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v THE ENTERPRISE, WEDNESDAY JUNE 12; 1861
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CHRIST'S BOYHOOD.
Dr. T aim ago Preaohea on "Christ
as a Villa Lad."
Koamlog the mill d Climbing the
Trace Around Nrth Working la
' ' His Father'! Carpsntsr Shop, and
Teaching the Doctor! In
the Temple,
The ub)eot of Dr. Talmage's recent ser
mon was "Christ the Village Lad." He took
for bis text Luke 1140: "And the child
, grew tnd waxed strong in spirit, filled with
wisdom; and the grace of Ood was upon
;nlm.". Following is the sermon i
-; About Christ as a village lud. I speak.
There is for the most part a silence more
than eighteen centuries long about Christ
between infancy and manhood. What kind
of boy was he! Was ho a genuine boy at
' all or did there settle upon him from the
Start all the intensities of martyrdom! We
bars on this subject only a little guessing,
' a few surmises, and bore and there an un
important "perhaps." Concerning what
; bounded that boyhood on both sides we have
' whole libraries of books and whole galleries
of can vast and sculpture. Before the In
fant Christ in Mary's arms, or taking his
first sloop in the rough outhouse, all the
pain tors bow, and we have Paul Veronese's
''Holy Family" and Perugino's "Nativity"
and Angelica da Ficsole's "Infant Christ"
nd Rubens' "Adoration of the Magi" and
. Ttatorot'a "Adoration of the Magi" and
Chlrlandojo's "Adoration of the Magi" and
, Raphael's "Madonna" and Orcagna's ''Ma
donna" and Murlllo's "Madonna," and Ma
donnas by all the schools of painting In all
.. lights and shades and with all styles of at
tractive feature and impressive surround
ings, but pen and pencil and chisel have,
With few exceptions, passed by . Christ the
Village lad. Yet by three conjoined evi
dence I think wo can come to as accurate
an idea of what Christ was as a boy as wo
ean of what Christ was as a mail.
First, we have the brief Bible account
Then we have the prolonged account of
what Christ was at thirty years of age. Now
yon have only to minify that account some
' what and you And what ho was at ten years
of age. Temperaments nover change. A
eangukie temperament never becomes a
phlegmatic temperament. A nervous tem
perament never becomes a lymphatio tem
perament. Religion changes one's affec
tions and ambitions, but it is the same old
temperament acting in a dlfferentdlrection..
As Christ had the religious change, He was
as a lad what He was as man, only on not
so large a scale. When all tradition, and all
art, and all history represent Him as a
blonde with golden hair I know He was in
boyhood a blondo. -
We have, beside, an jninixed book that
was for the first three or four centuries
' after Christ's appearance received by many
las inspired, and which gives prolonged
, aooountof Christ's boyhood. Borne of lt
. f may do true, most or u may do true, none
M 1 1 I . - T. w . 1 1 i.
u iii mmy w irua. ji wy w purity uuui on
; Toot, 'or by the passage of the ages, some
Teal facts may have been distorted. But
because a book Is not divinely Inspired we
are -not therefore to conclude that there are
not true things in It. Presoott's "Conquest
of Mexico" was not Inspired, but we believe
It although It may contain mistakes.
Macaulay's "Hlstory'Of England" was not
i Inspired, bat we believe it although it may
tiave been marred with many errors. The so-
r - -celled apocryphal gospel In which the boy
hood of Christ is dwelt upon 1 do not be
lieve to be divinely Inspired, and yet it may
. 'present facts worthy of consideration. Be
"Cause It represents the boy Christ as rer
' forming miracles toms have overthrown
that whole apocryphal book. But what
right have you to say that Christ did not
, perform miracles at ton years Of -age as well
. as at thirty I lie was In boyhood on certain
( ly divine as in manhood. Then "while a lad
' ' he most have had the power to work mlra-
- eles, whether he did or did ant work them.
