The Nature of Evil; Considered in a Letter to the REV. Edward Beecher, D.D., Author of the Conflict of Ages

The Nature of Evil; Considered in a Letter to the REV. Edward Beecher, D.D., Author of the Conflict of Ages

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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: ...which follows such persuasion? Thus this legal frame -'f mind, this pretension to bo diHtinguishod in tho Divine sight by any thing we can de, is a most pointed affront to tho gospel, because it proves in any particular enso tho natural enmity of tho hoart which it is tho gospel olrico to Bubdue, still unabated, and practically dismisses Christ unthanked. In fact, it is precisely this spiritual state of man, a stato of apparent life in himself, but of real death, which Conscience or tho Law was designed to bring into-relief, for tho purposo of shutting us up to despair of our own righteousness, and to boundless hope in tho Divine. And ho aecordingly who under tho blessed light of tho gospel persists in chorishing that temper, not merely misconceived tho gospel, but makes himself also utterly necunietl of tho Law. Ho despises tho redemption purehased by tho blood of' Christ, and a fortiori of course eternally removes himself from tho polo of tho Christian salvation. Let us glance for a moment at tho operation of Conscience. Conscience, or tho moral law, has two tables or aspects: one towards God, anothor towards man; ono literal, tho othor spiritual; one revealing tho duties wo owo to our fellow-man or society, tho othor revealing tho spirit from which those duties flow. One of those tables ays simply, Thou shall not covet, steal, murder, and so forth. Now if I ohey theso requisitions exactly nnd sincerely, I shall undoubtedly merit tho esteem of my fellow-men, and tho society which should fail to honor such desert, would confess itself far gono in corruption. But now suppose mo on tho ground of this unqucstionable social desert, aspiring also after tho Divino plaudit: fupposo mo honestly expecting on tho ground of my admitted moral...
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  • English
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