Excerpt from The Divine Gift of the Sacred Scriptures, and the Divine Legislator's First Manifestation of His Care, and Solicitude for His Human Creation: Essays No. I, II, III, and IV
Rism, Theism, Pantheism, Positivism, Agnosticism - including every other kindred school of ... thought, for which, as time progresses, the busy mind of men may invent other similar names will be found on examination to have all one and the same sad ruling purpose in common. This is to cover, with the more or less specious disguise of a profession of science, the virtual independence of man from the duty and the benefit of his submission to the laws of his Divine Creator.
The rebellion of the angels in heaven is known to us from the light of revelation as having been brief, sharp, and decisive, and as having drawn down upon the rebels a punishment irresistibly carried into execution, with a promptitude and a decision proportionate to the higher nature of the offenders and their offence. The nature of man being lower than that of the angels, created essentially ¿exible and persuasible in itself, and subjected by the condition of human life to an almost infinite variety of con¿icting in¿uences, some working for good and others for evil, - it has pleased the Divine Creator that the term of probation for man should be extended to the whole of his life. The merciful character of this dispensation is proved by the striking example of the penitent thief on the cross. By it a life that, to all human appearance, promised to end in utter reprobation, happily terminated in pardon and acceptance.
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