When, having reached manhood, Christ
tarned water idto wine that was said to be
the beginning Of miracles. But that may
mean that It was the beginningof that series
- of manhood mtracles. In award, I think
that the New Testament is-snlv a small
transcript Ot what Jesus did and
Said. . Indeed, the Bible declares posi
tively that If all Christ did and said
were written,' the world would not con
tain the books. Ho we are sit liberty to be
. iieve or reject those parts of the apocryphal
. gospel which -says that when the boy Christ
with Bis mother passed a band of thieves
lie told His mother thattwesf toem, Du-
maohas and Titus by nsxia,-would be the
two thieves who' afterwards would expire
on the cross" beside Him, was that more
wonderful than some of .Christ's manhood
prophesies! 'Or the uninspired story that
the boy Christ mode a fountain spring from
the roots of -s sycamore tree so that His
mother washed his coat in the J" ream was
that more unbelievable than the manhood
' miracle that dhanged oommoa water into
marriage beverage! Or the uninspired story
Inst two sick -children were recovered by
' . bathing h) the water where Christ had
washed! Was that more wonderful than
the manhood miracle by wbfc h the woman
twelve years a complete invalid should have
been made straight by touching the fringe
of Christ's ooall
In other words, while I -ds not believe
that any of the so-called apocryphal New
Testament is iLspired, I Del love much of it
is true; Juntas I boilove a thousand books,
none of which are divinely inspired. Much
Of It was Just H'te Christ. Just as certain
as the man Christ was the most of the time
getting men on of trouble, I think that the
boy Christ was the most of the time getting
ooys out of trouble. I have declared to yon
this day a boy's Christ. And the world
wants such a sue. He did not sit around
-moping over what was to be or what was.
'From the way to which natural objoct un-
wreathod themselves Into his sermons after
be had benone a man I concluded there was
not a rock or a'hill or a cavern or a tree for
-miles around tist he was not familiar with
- to childhood. He had cautiously felt
ills way down into the oaves and
had with llthesmd agile limb gahsed a poise
on many a high tree top. His boyhood was
' passed among -grand scenery as most all
Mm great natures have passed early life
- among the mountains. They may live now
, on the flats, but they passed the noceptlve
, days of lodhood among the hills. Among
the mountains of Mew Hampshire or the
'-, mountains of Virginia or the mountains of
' Kentucky or the mountains of Switzerland
or Italy or Austria or Scotland,' or aioun
' tains as high and ragged as they, many of
the world's thrllllug biographies began.
Our Lord's boyhood was passed in a neigh
borhood twelve hundred - font above
the level of the sea, and surrounded
' by mountains five or six hundred feet still
. higher. . Before It could shine on the Til
lage where this boy slept the sun had to
' slimb far enough np to look over hill that
held their heads far aloft. From yonder
heigh t his eye at one sweep took In the mighty
1 ' sooop of the valleys and with another sweep
took in the Mediterranean sea, and you hear
the grandeur of the ollff s and the surge of
- the great waters in his matchless sermonol-ogy-
One day I see that divine boy, the
' wind flurry lnghls hair over his sun-browned
forehead, standing on a bill-top looking off
upon Lake Tiberias, on which at one time,
according to profane history, 'are not four
hundred but four thousand ships. Authors
have taken pains to say that Christ was not
affooted by these surroundings, and that he
Uv-l from within, .lived outward and
indepondont of circumstances. Ho far
from that bolng true, he was the
most sensitive being that ever walked
the earth, and if a pale invalid's
weak finger could not touch His robe with
out strength going out from Him, those
mountains and seas could not have touched
His eye without Irradiating His entire nature
with their magnificence. I warrant that
He mounted and explored all the bins
around Nazareth, among thorn Hermon with
Its crystal coronot of perpetual snow, and
Carmol and Tabor and Oilboa, and thoy all
had their sublime echo in after time from the
Oltvetio pulpit.
