Excerpt from The Door Opened: Giving a Comprehensive View of the End From the Beginning of Spirit Life, or a Revelation of the Way and Destiny of Man
The Bible comes to us as a jewel set in the great cycles of Time, overlaid with the beauties of Eternity, and re ﬂecting the image of the One Altogether Lovely. It has truth for its matter, God for its author, and salvation for its theme. Its pictures have exhausted the beautiful; its descriptions have unfolded the roll of all wisdom, dis covered the hidden treasures of the Earth, set before us the patterns of all things to come, taught all arts, indus tries and sciences; given the experience of the ages to all moral philosophies; set thrones, established govern ments, systematized thought, and adorned all eloquence; harmonized all the ornamentation of the earth, taught men how to live, and pillowed the head in the hours of death. It takes hold of the hand for protection, and leads to Eternal Life in the presence of Christ. Its rays of Divine Light cover the whole earth, illumines the dark vaults of the prison, penetrates the hovels of vice, and shines on the throne of Empires. Its truths are from everlasting to everlasting, and its blessings to the ends of the Infinite and Eternal. Its knowledge is too vast for one mind to receive it all, yet set apart, to all men, in sentences so complete and harmonious, that salvation is drawn in one breath, and the wayfarring man, though a fool, need not err therein.
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