The Burning Bush; And Other Sermons

The Burning Bush; And Other Sermons

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...then as to-day struck men as the marks of more than ordinary piety; but against so unjust a conception the whole force of Christianity protested. A man might be eloquent--a man might be attended with enormous evangelistic success--a man might perform prodigies in the cause of Christ; but if he lacked the one motive and principle of religion, he was nothing but sounding brass or tinkling cymbal. True religion, on the contrary, consisted in the ready heart and ready hand, and was to be seen in the simple and the unrecorded act of love. The giving of a glass of cold water, the visiting the sick, the comforting the sorrowing, the working with busy hands in the place which the Father of all had assigned, --in acts obscure and unnoted as these the spirit of religion could find as much scope and as much delight as in the more ostentatious deeds of religionists. It is true that later ages saw the revival of that morbid craving for acts of eccentric and senseless selfexalting; but this was the outflow of the feebleness of human nature, not the product of the gospel spirit. The act of Simon Stylites was at variance with the genius of Christianity, just as truly as the self-immolation of the Gentoo, and the degraded self-torture of the Indian Fakeer. These might strike the crowd as eminently holy men because of their unusual performances; but the sign of the Child in the manger may serve to remind us that true religion can flourish without the stimulus of novelties or religious excitements--that that indeed is the truest, because the most sustained religion, that can be religious without being conspicuous. By this teaching the ordinary acts of life became dignified. The light of heaven, which was supposed to linger only upon the brows of the exalted..
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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236894510
  • 9781236894519