And then It was not uncultivated gran-
dour. These hills carried in tholr arms or on
tholr backs gardens, groves, orchards, ter
races, vineyards, cactus, sycamores. These
outbranching foliages did not have to wait
for the floods before their silence was bro
ken, for through them and over them and In
circles round them and under them were
pelicans, wore thrushes, were sparrows,
were nightingales, were larks, were quails,
were blackbirds, were partridges, worebul-
buls. Yonder the white flocks of sheep
nowed down over the pasture lands. And
yonder the brook rehearses to the pebbles
its adventures down the rocky shelving.
Yonder are the Orlontal homos, the house
wife with pitcher on the shouldor entering
the door, and down the lawn, in front chil
dren reveling among the flaming flora. And
all this spring and song and grass and sun
shine and shadow woven into the most ex
quisite nature that ever breathed or wept
or sung or suffered. Through studying the
sky between the hills Christ had nottoed
the weather signs, and that a crimson sky
at night meant dry weather next day, and
that a crimson sky in the morning meant
wet weather before night. And how beau
tifully he made use of it In after years, at
he drove down upon the pestiferous Phari
see and Soddacee, by crying out: When it
is evening ye say It will be fair weather, lor
the sky is rod, and in the morning it will be
foul weathor to-day, for the sky is red and
lowering. O ye hypocrites, yo can discern
the face of the sky, but can vo not discern
the signs of the times." , By day, as every
boy has done, he watched the barnyard fowl
at sight of ovor-swinging hawk clack her
chickens undor wing and in after years he
said: "O, Jorusalem, Jerusalem I How
often would I have gathered thee as a hen
gatherethher chickens under hor wing I"
By night ho hod noticed his mother by ths
plain candlo light which, as over and anon
It was snuffed and the removed wick put
down on the candlestick, beamed brightly
through all tho family sitting-room as his
mother was mending bis garments that had
been torn duringtheday'swandcringamong
the rocks or bushes, and years afterward it
all came out in the smile of tho greutcstser
mon ever preached : "Neither do men light a
candle and put it under a bushol, but in a
candlestick, and it giveth light to all who
are In the bouse. Let your light so shine."
Borne time when his mother in the autumn
took oat the clothes that had been put away
for the summer he noticed how tho moth
miller flew out and the coat dropped apart
ruined and useless, and so twenty
years of tor ho enjoined: "Lay up
for yourselves treasures In Heaves, where
neither moth nor rust can corrupt." His
boyhood spontamong birds and flowers, they
all caroled and bloomod again fifteen years
after as he cries out: "Behold the fowls of
the air." "Consider the lUlcs."- A great
storm one day during Christ's boyhood
blackened the heavens and angered the
rivers. Perhaps standing la the door of the
carpenter's shop he watched it gathering
(sudor sod wilder until two cyclones, one
sweeping down from Mount Tabor and the
other from Mount Carmol, nwt In the valley
of Esdraolon and two houses are caught in
the fury and crash goes the one and trium
phant stands the other, mad be noticed that
one bad shifting sand for a foundation and
the other an eternal rock for basis; and
twenty years after be built tbo whole scene
Into apororatlon of flood and whirlwind that
setsod the audienoe and lifted them Into the
heights of sublimity with the two great
arms of pathos and terror, which sublime
words I render, asking yon as far as possi
ble to forgot that you ever heard them be
fore: "Whosoever heareth these sayings
of mine, anddooth ttiom.l will liken hlra
unto a wise man, which built his house
upon a rock; and tho rain descondod, and
tlie floods came, and the winds blew, and
beat upon that house; andltfcll not; for It
was founded upon a rock. And every one
that heareth these sayings of mine, and
dooth them not, sail be likened onto a
foolish man, which built his house upon tho
sand: and tho rain descended, and the
floods came, and the winds blew, and beat
upon that bouse; and It fell; and great waa
the fall of It"
Yes, from the naturalness, tho simplicity,
the freshness, of His parables and similea
snd metaphors in manhood discourse' I
know that Ho had been a boy of the fields
and had bathed fat the streams and heard
the nightingales call, and broken through
the flowery hedge and looked out of the
embrasures of toe fortress, and drank from
tho wolls and chased the butterflies, which
travelers say have always been one of tho
Hitting beauties of that landscape, and
talked with the strange people of Damascus
and Egypt and Happbons and Syria, who la
caravans or on foot psssed through Els
neighborhood, the dogs barking at their ap
proach at sundown. As afterwards He was
a perfect man, ia the tine of which I speak
He was a perfect boy, with the spring of a
boy's foot, the sparkle of a boy's eye, the
rebound of a boy's life.snd Just the opposite
of those Juveniles who -sit around morbid
and nnelastio, old men -st ten. I warrant
He was able to take His own part and
to take the part of -others. In that
village of Nasaroth I am certain
there was what Is -found in all tie
neighborhoods of the earth, that terror f
children, the bully, Who seems bom
to strike, to punch, to bruise, to overpower
the less muscular and robust The Christ
who afterward la no lloiitcd terms fle-
Bounced hypocrite and Pharisee, I warrant,
never let such Juvenile villain Impose upon
less vigorous childhood and yet go unscathed
and undefended. At ten years he was in
sympathy with the underlings as he was at
thirty and three, I want no further inspired.
