,
voice I

"That

We gaze

on

that matchless bridge that spans the East River^

and we see Roebling.
feel the thrill

We read
Maurier.

Trilby " and
is

of

Du

Our friend

in

the embroidered handkerchief bestowed
as a sacred

upon us

memento.

The faded

roses twenty

years old touch our hearts and cause the tears to
see a beloved face in them, crisp and and unbeautiful as they are. Back of the East River Bridge is a personality. Behind the voice in the next room is a form. The pictflow.

We

odorless

ure, the statue, the book, the faded roses

speak

of a form and voice invisible, yet actual.

And
is

back of nature

is

a personal Lord.
its

Be-

hind the violet gazing through
a personal God.

winsome eyes

The

things of nature are

not

him

;

they are his creations.

They
is.

are re-

minders of him.
told
in heaven.

They

tell

us that he

I

by some that they never expect

to see

am God
will

He

will be in everything there as

here, but himself invisible, intangible.

He

be ever in the distance, like the mirage of the
desert.

Ever sought, never

realized.

If we

expect to see our friends in heaven,

why

not

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to earth,

Us.

God? God came
everybody
else.

fered, rejoiced, died

was born, lived, and rose again, just
ate,

suflike

He

drank, slept, awaked.
felt

Men saw
his love.

him, took his hand, kissed him,

They saw and handled him on earth, why not in heaven? Did he not say, "If I
and receive you unto
there ye

go, I will return again

myself, that where I

am

may

be also?''

When
say, "

Philip asked to see God, did he not

Have I been so long a time with you, and " He that hast thou not known me, Philip? " hath seen me hath seen the Father." We shall see God in heaven as actually as we shall see
our friends.

God, but There are not trinity of persons. There are there is only one God. festations of God, but not three
There
is

a trinity in

he

is

not a

three

Gods;

three mani-

Gods.

Our

heavenly Father can not be three individuals any more than our earthly father can be three.

We
it is

are told. that

we

are created in the likeness

and image of God.
graph of a friend,
production

An

image of Webster,

if

a true one, looks like Webster.
if it

A

photo-

be true,

is

a correct reso

of the friend.

And
man

man, the

image and likeness of God, looks like him.

There are three things

in

that compose

God.
his being,
ity,

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his body, his spirit,

and

his personal-

or the influence streaming out from him.
is

This
is

the trinity, or three things, in man.

This

the trinity in

God

:

upon and handled,
men.
sons.

his soul that inhabited

His body that men gazed it, and
from
it

his spirit that streamed out

and touched

We speak of the influence of certain perWe speak of the influence of Phillips
in the

Brooks, of Lincoln, of noble persons

com-

munity, and by that
call it personality.

we

refer to

an influence

going out from them and affecting others.
or bad influence,
influence of the

We
The

People have, we say, a good
or
is

much
Lord

little

influence.

called the

Holy

Influ-

ence

or

Holy

Spirit.

This

is

the trinity, or

three things, of God,
his
influence.

his body, his spirit,

and
the

God

in the flesh,

God

in

spirit,

and God

in the influence streaming out

from him into the hearts of men. Then there is what is called in technical language the "immanence of God," which simply means the constant presence of God in the world.

away off in the sky he is here. We him now, for he is not now in the flesh ; but when he was living in one of these fleshly bodies, men saw him. We are all spirits

God

is

not

;

can not see

tenanting fleshly bodies. AVe do not see the spir-

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itual

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form
;

Us.

we

see only the tenement in

which
fleshly

the spirit lives.

The spirit gazes through

eyes and utters itself through fleshly lips.
shall not see the spiritual

We
(or

form of our friends

of God) until
cast off the

we enter the spiritual land and mask of the flesh. Therefore, when
put out of sight, and we see them

our friends forsake the fleshly body the empty

tenement

is

no more for a while.

When we

go

to

them and
shall see

again assume their plane of

life,

we

them
This

as of old.

Then

spirit shall see

and hanIt
is

dle spirit, as here body sees and handles body.
is

exactly

why we do

not see God.

for the identical reason that

we do

not see our

vanished friends.
are in the flesh.
flesh, as

We
God

now

see only those

who

has passed out of the
at the closing of the

everybody does

earthly
It
is

life.

a startling yet true thought that

we

have actually never seen each other, and will
see

each

other for the

first

time in the spir-

itual world.

We are

as truly spirits as

God

is,

and just
the hand,

as invisible.

We

take each other by

and

kiss earthly lips,

and gaze

into

earthly eyes,
within,
these,

but they are not us.
intangible.

We

are

hidden,

We

are

behind

behind the outward act and the outward

God.
voice.

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We

are looking through the

windows

of the eyes on each other. We can simulate and hide our actual selves, and pretend to be what we are not. But though God no longer inhabits a fleshly body, and comes less near to us in this particular manner; though we can not
realize

him

in the

outward way that was vouch-

safed to Peter and

John and Mary, he

is

out-

wardly visible in other ways.
nature.

He

is

here in
reveals

He

is

here in our friends.

He

himself in Godlike lives. How is the father in the son ? We say, " That boy is the copy of his
father; his looks, his speech, his manners, his
disposition
is

a duplicate of his father's."

We

smile to see the miniature of the mother in the
little

daughter.

We exclaim, " She is her mother
The
parent
is

over again."

reflected

almost

perfectly in her.

So God dwells

in his people.

When we

see

a lovely character,

we

see

God

written small.

When we
personified.
rose,

see love, truth,

tenderness, justice

beauty personified, we see that

much of God
prim-

When we

see humility in the

modesty in the

violet, purity in the lily,

we see God in them. Thus we see God in all things and on all sides. Yet we must keep the individuality of God dissublimity in the mountain,

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tinct.

God Whining

Vs.

Back of
back of

the boy

is

his father's personalis

ity

;

God
the

in our friends, in nature,

the sublime

Behind the unshakable Behind the humble violet is the humble God. How can God be in all things at the same
Person.

mountain

is

Eternal God.

instant?
star,

How can
It
is

he be in every person, every
has

every shrub, every landscape at the same
easy to answer, though
it

instant?

puzzled many.
the

How

is

the sun in all things at

same instant? The sun is in Boston, Louis, and San Francisco at once. It shines St. on the Governor of Massachusetts and on the leper of Hawaii at the same instant. It shines on eight planets and streams away into fathomless Mercury and Uranus bask at the same space.
instant in
its
is

rays.

How is

it

that a great man's

influence

in all the hearts of a nation at the

same instant?

The

nation wept about the bed-

side of the expiring Garfield.

Lincoln

is

in the

hearts of his countrymen.

ing himself into
the

same

instant.

The orator is poureach mind in his audience at It is no more difficult for him
five

to touch five
is it

thousand than

hundred.

How
This

that certain great

and noble characters mold
can be in everything at

the lives of millions through centuries?

explains

how

the

Lord

God.
once. time.

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The

spirit is not

hampered by space or
instant.

It takes time to get our bodies to Chi-

cago, but

we can go there in an

We

can think ourselves into the sun as quickly as
into the next room.
to miles or feet.

Nearness has no relation
child in

Our

London

is

nearer

than the stranger's child across the
friend happens
tion.

street.

Our

upon us while we

are in medita-

He

sees us smile,

he sees the lights and

shadows chase each other over our faces, he arouses us, and we tell him we were living over
an incident that occurred forty years ago.
spirit

The

can soar into the future or drop into the
It can travel to the most

abysses of the past.
distant stars,

and time and space have no limiting power over it. All these wonderful inventions for annihilating space are prophetic of the

day when space shall be a forgotten factor. The telegraph and the swift express predict a time

when we

shall

journey whither we wish without
love.

any hindrances.

God
ishes,

is

love

—and only
loftiest

never hates, never casts

He never punoff. He is never
is

partial.

The

type of earthly love

but

the faint reflection of the love of God.

Select

the person you hold in highest esteem, in whose

hands you would

place, without a thought,

your

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Us.

and fortunes, your mother, your

—your —and
child,

wife,

your husband,
that love
is

but

a spark struck off in the darkness, as compared

with the love of God.
least afraid

We

ought

to

be the

of

God

of anybody in the wide unirather trust their fortunes

verse.

Many would

with some earthly friend than with God.
is

This

because they do not

know him.

Many would

not fear death if their mothers had the settling

of their destinies.
of

But the wisdom and love

God
The

transcends theirs, as the light of the sun

transcends the light of the tallow candle.
ultimate fear should pass

away when we

think of God.
it is

If he seem austere, cold, distant,

because we do not know him. If our mothers would follow us to the gallows, God will follow

us to hell, if we persist in going there.

"

Though

I

make my bed

in hell, behold thou art there."

There are no
struct.

hells but those

we

ourselves con-

God

has not

fain obliterate them.

the renegade

is

in

made them, and would The drunkard, the thief, hell, and God wants him to
is

come

out.

Every bad person
over him.

in hell,

and

God weeps

No
any

one goes to hell
gates of

unless he wishes to go.
will never be closed to

The
one.

mercy

As

the father

ran to meet his returning son, and kissed those

God.
lips polluted

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by the

kiss of harlots, stripped off
in a

his rags, arrayed

him

new garment,

placed

a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet, and

him at the right hand at the feast thus Heavenly Father will welcome any returning child. The gates of heaven will ever be flung wide open, and God watching for the homecoming of his loved and absent. Why did God come to earth in the flesh ?
set

the

We
this

shall find a perfect illustration of

God

in

his life in the flesh.

He
God

did not satisfy us.

came in nature, but It was not a close
in our friends
is

enough approach.
just

not
per-

what we
It

crave.
is

We

want

to see

him

sonally.

not enough for us to see our

loved ones in their books, their pictures, the
tokens of affection they have sent us
to see

them personally.
satisfied until

It

is

the wife to see her husband in

— we want not enough her son — she
will

for

never be

she sees him personally.
sat-

Therefore the Lord came nearest to us and
isfied

us most

when he came

himself.

He

sent

his prophets,

he sent his book, he sent loving

friends to exhibit his love

— but

he could only

touch us vitally by coming himself.
that

He

saw

we misunderstood him,

that no person or

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Us.

book could accurately interpret him therefore he came himself. People may get an idea of us through our letters, our books, our friends, our works
but
if

they wish to truly

know
to

us they must

meet us in person.
in

Therefore the Lord came
us

person.

He

stooped

and became
If we we must

one of us that we might

know him.

wish to show a

little

child our hearts

become little children oursel ves. If we are lofty and formal in our manners we can not draw near
to them. to

we wish to lead a Central African civilization we must go to him and stoop to
If
life.

his crude
his food,

We

must

live in his hut, eat

and learn

his language.

Sending
our

letters

or

ambassadors will not be

effectual.

If we
lot

would win them we must
theirs.

cast in

with

This

is

the

way

the teacher leads the

child from the kindergarten to the university.

He

descends from his Greek and geology and

trigonometry to the alphabet, and begins again
with the child.

This

is

precisely

what God

did.

He

met men on their simple planes of life. He was poorer than the poorest, he was homeless, his clothes were contributed, he suffered as no
one ever did, his enemies were many, he died

God.
the most cruel of deaths.
that he

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in order

might win

us.
is

He did this He did this

that

we

might
ing us.

realize that he

capable of understand-

If

God had
it

not passed

through our exfor us to feel

periences
that he
is

would be impossible

able to understand us.

No person can

who has not had our individual Now, this tender, sublime Human Being, who became the companion of fishermen, who conversed with the miserable woman at the well of Samaria, who permitted harlots to bathe his feet with tears, who wept with the
understand us
trials.

sisters

of Lazarus at the grave of their buried

hopes,

who

expired on the cross amid darkness

and earthquake, surrounded by his enemies
this

earth.

Human Being was the God of heaven and He was God, who said as he ascended,
is

"All power
earth."

given unto

me

in

heaven and
of

in

If we wish

to get a true idea

God
we

we must study him
shall find

in the gospels, for there

God

adapted to our comprehension.

III.

MAN.
We
tions

approach these great and interesting ques?

—Who am I
am
make

From whence have I come ?
?

Whither
begin to
little,

I bound

It

is

not until

we have
are born

been on this planet a number of years that we
these inquiries.

We

helpless, thoughtless things.

If we could
strange

make

a flower spring suddenly out of the earth,

the very

young

child

would not deem
It

it

or unusual.

It does not think.

flies

along

on the express train without surprise.
not stop to think

It does

how
it is

it

travels so fast

it is

not even aware that

traveling swiftly.

If
to

the child were to journey from

New York

Chicago in an hour
of surprise.
being.
It
is

it

would express no
while
it

feelings

a

little,

impulsive, unthinking

But

after a

begins to look

about, take cognizance of
inquiries.

its relations,

and make

It

becomes a

little

interrogation
that stagger

point.
us.

It asks very

many questions

A

five-year-old
street,

maiden met me one day

on the

and asked abruptly 30

"

Who

made

Man.

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God?"
The
it

"What
is first
it

is

the world

made

out

of?"

child

interested in the things about

that
it

can see and handle.

older

becomes interested in its

As it grows own mind

and
tions

heart,

and

finally asks these great ques-

am I? From whence have I come ? Whither am I bound ? What is man ? He is a child of God, and
God
is

— Who

his father.

This

may

be said in a real-

istic sense, in

a sense entirely free from theo-

logical technicalities or religious vagaries.

We

are the children of

God and of the family of
is

God.
father

Our

earthly father
actual father
is

not

our actual

— our
We

God.

belong to earth, we belong to
heaven.
ties.

We do not heaven. We are

not going to remain here long,

We
are

are related to
related to

we are going to God by the closest
are princes of
that

him by blood and

every natural affection.
heaven.

We
says

The Psalmist
a
little

we

are

"created

lower

than

God."

The

scholars of the sixteenth century did not dare
to

soar so high, and

little

wrongly translated " a lower than the angels"
not fear

We do
to

now

to claim a position next

God

in his matchless creation.

We do
is

not

fear to emphasize the truth that

God

human.

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Us.

We

can not put too great emphasis on this great

and lustrous declaration. It does not bring God down to man, it lifts man up to God. We are human because we have descended from God. We never speak of an animal or a tree as being human. It is our relationship to God that makes us human. But we are human only so far as we are like God. When we are like the
beast

we

are called beastly.

When we

think of
as deis

some one as inhuman, we think of him graded and not at all like God. God
Great Human,
little

the

the Divine
finite

human, the

Human we are the human. He is the Perhuman.
are

fect

Human, we

are the imperfect

We

are told that

we

fashioned in the

God." If Hiram were to carve a marble image of some Powers one, it would resemble that some one and reflect
the glory

" likeness and image of

of the sculptor.
a bust of Agassiz.

In the Agassiz
It
is

Museum
the fault
is

is

said to be
it is

a perfect representation of Agassiz.
is

If

not,

with the sculptor, the workmanship

But when the Great Sculptor makes an image of himself it is true to life. When God makes man, man looks like God.
defective. It
is

a truer reproduction of

God

than anything

man can make.

God

is

a more skilful work-

Man
man than Hiram Powers
realize

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or Horatio Greenough.

I dwell on this thrilling fact that

we

may-

what we

actually

are,

and thus be

enabled to
ness.

make a correct estimate of our greatIf we can realize that we are the noblest

creation in the universe, nothing less than a

reproduction of God,
in

how we

shall be elevated

our

own

esteem

!

We

will be likely to treat
will not be likely to
spirit

ourselves with dignity,

we

drug the matchless temples of the
tobaccos and whiskies or shock

with
lust.

them with

Not man
image.

in ruin, not
is

and blasphemous,

man dirty and ignorant the man God created in his
we do not
There
as
is
it

When we

gaze at the drunkard, the
see the

harlot, the debauchee,

image

of

God

we

see a ruin.

a vast differ-

ence in Westminster
its

Abbey
ruin,

now

stands in

unique glory, the pride of England, and

that

same Abbey

in

with pillars and

architraves and minarets in the dust, the weeds

and ivy creeping over them, the haunt of bats and owls and lizards. Therefore man as he was made to be is in the image and likeness of
God.
noble.

Man looks When we
see

like

God

only when he

is

gaze upon the highest type
in miniature.

of
all

man we

God

He

possesses

the attributes of

God

in the germ.

Many of

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Us.

those attributes are latent and as yet undevel-

oped.

He

has love, truth,

wisdom, purity,

tenderness, strength, heroism, and all the other
qualities of

God,

like the

powers in the seed,
shall see that

only waiting for sun and showers to call them
forth.
treats

If we
us
like

reflect,

we

God
has

children.

He

has built this
in.

wonderful world for us to dwell
stocked
it

He

with every comfort and necessity.

Millions of years ago he began his preparations
for our reception.
bins,

and dug the
filled

and

immense coal and made the seas, the earth with the most marvelous
built the
oil wells,

He

and

rich possibilities.

He

loves us, guides us,

instructs us,

and

disciplines us.

Man
"

is

a spirit, and not simply a body.

Not

man

is

a body and has a spirit," but the re-

verse, "
spirit

man

is

a spirit and has a body."

The

has an independent existence.
it

It can dis-

card the body and leave

behind.

It can live

without

it.

We

are doing this at the rate of a

hundred thousand
earth.
it is

every revolution

of

the
as

It

is

as practicable to leave one's

body

to leave one's house
spirit is the
vital.

The
and

man

and move into another. that which is dominant

The

spirit builds the

body as the
;

plant builds up the stalk.

The

seed dies

only

Man.
the invisible
life
its

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it

rises

out of

and gathers

from the
thing

soil

body.

Man

does this very

—he

into the

grows by eating. The spirit steps wardrobe of nature and puts on its
off.

garments. If he stops eating, the fleshly drapery

quickly drops

Earth

is

a vast royal dress-

ing-room, and thousands of spirits are coming
here every day to array themselves in the robes

of nature.
again
;

Our

bodies are utilized again and
soil

and are woven anew. We may be wearing some part of the garment Caesar wore while on earth.
they sink back into the

The apple

drops, sinks into the soil, goes to the

roots of the tree,

During the

terrestrial era

and comes up apple again. we put on a new body

about every seven years.

in

The spirit and many minds.
them and

the body are strangely blent
It
is difficult

for

many

to sep-

arate

to realize that they are distinctly

different

from each other.
;

It

is

the spirit that

moves the body
it

it

lives in the
it

body and drives

onward.

It sits in

as the engineer sits in

the

box and drives the engine. The spirit is master of the body. The body pleads weariit

ness, but the spirit orders

about despite

its

Without the masterful spirit it would accomplish nothing. The body is the
weariness.

