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GOOD NEWS (FORMERLY THE FOOL-KILLER ) I A Monthly Message of Warning and Counsel and Comfort to a Stricken World. PUBLISHED MONTHLY. fames Larkln Pearson, ..- .. Editor BOOMER, NORTH CAROLINA. SUBSCRIPTION BATES x Single subscription, year 25 cents. In clubs of five or more ' 15 cents. Entered as second-class matter March 3, 1916, at the postoffice at Boomer, N. C, under the act of Xlarch 3. 1879. ti TAKE NOTICE Do not send postage stamps on sub scription. Remittances should be made by Registered letter, express or postoffice money order. Be careful to write your own name end address plainly, and direct all letters and make all orders payable to: GOOD NEWS, v BOOMER, . NORTH CAROLINA. HEART-TO-HEART TALK. Now, dear readers and friends fchis is a personal letter to you. 3 jwrant you to regard it as just as personal and just as important a & I had written it direct on mj typewriter and mailed it to you ii a sealed envelcpe under a three pent stamp. What do you think of the line j&f talk I am giving you this timel If you believe my New Message pontains something that the people ought to read and think about then I want you to appoint your &elf as a missionary to help spread it among your friends. Tote this Issue around in your pocket and read it to people you meet and ask them, what they think about St. You will find more people thinking along these lines that you might suppose. And if you happen to strike a few who have aot yet begun to think on these things, this paper will wake then: )ap and put them to thinking. The whole human race today is aware of the fact that this old earth is passing through a great crisis, and that SOMETHING oi far-reaching consequence to the people must be the result. The human mind is in a questioning attitude, wondering if this reaU is the end, and the oldcut-and jdried conceptions of what is going to happen in the wind-up are be Ing changed rapidly. , Hence the time is ripe for thib New Message, and I want you tc help me spread it into every nool and corner of this broad land. It Is going to take a great deal oi money to run this thing undei present conditions Print papei costs about twice what it former ly did, and some kind of war taj !(in the form of postage or other wise) is going to fall heavily oi all publishers. And besides that I am constantly needing to adc new machinery and office equip ment to handle the business. Yov folks hustle up the clubs and I'l furnish the chin-music till every thing goes easy. GOOD HEWS. PARAGRAPHS. The reason Hungary went Bol shevist was because Hungary was hungry. A North Carolina editor savs the word "Bolshevist-' is not fit for anything but a cuss-vord. Well, that seems to be what the majority of folks are using it for. I guess the next move will be to take "In God We Trust ' off of our coins and put on them "In the Leegonashuns. We Trust. It would be nearer the truth, at least. Show this paper around among your friends and get up a big club for it. Just read one or two pieces in a crowd and you'll get the whole bunch. The constitution they have drawn up for the Leegonashuns does not mention the name of God at all. The excuse they give for not recognizing God in their work is that the heathen nations would object to it. So it seems that they consider it more im portant to please the heathen than to please God. I still find a few people so hopelessly ignorant that they can't understand plain English when they see it or hear it. Every few days I get a letter from one of these hopeless cases insisting that I say there is no future punishment for the wicked. And this in spite of the fact that I have so often said the future punishment of the wicked will be bad; enough to KILL its victims. Maybe the poor old fools think that being KILLED is just good fun. If the world gradually settles back to pre-war conditions and goes on just like it was before then I will be willing to confess that I was just mistaken. On the other hand, if the present up setting and over-turning, contin ues until everything is changed and the Millennial Kingdom set up over the whole earth, then it will be opto my critics to confess that THEY were mistaken. will be game and "f ess up" if it becomes necessary. Will my crit ics promise to do the same? When Truth and Error come into conflict with each other you can generally tell which is which by watching to see which gets mad about it. Please take notice that 1 do not get mad at you for differing from me, and the only way you can put up even the appearance of holding your own with me is by keeping in a good humor about i t. THE ORBIT OF ETERNITY. Eternity is a circle. This ir proven by the fact that all the heavenly bodies travel in circu lar orbits. If eternity was a bee-line pointing right straight toward some infinitely distant point, then the stars and planets would move m a straignt line. But we know that they go around and around, passing the same point many times. So does eternity. But the or bit of eternity is so big that each round trip is like a full eternity