or uninspired information to persuade ma
that ha was a splendid boy, a radiant boy,
the grandest holiest mightiest boy of all
the ages. Hence I commend him as a boy's
Christ What multitudes between ten and
fifteen years have found him out as the one
Just suited by his own personal experienoe
to help any boy.
Let the world loot out bow It treads on a
bov, for that very moment it treads on
Christ Ton strike a boy, you strike Christ;
yon Insult a boy, you insnlt Christ; you
chest a boy, you cheat Christr It Is an
awful and Infinite mistake to oome as far as
manhood without a Christ when "here is a '
boy Christ That was one reason why, I
suppose, that Jonathan Edwards, after
wards the greatest American loglalan and
preacher of bis time, became a Christian at
seven years of age; and Robert Hall, who
afterwords shook Christendom with his
sacred eloquence, became a Christian at
twelve years of age; and Isaac Watte, who
divided with Charles Wesley the dominion
of holy song, became a Christian at alae
years of age; and If In any large religion
assemblage it were asked that all the men
and women who learned to love Christ
before they- were fifteen years of age
would please ' lift ' their right hand,
there would be enough hands lifted
to wave a coronation. What is true In a
religious senso Is true in a secular sense.
Thnn,ifivin. umaind hi school fellows !
with talents whlohin after years mode the
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world stare. Isaoo Newton, the boy, Dy
driving pogs in the side of a house to mark
the decline of the sun, evidenced a disposi
tion towards the experiments whloh after
wards showed the nations how the worlds
swing. Robert Btophonson, the boy, with
his kite on the commons experimented with
eleotrio currents snd prophesied work
which should yet make him Immortal. "Oct
out of my way I" said a rough man to a boy,
"got out of my way I what are you good for,
anyhow!" The boy answered: "They
make men out of such things as we are."
Hear it, fathers, mothers! hear it philan
thropists snd patriots! hoar It, all the
young! The temporal and eternal destiny
oftUomostof tho Inhabitants of this earth
Is decided bofore fourteen years of age. Be
hold the Naiareth Christ, the vlllugo Christ,
the country Chrlsti the bpy Christ
But having shown you the divine lad In
the fields, I must show you him in the me
chanic's shop. ' Joseph, his father, died very
early, Immediately after the famous trip to
the temple, and this lad had not only to sup
port himself, but support his mother, and
what that is some of you know. There is a
royal race of boys on earth now doing the
same thing. They wear no crown. They
have no purple robe adroop from their
shoulders. , The plain chair on which they
sit la as much unlike a throne as any thing
you can. Imagine, But Ood knows what
they are doing and through what sacrifices
they go, and through all eternity Ood will
keep paying thorn for their filial behavior.
Thoy shall get full measure ot reward,
the measure pressed down, shaken together,
and running over. They have their example
In this boy Christ takingcareof bis mother.