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the

Us.

instrument on which

spirit

plays.

The
organ

spirit sits in it as the organist sits at the

and runs

his fingers over the keyboard.
to talk or sing

When

we wish
cords.

we command

the vocal

At

tennis

and

eyes.

We

can

we enlist the hands, feet, make the tongue blaspheme

or pray, sing, or cry.
nize that the

We
is

unconsciously recog-

a servant and no vital speak of " my hand," " my foot," part of us. " my head," as we speak of " my bicycle," " my

body

We

tennis-racket,"

"my

coat or hat."

The
is

spirit is the substantial

man.

The

spirit

often spoken of as an abstraction.

Men
is
is

place
is

their hands upon the body and say, " This

the

substantial part of me."

But
"

it

the spirit

that

is

substantial.

We

say,

God

a spirit";

and yet he is the creator of the universe, the most substantial being in the world. He made the solid mountain upon which we stand. He

made
is

the

Rock

of Gibraltar.

He made

every

farm in America, and we are told that
the
electric

real estate

the most substantial of possessions.
car

Watch
is

ascending the steep incline.
carry-

That
ing
it it

invisible spirit called electricity

up with

fifty

persons on board.
it

We call
anything

electricity,

but

we might name
It
is

else

we

choose.

as invisible as the spirit

Man.
in the body.

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Which
is

is

the substantial thing
it,

the car, the fifty fleshly bodies in
tricity ?

or the elec-

It

the invisible things that are most
It
is

potent and substantial.
that builds

the spirit of

man

cities, paints pictures, adorns the

earth with architecture and sculpture, and brings

order and

loveliness

everywhere.

Gaze on
the

Boston Public Library, that magnificent pile
of beauty and strength, and

know that
it.
;

mind
was

of the architect planned and built
stone was laid
it

Before a
then
it

was

in the

mind

placed on paper; and finally fleshly hands and

muscles were employed as the servants of the

mind.

How

can the spirit have form ?

How
a fair

is it

in every part of the

body

at the

same instant?
is

A

picture of the nervous system

illus-

The nerves run out to the finger-nails and hair. They are in every part of the body. It is impossible to put down a needle-point without touching one. They are even in the The spirit is the life that is in every teeth. the life that the needle touches when it part
tration.

is

put down.
It
is

That
is

life is invisible,

but

it

is

there.

the precise form and outline of
in the
eyes, the hands, the

the body.
feet,

It

as the life is in the plant, invisible, in;

tangible

as the electricity

is

in the wire.

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Us.

There are two departments in man that compose him.

They

are the

mind and

the will.
is

They interwork and
less

interplay.

One

power-

without the other.

One

thinks, the other

does.

pursues

The mind points out the course, the will it. The mind plans, the will enforces.
distinct

These are two very

things.

If the

mind could not
It
is

plan, nothing

the will could not move, nothing

one thing to

would be done ; if would be done. outline a proper course, and
it

quite another to set

in motion.

If the will

were inactive there could be no motion.

A

man without
trolley

a will

is

like a car without a

it

would

either stand forever

on the

track or have to be dragged along by some outside power.

If we are to become actual

men

we must be furnished with both light and Some have much light and little power. The will is weak, the motor is defective. Their
power.
careers consist mostly of thought

and speech.
are im-

They
is

are cyclopedias of information, and that

all.

Others are the reverse

— they

pulsive and thoughtless.

They move, but do
heedlessly and
It

not think.

They rush about

overturn more than they construct.

would

be more profitable to pay them to keep quiet.

They rush

at things as a bull rushes at a red

Man.
banner.
It
is

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a question which class of persons
in the world, the thoughtless

do the

least

harm

or the inactive.

It

is

probably the
little

latter, for

the cities of the dead have

influence in

any

way.
to

and a doer.

was created to be both a thinker So far as he is defective in either, that extent he lacks actual manhood.

Man

arrive now at the closing question, " Whither are we bound ?" are bound for heaven; " the end of creation is a heaven out of

We

We

the

human

race."

It took millions of years to

build this planet.

of the sun.
it

Once it was in the bosom After it came forth from the sun
drop of
fire.

hung

in space for ages, a liquid

It finally
its

grew

so cool that life could appear on
life

surface.

Animal
It

began with what the
an animal with but

scientists call the univalve,

one

shell.

proceeded to the bivalve, an

animal with two

shells. From this it grew more and more complex, adding organ after organ, assuming more complete and beautiful proportions, until man at last arrived, man, the crown and flower of creation ; man, with his

interlacing nerves, his arterial system, his hun-

dreds of organs, and the gift of speech.

The Lord

first

built the school-room, then
it.

brought the pupils into

Man,

the

final

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is

Us.

item of creation,
earth.

comparatively recent on the
is

This earth

the great

seminary in

which we
skies.

are instructed.

We

remain here until

we graduate

into the higher department of the

We

are like the child in the graded

school, going higher.

We
This

are here to learn,
is

and here temporarily.
difficult

one of the most

things for us to

comprehend.

We

can

not realize that

we
to

are here to learn, here to

make character. that we are here

We

are under the delusion

make money,
live
is

here to amuse

ourselves, here to

as

easily as possible.

How
What

to

enjoy

life

the absorbing question.
is this
!

a tremendous mistake

We

are

here to study hard, here to

make

the most of

ourselves, here to prepare for heaven.

If the boy should get the idea that he was at
school for purposes of pleasure, to take things as
easily as possible,

we should chide him and speak
your
lessons,

plainly to him.
to study, to get

We should say, " You are here
no matter how
are here to

much you toil over them. make the most of yourself,
here to
toil at

You

to acquire

knowlare
intri-

edge, to prepare to enjoy yourself.

You

your books, to sweat over

cate problems, to pass severe trials

and heavy

examinations."

Now we

are in the great school-

Man.

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room of

earth,

ourselves.

and we ought to be resolute with We ought to talk to ourselves as
youth.
enjoy

to

we do to the dilatory make money, to
we

We
if

are not here
to
eat,

ourselves;

drink, and be merry.
lightly, if

And
if

we

pass our time

neglect our lessons,

we

shall

have
the

to

make them up;

not here, then

in

other world. We must pass our examinations, and no processes of cramming at the last moment
will answer.

The Great Schoolmaster
the most of ourselves.

is

inex-

orable, inexorable because

he loves us and wants

us to

make

The

entire

object of the creation of
is

man and
we

his life here

to get

him ready

for heaven.

We can

never

come

into heaven until

get ignorance

and
can

sensuality and wickedness out of us.

We

never be happy until we have made the most
of ourselves.

The end of
race,

creation
its

is

a heaven

out of the
disciplinary.

human

and

processes are

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IV.

THE BIBLE.
There are two great books that are divine, the universe and the Bible. The universe
not considered by
first
is

many as a

book, but

it

was the

book given to men, and the only book in which the chirography is God's. This book was

written before the advent of

man on the

planet.

Man

found

it

here

when he came.

He watched

the flying

cloud, heard the voices of nature,

scanned her myriad moods, and nature spoke
to

him.

Nature can smile and weep, pray and

Each change in the sky was an utterance of God. Each flower and tree whispered some message to his soul. Each animal was the shrine of some emotion. The reading of the Book of Nature has been largely lost. We
sing.

have now so much printed matter that we are

Once nature was the single book and man was the student of a single book. A grand and majestic volume, it was bound in
confused.

many hues and throbbing with interest. We may get a hint of what nature was
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to

The Bible.
the ancient

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it

man by

contemplating what

is

even

now

to us.

Under
;

certain aspects the

sky

speaks of tenderness or wrath.
breeze whispers love
struction.

The summer

the hurricane breathes de-

We

read this in nature as easily as

in a printed book.

We

gaze into the eyes of

the violet and without hesitation spell out
esty, sweetness.

mod-

We

see the peacock spreading

and with a smile we say " Vanity." The oak of five centuries, whose roots are almost as long as its branches, speaks of strength and endurance. The mountain is a symbol of grandeur and weight, the tiger of fierceness, the lamb of innocence, the dog of fidelity. We read this book of nature now to a certain extent. How much we lose by walking through
his tail,
this ineffable

world with our eyes closed

!

If we

respond to nature we shall soon begin to realize
that she
is
is

endeavoring to talk with us

;

that she

coyly wooing us.

Even

in

the night the

stars are

speaking of the serenity and purity of
before the invention

truth.

Now, thousands of years
to

of writing or printing, nature said vastly more

men than

to-day.
its

Men
T

studied the wondrous

volume, turned
its illustrations.

leaves, gazed enraptured at

The w orld was an immense

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university, with
structor.

each object acting as an inhastening back to nature.
the laboratory methods
this.

We

are

The kindergarten and

of teaching are an evidence of

The
when

lost

art of correspondences is being revived.

We
(as

are

returning to that

blessed

era

Shakespeare says) we shall see "sermons in
stones, tongues in trees,

books in the running
other book,
the

brooks," and God

in everything.

Now
Bible,

let

us turn to that

— the dear, grand book that no one could
;

relinquish

the book that accompanies the sol;

dier to the battle-field

the book that kings

honor
utters

;

the

book that graces the wedding, and

the final benedictions over the sacred
the book our father read daily at prayers

dead

;

the book mother gave us

the book the President kisses

oath of

office

;

the

when we left home when he takes the book read each Sunday from
a few spoken sentences.

thousands of pulpits.

The Bible began with

Before the epoch of writing the only way to
preserve thought was to repeat

from lip to lip, and thus embalm it in the memory. When the Lord wished to say something to the world he put the thought into the mind of some good man, and this man passed it through the lips
it

The Bible.
in the

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It
this

form of words and sentences. In

articulated rather than printed.

was man-

ner
just

it

was stamped on the minds of the listeners, as our mother taught us to lisp our evening and we
in turn taught
it
it

prayer,

to our children,
to theirs.

and our children carry
the centuries.
It

down

It

was thus that the oral Bible
omission of a word.
the

filtered

through

was rehearsed without the

As
and
this

the years passed

away
it

Lord spoke

to other

men, and they told
it

to their generation,

finally

became a part

of the Bible.

In

manner the Word of

God

grew.

passing

At last there was an oral Bible down the generations by rehearsal or
This went on for thousands of years,

tradition.

until writing
tallized

was invented.

It

was then crys-

and became immutable.

There came

into being for the first time a written

Word

of

God.

As the God said

centuries rolled on the Bible grew.

other things to other men, and they

and given to the world. David wrote a book of hymns, and we have the Psalms. Isaiah wrote a volume of prophecy,
were written out

Moses wrote the history of the Hebrew wanderings, and we have that. Some one wrote the romance of Jonah, and we
Isaiah.

and we have

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that.

Us.

have

The

four evangelists

wrote the

earthly biography of the Lord.

John had a

wonderful dream recorded
Bible was at
last finished.

in Revelation.

The

It consists of sixty-

six books, covering a period of thousands of

years.

Then

the art of printing was invented,
First a few

and we have the printed Bible.
chapters repeated from lip to
lip.

Then

follow

book

after

book

histories, prophecies, songs,

stories, idyls,

romances, biography, vision

to

the close of the record.

This we
of

call the

Word

of God.

What
care
to

is

the

Word

God?
phrases.

utter

unmeaning

We do not We have
God
;

heard a great deal of the
is

Word

of

what
and

it?

It

is

not the paper, the type, the words,

or the sentences; for

we might burn

these,

the

Word

of

God would

be uninjured.

Men

did that in the Middle Ages; they piled Bibles

up

in great heaps

and burned them, but they

did not succeed in destroying the

Word

of God.

The Word of God
it is

is

the meaning of the book

what

it

says

;

it is

the thought in

it.

The

Word of God is not the Greek, Hebrew, English,
or any other special language
;

it is

the meaning

imbedded
us recall

in the language.

To
of

illustrate, let

how

the Gospel

Matthew came

down

to us in its present form.

The Bible.

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Jesus spoke in Aramaic. Aramaic was a mixed Hebrew and Assyrian, the language It was the Jews acquired in the captivity. a mongrel Hebrew, as Canadian French is a mongrel French or Pennsylvania Dutch is Matthew heard the Lord a mongrel Dutch. speak in this dialect, remembered what he said, and some years afterward wrote it down in Hebrew. Years afterward some one translated the

Hebrew

into Greek, centuries after-

ward some one translated the Greek into Engand so we have it. First in the Lord's heart, then on his lips, then in Matthew's mind, then in the Hebrew, Greek, and English, and from the English into our hearts and
lish,

minds, as

we

are capable of taking
is

it.

So the word of God
or sentences.
It

the meaning of words

matters not in what shape

they come, whether by lips or printed sentences

whether by Hebrew, Greek, or English
the

;

it
is

is

same unalterable Word.
act,
is

Our
is

friend

not

changed by wearing other garments.
he speak or write or
personality.

he

the

Whether same dear

Language

simply the chariot

minds and hearts. It matters little what kind of a box we keep our jewels in. The great Kohinoor diamond would
that conveys ideas to our

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be just as valuable in a case of wood as of gold.

Whether the

case were
plain,

carved richly or re-

would make no difference in the value of the diamond. So the Word of God stored from time to time in these Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, and English cases is the same beautiful, priceless thing it has
mained rude and
ever been.

Now

the

Word

of

God

is

printed

in every language

under heaven.

We

may buy
sizes,

Bibles in hundreds of varied languages,

and bindings.
ing,

The

paper, the type, the bind-

and the languages are not the Word of God ; they are the cases in which the jewel
is

kept.

The Word of God
it is

is

invisible, like

everything spiritual;
that constitutes the

the hidden meaning

Word

of God.
!

What

wonderful things words are

I see

you spending hours over
thousands of queer
I
little
is

sheets of paper with

marks on them

—and
The

know some one

talking with you.

inhabitant of a country or planet where printing
is

unknown might think you mad.

I see the

and shadows chase each other over your you read. I see the reflection of the emotions that are playing over your soul.
lights

face as

Gladstone
or

is conversing with you ; Homer Dante who lived centuries ago is singing to

The Bible.

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you

you of his trials in the John is relating his superb dream on Patmos the author of the romance of Jonah is entertaining you Dickens or Thackeray or Du Maurier are telling their
;

Moses

is

telling

Wilderness campaign

;

;

;

unique
or "

tales

The

" The Tribune " or " The Journal w Herald " is relating the latest news
;

from England or Cuba.
only

What mysterious man who can

things words are
read.

!

It

is

Some evenings my

dog becomes impatient with what he doubtless considers my stupidity, and, placing his paws
on

my

knee, shoves

my

paper aside with his

nose and gazes intently into my face, as if to say, " You are wasting your time; let us play."

I show him the article that interests

me

so
it.

much, and he gazes right over the top of

By

his actions

he

tells

me what

he thinks of

the art of reading.

Then
composes

it
it.

is

the meaning of language that

The mere words
meaning

are but vehicles

that convey the

to our minds.

The

identical thing can be said in

many

languages

in

many

forms.

An

identical truth can be

conveyed in
articulation,
4

fifty different

languages, in

fifty

different sentences,
fifty

fifty different

methods of
of
letters,

different

styles

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has been said here
is

Us.

What

for the purpose of

paving the way to the wonderful science of correspondences, or the inner meaning of the Bible,

which

is

defined as that which the words or

sentences contain.

The Word of God
authorship or dates.
out that certain

is

not at all dependent upon

Scholars are

now

finding

men

did not write the particular

books that are attributed to them; that certain

books were not written at the time they have
been said to have been written.
write the account of his

Moses did not
Daniel did
title

own

death.

not write Daniel

this is

simply the

of the

Jonah did not write Jonah, any more than Uncle Tom wrote " Uncle Tom's Cabin." David did not write many of the psalms attributed to him. Paul did not write Hebrews.
book.

This

fact is

throwing the orthodox world into

spasms of

fear.

They seem

to think that if Isaiah

did not write the whole of Isaiah, and on a par-

is gone. But not so meaning and inspiration are the same whoever wrote it and whenever it appeared. If it should turn out that some one else wrote Shakspere, and that its date of appearance is not exactly correct, the poetry would be no

ticular date, its inspiration

the

less

musical, grand, or inspiring.

Homer

is

The
not injured in the least

Bible.

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into

by the doubt
its

which

we

are plunged as to

authorship and date.
its

This does not detract one iota from
beauty, and power.

freedom,

If

it

should turn out that

some one else composed the twenty-third psalm It would sing no it would remain uninjured. "A rose by any other name less sweetly to us.
are not

would smell as sweet." Mark Twain's writings weakened by the fact that Samuel L. Clemens is the author. Gail Hamilton's essays are no less spicy and facetious because Abigail
Scholars are finding out that certain books
that

Dodge wrote them.
had been ranked as history are
is

fiction.

The book of Jonah
It
is

a story, a piece of fiction.

a kind of parable, containing eternal truth.

This fact helps rather than injures the book,
for

many have stumbled over

it

as history.

Ranked with Prodigal Son
is

the class of writing in which the

takes a prominent place, the truth

no

less

powerful, and the reason

by trying to swallow it Tom's Cabin " is no less true because we know
the actual events related therein never occurred.
It
is

not shocked " Uncle as history.
is

George

more true than nine-tenths of the histories. Eliot's novels are no less helpful be" Pil-

cause they are the product of her fancy.

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God Winning
is

Us.

grim's Progress"
is

no

less

immortal because

it

allegory.

All the parables of Jesus are
is

fiction,

yet no portion of the Bible

deeply inspired

than

these.

Therefore

more we

need not stumble over Jonah, or the
children in the furnace of
fire,

Hebrew

or the story of

the creation of the world in six days, simply

because they are not veritable history.

The Bible
eternal truth.

is

not a book of science, and does
It
is

not pretend to teach science.

the shrine of
is

" Pilgrim's Progress "

not a

book of

science, yet

no one

feels that it is less

true for that.

" Paradise Lost " or " Hamlet,
less

Prince of Denmark," are no
cause they

powerful be-

record natural science.

make no attempt to discover and God breathed his divine
They enshrined
it

truth into the hearts of men, and they expressed
it

as best they could.

in the

medium of

the times

in the science

and

lanis

guage and literature of the day.
not always to be taken literally.

The Bible

A

northern

school-teacher has gotten into difficulties

down
is

south because she has denied that the earth
flat.

The clergyman and deacons and

religious

people of the locality where she teaches have
called a public debate
satisfaction that the

and have proved
is

to their

world

not a sphere.

