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far away from our moorings as a nation if
we feed our souls upon the romance of war. Young women may be swept away to believe *hat everything in khaki is an angel of light. Our young boys may feel that war is u noble thing in itself. We forget the awful reality ? the bloodshed, the hate, the passion, the cru elty, the desolation, the destruction of a1! that is fine and elevating in man. War is the by product. of hell. No romance could or should affect us about this matter. Again, there is the danger that we may grow selfish. War times are the very times when our fundamental selfishness comes to the top. "Every man for himself" is its motto. In business it takes the direction of profiteering ? in individuals in looking out for self, at the expense of the common whole. While these days will bring out thousands of noble deeds, and qualities hitherto unsus pected will spring into noble flower; on the other hand the weeds of selfishness will grow rank in the dark soil of sin. Are we on our guard ? Let us heed the ad monition of the apostle: "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, what soever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." A. A. L. Contributed THE FORM OF GOD. By Rev. J. B. Warren. Recently you had two articles on this sub ject, one quoted from another publication in which it was contended that God must have a form, and a communication supporting the contrary. 1 have thought much of this important mat ter, and desire through your courtesy to pre sent a conclusion which seems fully support ed by reason and Scripture. Of course such at subject requires great reverence and cau tion, in which spirit I present the following. Of course one or the other of these positions must be true and the other not. God either has no form or lie has a form. Let us take up the negative first, viz., God has no form. Then ? 1. If He is infinite He must be like the boundless space or the ether that is supposed to fill it. Only these can be said to have no form. All things else of which we know, ani mate. and inanimate, have definite forms. The vast oceans have forms; the gigantic worlds and the smallest flower and microbes have forms. Men, created in the image of God, have forms. If, then, God has no form He must have less individuality and personality than any member of His creation ? an indefi nite, formless something pervading in nis es sence all space ? if it may be reverently said, spread out through infinite space. 2. Then He has no individuality or personal ity. It is needless to enlarge on this point, it is so entirely self-evident. It is the God of Pantheism that teaches that God is an all-per vading essence, everywhere in His existence, coming into visibility in material forms. This is not the God of the Bible. Now as to the thought that God has a form. 1. It has been objected that the Bible teaches that God has no form, and reference is made to the passage in Deuteronomy where God for bids any one to attempt to represent Him by any picture or image. But the passage forbids any attempt to make any likeness of God not because lie has no form, but because no one had ever seen him ? "for (because) ye saw no manner of similitude on the day when the Lord spake unto you in Horeb." So far is this from proving that God has no form it implies it, and warns against attempting to represent Him in any form, for they had never seen that form. That is the specific reason given. 2. It is said that form limits, and God can not be limited. It is true that form limits the outlines of a person, but it does not limit his nature, attributes or duration. God may have 0 form and still be "infinite, eternal and un changeable in His being, wisdom, power, holi ness, justice, goodness and truth." 3. The Bible teaches that God has a form. We read of Christ "Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men." The word form in the first ease means the same as in the second; they both mean form in the usual sense or they would be misleading. Again, "Who, being the brightness of His (the Fath ei *s> glory and the express image of His per son." cannot mean simply and alone in charac ter and attributes, but in personal likeness, as the words imply, though veiled in humanity. ?4. God is revealed as the Creator of all things by the word of His power, and as the Sovereign of the universe; lie sits on a glo rious throne in the heavens, from which He governs all things in the universe great and small; He is infinitely wise, powerful, holy, just, merciful and gracious; He loves, hates, rewards and punishes. All this identifies a person. Now the human mind cannot possibly conceive of a person without form. It is in credible, utterly contrary to reason, and God would not mock our understanding by using words which flatly contradict our reason, ex perience and observation. If God is without form He is also without individual personal ity, which is contrary to reason and the plain teaching of Scripture. It is asked, "What, then, becomes of the truth so plainly taught that God is omnipres ent ? present everywhere at the same time ? if He is a person with a form and sits on a throne?" This implies, doubtless unconscious ly, the very erroneous idea of the impersonal essence pervading all things. If God is a per sonal Being and sits on a throne, as the Bible tcaches, He cannot be present everywhere at the same time as to His Being, which is per sonal and therefore has a definite form, and does not extend throughout space in a form less essence. It may be safely said that God's omnipresence is founded on Ilis omniscience. He is present everywhere because He sees everything and knows everything ? that is, everything is present to Him. A simple illustration will serve. Say I am addressing an audience of five hundred per sons. They are in many places in the room. 1 am on the platform ; I am not, in my per son, just where each and all those people are. But they are all present to me ; I see them all ; I hear them if they speak; I observe their movements. I can be said to be omnipresent to all the persons in that room, not because I am personally beside each and every one, but because I see them all and observe their ac tions. Extend this infinitely and in absolute perfection to God. He is omnipresent because all things are present to Him, 4 'naked and open" even as to the thoughts of men; omni present, though a personal Being on the uni versal throne, therefore with some form. This is necessarily brief in relation to such a subject, but may help the thoughts of some. As to what the form of God is, I have impres sions that satisfy me on that point, but I must leave that out at present. Berkley, Cal. THE FOOT OF THE RAINBOW. By Williams Montgomery. Who can lind the foot of the rainbow! As it bridges the sky a perfect arch it is God's own symbol of the perfection and far away reach of His mercy. That faultless arc is all-inclusive. "There's a wideness in (Jod's mercy, Like the wideness of the sea." Far as the wind blows and the rain falls must be published the tidings of Jesus. How ever men may limit peace with God to the Caucasian race, to the American continent, to their home town, God sends His mercy upon Chinaman, Fijian and Zappo Zap as well as upon Virginian and Carolinian. Wherever sin shackles men they need mercy; wherever men groan in bitter bondage they need mercy, wherever men make Satan's brick without straw they need mercy. Accordingly, Christ was missionary to the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, Peter was missionary to the Baby lonians, .Jonah to the Assyrians, Philip to the African negro, Paul (probably) to the Span iards. The message of the horizon-spanning rainbow is, "Peace and good will, good will and peace, Peace and good will to all mankind." To the Chinese the rainbow is an omen of terror. To them that know not God, the very emblem of Ilis kindness is a harbinger of dread. The truth of God has been changed into a lie. To right that falsehood, to banish that dread, to publish peace to all that are afar off is the duty of every Christian whose hopes cling to the rainbow of mercy. As the rain was the death-dealing hammer for all mankind, so the rainbow in the rain is the life giving token of salvation for all mankind. And for us this banner of love unfurled in the heavens is the signal to go over the top of in difference to charge the trenches of idolatry that the eyes of the heathen may be enlight ened, that they may comprehend with all saints is the exceeding greatness and goodness of our God. "Waft, waft, ye winds, his story, And you, ye waters, roll, Till, like a sea of glory, It spreads from pole to pole." NORTHERN BAPTISTS AFTER AN EXTRA MILLION. The Northern Baptists are feeling the need of increased contributions for their work. Like all other churches they are facing higher costs and growing opportunities. With nor mal receipts debt and curtailment of work stare them in the face. The Church is awaking to its needs and its responsibilities and an earnest effort is being made to raise $1,000,000 in addi tion to their regular gifts, so that the various departments of their work may be carried on without curtailment and without the embar rassment of debt. The effort is to raise this whole amount by the 31st of March. Those who are familiar with conditions in this church say that the movement is meeting with universal enthusiasm and that there is no doubt that the amount will be raised. All honor to this great church. .May its people give liberally that the work God has given them ta do may be faithfully done.