Ho had been taught the carpenter's trade
by his fathor. The boy had done the plainer
work at the shop while bis father had put on
the finishing touches of the work. The boy
also cleared away the chips and blocks, and
shavings. He helped hold the different
pieces of work while the father Joined them.
In our day we have all kinds of mechanics,
and the work Is dlvidod up among them.
But to be carpenter In Christ's boyhood
days meant to make plows, yokes, shovels,
wagons, tables, chairs, sofas, houses and
almost overy thing that was made. For
tunate was it thst the boy had learned the
trado, for when the head of tho family dies
It is s grand thing to have the child able to
tnko caro of himself and help take care of
others. Now that Joseph,, the fathor, is
dead, and tho responsibility of the family
support comes down on this boy, I hear
from morning to night his hammer pound
ing, his saw vacillating, his axe descending,
his gimlets boring, and standing amid the
dust and debris of the shop I find the per
piratinn gatherlnzon bis temples and notice
the fatigue of hia arm, and as he stops a
moment to rest I see him panting, his hand
goes forth In the momlng loadod with Im
plements of work heavier than any modern
kit of tools. Under the tropical sun he
swelters. Lifting, nulling, adjusting, cleav
ing, splitting all day long. At fcightfall he
goes home to the plain supper provided
by bis mother and sits down too tired to talk.
Work! work I work! You can not toll Christ
anything now about blistered hands or ach
ing ankles or bruised fingers or stiff joint
orrt'ilng in the morning ea tired as when
you "laid down. While yet a boy he knew
it ell, be felt It all, he suffered it olL The
boy carpenter I The boy wagon maker 1 The
bov house-feulldorl O Christ, we have seen
Thee when full grown in Pilate's pe!ice
court room, we have seen Thee when full
grown tkou wert assassinated on Golgotha
but 0 Christ, lot all the weary artisans and
mechanic of the earOi see Thee while yet
undersued and arms sot yet muscularized.
and with the nndrveloped strength of
Juvootscence trying to take Toy father'
place in gaining the livelihood for the
family.
BSt, having soon 'Christ, the 'boy of the
fields and the boy it the mechin lu's shop, I
show you a more marvelous eccne, Christ,
ths smooth browrd lad among the long.
bobrdod, white-haired, high tore-hooded ec-
clMlastics of tbo Temple. , Hundreds of
thousands Of straagers hod crmo to Jerusa
lem to keep a great religious festival. After
the hospital bonus were crowded with vis
- tiors, the tests were spread all around the
city to shelter hi men e throngs of strangers.
-3t was very -eaoy among tun vwt throngs
coming astd glng to lose a child. More
than two milltra peoplo have bona known to
gather at Jerusalem for that national feast
You must not think of those regions a
sparsely settl'd. The ancient t-ristorlan Jo
sepbus says that there were in Galilee two
hundred .elites, the smaller' of them
containing if teen thousand people. No
wonder that amid the crowds at the time
spoken of -Jesus the hoy was lost His
parrot, browing that he was mature
enough ant agile enough to take care of
himself, an on their way horn e without any
anxiety, (opposing that their boy Is coming
with semeiof the groups. But after awhile
thoy suspect he Is lost and with flushed
cheek and a terrorised 'l-Kk they rush this
way aad that, saying: "Have you seen any
tiling of my boy I He Is twelve years of ago.
of fair connexion, and Jias blue eyes and
s obnrnhstr. Haveyoa soon 'him since we
lc the city!" Back tboy go In hot haste,
in ana out tne streets, in and out taopri
v ate houses and among tho surrounding
hi ilia For three days taey search and In
qi lire, wontVering if ho has b-scn trampled
under foot of some of-too throngs or has
ventured as the cliffs or fallen off a pred
ptiw. 8end through all Uo streets and lanes
of the elty and among all the surround
ing hills that most dlsniol sound, "A lust
child! A .'lest child!" And lo, after three
as ye tnry OMcover mm is the great temple.
seahnd atnoag the mightiest religionist of
all the wort. The walls of no otiier build-
lag ever toeked down an such a soma.