The

The Bible.
Bible says
it is flat,

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and they care nothing about

what

irrelevant

scientists

may
mind

say.

Jasper, a colored minister, has written a

John book

conclusively proving to his

that the sun

goes round the earth.

The Bible
and
is

is

the containant of eternal truth,

not a book of science.

The

writers of the

books of the Bible spoke as they understood in
relation to the world.

They

often spoke from

appearances.

truth in, just as

God used their literature to put his we may place our gems in either

an ancient case manufactured by crude hands or
in a

ioned in the latest arts.

box made by Tiffany, embellished and fashWhatever we do, the
altered.

gems are not injured or
"foundations
of
the

The Bible
the
truth

speaks of the " pillars of the
earth,"

earth," of the

but

remains the same.

We
We

ourselves speak of the
as

"ends of the earth "

though

it

were

flat.

We
this

say the sun "rises," though
is

we know
say
the

well

not true.

speak ourselves quite

often

from appearances.

We

light
is

"streams out from a picture," that a color
" warm," that a

man

is

" great."
the Bible are
that

The correspondences of
inner truths, the thoughts
everlasting well.

the
its

repose in
it is

We

know what

to " read

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Us.

between the lines."
read a book and get
years to read
it

We

know what it is to much out of it, in five
find something

again and find more there; to
still

read

many

times and

we
find

had missed.

We

read a person superficially;

we

get better acquainted with
;

him and
tire,

deeper things in him

at last

he becomes our
out of

bosom-friend of

whom we

never

whose heart flows ever-living
world sees one side of a
heart of hearts.

affections.

The

woman

(the outside),

her friends see her heart, her husband sees her

Some

persons are shallow like

water running over stones.
the longer
interior

Others grow deeper

you know them. So there is an meaning in books, and meaning beneath meaning. There is an interior meaning in the
rocks, the trees, the flowers, the animals
;

and
find.

the longer

we study them,

the more

we

Only in nature and in the Bible is this hidden The story of the meaning inexhaustible. Prodigal Son is fathomless. There is food there We may read the Bible and for the ages.
never find the shallows, for there are none.

The Bible

this sense, different from all Other books may be read and finished, but in heaven, as on earth, the Word of God will be the comfort and guide of
is,

in

other books.

The humanity.
It

Bible.

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bows to the simple comprehension of the child, and thrills the soul of the venerable scholar and seer. It is the inner sense that makes the Bible the Word of God.
It
is

this that lifts

it

high above
all dates
it

all

other forms

of literature, above
authorship, and

makes

and questions of the book of books,

the book of the ages.

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0*g*&+

THIS WORLD.
Three fundamental questions demand replyconsidering the problem of the material
did
its

when

creation of the world.

Where
pose of

it

What is it made of? come from ? What is the pur-

coming?

The ancient theological idea that the world made out of nothing has passed with all thinking people. It is now supposed to be we trace it back to God created out of God and reverently pause there. A world made
is
;

out of nothing would be composed of nothing,

and therefore could not be a world. It would be a nonentity. It would be an illusion, and it is difficult to convince a thinking and rational
person that the material world
a chimera of the vision.
solid,
is

an

illusion,

It

is

tangible, visible,

and not

to

be argued away.
created out of nothing.

Christian science holds with the old theology,
that the world
tells
is

It

us that everything that we see, handle, or
into contact with
is

come

only an idea.

The

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This World.
tree is

57

an idea photographed on the retina of

the eye.
illusion.

The

trees

and the
is

solid rocks are

an

My
all is

friend, pointing to

some

objects

in his yard, said, "

There

no

tree,

no rock, no
."

earth,


is

the product of a too vivid fancy

I replied, " If on some black night, when your

mind
steps,
tree,

freed from illusions, heedless of your

you should come up hard against that
suffer

your logic would

defeat."

When

we come suddenly into contact with nature and get severe bumps, illusions are knocked out of There are times when express trains, us. earthquakes, floods, and heavy burdens convince us that the world
is

not wholly ideal.

It

makes exceedingly
the planet
is

difficult

a belief in the illu-

siveness of all things.

It aids the theory that
fact,
it is

a tangible

ble substances,

and that

composed of tangicreated from God.
stuff
all

What

is

matter?

What

is this

we

call

rock, soil, air, water?

These are

varied

forms of the planet.

The rock
Soil
is

is

one of the

most condensed forms.

rock pulverized.

Water and
earth
is

air is the planet in solution.

The

condensed sunshine.

It is a

fragment

of the sun.

Once

it

was

as thin, light,

and airy

as the fleeciest cloud seen It

on a summer's day.

was thus nebulous and cloudlike because of

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heat.

Us.

Once the sun
it

ously heated that

itself was so tremendwas lighter than the lightest
is

gauze
cast

veil.

The
its

earth

a fragment of the sun
until
it

from

surface

and cooled

has

come

to the solidity of the present time.
is

Then,

the earth

made out of

sunshine.

The sun-

shine came from God.

was the world made ? It was made by the method of evolution. Evolution means gradual development. When anything comes to being and maturity by a process of slow unfolding it is said to come by evolution. A
watch
is

How

manufactured
Evolution
is

;

a

tree,

a horse, a boy,

a mind unfolds; they grow and
evolution.
is

proceed by

simply the manner in

which a thing

done.

So the world grew. God created the spiritual The material sun was sun from himself. The earth is a created from the spiritual sun. fragment of the sun cooled and solidified. As the sun condensed by cooling it grew heavy and, bulging at the equator, cast off fragments which became planets. A drop of oil, set whirling in a vacuum, will flatten at the poles and bulge at the equator. Revolved still faster, it will throw These fragments will off fragments of itself.
circle

about

it.

With

the sun the fragments

This World.
cast

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into the distant ethers with tremendous

dropped along an orbit formed by the These fragcentrifugal and centripetal forces.
force

ments would naturally

fall

on a straight

line,

but the pulling of the sun by attraction drew

them constantly inward, until they described a circle. A boy swinging a ball about him held The ball ena string is a fair illustration. by the deavors to get away and fly into space
;

string holds

it

to a certain

orbit.

Attraction

of the sun acts on the planets as the string does

on the

ball.
is

This
this

and

why it

is how the earth was made, moment dropping through the

ethers fifty times swifter than a rifle-ball.

So

the planet

is

traced back to

God.

First to our

sun

;

then to the spiritual sun about which the

fixed stars are supposed to

move

;

then to God.

The world was not
ago.

created and finished six

thousand years ago, nor any number of ages

God is continually creating it. As the human body is constantly recreated, the planet is created every instant. The body is continually exhausted

and continually replenished. In

a cycle of about seven years an entirely

new

body has replaced the old one.

This

is

true of

the planet on a vaster scale, and in larger cycles.

God

is

constantly in every atom of the earth,

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to the central fires.

Us.

down
tell

The

old theologies

us that the earth was created and finished

in six days.
rested.

Then God

ceased his labors and
it

Geologists have discovered that

has
it

been millions of years in making, and
is

now

known by

the highest thinkers that

it is still

in the process of

be finished.
ties

making and that it will never Like the soul, it has the possibili-

of eternal progress.

As

the sunshine that

comes to us to-day is new sunshine, fresh from a journey of a hundred million miles ; sunshine
that

has

never

visited

the

earth

before;

sunshine that has never been seen before by

human
The

eyes, so the life of
it

God

is

streaming

into the earth, renewing

every instant.

earth was
its

made

for

man, and man

is its

diadem and

master.

Man
"a

stands next to
little

God

;

as the Psalmist says,

lower than
only
is

God."

God

alone

is

his master.

God

greater than he.

som

like the rose.

Man causes the earth to blosHe hews down forests, and
him over raging
seas.

builds vessels that carry

He

constructs palaces and magnificent cities to
in.

dwell

The animal

creation obeys

him and

fears him.

He

harnesses the lightnings to his

triumphal chariot, and rides on the wings of
steam.

He

conquers gravitation, and

floats

This
aloft in the heavens.

World.

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a combination of

He
;

is

the animal and the angel

he gathers up the

universe into his being.
the animals.

He

is

the highest of

Animal

creation

began

with

something below the oyster, a creature consisting principally of a stomach; and from this up
to

man

with

his

hundreds of interworking

organs, his interlacing nerves, his upright position, the gift

of speech, and the stamp of divin-

ity

upon
is

his forehead.

The

earth

is

his abode,

he

the flower of creation, and there will never

be anything higher.

The

earth

is

his

temporal dwelling place.
the

It
it

took millions of years to construct and adorn
for his advent.

From

hour when

it

was

hot, gaseous, chaotic,

brooded by darkness and
it

horror, to the hour
suited for his
flight.

when

became a paradise,
comer; he
is

abode, countless ages took their

Man

was the

latest

com-

paratively recent.
his

God

prepared the world for

approach, as the bridegroom prepares the
for the reception of the bride.
it

home

Then he

leads her forth to grace

with her love, her
patiently built

beauty, and her facility.
the
earth

God
its

through slowly passing ages
here
the

and

brought
ter.

man With

— man,

monarch and mas-

most loving forethought he

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built the vast coal-bins,

dug

the great oil-wells,

sowed the forests, stocked the sea with fishes, and made everything ready for the comfort and
delight of

man when he
man

should arrive.

Did

ever king adorn a more matchless structure ?

what pillars what a carpet beneath his feet constantly woven anew, variegated and sweet what music of the birds and the spheres what forms of beauty to fascinate the eye The earth is the primary school for the ina roof
;

What

has over him
it;

and architraves support

;

struction of

man during
His
life

planetary infancy.

He

usually graduates into the skies in three-score
years and ten.
relations here are not per-

manent.
soil

As

the

of the seed takes up the
a temple, so the spirit of
for the temporary pur-

and builds

itself

man

constructs a

body

poses of his earthly schooling.

longs to the soil as really as the
does,

His body bewood of the tree
will return to

and when he goes away he
he occupies
it

the earth
at school

what he has borrowed.

While here

temporarily, as the girl

at

boarding-school occupies her room in the

The world is a unique, spherical academy hung in space by invisible threads of attraction. Here we are away out in space, our
dormitory.
nearest neighbor

two hundred and

fifty

thou-

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sand miles away, and that neighbor tenantless.

The moon

is

a burned-out crater.

It

is

the
is

lantern that illuminates our way.

The sun
It
is

a

gorgeous fireplace about which we gather,
reservoir of light, heat,


the

and
fair

life.

beneficent

power that robes the earth
it

in verd-

ure

and paints

with

hues.

Here we

are at school

away out

in the ethers, the school-

room plunging through space beyond human
reckoning,
fifty

times faster than a rifle-ball,
its

and

at the

same time spinning around
in

axis

at the rate of a

thousand miles an hour.

We are taught
body with
grandly.
its

many ways.

The

physical

complicated organs disciplines us

It teaches us to bear patiently weari-

ness and a thousand limitations.

The elements

of nature teach us to endure hardship.

We must

brave severe storms, wade through snows, climb
hills,

sweat under tropical suns, shiver in cold

blasts,

grow our

food,

weave our garments, and
are taught in other ways.
spirits.

build our homes.

We

We

are instructed

by human

Teachers

patiently

endeavor to strengthen the mind

parents and friends lead us onward to manhood and womanhood. We are taught by our occupations, our trades, professions, pleasures, pursuits.

Even while we

teach others

we

are at

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the same time being taught by them.
spirits,

Invisible
left

who

once lived here and have
their sweet influences.

us,

sway us with
wife,

Mother,

husband,

children,

passed onward, touch us
great

who have and mold us. The
friends,

and the good of all ages encompass us. with us. " In him we live and move and have our being." " We are come to Mount

God

is

Sion, to the innumerable
to the spirits of just
is

company of

the angels,

men made

perfect."

Earth
life

bathed in heaven.

In
is

this

world we begin to

live,

but that

transitory, like the babe in the

womb

prepar-

ing for the activities of an
larger

outer, freer,

and

existence;

like

the chick in the egg,

which

will, in the fullness

of time, pick
fly into

its

way

through the limiting shell and

the light.

We

are

no more intended

to

remain here after
is

the period of incubation than the butterfly

to

remain in the chrysalis.

Prolonged incubation
is

would be

fatal.

Earth

the

academy of the
fit

race, organized

and equipped

to

God's

chil-

dren for the skies.

The world
lavished
his

is

a creation of love.

affection

upon

it.

God has God is love,
God's

loves everybody and everything, and supremely
desires the happiness of his children.

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laws are

all love.

Laws

respected

and rightly
car.

used are unalloyed blessings.

Fire warms our
It
is

homes, cooks our food, speeds our
only a scourge

when wrongly handled.
soil in safety.

Gravi-

tation holds the planets in place, holds us

and
only

our belongings to the

It

is

when, through
disobey
it,

ignorance or carelessness,
it

we

that

turns on us and punishes us.

There

is

no

useless, causeless, aimless sorrow.

Behind every

disaster is a

broken law.

Even God could not make a law that would work in two entirely opposite ways at the same time. When a man falls from a precipice, gravitation
it

must be honored if God should suspend the world would be wrecked, every star would
;

be displaced.

He

can not abrogate gravitation
it

and at the same time permit
force.

to

remain in
fire to

He

can not

make

the nature of
to

burn and then not have
cases.

it

burn

in special

There are some things God can not do. make a river with no banks. He make a complete circle and at the same can not time have it broken. He can not grow a hundred-year oak in ten minutes. He can not transfer us from New York to Boston without

He

can not

passing us over the intervening space.

He

can not

make two and two
5

six.

Let us

rid our-

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selves of the idea that

God

can do everything.

He

is

(like us)

under

restraints.

Having made
watchmaker,

his laws, he respects them, as the

having constructed the watch after his wisest
thought, respects
its

methods of working.

God can

not construct a

human

body, or a

material universe, to follow certain wise laws

and then avert

disaster

when man

ignores them.

He

is

obliged to construct things after certain

methods, and the overturning of those methods

must

result

in

disaster

and confusion.
if

can not confer experience upon us

had no experiences.
queror of one
can not

He

can not

God we have make a con-

who has never conquered. He make a man strong and independent
forever in the cradle rocked by angels.
ourselves.

who

lies

Most troubles we bring upon
asters are the product of

Disis

broken law.

Man

responsible for the wars that desolate the earth.

He

might have peace
is is

if

he so desired.

God
it.

wants no war, and

not responsible for

Man

responsible for the miseries arising from
slaverv.

human

out forever.

God would have it crushed The unhappy dispositions that
vanity,

destroy the home, that trouble the community,

—anger,

jealousy,

envy, pride,
is

lust,

cruelty, vaulting ambition,

—God

not respon-

This
sible for. to

World.

67

Man

can stop them when he wishes

do

so.

If these were erased from the heart,

earth

would be a heaven.
wishes employers to be generous and
;

God
to

sympathetic with their help

he wants the hired

be faithful to their masters.

This simple dis-

position
trouble.

on both sides would cure the labor

He wants no labor problem, and we can He
wants no poverty, no suffering, no

wipe it from our program when we sincerely wish
to

do

so.

physical want.

He

has created enough for

all,

and

it is

the cornering of his gifts that causes

the difficulty.

When
all

law

is

obeyed there will

be no suffering in
cent, a

the earth.
is

Pain

is

benefiis

warning that a law

broken.
is

Pain

It a token of God's love. crying " Stop danger ahead
!

a herald angel
Scientists tell

w
!

us that a race of

men

insensible to pain

would

become extinct
like the

in six months.

They would be
noises

man on

the track, with the lightning
its

express behind him, deaf to
to its

and blind
under
are

approach.
are becoming less

We

and

less lawless

the tuition of inexorable experience.

We

learning

how

to use the forces of nature.

We

are getting well in
electricity,

hand the reins of steam and and shall one day know how to use

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in
safety.

Us.

them

Law

is

essential love, for if

God made
created

it it must be love. The earth was from matchless love. The day is swiftly

dawning when
flee

discords, diseases, sorrows shall

away, when

men

shall live
last,

on to old age in
without a pain

health and peace, and at

or regret, sink into the final sleep which
death.

we

call

^^^
§

VI.

THE OTHER WORLD.
To
enter the other world

we must
this

first

pass

through the experience miscalled death.

The
is
is

day dawns

at last for all

when

wonderful

instrument, the physical body, wears out or

rendered useless by disease or accident.
then that what
spirit,

It

we

miscall death occurs.

The

which

is

the essential man, dwells in the

body from infancy, though invisible to the The body is like a close-fitting, fleshly eye. seamless garment drawn over it. It is thus the spiritual body identifies itself with the that The spiritual body is not, as natural body.

many
tial

think, created at death.
flesh

It

is

the essenis

man, and the
its

upon which we gaze

but

outer garment.

The

flesh is actually

no
to

part of

man

;

it is

something entirely foreign

him
is

;

something he will discard when he gets
it,

through with
soiled or

when it The body is a house which he carries about with him to protect him from the rigors of life. Think for a moment
as he does his clothing
out.

worn

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how thickly we are wrapped in this world. Note the garments which the spirit wears.
They
are tripartite, a threefold guard.

First

the flesh, then the clothing, then the houses in

which we

live.

The

fleshly

body

is

material and a part of

this planet.

It never leaves this planet.

Paul

says, " Flesh
life."

and blood can not inherit eternal These temples of muscle and nerves and

blood we shall bid adieu to forever when
die.

we

There

is

an impassable gulf between the

material and the spiritual.

Not a drop of water,
left
it

not an atom of the world has
creation.

since

its

Yet a hundred thousand persons

leave this world every day.

And

they do not

take their bodies with them
a legacy to the earth.

;

they leave them as

lump of
the dust

clay
it

natural body is a came from the dust, and to must return. The body does not
;

The

it

move
it

or think of itself;
;

it is

the spirit that sets

in

motion

it is

the spirit manipulating the

brain, as

the

organist

does the keys of the
out the
intellectual

instrument,
music.

that

brings

Remove

the spirit from the body and

the brain would become as dead as the sod.

Paul says there are two bodies
natural body and there
is

:

" There

is

a

a spiritual body."

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"One is sown, the other is raised." And he bluntly calls those persons " fools " who suppose
that
their fleshly

bodies are themselves, and

that they are to take
life.

them away

into the other

When we
ever.
it

leave the body

we
a

leave

it

for-

The

bird never returns to the shell after

has once gotten out.

What

little fool

it

would be to even wish to return to such dismal and narrow quarters, having once tried the vast
outer glory.

The

butterfly never folds

its

gor7

geous wings and becomes a crawling w orm
again.

