The Eternal Presence; Sermons and Addresses

The Eternal Presence; Sermons and Addresses

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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. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...in life and death alike, --that, since he lives and reigns, no final and irremediable evil, no evil that is not in some way ordained to work at last for good, can possibly befall us. According to the second of the two principal ancient attempts to account for the origin of evil, all suffering of whatever nature is directly inflicted by the hand of God, as a retribution for sin. This was the belief of the Jews in early times. The idea of Satan as the great author of mischief was of comparatively late origin among them; it was partly borrowed from the Persians, and did not attain its full development until shortly before the time of Christ. In the view that chiefly prevailed the deluge was a divine judgment upon a wicked and perverse generation; the Babylonish captivity was a punishment for Israel's disobedience; the afflictions of an apparently good man, like Job, were only proofs that he must have been guilty of secret sins. This idea also survives at the present day. There are those who regarded the Chicago fire as a judgment upon a wicked city. There were those who thought the bad times and the bad harvests in England a few years ago a punishment for the national sin of establishing undenominational, or so-called "godless," schools. There is still here and there a person who thinks that, if a boy goes skating on Sunday and is drowned, it is a judgment upon him for Sabbath-breaking. Of the great number of wicked cities that are not burnt down, of the bad harvests that have been experienced even under the most orthodox administration, of the boys who go skating on Sunday and are not drowned, such people seem to make no account. "Last Tuesday," said a newspaper not long ago, "a clergyman of Ipswich was standing upon...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236949544
  • 9781236949547