ehlld twelve years old surrounded byeep-
lungonanana, ne asuing.kls own questions
and answering their, let me introduce
you to some of theee ecclesiastic. This 1
the great Rabbin Blmeon I This is the ven
erable HllleXI This Is tbef smous Bhammai i
Tnese are the son of the distinguished
Betlrah. What can this twelve rear lad
teaoh them, or what question can be ask
ortny thetriwgltatlonf Ah. the first time
in ail weir eves tneoo -.religionist hsve
found their match and "mare than their
aiatcn. Tnougn soyoung.heknewallabout
oat ramou l ample under whose roof they
held that most wonderful. discussion of all
history. He knew the meaning of every
m by err aacnnoa, or avoir golden
casaiosucK, oi every embroidered curtain,
of every crumsef shrew bread, of every
drop of oil in that sacred edlflo. He knew
all about Ood. He knew all nboatman. He
anew ail about Heaven, tot Hecame from it
He knew all about this world, far He made
it He knew all world, for ther were enlv
the sparkling morning dewdrops on the lawn
in front of His heavenly palace, Pnt these
even Bible words la a wreath of emphasis i
"Both hearing them and asking them ques
tions." . ; - ,
I am not so mnoh interested in the
tlons they asked Him as in the auesttons Hs
asked them. He asked the questions aot to I
' get information from the doctors, for a
knew it oireaay, out to numDie tnem vj
showing them the height, depth, and length,
I and breadth of their own Ignorance. While
J the radiant boy thrusts these solf-concelted
' philosophers with the Interrogation point,
taoy pub wio lurounyer ox wie riKui. uu w
the temple as though to start their thought
lntomore vigor, and then they would wrinkle
fhAfi hrnwe and than hv aVinntiitA ellsnce or
lni
positive Words confess their Incapacity to
answer the interrogatory. With any one of j
hundred questions about theology, about
philosophy, about astronomy, about time,
about eternity. He may havo balkod thorn,
disconcerted them, flung them flat Behold
the boy Christ asking questions, and listen
when your child asks questions. Ho has the
right to ask them. Alas for the stupidity of
the child without inqulsitivcness I It is
Christ-like to ask questions. Answorthemlf
you can. Do not say : "I can't be bothered
now." It is your place to be bothered with
questions. If you are not able to answer,
surrender, and conrcss your incapacity, as I
. j, v . 1 1 .i n . i i i -1 i trill I
nave no uuuut uiu luiuuiu ounoua bdu xiuiol i
and Bhammai and the bohs of Betlrah whon
that splendid boy, sitting or standing there
with a garment reaching from nock to
ankle, and girdled at tho waist, put them
to tbelr vory wit's end. It is no
disgrace to say, "I don't know." The
learned doctors who environed Christ that
day In the Temple did not know or they
would not have asked Ulm any questions,
The only being in the universe who never
needs to say, "I do not know" is the Lord
Almighty. The fact that they did not know
sant Keppler and Cuvier and Columbus and
Humboldt and Horschel and Morse and Sir
William, Hamilton, and all the other of the
world's mightiest natures into their lire long
explorations. ' Telcsdope and microscope,
and stethoscope and electric battery, and all
the scientific apparatus of all the ages sre
only questions asked at tho door of mystery.