Immediately
lie in

at

death

the spirit

is

separated from the body.
think,

It does not, as

many

the grave for untold ages awaiting

some general day of awakening. It does not " dead men's lie in its charnel-house amid bones and all uncleanness," listening impatiently for the liberating trump of Gabriel. Jesus said to the thief on the cross," To-day thou
shalt be with

me

in

Paradise."

The grave

is

not Paradise.

He

describes the Rich

Man

and
:

Lazarus as going instantly into the

spirit

world

"The
into

beggar died and was carried by angels

the

Man

died also and in

bosom of Abraham." "The Rich Hades he lifted up his

eyes, being in torment."

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There
is

Us.

other world.
is

no distance lying between us and the Heaven is not beyond the stars it
;

here.

The dying

see bright forms

celestial

music about their bedsides.
other,

and hear There is
world
flesh

simply a great veil swinging between

this

and the
blood.

—the
we

veil
it

woven of

and
so

Occasionally

becomes so thin and
it
;

transparent that

can see through

gauze-like that strains of the heavenly melody
sift

through its loose texture. There is actually no death
death
is

call

the

shell

what occurs to and takes wing. Who could mourn for the robin and call its blessed transfiguration by

what we mismore abundant. It is the robin when it breaks the
;

life

the

name of death?
left

Possibly the unhatched
so.

chick
before

behind might do
before

Why

tremble
is

death ?

that

which

not ?

Death is the introduction to light, life, joy of which the most lovely experiences of earth give but the dimmest hint. Here we usually see the
earthward side of death,

—the

livid

face, the

fleeting breath, the signs of anguish,
all is still

—and then

and cold and the peace of extinction seems to rest upon it. The first scene is closed, and the curtain drops ; it will rise again upon another and fairer one.

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We
State.

awake

in

what

is

called the

Middle
it
is

It is a vast

world of mixed inhabitants,

so

nearly like this in every respect that
to realize the

difficult

Rubicon of death has
soul
has,

been crossed and our barque has touched the

immortal shore.

The
it

as

we

say,

" made the mysterious leap into the darkness,"

was no great leap, that it is not mysterious, and that it is into the light. There is need of a great sorting and sifting Few are perfect place like the Middle State.
and
it

finds that

enough at death to immediately become angels; few bad enough to become devils. We open our eyes in the bright morning
of
immortality,

with

the

faces

of

celestial

angels shining
stone unturned

on
to

us.

God

will

leave

no
life.

sway us
sacred

to the better

These

sweet

and

potencies,

shining

on us at the moment of awakening, are designed to make impressions of holiness that
will continue, and,
to

by

their vividness, hold us

the good and the true. The Middle State is

the

great

meeting

The ground of friends and acquaintances. natural thing is a grand reunion first and
of old friends.

The novelty of

the occasion

is

entrancing, and for a while joy

is full.

Friends

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may

meet, even if they have passed

on into

heaven.

They may remain

together as long

as they choose

forever, if they desire, or only

for

a few moments.

Freedom

will be larger

there than here, in this respect.

Every one

we have known
Personality and
rather emphasized.

will

be readily recognized.

identity are not effaced, but

only of illumination.
State
is,

There will be the change The life in the Middle
temporary and of short

like this life,

duration.

It

is

the final preparation for heaven

—a

sort

of post-graduate course.

We are here

on earth for the heavenly schooling, for the
purpose of ridding ourselves by heavenly culture of all the imperfect things that belong
to the first stages of progress.

The Intermediate
It puts on the

State

completes this process.

final touches.

The complex

trials
;

of

life

are a beneficent

discipline of the soul

a course by which

we

acquire patience, and love, and wisdom, and

endurance, and
ceeds in the

integrity.

This process pro-

Middle State with greater speed.
It
is

The

truth, streaming on the spirit with greater
like light

intensity, forces a decision.

shining into a dark room; the darkness must
give place to light.

Everything there comes

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more quickly
planted from

to maturity, like a flower trans-

the cold and sterile soil of the

North into

tropical latitudes.
;

Unfolding proit

ceeds with greater rapidity
into blossoming

fairly springs

and

fruiting.

Here, in this

final school

of God,

we

shall

be compelled to show our hand, to reveal our
quality.

We
will

There can be no pause, no evasion. must decide for good or evil. The Lord
do
all

possible to influence to the right

he will

enlist the services

of

all

the angels

;

all

the powers of his spiritual universe will be used
freely to

win us

to heaven.

Yet, at the same

time, he will leave us in perfect freedom.
will influence, but he will not compel.

He
With

such a host of wicked people entering the spiritual

world every day, there must be

evil soci;

eties there.

Death does not

sanctify

there

is

nothing remedial in merely losing the breath.

This immense company of bad people, pouring
continually into the other world, has to be dealt
with.
Society there
is

exactly the same as here;
it

for death simply transfers,

does not change.

Society exactly as
other.

it

leaves this world enters the

Yet

in tenser

powers of good are thrown
will readily yield to
lives
is

on the

spirit.

Most persons

the good,

— the sweep of most

upward.

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It
is,

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Us.

however, reasonable to suppose that there
be some incorrigible characters
congregate by

will

who

will

not yield at once.

These hardened and stubthe

born

cases

will

laws of

affinity.

If they do this here, they will be

likely to

do
is

it

there.
re-

There
lations.

nothing arbitrary about these
is

Everything

perfectly natural.

The
seek-

wicked
but
ing

may go
to

directly to heaven if they choose;

going

heaven

means
society.

simply

heavenly-minded

The

proba-

bility is

selves
not,

they will not do this until they thembecome heavenly minded. They will because they will not want to. The good
to hell if they choose

may go
society
;

— that

is,

into

bad
it

but they will not wish to unless

be

for the purpose of helping the bad to the better
life.

By

a congenial procedure the good and

the

bad get together.

And

in the Bible one

company is called heaven', the other, hell. The Middle State is the great deciding place. By a
natural law, the good will go one way, the bad
another.

In our great cities the same thing is going on by a tardier process. Some seek the slums, the low dance halls, the drinking-saloons, the
houses of prostitution; others the places of

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thrift,

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circles,

the

honorable

business

the

churches, and the sacred homes.

Each seeks by
is

the freest choice.

No
is

person
us
to

driven into

wickedness.

It

for
in

say here freely
hell.

whether we will live
be for us to

heaven or

It will

make

this

same

final decision in the

Intermediate State.

Hell

is

not a state of pun-

ishment
it is

;

it is

nothing that the Lord has made

only a congregation of persons

who have

deliberately chosen the bad.

composed of and pimps, and it will be a place of terror and darkness that might very fittingly bear the name
great
city

Take a

largely

thieves, cut-throats, knaves, harlots,

of hell.

To
be
It

venture

out by day or night
the
infernal

would
regions.

like

venturing into
actually

would

be

descending such

into

hell.

And

the very scenery of
faces,

a community

—the

the forms, the ex-

pressions of voice, the dress

— would
itself.

take on

the character of the place

Iniquity
opposite

would be mirrored everywhere. character would make a heaven
and every outline. No one is driven
hell.

The

in every aspect

either
society

into

heaven or
best,

He

seeks

the

he loves

the society that harmonizes

with his charac-

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ter.

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No

one

will

want

to

go

to

heaven

who does not want to be heavenly-hearted. For heaven is this and nothing more. " The kingdom of heaven is within you/' or it is
nowhere.

In heaven there are innumerable
the

societies,

members of
congenial.

these

societies

being

per-

fectly

We

will join

an immense

society

composed of bosom friends
as ours.

— persons

with exactly such temperaments, hopes, loves,
activities

Select the most congenial

friend

on

earth, the one

most loved, he who

brings greatest joy, homelikeness, and peace.

This will be our world in heaven.
enter

We

may

any society of heaven we choose; but will choose to seek our own. There we we shall be perfectly at ease, perfectly at home, no antagonisms, no misunderstandings, no criticisms. Each will love and comprehend the "Here we see as other as he does himself.
through a glass darkly ; there we shall see face " Here we know in part ; there we to face."
shall

know even

as

we

are

known."

Each

member of these heavenly societies will be so much alike that there will be a family likeness
in their faces.

In heaven there

will be

no time,

it

is

the

The Other World.
timeless world.

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plenty of time.

There
is

In other words, there will be will be an eternal mornnot recognized

In our happiest hours seem In dreams years are crowded into seconds. minutes. We shall be so happy in heaven In heaven that time will be utterly unknown. there will be no space, yet the powers of locomotion will not be extinguished. There will
ing, a perpetual springtime.

moments time

be space without

its limitations.

We are

continually cutting
it

down

space and

overcoming

by steam and
entirely

electricity.

In

heaven space will be
of thought.

overcome.

The

heavenly inhabitant will journey on the wings

Thought
to the

is

His wishes spaceless and

will

be his wings.
It travels

timeless.

most distant constellation as quickly as

across the room.

indescribable.

The beauty of the residents of heaven The greatest beauty will
Beauty of
is

is

be

the noblest character.

face, figure,

and motion
soul.

the configuration of a beautiful

Some

naturally homely faces are trans-

by a beautiful soul until they shine and fascinate. This law works more readily in heaven than anywhere else ; it works there to perfection. Every look, every motion,
figured

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every word

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is

Us.

an exposition of the
in

spirit.

This

law

plays

both

directions.

We

know how

a bad heart will degrade the very
;

features of the face
itself in the voice,

how

character will reveal

motions, contour of eyes and

mouth, even in clothing.

The
with

residents of heaven are robed in garis

ments whose beauty
anything

not to be compared

on

earth.

What
!

wonderful

hues! what exquisite fashions! what lines of
art

These garwhat melody in their folds ments glow like flame, glisten like light, palpiThe tate with deep and unutterable glory.
!

scene of the transfiguration hints at the

effect.

But

these garments depend for upon the soul that wears them.

their

beauty

There are magnificent dwellings in heaven.

They shadow with their splendor the most glittering palaces known to earth. These dwellings
are filled with exquisite furniture.

There are

frescoed interiors that only an angel can paint.

They

dazzle the eye of the novice.

innumerable.
mansions."

" In

my

Father's house are

They are many

Paul
things

tells

us that he himself was one day
the
third

caught up into

heaven and saw
of
description.

beyond

the

powers

The Other World.

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it

"Eye

hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor hath

entered into the heart of
things prepared for

man

to conceive

the

them

that love him."

The
earth.

scenery of heaven transcends anything on

John has made an
it,

effort in

Revelation to
to the

describe

and has

failed.

Journey

Golden

Gate of the West, or

to the

Golden Horn of the

East; gaze upon the most enchanting valleys
of earth cast your eyes along the most dizzy and majestic mountain ranges visit the Vale of Cashmere, and heaven will rise above them as the Alps tower above the Everglades of Florida. Anything worthy to be named heaven must be
; ;

of a beauty that
in attempting

is

indescribable.

Therefore,
is

to

speak of heaven, there

an
is

embarrassment

in finding comparisons.

It

attempting the impossible.

The

highest enjoy-

ments we know, the most wonderful loveliness

we can imagine,
life

entirely fail to illustrate the

of heaven.
in

There will be occupation
not labor.

heaven,

but

We

shall

do what we would be

unhappy
intensely

to leave

undone.
It

Heaven
life.

will

be
not

human.

will not

be a ghostly,
It
will

a shadowy, an

unnatural

be a perpetual service of song and prayer.

A

never-ending public service of worship would

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before long become unbearable.
this, let
is

If we doubt
here.

us try

it

for a single

week

Heaven
it

not an eternal prayer-meeting.

If

were,

most people would not wish to go there, for
the

prayer-meetings are sparsely attended on

earth.

A

heaven of

this

kind would be an

empty heaven.

We
shall

shall be

intensely

human

there.

have our individual
it if

enterprises.

could not bear a heaven of inactivity.

We We We
sit

may have

we choose

;

but we shall long

for something to do.

No

high soul can

down long with
life

folded hands.

Pleasures and

occupations will be inextricably mixed.

The

of heaven will be a
little

life

of uses.

All

children go immediately to heaven.

There they are guarded
angels.

and instructed

by
as

There they are rudimental angels,
were rudimental

here

they

men

or

women.

Irrespective of the character of parents all chil-

dren are at once convoyed to heaven by angels.

They

are delivered to the care of great, sweet

mother angels who love them as their own.

They

are cared for by angels who,

when on

earth, loved children

with a great affection.

There they are never forlorn, never homesick.

There

is

so

much

beauty, love, and enjoyment

The Other World.
there that they can not get lonely.

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They

are

reared under the

most delightful conditions.
see

They

witness no exhibitions of turbulent pas-

sion, hear

no profanity,

no bursts of anger,

experience no wickedness, no selfishness.
voice, form, act, object, is beautiful,

Every pure, and

peaceful.

The

schools

of heaven, where the

children

go, are

serene, interesting,

foundly helpful.

and proThat we are conveying this
is

angelic idea of instruction to earth

evident in

the expansion of the kindergarten system.
instruction of heaven
is

The

now

supplanting the

old crude and artificial methods very rapidly.

All heathen have, like everybody
opportunities
to

else,

the

choose

their

destiny.

The
Good

heathen are not, as the old theologies asserted,

turned into hell in one great company.

heathen, though they have never heard of Christ,
will

go to heaven

if

they have the spirit of

Christ.
for
it,

Those born

in

savagery are not to blame

and certainly

will not be

damned

for

it.

cruel as

The loving God is not so unreasonable and this. The good of all faiths, or no faith, will enter heaven. The wicked of all
faiths, or

no

faith, will

not care to go to heaven.

*Jt

VII.

GOD ACCOMMODATING HIMSELF
TO
US.
{INCARNATION.)

One

of the most perplexing problems that

has occupied the mind of

Man

is

the mystery

of the incarnation.
fills

How

the Infinite God,

who

the universe with his presence, could have
like us, passing through birth,

become a man

manhood, and dying in common with the race. How this Almighty being could hunger and thirst and become weary.
infancy, youth, to

How

he could suffer pain, loneliness, discourI

agement, and doubt, has puzzled the highest
thinkers.

am

not going to pretend to

make
full

this matter so clear that there will be

no mys-

tery about

it.

Life, even

common
one can

life, is

of mystery.

What
is

is

electricity ?

No

tell

;

yet

it

a fact, a practical fact, the reality of which
daily.
?

we experience

mystery of a seed

Who can explain the Who can tell why a hand84

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ful of seeds planted side

Us.

85

by side, in the same soil, nourished by the same water, bathed by the same sunshine and atmosphere, will turn
out one a cucumber, another a strawberry, another an oak, and another a peach tree ?

The mystery of our own being
as the

is

as great

mystery of the being of Jesus.

How
in

our

spirits

came

to inhabit

these

tabernacles
lived

of flesh and

blood,

how we have

them and
adult,
is

silently

grown from the

infant to the

as inscrutable a mystery as

how God

could come in the same manner.

If we gaze

upon our own
is

child, wife,

husband, friend, as
Therefore,

tremendous a mystery will confront us as there

anywhere

in the

wide universe.

we can not comprehend our own nearest if we can not comprehend the being of a seed if we can not comprehend birth and death if we can not fathom the mystery of the union
if

friend
;

;

of soul and body

;

if a daisy,
leaf,

a robin, a crystal,

a drop of water, a
yet baffle us,
bility

present problems that as
to

we ought not
it is

doubt the possi-

of the coming of

God

into a

human

life

simply because

we have
from

ourselves

beyond our fathoming. If come into life and taken up

our abode in the form of an infant, passing
this to adult

manhood, why should

it

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seem impossible that the
the
us,

spirit

of

God

could do

same?

If
to

it

is

an indisputable fact with
it

we ought

be able to realize that

might

have been a

fact

with him.
is

"Incarnation"

a technical

word used mostly
passes the
affairs.

by theologians
lips

—a word that seldom
of practical

of

men and women
it

As

a rule,

is

not best to use technical expres-

sions, for their

meaning does not
this

find easy lodg-

ment

in the majority of minds.

have considered

word
is

for a

we

shall realize that there

But when we few moments no single word nor
fact of

any single sentence that brings the great the coming of God into human life so
before the mind.

clearly

When we

become acquainted

with the etymology of the word
ure
it

we
is

shall treas-

up

in our vocabulary.

It

the union of

two Latin words the preposition " in," meaning "into," and the noun "caro," meaning
" flesh."

The

idea

is

to clothe

with

flesh, to

invest with flesh.

In old times wounds were
flesh

spoken of as "incarnating" when the
knitting or granulating.

was
:

Laurence Sterne says

"

My

uncle Toby's

wound was

nearly well, 'twas

just beginning to incarnate."

There
is

is

the car-

nation color, or flesh color.
tion rose or pink.

There

the carna-

Holland speaks of "a blossom

God Accommodating Himself To
like to a

Us.

87

damask

or incarnate rose."

We

speak

of illustrious or saintly men and women as being " love incarnate " or " patience incarnate," or the

"incarnation of beauty, or brilliance, or
ity."

fidel-

We
it.

mean

that these high attributes are

gathered up, dwelling in

human

flesh

and acting

through
liness,

We

mean

that love, wisdom, love-

in flesh

up their abode and blood and are shining through it. " She is a Jeffrey says of a certain woman
beauty, ability, have taken
:

new incarnation of the illustrious dead." Now, what is the incarnation of God ? Is it not plain? Is it not God come to dwell in
flesh

and blood

?

Is

it

not those great and per-

fect attributes

we

associate with

God
Is

filling
it

and

shining through an earthly life?

not

himself coming to take up his abode in a

God human

body, as

so impossible,
identical act ?
soft

we have done? Is this so remarkable, when we contemplate our own

for

Years ago our spirits entered the and lovely temple of infancy to dwell there a while. So, exactly, came the spirit of

God.

We

fill

these bodies with our personality,

with our characteristics and peculiar qualities.

The Lord did the same. He was incarnate God, we are incarnate man. The mystery of
his incarnation
is

no greater than the mystery

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of our incarnation.
his act, neither

If we can not understand

can

we understand
this planet

ours.

We

have each arrived on

and have been

clothed, invested, encompassed with flesh.

We

gaze through fleshly eyes, speak through fleshly
lips, act

through fleshly muscles, thrill by fleshly

nerves.

Can
enough

the Infinite spirit of
to limit himself to a
it

does not limit himself to

God become small human form ? He any more than we do.

Every person transcends any outward revelation
of himself.

God

can enshrine himself in a

universe, a landscape, a man, or a violet.

