Above and Around, Thoughts on God and Man

Above and Around, Thoughts on God and Man

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...the revelation of God, through the teaching of Jesus; who not only tells us what is good, but brings us to see Him who is good, and to apprehend and admire real goodness, so that we are led rightly to use our freedom of will by choosing the right choice, as to Our God. THE EXERCISE OF RELIGION. Having consciously chosen for our God the' most powerful and the best, we come to consider the exercise of that religion which will be the result of this choice. Let us not mistake, by taking what are commonly called "religious exercises" for the exercise of our religion. The real exercise of religion may be well compared to the exercise of military duty. It is not by the regular performance of the required military exercises that the loyal and true soldier is proved; but by the exercise of the soldiership which pervades all his conduct and bearing, as well as his gallantry in the battlefield. The military exercises on parade and drill are only worth anything inasmuch as they serve to attain to this. And so it is with those religious exercises which consist of regularly performed acts, the observance of rites and ceremonies and ordinances, and recurring forms in public or in private. These acts of worship may be reverently and strictly performed, and conscientiously observed as religious exercises, and yet may not result in the more real exercise of religion. And unless they proceed from a really devout principle, and result in an habitual conduct and bearing in life, they are of verylittle value. Nevertheless, he who values these religious exercises as secondary in importance, when compared with the exercise of religion in the trial and campaign of life, will value religious exercises really much higher than any one does who, giving them an...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236548450
  • 9781236548450