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If God inhabiteth Eternity, so do his laws and judgments attend upon his attributes, from everlasting to everlasting
Now, these Gospels were to be made up for the use of all ages, to supply the need of a present visible Saviour for the eye of faith to rest upon, for the heart of love to be fastened on and filled with ; and therefore our Lord passes before us, the Way, the Truth, the Life, in the boundless translucent mirror of his own divinely inspired Scriptures, in connection with all classes of men, all junctures of circumstance, all emergencies; and always we behold His divine attributes in action. And if he were on earth now, he would live among us and for us just as he did then, when he abode here for a season in the form and with the sympathies of our humanity.
All this is pure educational truth, taught and commanded by God manifest in the Aesh. It is the very mercy of God, set forth in precious incontrovertible lessons for our souls, and doctrines for the state and destiny of man. The mercy of God in Christ, man as a sinner, Christ as a Saviour; man as exposed to eternal death because of sin, Christ as offering eternal life to those who trust in him, can anything be conceived more worthy to be taught, more necessary to be taught, by Divine infallible authority, as truth that cannot honestly be disbelieved? Is there any being in the world who has a right to command these things, but only He, who is the way, the Truth, the Life; who is Love, Light, Goodness? Can such truth ever be learned by scientific experiment, even though science worked till doomsday, and by men perfectly disinterested? The greatest natural love of truth in the world can never discover how God will treat the sinner against God; nor what sin is in its forces, its consequences, if left to go on with its work till death.
Let the Eighty-first, Eighty-second, and Ninetyfourth Psalms, applied by our blessed Lord to the Hebrews themselves, be laid to heart by the people of the United States,- voters, representatives, legislators, rulers, judges, parents, and teachers: “How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Defend the poor and fatherless : do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and walked in my ways! But they walked in their own counsels; so I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust. They walk on in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are out of course. They gather themselves together against the soul
of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood. But the Lord shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the Lord our God shall cut them off.” What can be done if we reject the Scriptures ?
Our Centennial Addresses were very properly biographical remembrances of the founders of our republic,-memorial windows in the palace of which they have been the architects. Where did they get their wisdom? How can it be prolonged, and such noble natures perpetuated with it?
They grew out of an education in the Scriptures as the Word of God, the ruling authority for indi. viduals and nations. Our village independence, our town meetings for self-government, the admitted authority of the wisest and best men, their continued and quiet election to office, sprung from the same habits. As Franklin reasoned concerning electricity and lightning, so his mind taught him that the wisdom that could make Congress a fit guide to make a constitution for the country was from God; and he called for daily prayer, in which the Congress had failed to begin its own sessions. A hundred years pass away, and we are proposing to forbid prayer to God on the plea of an enlightened liberalism of conscience, that must set forth atheism as one of the congeries of our religions. Well, it is only one; and if prayer can be forbidden by that, it can be taught, and should be taught in all fairness, by the others; and so some kind of religion must come in, and some kind of God be acknowledged. Well, a hundred years after Franklin's reasonings are acknowledged to have been just, having been proved by experimental result of our prosperity, which everywhere we refer to God, we propose to cut loose from the Author and Giver of all our good, and expel his worship and his laws, and above all his Sabbath and its free gospel of mercy in Christ, from the sehool-teachings of our children!
A low view of Divine Inspiration relaxes all the power of human thinking and reasoning, all confidence in language as a medium of thought and belief. It enters as a palsy of doubt and unbelief into all our legislation, our morality, our religion. It makes an unintelligible riddle of the universe. Nothing can be reliable, if God's Word is not infallible, all-sufficient, and eternal. We must take and securely hold that postulate, or we have nothing,- neither foundation nor superstructure.
It is a good old proverb, that prevention is bet. ter than cure ; good for parents, for children, and for all mankind. “ Thy WORD HAVE I HID IN MINE HEART, THAT I MIGHT NOT SIN AGAINST THEE.” Was anything better than this ever uttered for the guidance of mankind ?
Moses put a veil before his face when he came from an audience of forty days with God, because the light was too dazzling, even as a type of the incarnation of the Divine glory. But these philosophers excommunicate both Moses and Christ from all mention, from all vision even through a veil. If they could have their way, never a child in Christendom, educated in the public schools, should get a glirnpse of that face of divine light and love, the remembrance of whose radiance, if they once beheld it in childhood, would never leave them, and might be the means of new creating them.
But our antibiblical legislators and philosophers insist first, that the infinitely precious lessons of Christianity shall never be taught to the children, nor the fact of Christ's own childhood ever be named in their hearing ; and second, “There shall be neither reading nor teaching of the Bible in the schools, nor any mention of what is called the Christian religion there. The schools belong to the Government, not to God; and the Gospel of his Son, so called, must be kept out of them in order to preserve the state from an Ecclesiastical tyranny over and against the consciences of the people, of whose consciences we, their appointed governors, are the keepers. It is our will, therefore, that the Christian religion, so called, shall not be mentioned or defined in the schools. Keep it