Excerpt from Jesus and Modern Thought
This and kindred questions have always arisen, and the result has been, both in and outside the Church, that the life and death of Jesus have become subjects of such complex metaphysical discussions - as to how he could sufi'er, grow, increase in wisdom, be tempted or even die, that all simplicity of thought upon the matter is at an end. Then men who do not take pleasure in solving intellectual problems, and who want some clear foundation for spiritual feeling, end at last in feeling towards Jesus in two plain fashions - either as if he were wholly a man, or as if he were wholly God. In the first instance they really believe what we be lieve, whether they stay or not in the Churches; in the second, they tend to lose sight of God the Father altogether, and to replace Him in their hearts by Jesus; or they worship, as they want them, two Gods. Many abide easily in conclusions of this second kind, but as many are at last driven to ask - Is all this really conceivable, or if conceivable, is it comforting Then they are obliged to confess that they are in a maze, and have but little consolation in losing themselves therein.
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