to us. That is because the known history of our. race covers such a comparatively short segment of the circle. In all God's creation he has never made anything that goes in a bee-line right straight ahead forever. Even the com ets, which are the most reckless travelers of all the heavenly bodies, have their orbits that take them out into space and bring them back. The circle is the only thing that is endless and eternal. God himself is a circle. A thing cannot have one end without having two ends. If you find the loose end of a tele phone wire lying on the ground, you cannot have any idea how long the wire is, but you can be absolutely certain that it has another end SOMEWHERE. Suppose you follow the wire till you find its other end, and then bring it around and solder it fast and solid to the first end. Then that wire has no end at all r-rit is a circle. And if you un dertake to cut that wire in such a way as to make- just one end you will find that you can't do iti The same cut that makes one end makes two. Now apply that same rule to the human soul and see what you get. If you try to conceive of an4mmortal soul whose ex istence never can end, you are brought right bang up against the fact that it never could have begun. Because I tell you again ill .1 n mat you can t conceive oi a thing having one end without having two. . Even the immortal soul advo cates generally teach that each individual soul comes into exis tence somewhere near the time that the individual's body 'is born. But that gives it a begin ning, and anything that has a beginning must have an end or at least the possibility of an end. On the other hand, if the soul does not begin at conception or birth, or somewhere between. then when does it begin? The only other answer is that every soul that ever is to exist has al ways existed. They were not created at any time, because that would have been a begin ning. No matter how many bil lions of years back you might trace that beginning, still it would be a BEGINNING, just the same. Each individual soul, ji n i .i tnereiore, must nave oeen a self - existent entity co-equal with God. And these souls have floated around in space for all these countless billions of years waiting to inhabit our poor de caying, bodies for just a little moment and then be set adrift again. It looks to me like a soul Aoril, 1919 would get mighty tired of such a life. - It was the effort of .trying ta iet around that difficulty that ;aused the transmigration ox oiils" theory to get started. There is no way of getting iround the tact that it souls, are . M andiess m one direction tner are just as certainly endless in the other direction, and that gave rise to the notion that these self-existent immortal souls (that never begun and nev er can end) would naturally live in one body awhile and then when that body died they would take ud their abode in another body, and on that way through eternity. That is a heathen doctrine, and is taught by most of the heathen religions to-day. Our orthodox creeds don't go that far with it, but they might as well. They start out on the "immortal sour road- which in evitably leads to "transmigra tion " and t.hprtvis fi wav to get out of that road when they once get on it. Thereis just one or three things they have got to do : They have got to go on the whole way and accept the neathen doctrine of transmi gration, or thev have got to stoo hnlf-wnv and stand there like & set of fools, or they have got to turn right square around and come back to the Truth. And the Truth is that God has man being. He made Adam and Eve so that they COULD have lived forever if they had been OBEDIENT. But at the same time He made them so that diso bedience on their 1 part would" hrmer deatn unon tnem. in tne future life the righteous can and will live forever by being v&& DIENT, just as Adam and Eve could have done. But that end- i i t mi i j.- -ti ; less nie win uepena on ineir staying in harmony with God, just as the electric light depends on being connected with the dynamo. One day we are told that the peace conference is all harmony and that satisfactory progress is being made, and the next day we are just as positively assured that everything has gone to eternal smash and there is no hope of getting anything done. All of which leads me to suspect that they don't any of them L-nrvTir row nmnTi nVirwit it TTTAn the "big four" themselves are just about as badly stumped as the rest. They don't know one minute which way they are go ing to jump the next. They tell us that the soul of. man is a little spark of divinity a little part of God and that, being a part of God, it certainly is immortal. Then they go ahead and say that some of these immortal souls some of these little parts of God will be lost and sent to hell to live in torment eternally. Which is the same as saying that God is go ing to take many small parts of HIMSELF and doom them to an endless hell of torment. Think of that, will you? Just imagine a perfect and altogether good God sending a part of HIMSELF to eternal torment ! Can you beat it?