The Kingdom of God Is Within You, Christianity Not as a Mystic Religion But as a New Theory of Life

The Kingdom of God Is Within You, Christianity Not as a Mystic Religion But as a New Theory of Life

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...making what some regard as evil be_acceptemmyfimers. 1'Xlready'"'at"tlie'time Christianity arose it was evident to a great number of people in the Roman Empire where it arose that what was regarded as evil by Nero and Caligula could not be regarded as evil by others. Even at that time men had begun to understand that human laws, though given out for divine laws, were compiled by men, and cannot be infallible, whatever the external majesty with which they are invested, and that erring men are not rendered infallible by assembling together and calling themselves a senate or any other name. Even at that time this was felt and understood by many. And it was then that Christ preached his doctrine, which consisted not only of the prohibition of resistance to evil by force, but gave a new conception of life and a means of putting an end to conflict between all men, not by making it the duty of one section only of mankind to submit without conflict to what is prescribed to them by certain authorities, but by making it the duty of all--and consequently of those in authority--not to resort to force against anyone in any circum stances. This doctrine was accepted at the time by only a very small number of disciples. The majority of men, especially all who were in power even after the nominal acceptance of Christianity, continued to maintain for themselves the principle of resistance by force to what they regarded as evil. So it was under the Roman and Byzantine emperors, and so it continued to be later. The insufficiency of the principle of__tl;ie authoritative definition of evil and resistance _I'=..". " "'""' to it by force, evident as it was in the early ages ofChristianity, becomesstill more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236972147
  • 9781236972149