Yet

he

is

greater than any of these.
necessarily require a great

man

Does a great body to hold his

Napoleon was little, but many an imbecile has weighed two hundred pounds. Gladstone continued growing grander and more
soul?
learned for eighty-six years, though his body

remained as

it

was.

We

must not think that
Shakspere was

great spiritual or mental qualities require great

masses of flesh to hold them.

probably no larger physically than the average

man.

Neither should we think that the Great
can not dwell in us because of the size of
Spiritual or mental greatness has
to

God

our bodies.

no relation

material

bulk.

Isaac

Watts

God Accommodating Himself To
replied,
size:
1
'

Us.

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when

criticized

for

his

diminutive

Could I

in stature reach the pole,

Or grasp

creation in

I would be measured by

my span, my soul
a

The mind's the measure of
It
is

man."
to

perfectly

easy for

God

inhabit a

human body.
his

But

as the artist transcends all

creations, as the orator transcends all his

speeches, as the architect transcends all his creations,

God

transcends any form he

may

take,

any

garments in which he clothes himself, whether
a violet, a man, a mountain, or a universe.

We

pass
:

now
effect

to the consideration of three

questions

How God
He came

came

in the flesh,

why he

came, what

the great fact should have on

our

lives.

here as

ping himself in the

flesh

we came, wrapof an infant. If we
the Incarnate

wish a perfect illustration of

God, we
is

shall find

it

in our incarnate self.

Man

a child of God, and both
identical

passed through

experiences.

man and God have If we

God as he is, we must take ourselves we ought to be and multiply by infinity. God was an incarnate spirit; so are we. He
wish to see
as

passed
spiritual

through the

present

world into the

world; so do we.

He

was a babe

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lying on the

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bosom of a human mother; so grew in body, intellect, and character, as we do. In him were infinite love, wisdom, patience, fidelity, purity, hope all divine things in infinite form we have them in the germ, infinite form. "The child grew in wisdom and in stature." At the first there was God shining through the body of an infant; as
were we.

He

;

much

of himself as infancy could reflect shone

on the world.
leon, Daniel

The

Infinite Spirit of
lips

God

cooed

and prattled through the
Webster,
in this

of a babe.

Napo-

Abraham Lincoln came same manner. They slowly and northe earthly temple with themselves,

mally

filled

learned to express themselves more and more
perfectly, until at last they thrilled the

world
in

with their greatness.
the same

We

have proceeded
earliest

manner from our

moments.

We

have been illuminating our bodies and
infinitely

manifesting ourselves more and more perfectly.

There

is

more

in us than

we can

ex-

press in

any way.

We

shall never be able to

utter ourselves perfectly
fect

through these imper-

mediums.
flesh

So the Almighty entered human
began to reveal himself through
it.

and His love

and wisdom found

clearer

and

clearer expres-

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sion.

Us.

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began to shine through the eyes, and speak through the lips, and act through the

He

body of the child of Nazareth, as a light placed grows brighter until the structure becomes resplendent. At first very little of himself was revealed, as a tiny flame in a cathedral dimly shines through windows and doors. But the light grew until his transfigured body
in a cathedral

glowed with ineffable radiance. The expression grew more perfect until, at the ascension, he de"All power is given unto me in heaven clared
:

and in earth.

Let us contemplate

this fact

—that

the entire

wisdom,
fested

love,

and beauty of God were not mani-

in

the flesh, no

more than the

entire
in

wisdom, love, and ability of man are revealed
his

words and

acts

;

no more than the entire

harmony of
his

the soul of

music, or all

Handel was uttered in the mighty conceptions of

Eaphael were seen

in his pictures.

As much of

God
as a

as could

be expressed in flesh was exa

pressed.

He

filled
life

human
it

life as full

human

could hold.
went.

was
its

perfect, so far as

of God The expression The body is an

instrument and, like
limitations.

all finite

instruments, has

We

do the best

we can
tell all

;

yet
that

lips, gestures, eyes,

tones refuse to

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desire.

Us.

we

The
it

heart frequently swells with an

affection that finds

extremely inadequate utter:

ance.

Thus

was with God

as

much of

his

infinity as could be revealed

through the

Man

of Nazareth was revealed.

Why

did

God come

in the flesh ?

Because

come to misunderstand him, and he wished to show men his real nature. When we have been told things about some one that has estranged us from him, he must, by a life
the world had

of beauty expressed in our sight, convince us of

our mistake, and thus win our confidence.
other words,
selves with him.

In

we must God

personally acquaint ourdesired to reveal his true

and there was no other way to do it. If he had remained on his throne, and sent messages from his splendid isolation, even
self to the world,
if

they were borne by angels,

men would

not

have believed angels. If we wish to win savages
Christianity,

to civilization

and

we must
this,

take up our abode with
fears, hopes.

them, learn their language, customs,

If we do not do

we can not approach them.
little
;

If we wish to open our hearts to

children,

we must become

children ourselves

we must
em-

enter into their pleasures and sorrows and

ploy their childish

language.

If we wish to

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teach them,

Us.

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the

we must

ourselves return to

alphabet and lead them gradually to the place

we occupy.
ourselves to
all

must accommodate or adapt their states, conducting them through
Thereto

We

grades of progression to maturity.
order to touch us vitally,

fore, in

God had

become a man, stooping to our circumstances. became like us that we might perceive his relationship, and that he might draw near to us in a way which we would accept.

He

It

is

difficult for the

rich to aid the poor,

because the poor feel that they have not borne
their

hard

experiences,

and are

unfitted to

understand them.

If

God had

not descended

to the deeps of human existence, and not only become a man, but a poor man, a man who suffered nearly every woe that flesh is heir to, we should not have accepted him. I do not know that we could have accepted him. We should feel that he had not had our experiences and could not comprehend them. It is difficult

for us to think that even

God

can understand

without experience.
Therefore, Jesus was
the horizon of humanity
steps

by our

sides, that

God brought within God taking little we might walk with

him

;

God

talking in simple earth sentences,

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that

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Us.

we might comprehend him. He came to show us his heart, to disclose his sympathy and
relationship.

When he stood

by the grave that

w as about
T

to cover the remains of loved beings,

he shared the tears of the bereaved.
said to the blushing

When he woman who had sinned,
:

" Neither do I condemn thee

go and

sin

no

more," he showed

how he

loves erring mortals.

When

he became the intimate companion of

fishermen and humble folk, he showed us

how

he stoops to the lowly and how he loves them
he convinced us that there
partiality in his nature.
is

not a shadow of

When

he permitted
breast,

John to showed how he loves individually.
place
his

head upon his

he
he

When

commanded
his

the storms to cease, he displayed

power over nature.

When

he spoke sternly
children in his
his affection

to the Pharisees,

he told us what he thinks of
he took
little

hypocrisy.

When

arms and blessed them, he revealed
for the child.

Pie

came

that

we might

actually see God,
as a reality.

handle him, and thus

know him
see."

He

said, " Handle

me and

He

became

we might look at him. Those who him saw God. We who read his earthly saw biography in the Gospels know what God
small, that

God Accommodating Himself To
thought and

Us.

95

how God
is

acted

when

in the world.

As he was
a window,

then he

now.

As when, through
when
in a

we behold

the heaven, as

mirror

we

see the sun reflected, in Jesus of

Nazareth we behold

God

in the flesh.

We

do

not speak of the mirror, or the window,

when

we see the heaven or the sun in them. We say we see the heaven, we see the sun and so in Jesus we say we see God. When Jesus spoke, when he loved, when he acted, God spoke,
;

loved, acted.

This descent, adaptation, accommodation in
life is

not something

new and

strange.

It

is

something very
in the

practical,

going on continually

home,

in the school, in every

walk of

life.

The mother accommodates

herself to her chil-

dren, the teacher to her pupils; the wise adapt

themselves to the ignorant, the technical scholar
to the unsophisticated.

It

is

a principle and

practice prevalent everywhere.

God

did only

what we are doing

all the time.

manner was not simply that we might know him and understand his love and fatherhood, but that, knowing him, we might become like him
final

The

reason

why God came

in this

in character.

The

teacher accommodates her-

self to the pupil not

simply that the pupil may

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understand her, but that the pupil may, like
her,

become learned.

The whole

object

is

to

And God came we might become, like him, good and wise and great. Said he, " Be ye perfect,
make
a scholar of the pupil.
ostensibly that

even as your father which
fect."

is

in

heaven

is

per-

Aim

at perfection

;

strive earnestly for

the holiness of

God
it

himself; not that
is

we

shall

ever reach

it,

but

the goal toward which

we

are to forever move.

He came

to

make
and

us

like himself; he set a

copy for us to reproduce.
culti-

He

came

to teach us to carefully tend

vate those divine qualities with which he has

endowed us, that they might continually enlarge and increase in strength. These divinities in us His are in differ from his only in degree.
maturity, ours are in the germ.
in

And

to aid us
it

our

efforts to

God-likeness, he took

upon

himself to become our defense and shield.

He

descended and conquered the

hells,

placed all

the powers of iniquity in subjection to himself,
that

If

we might never need to yield we look to him, he will ever fight

to wrong.

for us

and

give us the victory.

VIII.

GOD WINNING
(ATONEMENT.)

US.

If we divide the word atonement into syllables, it will seem more clear in its meaning. Everybody understands what at-one-ment is. It is an agreement and harmony of li£e and When two persons are not at one with action.

each other, they are in disagreement.
disunited,
other,

They

are

uncongenial,

misunderstand

each In-

and are likely

to avoid each other.

stead of being one in motive, desire,

and

action,

they are distinctly two.

Such antagonisms are cured by sacrifice by manifesting unselfish interest through actual
disinterested
sacrifice

of

personal

ease.

A
is

neighbor

is

won

not by explanations or by elo-

quent speech, but by devoted service.

He

won by

the yielding-up of life; not

by

actual

outward dying, but by the death of personal interests. This seems to be the only possible

manner of
7

healing

breaches and

cementing
indi-

friendships: the actual putting

away of

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vidual ease and merging one's

life into

the

life

of another.

Continuous, loving, earnest, unanother will finally break
flint.

selfish sacrifices for

and soften the heart of
ment.
It brings
;

It

is

an at-oneheart,

into

harmony mind,
fast

and
to

interests
;

it

makes

and

close friend-

ships

it

welds bonds that become too strong
;

be broken

it

brings two souls together in a

common and

blessed community, as two drops

of water which touch, commingle and compose
a single glistening sphere.

The
ferent.

old idea of atonement was radically dif-

God was pictured as an Infinite Shydemanding his pound of flesh. The human race had angered him, and he was determined to have vengeance. He must strike somewhere, somebody, and as an innocent and
lock,

plucky schoolboy, rather than see his guilty

companion punished,
must
strike

steps in

and

suffers

for

him, so Christ substituted for the race.
:

God
fell

the rod was lifted and

it

on

the innocent shoulders of Christ.

This was the

kind of being
his wrath.

God was

pictured to be in the

old theologies, and the world trembled before

The

teaching of the

New

Church

is

radically

and gloriously

different.

Instead of sending a

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God came

himself;

it

was God who

bore our sorrows, that he might by this act of
affection

show us

his heart.

Instead of sitting

afar in

his comfortable

heaven and sending

messengers, he came himself, and, by suffering
love,
this

won our adoration and affection. In manner he made an atonement for us, as

some noble person whom we have misunderstood, at last, by acts of persistent kindness, succeeds
in

convincing us that his friendship

is

unfeigned.

All at-one-ment
Therefore,

is

accomplished by

sacrifice.

deeming

us.

God actually suffered for us in reGod is capable of suffering with
any true parent is. No true children go wrong, or suffer

his children just as

parent can see his
in

any way, without feelings of pain. And God is the Great Parent, the Parent of Parents, possessing a stronger love

and sympathy

than ever glowed in the heart of any earthly
being.

how this principle works in the world between man and man There is an atonement
See
!

constantly going on in society.

Parents are con" If

tinually yielding life for children, relatives for
relatives, friends for friends.

Jesus said

:

I be

lifted up,

I will draw

all

men unto me."

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if he gave his life for others, they would be convinced of his affection, and so drawn to his cause. In a lesser way, but on the same principle, this is continually being illustrated among men. We draw people to ourselves by unselfish, sacrificing efforts. There is no power so great as the power of an unselfish act. There is no surer and quicker way of winning the love of people than by convincing them that we are endeavoring to aid them, with no thought

He meant that,

of gain for ourselves.
affection has

An

act of unadulterated

immense potency; and,
its

unless a
its

man

has a heart of stone, he will yield to

influences,

when convinced of
is

genuineness.

The mother may
defy her; there
in that defiance.

punish, and the child can

a grim sense of enjoyment

Under
the

the stress of punish-

ment the child can
her;

steel its little soul against

but

when
its

mother goes away and
it
is

weeps over
she loves it;

conduct,
heart
is

convinced that
;

its

melted
to her

its

conduct
of

is

changed, and
ity.

it is

drawn

by

ties

affin;

When

she weeps,
it

when
for

she suffers,

and it knows she suffers knows she loves. This sufis

fering love on her part
its

an

effectual

atonement

indiscretions;

it

ceases its little

wrongs

and is drawn to

her, united to her, at

one with her.

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life.

Thus

it is

throughout

all

realms of

A

man may make an

eloquent speech, and

tell in

glowing language how he loves and what sacrifices he will endure ; how he is willing to die for
his friends or his country
;

We
he

think, "All this

may be

and we are unmoved. true, and it may

not be."

But when he

actually does die;

when

sacrifices property, feelings, comfort, selfish

interests, life itself

it is

then w e are convinced.
r

We

think that proves the truth of his assertions,
to

and we are won
" There,"

him and
is

to his principles.

we

think, "

a true man."

History supports this idea.

"

The blood of

the martyrs has been the seed of the church."

The church has grown
to
it

;

people have been

won
its

by

its

exhibitions of unselfish interest.
first

The church must
interests in
is

convince people that

them are unfeigned, that its sole aim them to more happiness and a better There is no other existence, if it is to grow. If the teacher is to possible way to win them. win her pupils to herself and to her purpose, she must unite them by love and sway them by
to help
this power.

It

is

infinitely stronger than the

rod, for

it

induces not only outward but inward
It
is

obedience.

thus that she makes an at-

one-ment for them.

A minister

can unite his

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people, inspire them,

thus to

draw them to himself, and the cause of God, by showing them that

he

is

entirely unselfish in his efforts.

By

his

earnestness, his self-forgctfulness, his

undying
;

patience, his genuine, undiscouraged affection

by placing the interests of his people above his own, he will win them. They themselves will
be changed, and
followers of
will, in turn, place

the interests
actual

of others above their

own and become

him who died for all. In this manner an atonement is made by the minister

for his people.

What name is greatest in American history? What name is sweetest, most revered ? What
name
Is
it

thrills

and

inspires every loyal

American ?

not the

name

of the martvr

coin?
great

By
man

his sublime life

Abraham Linand death he made

an atonement for his country.
in the

We

see that

dark days of the republic,

when we were

uncertain whether

we were
it

to

have a country or
drops of blood for
halls

not, sweating, as

were,

grief

him pacing the of the White House, weighed down by a And when the shot too deep for tears.
us.
life to

We see

of the assassin brought his
clusion,
tion,

a tragic contransfigura-

and ushered

in

his

own

a nation wept, a nation put on mourning, a

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won

to loyalty

was touched, and a nation was and unity. All men forgot their

hostility, their criticism, their sneers,

—forgot

that they

him,

had ever done anything but honor and placed him securely in the niche of

eternal fame.

He

arose at once into a great

figure in history

—a monumental
silenced.

form before
nation was

which enmity was
great
life.
is

The

cemented and sublimated by the atonement of a

Why

John Brown

so esteemed ?

Why

has

he taken so prominent a position in American history ? Why does his soul still " go marching on ? "

Not because of any

especial bril-

liance or ability, but because of

the utterly

unselfish sacrifice of himself for his country.

There remains in
old

all

minds the picture of the
die,

man

going quietly and peacefully to
little

stooping to kiss the

negro child on the
hills and Death set spirit became
its

way, looking up at the surrounding

admiring the beauty of the scenery.
its

sacred seal on his

life,

and

his

the leader of the nation, going before

tri-

umphant

hosts to victory.

Why

does the

Maid of Orleans

stand

out

of the gloom of the Middle Ages
serene, so

with so

sweet, and so

sublime a

beauty?

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She was an uneducated, superstitious French peasant girl. She lives because of her sacrificial life and death. When she went to her execution, her purity and truth had so
touched men's hearts that a great tide of re-

morse and pity swelled up
her enemies.

in the souls even of

The rough

soldiers

her were melted to tears.
her death
ness
all

who stood by From the hour of

men began

to believe in her holi-

and

truth.

martyrs said just before the torch was lighted about him, " Have courof the old
age,

As one

my
is

brother, for to-day

we

shall light a

candle in Europe that shall never be put out."

There
Africa

the picture of Livingstone dying in
his negroes, the faithful savage

among
it

followers at last wrapping his

body

in cloths

and carrying
his friends.

hundreds of miles
an

in that torrid
it

climate to the sea, that they might deliver

to

Here

is

illustration of the
life,

power

of genuine love over the

even, of savages.

The

act of life-giving

is

the only real power in
It is

the world.

And

it is

an undying power.

only this kind of an atonement that can win

and

alter conduct.

Let us now turn
Lord's
life

to

the influence of the

and death on the world.

We

have

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for

man, now let us speak of God's atonement for men. Many have misunderstood the meaning of the
blood of Jesus.
fice

man

They have
have

felt that

the sacri-

of Jesus was confined to the final act on

the cross.

And many

failed to be

moved

by a single day's suffering which occurred almost twenty centuries ago. They have marveled that it should have been considered so great an event. Heroes are dying about us every day why should the death of Jesus be considered so especial and so crowded with
;

efficacy ?

Mighty emphasis has been placed on this event by the writers of the New Testament, and men say they can not see why. Almost every chapter of the Old Testament points to the cross of Calvary. Everywhere are index fingers
calling attention to that crucial event.
is

" This

my

blood of the
for the

New

Covenant that

was shed
"

for

many

remission of sins."

As

Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up." "I am
the

Good Shepherd, who
"

giveth his

life for his

sheep."

many."

"

He gave He washed

himself

a ransom

for

us from our sins in his

own

precious blood."

"By

his stripes are

we

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Hundreds of

similar verses could be

quoted from every part of the Word.