Behold this Nazarene lad asking questions,
giving everlasting dignity to earnest Inter
rogation. But while Tom the old theologians stand
ing around the boy Christ I am impressed
as never before with the Tact that what tne
Ology most wants is more of childish sim
plicity. Tho world end tho church have
built up Immense systems of theology. Half
of them try to tell what Ood thought, what
Ood planned, whnt Ood did nve hundred
million years before tho small star on
which we live was created. I have had
many a sound sleep Wider sermons about
the decrees of Ood and tho eternal genera
tion of the Bon, and discourses showing
who Melchlscdck wosn t, and I give
fair warning that If any minister ever
begins s sermon on such a subject in my
presence. I will put my head down on
the pew in front nnd go into the
deepest slumber I can roach. Wickod wsste
of time, this trying to scale the unscalable
and fathom the unfathomable while the na
tions want the bread of life, and to be told
how they can get rid of their sins and their
sorrows. Whv should Sou and I porplox
ourselves about the decrees of God! Mind
your own business and Uod will take care of
Hla. In tho conduct jf the universe I think
He will somehow manago to get along with
out us. If you want to love and servo Ood,
and be coed and useful and get to Heaven,
I warrant 'that nothing which occurred
eiirht hundred aulntllllon of years ago
will hinder vou a minute. It is not the
decrees of Ood thst do us any barm, It is
our own decrees of sin end folly. You need
not fo any further back In history than
abwit l,fi years. You see this is the yesf
1889. Christ died about thirty-three years
eVf aire. You subtract thirty-three from
188B and that mane it oniy i.vn Jre,
That Is as far back -as you need to go.
Something occurred on that day under an
eclipsed sun that set us all forevor free, it
with our whole heart and life we accept the
tremendous proffer. Do not lot the Presby
terian church or the Methodist church or
the Lutheran church or the Baptist church
or any of the other evangelical rhurohe
spend any time In trying to fix up old
creeds, all of them Imperfect as every thing
man does is Imperfect I move a new creed
for all the evangelical churches 'of christen
dom, only three articles in the creed, and
no need of any more. If I had all the
consecrated people ot all denomination
of the earth on one great plain, and
hod voice loud enough to put it to a vote
that creed of three articles would be adopted
with a unanimous vere and a thundoring
ave that would make the earth quake and
the heavens ring with hosanna This Is the
creed I propose for all Christendom:
Article First-'Ood so loved the world
that He rave Ilis only begotten Bon that
whosoever bclltveth in Him should not
nnrhih but have everlasting lifts."
Article 8easd-"Thls is a faithful saving
and worthy 'of all acceptation that Christ
Jesus came h to the world to save sinners,
sen the cliikt."
Article Third "Worthy is the Lsmb that
was Slain ts roreive blessing and riches snd
onor and dorv and power, world without
end. Amsi"
But you go to tinkering up your old creeds
and rnatohinff raid splicing and interlining
and annnxing and subtracting and adding
and 'explaining rand you win lose iimeenu
mskeyourself a target for oarth and hell to gon WJ1Q WJ Hv
shoot at. Lot us have creeds not fashioned I I . . -r.
shoot at. Let us hove
out of human I ngonultlesbut out of serlptur
al lthr-.umnlnffT - nnA all the guns of bombard-
mrnit hlurlno- fmm nil the OOTt holes Of In
fldolltr and D-. nlltlnn will not in a thousand
years knock ( iff the churoh of Ood a splinter
as big as a ca mbrlo needle. What Is most
noodel now I that we gather all our theolo
gies smniirl kit hor In tha temple, the elab
orations aro nnd the simplicities, snd the
profundities
around the clarities, the oci'
tVio K-hntrutlo research, arc
gensriun of '
the unwrin
uvenesoono
a little , c!
enter the 1
become as
kled cheek of twel- wind
l "Except you Ik 'Jeer
slid yon
dngdom
a little
tan
1' -sto
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an'.
ezonnt -
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aot understa nd the CTir .ti. liu
best
thln 1 that Ruhr.!- o. " "'un! e
ng i that RabUn nim ":
lei and Bhai una! an j the ZZ J.," .H"'
ever did wss in th-A.m..i- V
lad who. Am nWrTddy'of IZVZT
breath of the ', 8udon hlllan,, 'Tit'
to tee mernsi ua'sshnn I.. t
to be the ,rt of hi. beresvM ",rin
bearing them and asking them n,.:.S
flome referrlD to Christ hsr. ..Z IT'"
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Duty ought erertowaIt n.. .
feellna- onirht ml V& DU1
man ouirht nnvi r to . n. , "uv. A
fnAllturm! hnt ow r- Z. . ' "l
speech U duty, whether a manS. I
ly or aot. But k ndljr feellnM a. Ti
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set himself at xvmlMn. w
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