The Nature of Evil; Considered in a Letter to the REV. Edward Beecher Volume 4

The Nature of Evil; Considered in a Letter to the REV. Edward Beecher Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ... of God through the redemption effected by Christ. No fancy can be so puerile, therefore, as that which leads us to think that we are going by our moral or ecclesiastical or other observances of any sort, to induce a more clement regard upon God towards us, than that which he exhibits towards all mankind. It is a fancy which we may tolerate in our children, for their minds are still undeveloped and carnal, and their tender spiritual understanding requires a rude and crude envelope or husk, to protect it in contact with the world. But for us maturer folk, for us who call ourselves the church of Christ on earth, we should be ashamed so to misconceive the facts of history, and stultify both law and gospel. For if we have ever read history without ecclesiastical spectacles, we perfectly know that the law was designed to minister to the gospel. That is to say, it was designed, while perfectlysubserving the uses of human society or fellowship, to bring into relief the immense spiritual lapse or interval which separates man from God, and so commend to his hope the redemption which descends exclusively from God out of heaven. It is specifically designed in its higher aspect to testify to this great fact of a Spiritual Fall of man, and by no manner of means to provide a ladder by which that fall might be overcome. He, therefore, who turns it into such a ladder, or finds it a witness of life instead of death to him, evidently eludes its palpable significance, and as evidently puts himself in equal measure out of relation to the gospel promise. To secure life from the law, spiritual life, or what is the same thing, to evade its spiritual curse, the subject is bound to perform its duties for their own sake alone, or without any eye to reward, that is to say...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236615328
  • 9781236615329