Now, what

What
use

does
to

is it

is the death of Christ to us? do for us ? Of what practical In reality, the death of Jesus us ?
it

was almost bloodless. Only a few drops flowed from his pierced hands and feet, and a little blood, mingled with water, from the spear wound in his side. The atonement of Christ was not
confined
to that
it

single incident on

Calvary,

nor was

confined even to the three years of

his ministry

-these

were

but an opening of
of his

his heart of sacrifice

— but an exhibition
Our

nature.

The cross was but the culminating
dying for others.

act of a life of

When we
we

constantly yield our

own

interests for others,

constantly die for them.

entire life is an

atonement.
earth.

Such was the career of Jesus on
solitudes of the

In the

Dark Continent
soul,

Livingstone asked of his
the blood of Christ?"

own

"

What

is

This question came
fitted
:

at

the close of a life of sublime sacrifice for others

on his

own
it.

part,

and

him
is

peculiarly to

answer

He

replied

" It

the love of

God made apparent to men in his sacrificial acts it is the heart of God laid open to human eyes
and ears."

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The

incident on the cross was but the closing

scene in the whole

drama of atonement.

Abra-

ham

Lincoln's death in Ford's Theater was but

the closing scene in a life yielded daily and

That single act is not to be do not gather up into that one incident what he did for his country. We think of his entire noble career, and we think of every act as an exhibition of what he really was in the deeps of his being. So we
yearly for others.
considered alone.

We

think of the Lord.

We

think of his entire

life

as a sacrifice for us, as an interpretation of the

love of

God
life

to

men.
its

The
judge

of a parent given for

child
is.

is

an accurate testimony of what he really
a

We

by what he does for his by what he says about continually do acts of generhim. When we osity and kindness, we show everybody that we are generous and kind in our nature, and everybody trusts us. So God, in his life on earth, showed us his eternal nature, what he always And when men was, and what he is now. understand that, they are drawn to him. All Christ did was an interpretation of the nature of God. When he pitied others, he showed us
parent
child,

rather

than

how he always

pities

;

when he loved

others,

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wept with them, healed them, cheered them, fed
them, suffered for them, died for them, he simply exhibited the attitude of

God toward

the

whole
Is

race,

now and
different,

forever.

God

now he

has ascended into
his love

the skies?

His death did not change

any more than the death of our friends changes their love. Jesus was the same dear Master after he arose from the tomb. We shall find
our departed friends as dear as ever when we

meet them.
affection
flesh.

And God
sacrifice as
is

is

the same in every
earth in the

and

when on

God
?

capable of suffering for his chil-

dren.

Why

should

this

seem strange and

doubtful

Did he not weep over Jerusalem ? And was he not God then as actually as now? And does he not weep now over sin and suffering? Did he not mingle his tears with the bereaved at the sepulcher of Lazarus?
then, should he not do the same

Why, now? If
it

God
so,

is

the father of his people, he must be

capable of suffering with them.

If

were not

he could not be so noble, he could not touch

us so intimately, as an earthly father.
declares
:

And

he

"

As

a father pitieth his children, so

the

Lord

pitieth
is

them

that fear him."

Now,

it

this suffering

sympathy of God

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It is in this manner to hira. makes an atonement for us. His career on earth was only an illustration of what he always has been, is now, and ever will be. This No one can be is what we all wish to realize. drawn to the Lord and united to him, until he

draws us

that he

realizes this.

If we are ignorant of the

fact

some person has sacrificed for us, that sachas no power over us. "We can not thrill, or have our patriotism awakened, by the sacrifices of Lincoln if we do not know that he
that
rifice

made
is
is

sacrifices.

And

so

the

atonement of
realize

Christ can not help us until

we
is

w hat
T

it

and what

it

means.
;

This

why

the subject

so important

this is

sized in Scripture,

why it is so emphaand why teachers of truth
it

are so anxious to explain
It
is

and make
it is

it

clear.

the most important teaching of the
the Heart of
laid

Word
the sole

God avenue by which men
it is

open

;

find righteousness

and

heaven.

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IX.

GOD OPENING OUR EYES.
{FAITH.)

A

new
is

conception of faith

is

much

needed.

frequently defined as mere opinion. religion is called a faith. inquire, " Of " mean by this, " To what faith are you ?

Faith

A

We

We

what church do you belong?
think
in
religious

What do you
The
peculiar
its faith.

matters?"
called the

teachings of a church are called
creed of a church
faith.
is

The
its

summary of

But mere opinion

—can not be true
believe

— merely what
If
it

one thinks

faith.

were, one might

have faith and be very wicked.

"

and tremble." No one is better by mere ideas. If he has high and true opinions, and leads a disgraceful life, he is the worse
for his opinions.

The made

devils

It

is

worse for him than

if

he had no opinions
if

at all.

Light

is

a blessing,
in thee be
!

used; but "if the light that

is

darkness,

how

great

is

that darkness "

It

is

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simply unpardonable to
beautiful,

Eyes.

Ill

know

the true and the

and live falsely and wickedly. There are persons whose opinions are wrong,

who have erroneous ideas of God and religion, yet who are very exemplary in conduct. Good
people are discovered in every religion, every

denomination, whatever shade of opinion. There
are good heathen, good

Mormons, good

Fire-

worshipers, good Confucianists, good Theosophists,

and even good Atheists.
right,

There are oth-

ers

whose opinions are

and beautiful ideas of whose lives are bad. There are bad Christians. There are persons who are orthodox in their
true

who entertain very God and religion,

thinking and heterodox in their acting,

who

hold high position in the church,

who

read and

commend the Bible, whose theories are correct, and yet who ought to be in State's prison, and, so far as God is concerned, are criminals in heart
and
life.

There are some whose opinions are

better than their lives,

and others whose

lives
as-

are better than their opinions. sent to forty creeds
all
;

A

man may

he

may

assent to none

and have no Christianity at and be a true folcorrect opinion
it is is

lower of Jesus.
in

A
I

a very

desirable thing, for

the light which guides

ways of

truth.

am

not belittling the value

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of true opinion.
opinion
is

I only say that a correct If
not correct

not faith.
then,
it

What,
is

is

faith?

it

is

opinion, if
it?

is
is

not right ideas of truth,

what

Faith
is

such trust in the Lord that

the heart
it.

changed and conduct regulated by
trust its father,

A child
trust

and

may him as

and so love

faithfully,

and yet

him earnestly and understand him feebly. His
to serve

ideas of his father

may

be materially incorrect,

and yet

his faith be

pure and implicit. For ex-

ample, what kind of an idea can a babe a year
old have of
correct one
its
;

mother ?
it

Not a very scientific or
it

yet

can trust her, and

can have

perfect faith in her.

Faith
is

is

very different
;

from opinion.
ion
is

Faith

trust in a person

opinIt
is

belief in intellectual statements.

impossible to have faith in mere opinions.
possible to have faith only in a person.

It

is

A per-

son must be the rock

genuine faith

upon which the anchor of grapples and holds fast.
it

Faith
life.

is

not genuine unless
is

leads to a true

Faith

the unsealing of the vision to the

love and goodness of God, and at the same time
a turning of the
It
is

life

toward goodness and truth.
it is

not simply seeing,

also walking.
is

We

may have an

opinion that

God

good without

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having faith in his goodness.
that he
is

Eyes.

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A

mere opinion

good does not

alter the life for the

better; faith in his goodness implies a similar

goodness in the exerciser of that faith.
a belief in
is

It implies

him that transfigures character. Faith a sight of the goodness of the Lord and a
It
is

duplication of that goodness in ourselves.
seeing the purity of the

Lord and becoming pure ourselves. It is seeing the wisdom and love and strength of the Lord, and becoming wise and
loving and strong ourselves.

This kind of vision, that discovers and appropriates,

becomes more transparent as faith

proceeds.

As we

learn,

we

see

more

clearly.

When we
next,

have taken one step, we can see the and can not see the next until the precedVision continually
the light

ing one has been taken.

runs ahead of accomplishment, as the light of
the lantern streams out before the
feet,

advancing only as we advance.
mountain, a foothill
that single foothill
;

In climbing a
is

is

reached; before us

we climb to the top, and another one is in view. Peak after peak breaks on our eyes only as we advance. We must take
the forward step to get the vision, the vision in order to proceed.

and must get

Sight and action
together in com-

interwork.
8

The two working

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panionship compose genuine
is

faith.

Opinion alone

not faith, neither is blind action alone faith. " Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall

see God."

Seeing

God

implies being pure in

heart. Vision and life must interwork. "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the teaching." To know he must do, and to do he must know. Seeing clearly implies acting

earnestly.

Faith, then,

is

the secret of progress.
it.

It

is

seeing the truth and living

Faith on the
It does not
identical in all

material plane

is

not different.
It
is

confine itself to religion.
fields.

Columbus saw the

New World

by
It

faith

;

he had a firm conviction that there was
continent over the Sea of Darkness.

a

new

was not a mere opinion with him, but a convicwhich spread the sail and turned the prow toward its fair shores. There was vision and
tion

blessed union which composes true Morse saw the network of wires threading the continent before a pole was set or a wire
action
faith.

—the

strung.

This

faith led to the tangible reality.

Stephenson saw the steam engine before a wheel

was

built, a piston set in place, or a

valve con-

structed.

Field saw

the cable that virtually

annihilated the Atlantic Ocean and linked con-

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Eyes.

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Chavannes tinents in brotherly communion. saw the mural paintings that adorn the walls of the Boston Public Library before the brush had drawn a line or had been dipped in color. Eventually vision led to action, and they now Hamlet was in delight and instruct the world. the brain of Shakspere before it was fixed and crystallized in paper and ink. If these great men had had a mere opinion, nothing would have been consummated. They had a conviction, they had a faith, and right here lies
the secret of accomplishment.

Religious faith

is

not different in principle.

"We see the goodness of God, and become good
ourselves.

As we

proceed, vision grows clearer

and goodness more advanced.
of

Growth

in

good-

ness implies a faith (conviction) of the goodness

God

—not

a mere opinion or theory.

As
is

faith is the secret of material progress, it is like-

wise the secret of spiritual progress.

It
;

not
is

merely a good feeling or a correct idea
seeing the goodness of the
that goodness our own.

it

Lord and making

This true vision of

God's goodness creates inspiration and strength.
It has the identical effect on the life that the

sight of the

New World

had on Columbus.

He

became eager

to step on its shores.

A

mere

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theory or dream would have forbidden action,

and

left

him
with

in Spain.

A

true sight of the

beauty of holiness incites to conquest.
difficulty

The

many
;

persons

is

that they have

an opinion only

and a mere opinion has no

warmth, no
stands like

inspiration,

no motor power.

It

an unfired engine on the track.
is

Genuine

the Lord saw the

and wisdom of as Columbus saw America, as Morse electric lines, as Edison saw the machine that would thresh to pieces mountains of iron, as Nansen saw the vessel that would conquer the crushing ice mountains of the
faith

seeing the love

North.

It was a conviction with these men ; it was not a weakly theory, a mere idea, but a conviction and conviction is but another word for conquest. Let us now turn to a more careful considera;

tion of faith in the

Lord

— the
is

rock that holds

the anchor of
said, faith, to

life in all

storms.

As

has been

be genuine,
in

trust in

God

the

some statements concerning no such thing as faith in an abstraction. We can not have faith in heroism without a hero back of it. There is no abstract Faith in purity must imply faith in heroism.
Father
him.

—not

There

is

some person who

is

pure.

Faith in love, or

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Eyes.

Ill

goodness, or wisdom, implies some person
is

who

loving, good,
;

proposition
actuality.

w ise. Yie can assent to a we can have faith only in an
T

Therefore, goodness in us implies faith in the

goodness of the

Good God.

The

sole

avenue
in

to peace, satisfaction, contentment, is faith

the peace, satisfaction, and contentment of God.

This faith
flowers

is

to the soul

light and life. skyward and assume forms of beauty. When the sun rises, the day opens. When God

what the sun is to the It causes them to spring

shines on the spirit (by faith), the spirit
figured and

is

trans-

and love. Without it the soul is left in coldness and darkness and barrenness. A chill and gloom enshroud it. The grass turns gray and the glory departs from the flowers. It is when we drop the anchor of faith in
beautiful

made

by

light

God

that

we strike something
upon a

that holds.

Drop
tears

the anchor

creed, a statement of truth,

an opinion, a theory, and the first storm it away. These will not hold the life firm.
it

Let

grapple the rock of faith in God, the imall

mutable basis of
Faith in

truth and

life,
it

and, taking

hold on that eternal fastness,

stands forever.

God

is

the transparent trust of the

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Us.

(which implies love) casts out
is

He who

afraid of

God

does not per-

fectly trust him.

Perfect trust banishes fear.

Fear of God implies a mere opinion about him,
not trust in him.

A child
;

that trusts its father
it

has no fear of him

for
it

has perfect confilittle

dence in him, though
opinion of him.

may have very
it

Though

knows

little

about

him,

it

would unhesitatingly

trust its life in his

hands.

So faith in God means entire absence of fear. The It means direct access to his presence.
child does not seek
its

father in a circuitous
it

way.

When

it

wishes to speak to him,

does

not go to some book he has written, nor to some
brother or sister

whom

it

supposes

is

a favorite,

nor to some picture of
its

its

father, or

something

father has made.

It runs naturally to him,
tells

climbs into his arms, and
culties

him

all its diffi-

Genuine faith in God is of this nature. We do not need to go to God at second hand; we may go to him for ourselves. We may have immediate access to his He has no favorites no priest, no presence. system of doctrine, no theories, no creeds need We interpose themselves between us and him. may drop our anchor within the veil and lay
and
delights.

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hold on God for ourselves. Genuine faith places every person in the " high and lofty place " with

God

himself, and presents

him with an

indi-

vidual Saviour.

We need this
dence in
our

living faith.

We

need confican talk
in

God

as one with

whom we
feel

face to face.
lives,

We

need to
all

him near us

guiding

things well, in the mid-

night of sorrow as in the sunshine of trium-

phant joy.

simple trust of the child.
child of the

need to be converted to the " Except ye be converted and become as a little child " as a little

We

Heavenly Father, living continually in his presence and smile, so that he is our best and most confidential friend "ye can not This faith will lend see the kingdom of God." us new strength and power every day. It will

quiet our struggles,

still

our unrest, irradiate

the spirit with light, comfort us in pain and

and lighten and dispel loneliness. This what the Lord meant when he said " If I go away, I will come again unto you." " Lo, I am
trouble,
is
:

with you alway."

my

"Peace I leave with you; peace give I unto you." " Not as the world
" Let not your heart
be afraid."
let it

giveth give I unto you."

be troubled, neither

If a child

is

in trouble

and goes

to its father,

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it.

Us.

the father helps
to

It trusts

its

father

enough
as a

go

to him.

If

we

believe in God, let us

act as

though we did.

If

we claim him

father, all-wise

and
If
;

all-loving, let us live

up

to

our claims.
not a faith
is

we do
it is

not act thus, our be-

lief is

but an opinion.
the test of

Faith
;

in
is

God
an

not a mere assertion or confession

it

action.

Action

is

life.

To

claim to believe in an

all- wise, all-loving, all-

pure, all-powerful being
all

—a being

who knows

our wants, and

then to live as

them and though there were no such beis

able to satisfy

ing, is irrational.

So soon
and

as

we begin thus

to act, thus to trust,

thus to walk with God, vision becomes clearer
trust increases.

As we climb

the heights

of God toward the heaven of his love and wisdom, enthusiasm and strength enlarges. We

begin to discover that he
arise

is

really near us.

We

into

a loftier and serener atmosphere,

above the low-lying
shines,

fogs, where the sun always and the dust and struggle of time is felt

no more.

.

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US.

The

old theory was that

man was born
him

de-

praved, and that the Lord came in answer to
prayer, and suddenly changed
into a saint.

The

teaching of the

New Church
is

is

exactly the
;

opposite

—that

man

born an angel
angel
is

that the

germinant, or

incipient,

within his

heart; and, as in the spring the sun of the uni-

verse stoops

and warms

to life the seed,

God

broods over and awakes this angel in men, causing
it

to

expand

in beauty.

Take a handful of
shapes,

seeds of various colors,

look

!

and how unpromising they It does not seem possible that the beau-

and

sizes,

tiful leaves

and blossoms of the sweet pea can
seeds,
fill

emerge from the dry, withered, and uncouth
kernel.

Gaze upon a handful of flower

and
air

it

does not seem possible that they will
;

the garden with beauty

that they will lade the

with sweet and rare odors.
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Can

it

be that

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within the dry and thorny chestnut burr
stately tree that
its
is

lies

a

to bless the generations with

shadow?

Yet by
true.

actual
is

experiment we

ceased to wonder. The unhandsome and withered seed has this hidden loveliness and power, secreted there by the Divine Hand, only waiting for development. How is it awakened (or regenerated)? How is its
beautiful life set in motion ?

know this is that we have

It

a miracle so ordinary

We

may keep
soil,
it

it

a century, isolated from sun and

and

its

powers will
ditions of

lie

in slumber.

But give
and
its

the con-

growth

—and

soil,

sunlight, heat, showers

instantly

it

starts up,

shoots ap-

pear above the

soil,

rising heavenward.

We are

exactly like this.

As

the seed

is

a
is

born flower,

we

are

born angels.
needs

There

within us the sacred image of God, only waiting to take form.
conditions.

What
the

it

is

propitious

from the soil, Pry open the frozen will not grow. and it earth with a crowbar, and plant it out of seaProper conditions son, and it will not grow.
seed

Keep

must be vouchsafed. Exactly so is it with the life in men. It must have right conditions. The love and light of God must fall upon it^
divine

and

it

must

find soil stored with nutriment.

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Vs.

123

Turn
is

to another figure,

perhaps better suited

to illustrate this idea.

Every one knows what
artist.

meant by a born musician or
expression

It

is

a

common
sons

among

us that certain perartists,

are

born musicians,

mechanics,

is

By this it is meant that the gift from the forefathers. It may have been acquired by jumping backward several
writers, poets.

inherited

generations to some ancestor with similar

gifts.

The

talent is occasionally discovered in early

childhood. Mozart went into spasms when some one struck discordant notes on the piano. Handel used to steal out of bed and play all night on the old harpsichord in his father's attic. It does not seem as though the weak and aimless fingers of the infant can ever work miracles on the keyboard. It does not seem as though the dimpled arm, thrust out in so purposeless a

manner, can ever wield the brush of

the immortal painter.
lie

Yet

it

is

true.

There
like

Beethoven, and Handel, and Raphael, in the

germ.

Like the spark in the
bring
it

seed,

the

angel in the heart, only waiting for inspiration

and

drill to

to loveliness
it

and
lie

fruition.

Without these conditions
forever.

must

quiescent

The

incipient pianist can never de-

velop without an instrument for practice, with-

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out a master to inspire, any more than the seed

can become a flower without

soil
is

and sun.
in the begin-

Now

the musician or artist

ning a born musician or

artist.

The

gift lies

there waiting to develop, and, as soon as the

propitious conditions are vouchsafed,

ened, or regenerated.
career of advancement.

It

is

set

awakforth on its
it is

Just so every one has

the gift of angelhood waiting for the proper

environment
a universal
is

to set
gift.

it

in motion.
is

Angelhood
;

is it it

It

in every soul
it

yet if

not given opportunity

slumbers.

And

happens that in millions of
are denied, either

lives opportunities

by

wilful neglect or

by the

force of circumstances.

This accounts for the

vast

goodness in them at
seed before
it is

number of persons who appear to have no all. They are like the
placed in the
soil,

or the artist

before he has found the brush, the colors, and
the master.

The
is

fact that this gift, or

power, of goodness

within the soul, placed there in the beginIt

ning by the Creator, should be emphasized.
is

not a later creation, as the old theologies have
It
is

asserted.

there,

and ever has been

there,

as truly as the life has

been ever in the seed, or

the gift in the soul of the musician.

What

is

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life.

Us.

125

is

not

life,

but the conditions to develop

The

ancient idea that people were born

bad, and a
version,

new
is

life

was placed

in

them
It

at con-

is fallacious.

The work of God
is

in re-

generation

not an outside work.

not a

garment of righteousness

cast about the sinner.

The

leper can not hide his disease

dress.

Righteousness

is

by a regal not something con-

ferred instantly.

Men

are not

made

instant

angels by an act of prayer.

Holiness proceeds like growth

—slowly
is

and

through prolonged processes.
seed,

The

angel in the

and

in the soul, proceeds

on an identical
entirely

principle.
different

The new
from the
is

life in

the acorn
it
;

rest of

the kernel and
;

the shell are left behind to decay and death

the

envelope

discarded

;

that part

of the

acorn which

is

seen and held in the
is

the part which
is

to be cast

away

;

hand is that which
bulk

to rise is invisible, intangible, without
;

or weight

it

is

the unseen, immaterial part

which
It

rises into the tree.

That which becomes

beautiful
is

and living
life

is

the angel in the shell.

the inner

which develops, planted

there by the

Almighty Love and Power.
illustrations.

As

if to
it

impress us with this truth, the Lord

reiterates

by millions of

Every

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blade of grass retells the story.

Every

daisy,

every violet, every shrub, continually states
this beautiful truth,

whether we

listen or not.

it when it emerges from worm. The robin retells it when it breaks the shell and takes wing. The worm and the egg are discarded and left behind. Crush the worm and you will find no butterfly break the egg and you will find no bird ; yet

The

butterfly retells

the unsightly

they are both there in the invisible

state.

Let

the surgeon dissect the heart of man, and he will
find

no angel

;

yet

it is

there,

with folded wings

and hidden loveliness. In the husband, the wife, the
is

child, the friend,

the angel of holiness waiting for development.
it is

In many
the seed
;

as little apparent as the flower in
it is

yet

surely there, secreted

by the
even

dear Lord himself. when we say, " There
the very worst."

We
is

become truly prophetic
good
in every one,

What
bad
is

occurs

when
is

the angel begins to de-

velop? That which

not angel

is

put away.

The

discarded, as the acorn discards the kernel.

The expansion of the new life leaves behind the old life. Old habits, passions, hankerings, tempers, vanities, jealousies, are

crowded out by the

divine things which take their places.

The new

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127

man

is

born out of the old man.

What a chasm

stretches between the canary and the egg, the

primrose and the seed, the novice and the accomplished

musician

!

This

is

regeneration

— the

emergence of the new out of the old; the develop-

ment of the good until the evil is all put away, and nothing remains but the holy and beautiful.
Just

how

is

this

accomplished in a practical
they are helpless in

manner?

Many

feel that

this matter of regenerating themselves.

come and do it. must cooperate with God. The gardener has something to do as well as God. God furnishes sun, soil, and show ers; the gardener, a hoe, some muscle, and action. The seed must be placed in the soil, and the intruding weeds removed. Millions of
are waiting for
to

God

They They

do not

realize that they

r

people are slumbering religiously, simply because they will

the farmer waiting for
vest.

make no effort. They are God to make the

like

har-

Millions will not cooperate with God.
will not attend church, read the Bible, or

They

place themselves under good influences.

They
Mil-

are like the seed in the original package on the

high

shelf.

It will never develop there.

lions will not give the angel in them an oppor-

tunity.

If they would only get into the sun-

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shine of the love of

God, how they would
it.

expand
there
is

!

But they studiously avoid

When
Let him

a person places himself under good influences,

an almost immediate change.
his Bible, pray,

go

to church, read

and study

per scandals and horrors

and noble books, instead of newspalet him get into the sunlight and into the soil, and see what will
the great
;

happen.

Turn again to the figure of Some one has a born aptitude for

innate gifts.

music.

How

practically does he develop that angel of har-

mony
will

!

Will

God

descend and

make him an
Neither

expert, with

no

effort

on his part?
if

he make any progress
the
inspiration of

he studiously
circles,
is

avoid

musical

the

routine of study and drill.
ble course ?

What

the sensi-

He

places himself under a master.

He

eagerly seizes every opportunity to develop

his gift.

He
;

seeks musical geniuses.

He drills
it

assiduously.

At

the outset

it

is

tedious,

is

irksome

but he compels himself.

If he

re-

fused to cooperate with God, his fingers would

never become
drill

skilful.

Under

self-compelled
the divine
life

he

is

being born anew;
is

of harmony
plete.

becoming more and more comis

The

angel of music

attaining pro-

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as

Us.

129

The

old clumsiness
casts

is

being cast out,

the

sculptor

out

the

encompassing
is

marble until the immortal figure

revealed.

He

is

discarding everything that

is

not harmolast it is all

nious, everything that hinders.

At
It

gone, and he

is

the incarnation of melody.
effort.
is

He
art,

handles the keys without
a task, but a pleasure, for
in mechanics, in

no longer

him

to play.

In

typewriting, in wheeling, in

every accomplishment this beautiful law works.

Clumsiness passes into
with God.
Precisely in
this

facility

by cooperation
life

way

is

the heavenly

developed.
the good

We

are

born angels

born with

life

lying at the heart.

The

chief

difficulty is that

men do

not care to take the
life,

trouble to develop that divine

or they do

not care deeply enough to

make

the

effort.

They
good

will not

compel themselves to practice
compel themselves
to

habits, as they will

practice music.

There are persons with great
Others
Millions

natural gifts too lazy to develop them.

with half their endowments accomplish more

by pluck and tenacity of purpose.

are too indolent to drill themselves in goodness.

They

will not take the trouble to read a

good

book, or even go across the street to a religious
9

130
meeting.
to

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They

will toil patiently

from morning
Saturday,
for

evening, from

Monday

to

American dollars; but they

will not practice

the Christian graces for a single hour.

In the

religious field their will seems to entirely collapse.

It

is

as

weak

as water.

On Sunday

morning they to arise from
comes

find themselves entirely unable
their

church; but on
are then

beds and make ready for Monday morning "a change

o'er the spirit

of their dream."

They
duties.

ready for the
the courage

most arduous

They have

to endure the terrors
little

of the Klondike hunt for gold, but

cour-

age to be true, honest, loving, pure, faithful.

Their feet are swift and strong to run in the

ways of
bition
;

pride,

and

selfishness,

but

how

tardily they step

and worldly amheavenward
to
toil

If the gardener expects a crop, he expects
cooperate

with

the

Lord

;

he expects to
will
effort

and sweat.

The

crops of the Spirit require a

similar cooperation.

The Lord

no more on
his

make

a

man
effort.

unselfish without

part than he will give

him a crop of wheat

without

He will no more make a woman
It

pure without her cooperation than he will make
her a skilful cook without her cooperation.
takes certainly as

much

toil

and

drill to

make

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an angel as to
identical in

Us.

131
principle
is

make an
fields,

artist.

The
is

both

and

it

therefore easy
to

for us to determine precisely
set to

how practically
life is

work.
it

And
a day;
instant;
facility

follows that this

new

not a sudin

den thing.

Acorns do not spring into oaks
butterflies in

worms do not become
artists
;

an

and musicians do not acquire

and skill in a year these processes are slow and of painful duration. Birth and growth
to

manhood

or

womanhood cover twenty
ear,

years.

"First the blade, then the
full

and
It

at last the
dis-

corn in the ear."

We
so.

must not get
is

couraged at tardy processes.
natural that
it

perfectly

should be

It

is

not reasona;

ble to look for
this lesson

sudden

flights

of progress

yet

never seems to fasten
heart.

itself in

the

human mind and

It

is

true that

we do

continually look for quick and great results.

If we could realize the laws of growth in the

good

life,

we should be more
become a
it

patient.

If

it

requires a lifetime to

tolerable scholar,

how

long ought

to take to

become a
it

saint ?

Infinitely longer, of course, for
greater.

is

infinitely

Things proceed in the

ratio of their

greatness.

the

The mushroom springs up in a night; cedar of Lebanon requires a thousand

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years.

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Ought not

the soul of man, created in

the image of the Almighty,
that

God

has constructed,
?

culminating glory
this

tremendous truth,

thing — the — move slowly Let us endeavor —that holiness of
vastest
to
life

to its

to realize

does not proceed without our individual and
strenuous
effort,

and that

its

processes are ex-

ceedingly slow.

~w^°^E° ~Ps^#~*~

XT.

GOD ACTING THROUGH
{RELIGION.)

US.

What
truly

is it

to

be truly religious
It
is

?

There are
to be

several answers.

said

by some that

religious is to think correctly; to
;

have

high and sacred ideas

to have true views of

God, and human conduct, and human destiny.

But

there

may
is

be right thinking and wrong

acting.

It

possible to
to

have a lucid plan
is

of theology
to

be what

called orthodox;

be correct about the Trinity, and the Bible,

and modes of worship, and even of human conduct and yet be a veritable knave. Others have thought of religion as consisting of a grand and perfect system of worship. A rich and noble liturgy has often taken the place

of vital religion.
Pharisees.

This was the religion of the

It

was

church -going, chanting

Scripture, reading prayers, singing hymns.

But
and
these

one
live

may do

this to the point of perfection
life.

an iniquitous

Many

follow

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things faithfully
spirit

of Christ.

who have very little of The men who crucified

the

the

Saviour, the inquisitors of the Middle Ages

who
their

tortured and burned those

who

could not

believe exactly as they did, were scrupulous in

methods and times of worship.
is

A church
simply a

organization

not religion.

It

is

band of men and women united for the purposes of promoting religion. There are many
persons in the church very zealous in sustaining
it

who

are not truly religious.
then,
is

What,

religion ?

It

is

the simplest

thing in the world

—the simplest

to understand

and the most
hend
it

difficult

to perform.

It

is

so

simple that the least sophisticated can compre-

so simple that the smallest child can

understand it as easily as the adult; so simple that the " wayfaring man, though a fool, need not err therein." It is simply a good life. " All
religion relates to
to
life,

and the

life

of religion

is

do good."

A religion that does not
life

produce

a pure, loving, wise, and honest
a true religion.

can not be

Whatever else it may be, it is " If ye love me, keep not the religion of God. my commandments" live them out in daily life. Do not simply commit them to memory, simply make them your code and creed, simply

God Acting Through
think them
religion
is
;

Us.

135

but

keep them

!

Therefore, true

not correct thinking merely, not

merely outward worship, merely church-membership or church-organization;
it

is

a

life

of
of

rectitude, of honesty, of purity, of love, of

high

and godlike
another's

deeds.

We
by

are
his

to

judge

religion not

denominational

proclivities, his prayers, his

words, his views;
life,

but by his conduct.
alone,
is

The

and the

life

the final

test.

And
life.

if religion relates to life, it relates to all

It does not concern

mere phases of it. It
life,

should be carried into
part of
it.

all

not simply a

was once thought, and is now by some, that religion can not be playful and joyous.
It It belongs as
to

much

to play as to labor

;

as

much

w as once considered irreligious to laugh. Asceticism was deemed religious, and relaxation vain and even wicked. Religion was once the enemy of all comfort. Religionists retired from society and hid in caves and monasteries, half starved themselves, tortured and lacerated their bodies, robed themselves in coarse garments, and slept upon the hard earth. There is still a little left of this
mirth as to prayer.
It
r

long-faced type of religion, the religion of som-

berness and gloom, a religion destitute of the natural and the beautiful.

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The New Church
to all life.

teaches that religion relates
is

Everything that
is

right

is

religious.
is

To

be irreligious

simply to do that which

not right.
dress,

If

it

is

right to eat, sing, laugh,

romp

in the beautiful world, exult

the clear sky

amid the
It

flowers,

under and do a thou-

sand other lovely things,
they are religious.
did
all
is

if these are right,

certain that our Saviour

these,

and he was the one perfectly
Religion
is

religious being.

all-round health.

To keep
clean,

the body, mind, and spirit sound, and

gious.

and pure, and joyous, is to be truly reliAt the proper hour it is as religious to
;

play as to pray

as proper to go to the halls of

pleasure as to the temple of worship.
all these,

Jesus did

and

his

was the one model human

career.

There are two kinds of dissipation ecclesiastical and worldly. There may be dissipation

in religious meetings
religious

;

there

may be

too

much

work, in the technical sense.
all their

There are persons who give
duties

time to

religious meetings, to the neglect of every-day

and
is

to

the detriment of their health.
religion.

This

irreligious

Others give

all

their time to

amusement.

Both are

irreligious

because both are unbalanced.

Their lives are

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wrong lives because they are one-sided lives. The truly religious career is sane and balanced.
It
is

irreligious to either play too

much

or pray

too

much.

The balanced
It
is

life

has a time for

everything.

irreligious to live in a single

story of our being, to harp on a single string of
existence.

Religion
tal,

is

three-fold

:

it

is

physical,
is

menkeep
at its

and
"

spiritual.

Physical religion
alert,

to

the

body sweet, sound, pure,

always

best.

Ye are

the temples of the

Holy Spirit"

—you
It

are the house where the All-Pure and

the All-Lovely dwells; therefore honor it. Mental religion is to cultivate the mind. It is

the endeavor to bring
is

it

to its highest powers.

to

be intellectually sane and balanced.
is

Spiritual religion

to

keep the heart tender,

and strong. He who neglects any one of these is irreligious. Some give their
holy, hopeful,
entire attention to the
lect
;

body

;

others to the intel-

still

others to the heart.

A sound
is

body

with an uncultivated mind and heart

beastly.

A

learned

mind with a puny and
is

neglected

body and a bad heart

vicious.

A

pure heart

with a weak and shallow intellect and a body
strung to weakness and pain, a body unwashed,
unexercised, and neglected,
is

nearly impotent

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for good.

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It
is

Us.

the equal cultivation of these

three, this sacred trinity in

truly religious career.

man, that makes the Jesus was all these he
;

was holy in every department of his being.

The

truly

religious

are, as

Revelation says,

"foursquare "
equal.

—the

height, depth,
life

and length are
that
is

It

is

the symmetrical

truly

religious.

Therefore religion

is

not spasmodic, not fluc-

tuating, not something ordained for set times

and

places.

It

is

simply right living
It

;

and

all

living,

whether work, play, or worship, should
is

be right living.

as religious to sleep,

when

sleep

is

needful, as to play or labor
is

when
It

play or labor

needful.

To be

sure, the re-

ligious life has its

phases, as all life has.

has

its

morning, noontide, evening, and midits

night;
ter.
it

spring and summer,

autumn and win-

It

is

not a continual glare of radiance;

is

normal and natural.

There are days of
faith suffers a
life
is

clouds and tempests

— days when
when

slight eclipse; days

not quite so

joyous.

I suspect this will be the case in

heaven.

I do not suppose heaven will be a
light.

monotonous, steady, unrelieved glare of

There will be times when growth is not evident. The tree and the boy have spells of

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et all is natural,

and
per-

both are normally progressing toward maturity.

The

religious

life,

when
is

truly religious,

is

fectly natural.

It
is

perfect health

and

full de-

velopment.
laborious,

It

tripartite in its nature
it is

it

is

it is

prayerful,

playful.
religion

There

is

another thing

—true

has

nothing of the superstitious or mystical about
it.

To

be sure, there

is

mystery in

all life.
;

If
for

there were not, there could be no progress

mystery means simply that which we have not
yet learned.

If there were nothing mysterious,
be nothing more to learn.
as mysterious as spiritual

there could

But
life.

physical

life is

We

know no more about

electrical influences

than spiritual influences.
the heart.

The wind
is

is

as un-

seen and fathomless as the influence of

God on
and
life.
it,

But

religion

perfectly clear

understandable, and no mystery about
sense of
its

in the

being a right and
is

godlike

Genuine religion

to

do right; and every one

do right; for if he follows it, that, even if it were fundamentally wrong, would be right for him. Error is not sin mistake is not sin only that
it is

knows what

to

right as he comprehends

;

;

which

is

done in clear light can be
blunder
;

sin.

The
sin.

holiest of persons

only the wicked

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is
it

Us.

Therefore, religion
right

seeking to

know
and

the

and performing
This
is is

to the best of one's plain.

ability.

perfectly simple

The

inner monitor

ever faithful, and informs
are transgressed.

instantly

when boundaries

If

religion is following faithfully

what we con-

ceive to be right, there can be
it.

no mystery about

We do

not need to learn a great deal before

we can be religious. Wisdom and knowledge are not synonymous words. The tiniest child
has
its

simple code of morals.

It has a distinct

what it ought and ought not to Let a man or woman do what seems to him right, and no one can be more religious than that. Let him follow his clearest light, and an archangel can do no more. To continurealization of

do.

ally seek to

know
it

the right, and to continually
out, is the very

strive to live

summit and

crown of the religious career. To do that is to become an angel this side the tomb. There is no necessity of swallowing vast and
complicated confessions of faith, of fathoming
ecclesiastical subtleties, wrestling

with ancient

and comprehending sacred technicalities. One has only to do right, so far as the way is clear only to be honest, and fair, and pure, and sympathetic. Who does not
philosophies,
;

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know how
God,
that
one's best.
is
all.

to

do that ?

It

is

simply looking to

as the child looks to its father,

and doing

Let every word and
" I

act be honest,
:

am

the

sheep

know my

voice,

Good Shepherd and follow me."

my

Congregations used to be told they must
believe

damned
set

what they could not comprehend, or be for it. But the religious life is not a of theories or opinions it is an act it is
:

;

not simply believing something

:

it

is

following

Somebody.
that one of

The lambs can

follow the shepherd

as faithfully as the sheep.

And

if it

happens

them has weak legs, or finds a chasm too broad for it to jump, the shepherd takes it in his bosom and carries it over.
Children as well as adults can follow Christ.

Frequently their faith
duct better.
It
is

is

clearer

and

their con-

certain that their lives are

more

innocent and freer from guile.

If any one lives
will carry

up
his

to his best light,

God

will not permit

to suffer injury or loss.

He

him him in

arms over all impassable difficulties. The New Church teaches that the essentials of religion are the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. The sum and essence of
religion
is

to love the

Lord with

all

the heart,

mind, soul, and strength, and the neighbor as

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one's self;
all

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the
is

"on these two commandments hang law and the prophets." The entire
into this wonderful senreligion
is

Bible
tence.
this

gathered up The whole of

crystallized in

pregnant statement.
the vast and
libraries

All the religions of
mystic volumes that

time, all

crowd the

of the earth, are but an

amplification

of this divine utterance.

The
it,

theologies have

never gotten beyond

and

never will. Write this sentence in your life and you have written there the religion of God
himself.
verses

The

entire

of Genesis to
lies easily

Word, from the opening the last " amen " of the
within the parenthesis of

Revelation,

this fathomless

and ringing proposition.

This
is

is

the creed of the

New Church. Where

there another so simple, so true, so grand ?

The
u

creed of the

by the Saviour himself.

New Church was composed " On it," he says,
It
is

hang

all

the law and the prophets."

the keystone that
lation;
all
it is

binds

the

arch of

reve-

the pearl of great price about which
truth are grouped.
It

the

gems of

does

not seem as

though any one could, for an
Right

instant, hesitate to accept this creed.

here are

all

the lofty precepts of time collected

and compacted.

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does it mean ? To love God is to keep commandments. No one can love God who does not live a good life. If we do not do this, our Christianity is a delusion. It has no founhis

What

dation in actuality.
if

Neither can we love

God

The old God and hate men. A favorite maxim was, " Thou shalt love God and hate thine enemy." The religion of Jesus taught that it was impossible to love God and not at the same time love all men even the enemy. Jesus also taught that love to God was love to man we serve God by serving our
we do
not
love

our neighbor.

religions pretended to love

;

fellows.
is

This was religion in action, and there
is
it

no religion that
ye have done

not in action.

" Inasmuch

as

unto one of the least of
it

these

my

brethren, ye have done

unto me."

This was the religion of the Master himself. " He went about doing good." He went
about healing, cheering, comforting, forgiving
sins.

The

last

test

of a religion

is

service to

men.

Find a person who

neglects this, and,

though he have the erudition of Plato, the
saintliness of

John, the energy of Luther, the

sweetness of Phillips Brooks, he has not the
religion of Christ.

Whatever he may

profess,

he

is

not the possessor of Christianity.

Who

144
ever he

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may

follow,

it

can not be the Saviour.

Set that statement right
for
to
it is

down

in your heart,

eternally true that love to

men

is
:

love

God.

This

is

the essential of religion

"

On

these

two commandments hang all the law
is

and the prophets."

What
love.

love to

men?

It

is

not a maudlin

It

is

not a love that excuses and coddles.

It does not consist in always saying pleasant
things.

To

love any one truly
is

is

to love

him
it is

well enough to do what

best for

him

;

not always to do what will please him. George MacDonald says, " Nothing is inexorable but
love."
tleness,

There

is

the severity, as well as the gen-

of Jesus.

To
and
to

love truly
severely.

is

to occasion-

ally speak plainly
is

To

love truly

to love

enough
best.

punish when punishment
requires
to place

will

be

True love sometimes

us to place our neighbor in prison
the ban

of companionship upon him.

God

does

this.

He

will

have no one in heaven

who
to

and wicked. Love seeks not perpetuate the vagrant and the renegade by
is selfish

feeding and coddling him, but rather by firm

and loving coercion to make a man of him. Love is obliged to frame laws that incarcerate and scourge; laws that seem,
to the

one who

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and unbrotherly. Jesus loved the Pharisees well enough to scathe them
with the lightnings of his holy indignation.

He
and

loved them well enough to speak severely
plainly.

He

was both stern and

gentle,

yet always infinitely loving.

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GOD CABIN G FOE
{PROVIDENCE.)

US.

The most

blessed gospel that the
is

New Church
is

has to bring to the world

the gospel of the

Divine Providence
affectionate

:

that the

Lord

every in-

stant with his children, in the closest

and most
life,

manner, guiding them through

shielding

them from danger, overruling the

mistakes and sins of themselves and others,

make them as happy as they can be and will permit themselves to be. Almost everybody fails to realize this. It
seeking to
quite often does not seem as though
it

could be.
isolation,

Many
and

feel

as

though they were in
;

walking in the dark
successful,

and, if they are to be safe

must become the guide and arThat a minute and biter of their own destiny. affectionate Providence is beside them in the night and the day, in sickness and health, in They fail fortune and loss, they fail to realize.
to realize
it

because they connect Providence
life,

with what they call the fortunes of

and

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because God's presence
eyes.
is

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invisible to fleshly

JRevelation tells us that, if

our spiritual eyes at
angels.

we were to open any moment, we should see
suggestions to us and to
that

God makes
;

others; he sets hidden forces in motion
rule our lives
these things

and

it

seems to us that we think

and put them into action. A suggestion comes to us, and we obey it, and do not always trace it to the Lord. Innumerable forces and circumstances play upon our lives and influence them, and we do not trace them to the Lord. We are under the illusion that we origiA little suggestion comes to men nate them. that turns the whole current of their being, and
frequently the current of history.
the tide of affairs
earthly source.
is

The turn

in

usually credited to some
to realize that, while

We need

we seem

to be following our

own

ways, we are un-

actually following God's
willingly.

ways

— perhaps
;

Sometimes he lures us along
of, focuses this
;

some-

times he blocks a dangerous path, opens ways

we had not thought
last

or that

wind

of circumstance upon us

and, with them

all, at

wafts us into the haven of his desire.

It will comfort
realize

and encourage us if we can that there is no such thing as a blind

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and cruel chance. To become the sport of a heartless and cruel fate is terrible to contemplate.

them.

Many exist with this nemesis pursuing When death strikes, it seems blind and

unguided

like lightning, hitting

wherever

it

happen. The New Church teaches that Lord takes our friends at the propitious moment. They are not the sport of accident. Every life has a definite plan. The years and moments of every living soul are numbered. In his invisible and marvelous way God is

may
the

working out our destiny.

He

holds the forces

of nature in his hands, and also the forces of

mind and

heart.

While he does not

alter his

laws nor abrogate them, he frequently pits one
against the other.

When

a tree or plant rises in the teeth of

gravitation,

God
of

does not abrogate the law
it

of gravitation; he only pits against
stronger law

the
it.

growth, and overcomes

This shows what the Lord can do.
that he can

It shows us

work in the face of inexorable law, and yet honor it ; it shows us how he can overcome his laws in special cases, and yet not break them. In this manner he saves us out of acciHe puts into our minds suggestions that dent.
turn us away from dangerous courses.

How

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often
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a plan suddenly deranged by a call in
!

another direction

Who

made

the call ?

who
is

turned the tide of intention?
the minute Providence

God
so

has millions

of ways of guiding and protecting us.

This

we hear
is

much

about.

Shakspere says

:

" There

a special

Provi-

dence in the fall of a sparrow." Longfellow, in his " Golden Legend, " says " Nothing with
:

God

can be accidental."

Every thought, every

circumstance, every breath of nature or spirit
that touches us
is

an influence and purpose.

We
It

are told that even the hairs of our head are

numbered.
usually realized that what seem to us and wise occurrences are special providences. It is easy to see the hand of God in
is

great

great things, but
things.

it is difficult

to see

it

in little

We

realize

that Grant

and Lincoln
to see the

were instruments of God, but

fail

same hand working
citizens.

in the lives of the

humblest

With God there is nothing great, nothing small. One person is no more his
instrument than another
portant as another
;

one event
but

is

as im-

— not

special,

all,
is

events

and persons are providences.
partial

God

not a

God.

He
to

will not guide
fate.

Washington,
let

and leave us

our

If a chain were

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down from heaven with links of many sizes, it would be as disastrous when the smallest link broke as when the largest broke. One would sever the chain as surely as the other. The
would be as necessary as the largest. So, each person and event is as needful to the chain of Providence as another. The Lord has a definite purpose in view it is to build up from this race a heaven of angels, and nothing shall swerve him from his purpose. Each, whether
smallest
:

he will or not, shall contribute to this end.

The New Church
sions.

teaches the law of permis-

Certain things are allowed, though

God

does not approve of them.
ness, else there could not be

He He

allows wicked-

wickedness ; yet he
allows
it

does not approve of

it.

because
allows

he
it

wishes to leave us in

freedom.

He

because he can not force the will and at the
will free.

same time leave the
cidents that

He

permits ac-

we may
obey
it.

learn the nature of law

and learn

to

The

child

would never
it

learn the nature of fire if fire did not burn.

When

fire
it.

burns,

it

looks carefully into
is

and

respects

Suffering

our best teacher and

greatest blessing.

God

turns accidents and dis-

appointments and sorrows into messengers of
good.

He

does not

want

them

here,

and

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some day they will not be but at present he them for good. The mariner does not want contrary winds; but, having them, he catches them in his sails and forces them to what they would not.
uses

Sooner or
pose.

He

later, everything serves God's pureven makes the " wrath of man to

praise him."

He

turned the very obstinacy of

Pharaoh
into the

into a blessing to Israel.

Pharaoh's

very cruelty drove them through the wilderness

Promised Land, and built them into a
that turned the course of history.

mighty nation

The

blind stubbornness of George III. gave us

this noblest of nations.

We

should never have

declared independence if

we had not been goaded

to the point of desperation.

George III. was wicked, and deserves no credit for what he unwittingly and unwillingly accomplished. God

turned his wicked attempts in a favorable direction.

He

uses

either

contrary or favorable

winds

to drive

on the vessel of his Providence.
says, "it matters not if I

"Then," some one

am

wicked."

Yes,

it

matters

much

to us

;

for,

while

we

will be forced to aid in the

working
will not

out of the Lord's beneficent plans,

we

be excusable for our conduct, and will have to
suffer for
it.

Pharaoh and George III.

lost

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the credit of a high result, and were miserable
in their experiences.

It
to

is

better for us to

work

with

God

willingly

work

as a child rather

than a slave.

Some one remarks,
we

" If I

am

forced to further God's plans, whether I

do well

or

ill,

I do God's will." But

are responsible

for motives, not results.

If we do wickedly, we
If

do what God forbids and deplores, whether he
turn them to our and others' good or not.

we

lift

the

hammer

to strike our neighbor,

and

some one turns our arm so that we drive the nail home and accomplish something useful, we are as culpable as though we had accomplished
our intention.

Pharaoh was not compelled to do what he did; the Lord simply turned his evil purposes to good effect. Wilkes Booth was not compelled to murder Lincoln; but, having slain him, God bore the weary servant home without a moment of conscious suffering, and
through the tragedy so touched the heart of the
nation that all souls were cemented and united
in a

common

brotherhood.
life.

Lincoln did more

in his death than in his

Who

can subvert

the plans of the

Almighty?

The wicked may
the

seek to do

so,

but they will only aid in

working out of those plans.

They

will bring

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unhappiness and pain upon themselves; but,

whether willingly or unwillingly, they
serve God's purposes.

will

This wonderful law of permissions and of
overruling Providence
those
is

very comforting to
It
is

who
It

wish to do right.
very helpful in

the most

beautiful revelation that has broken

world.
teries

is

upon the clearing up mys-

and untangling circumstances. God's plans shall come to a grand and successful conclusion ; and men, however brilliant or powerful,

can not subvert them.

Our

little

boat,

driven by winds and covered with tempests and
darkness,
shall find
at
last the

shining and
sink, 'tis to

peaceful harbor.

"If my barque

another sea."

There

is

another thought connected with this

teaching of Divine Providence.
a supreme regard for our future.

The Lord has As the mari-

ner out on the sea, beating against contrary
winds, keeps his eye on the compass, and in

mental vision sees the far-off port and aims for
it,

so the

Lord thinks continually of the pur-

poses he has in view for us, and turns every-

thing to aid those purposes.

We

can not see the
lying on
its

end;

he can.

I saw a babe

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mother's bosom, borne along on the swift express
to

the city of
it

Boston.
it

It

knew

not

whither

came, whither

went, or by what

means it sped onward. It tossed, and kicked, and screamed, and made everybody miserable in the car itself the most unhappy of all yet

;

it

did not alter the course of the train in the

least.

The mother

held

it

tightly to her breast

the trainmen went cheerfully about their duties,
as

though nothing had happened
Street

;

was making perfect time.
land

It arrived at

and the train Kneeall

on the tabulated minute,

on

board safe and sound.

Of

course, the infant
;

was too young to be responsible
as

yet

it

serves

an

illustration.
r

What made

the infant un-

happy w as its unrest. Everything was just right, and it was speeding in the right direction.

Its turbulence did not alter the schedule
it

time;

happy.
this

simply made The world is

itself
filled

and others unwith people of
alter any-

type, speeding along

on the train of the
they only
It
is

Lord's providences.

They do not

thing by their discontent;

make

themselves and others miserable.

thus that

God's babes are carried on in the arms of the
Eternal Goodness.

He

will

do what

is

best

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Us.

155

however much they murmur or rebel. And he is doing what they, if they could see The infant reaches Bosthe end, would wish. ton on time and we shall pass through such experiences as are for our best good, whether we do it willingly or not, and shall reach our
;

journey's end at the appointed hour.

Shall

we

go feverish, rebellious, miserable? or shall we go trusting and happy ?

The

great, calm, wise

Father has us in his embrace, and we shall go
on whether we will or not.

Many

people are troubled

by the seeming
tell

inequalities

of

life.

They can not

why

some are placed in circumstances of wealth why some are of noble blood, of robust health,
cradled in comfort, while others struggle with

every sorrow that

human

life

admits.

These

contemplations turn the hearts of

from God.
the

But we ought
it

to

Lord does not regard

that

many away remember that which speedily

passes away, except as

serves the great end in

view.

He

looks

to

our future.

He

always

what will be and what will make If poverty and us hardiest and thriftiest. struggle will do it, we shall have poverty and
looks to character.
best in our particular case,
struggle.

He knows

Some

plants are better for the frosts,

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not.

Us.

some are
fight,

If

it

will be better for us to

God

will not withhold

from us that opin his

portunity.

Some

thrive
it.

only on opposition,

others sink under

The Lord holds

hands
tunity,

all

the winds of circumstance and opporwill

blow upon us from the direction that will carry us onward to the best things. If we trust him, we shall go on in peace; if we do not trust him, we shall go on
and
in turbulence; but

we shall go on

— nothing

will

alter his plan for us.

He gives each what is best.
God
of love and
will give us wealth,
it

We

can not believe in a

wisdom, and doubt that he
health, power,

and even
can

royalty, if

would be
see

best for us.

How

we

doubt,

when we

that

people come

into these things almost in-

variably

by the providences of the
is

Lord?
;

Really, about everything

inherited

we

in-

herit wealth, health, or the gifts
these.

which bring

If a

man

inherit genius that brings
it

wealth and power,

is

him only another way of
It
is

saying that he inherits wealth and power.

God who

gives

men
;

their gifts

and

faculties

by

which they get on
blood, impulse

in life.

Men

inherit health,

they come into an American,

Chinese, or Hottentot family without any volition of their

own.

And we

can not believe in a

God Caring For
partial

Us.

157
in a

God and

at the

same time believe

good God.

Whatever gifts we have, whatever wealth or power we have, wherever we are placed or If circumstanced, that must be best for us. God is all-wise and all-loving, it must be so. If he had found it best, he could have had
us born
ten

thousand years ago as well as

now.
if

He

could have placed us in the family

of an Astor, or in the royal house of Hanover,

he had seen that would be he
is

best.

If he could
not all-wise

not, then

not Omnipotent.
us,

If he will not
is

do the very best for

then he

and

all-loving.

If we are faithfully and trustit is

ingly doing our part, and lack this or that,
a blessed lack.

We
men
earth.

may

say that

it

is

the doings of wicked

that

make poverty and struggle in the Yes but if it were not best for us to
;

have poverty and struggle,
their designs, or he

God would overrule would have placed us in

another age, other conditions, other circumstances.

While he does not excuse the wrongs

of men, he uses both the adverse and the genial
forces to affect his purposes.
his design

The

pattern of
see

we view from underneath, and
thread and

tangled

masses of

conglomerate

158

God Winning

Us.

hues, without harmony, order, or beauty.

The
glori-

other side, beheld by the eye of God,

is

ously different.
" Seamy and dark with despair and disaster, Turn it, and lo the design of the Master.
!

'

Church teaches that the world is directed by Infinite Love and Infinite Wisdom. All laws, physical and spiritual, are laws
the

Then

New

of love.

They could not be

otherwise, coming,

as they do,

dom.

Sorrow

from the hand of Love and Wisarises from subverting them; all

trouble arises from the

wrong

uses of someis

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Honey

is

to

be eaten, and

agree;

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but, placed in the eye,
it

becomes a source of
arises

pain and injury.

Every sorrow

from the
It

ignorant or wilful breaking of laws.

may

be

we

are suffering
;

from the indiscretions of

our ancestors

diseases are sent

down

the stream

of heredity, inflicting woes upon the innocent.

Laws are
ever.

all beneficent,

and when the race obeys
flee

them, sorrow and suffering shall

away

for-

The Lord guides every

soul with ten-

derest

mercy; in our darkest and guiltiest moments he permits only that which will be best for us. Whether pain or pleasure, it is

God Caring For

Us.

159

Love

that allows

it.

It

is

the chisel and the

sandpaper cutting and polishing, but ever beautifying.

Our very
it

agonies will contribute to
perfection
;

our happiness and

every breeze,

whether

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the sails that bear us into port.

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