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The Hell Question There is no such a place as hell, No ever-burning lake of fire, Where hoofed and horned devils dwell, And tortured bouIs cannot expire. The God that made us out of clay And gave to us our human breath, Has said, as plain as words can say, That sin's sure penalty is death. If death is what a man must pay For leading here a life of sin, Will God then trade some other way? Where does the endless hell come in? Etarnal death is bad enough; Eternal torment would be worse. Where do men get that silly stuff That they have added to the curse? If death is life, then bad is good, And black is white, and cold is hot. How then can words be understood? And how much meaning have they got? When God declared that saints should be Alive while sinners should be dead, I'm fool enough to think that He Meant just exactly what He said. A SERMON ON THE BIBLE. L .JL JL-J And now we are going to have a little sermon on the question of whether the Bible is just an ordinary human book like other dooks mac men can write, or whether it was written under the direction of Divine Wisdom and contains super-human know ledge. There are in existence today nsore than a thousand religious creeds, all claiming to be based on Bible truth, and yet all differ ent. And some of them are so very much different that they bear no resemblance to each other. One man will understand a passage of scripture one way, and a thousand other men will understand it a thousand differ ent ways, and no two of them can quite agree as to what it means. Now how is it possible to get so many different understandings from the same printed words? There is no other piece of litera- ture tnat is capaoie oi such a variety of interpretations. Did you ever think about that? You may select any number of the most skilled writers living and ask them to write a book or a set of books that can be under stood in a thousand different ways, and they can't do it. No matter how mysterious or ab struse they try ta make it, the trade-mark of human limitation will be on it. Anything they can say will not be susceptible of more than three or four interpre tations. It will either be entirely devoid of sense, or else its meaning will be obvious enough to iaii wiuiixi one oi tnree or four divisions. Legal papers gotten up by THE FOOL-KILLER, lawyers are often worded in such I a way as to leave loop holes and cause disputes to arise. Most of the law suits grow but of that kind of business. But you may take any lawsuit and boil it down and skim off the big words, and you will seldom find more than two sides to it. . Then let me ask again-why is it the Bible can be interpreted in so many different ways? If it is just a human book, why can't we things. You see they have been find some other human book that walking in darkness, and their shows the same characteristic of eyes have not yet become accus-many-sidedness? Why can't tomed to the new light, somebody write a book now that That's the reason the Bible was can be understood in a thousand written in such obscure and hid different ways, and all of them den language simply to HIDE reasonable enough to satisfy a what it was saying until the large following? Answer that if right time for it to be known, y ou can. And I contend that it took more Reasoning along this line, we than human literary skill to do are led to the inevitable conclu- such a jb of writing, sion that the Bible is different in this respect from any other book. They Want to Muzzle Me. Therefore a Wisdom superior to man's wisdom must have had There seems t0 be a general something to do with making notion among the orthodox fra it. - ternity that I ought not to be al- But maybe you are wondering lowed to print and circulate The what advantage it is to have such Fool-Killer. They say it isn't a book if nobody can be sure what it means. That is a nrnhlem that many people have stumbled over. But here is the explanation: The Bible contains different messages for different ages of the world, and it wasn't intend- ed that the message for us of to- day should be understood a thou- sand years ago. It was written into the book, so as to be there when needed, but it was purpose- ly written in language that could not be understood until the due time. For some years past we have been living in the ' end of the world," and the time has now come for the last message of the Bible to be understood. That is why we are getting a great flood of light on the Bible that nobody ever could see before. The Bible has been like a roll- ed- up tapestry that has been gradually unrolling all through the ages. But nobody could see the complete pattern until it was entirely um oiled. Seeing just part of the pattern while the re- mainder was still hidden caused people to jump at wrong conclu- sions and buildup creeds of their own to fit their imperfect idea of the finished pattern. They saw through a glass darkly," as Paul says. But now the age has ended, and those who are willing to look may see the whole Divine Plan spread out before them. Of course the new light had to be seen at first by just a few those who were marching ahead of the BOOMER, N. C crowd and LOOKING for the light and of course these few would naturally be denounced as heretics and false teachers by the nominal church systems. Well, we see that the nominal church systems are in trouble, and they don't know what is the matter. The light of the New Day has merely blinded them, and they are staggering and stumbling around like drunk right to jut out such heresies as 1 handle' and they think there ought to be some way to stop it. But at the same time these people who object to my talk do not hesitate to splurge around over the country spouting their own theological lies and leading the people astray with their slanders against God. See the difference? They want free speech for THEMSELVES, but not for me. They take for granted that THEY have a divine right to talk, but old Pearson should be hushed up. And yet this is ' 'free America, " the land that was dedicated to the proposition that all should have a right to worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience. But some of them have got smarter than the founders of this Republic. Washington and Jeffierson didn't know that old Pearson was going to come along and print The Fool-Killer, That's where they fell down. And now something must be done about it. Oh, your foot! : Uncle Sam has just paid to the British government the sum of $32, 000,000 which England charged us for carrying American soldiers across to save England from ruin. It is just as if you charged me for the use of your bucket to tote water to put out fire in jour house. AUGUST, 1921. LAW, YER FOOT! The Literary Digest has are article about the new develop ments in poison gas and other savage inventions for the "next war," and it goes on to wonder if there could be a "law" passed which would prevent the use of these inhuman devices in war. Law, your foot!.. The very idea of passing a law against some of war's methods, and not being able to pass a law against war itself! If you can out law poison gas you can outlaw the army rifle and the machine gun. You can pass a law against all these things, and your law is all right so long as it works. And twill work allright just as ,long as you don't need it. But the very minute you need it, right then it isn't worth a cent. Law is law when there isn't T I any war; but wnen war comes, then brute force is the only law that operates. When arhation goes to war it lays aside all other considerations except the one thought of WHIP PING THE ENEMY. And any paper agreement that stands in the way of victory is going to be "scrap of paper." If a nation is about to be whip ped, and it knows of some meth od of warfare that would enable it to win, it is going to use that method, no matter how brutal and inhuman it may be. As long as we have war at all we are going to have the very worst forms of war, and it is ut ter folly to talk about injecting any mercy or kindness into it. When the time comes that we are able to prevent some certain methods of warfare, then it will be just as easy to prevent ALL the methods and stop the busi ness of war altogether. To argue otherwise would be equal to saying that medical sci ence could prevent leprosy, small pox, cancer and consumption:. but that bad colds, toothache stinking feet and body lice would still have to be endured. It would be like saying that a man could lift a thousand pound weight without straining him a bit, but he just couldn't lift a peck of wheat bran. The British government is going to kill 30,000 army horses in Mesopotamia, because it is too expensive to bring them home. Uh-huh! To be sure! But it wasn't too expensive to SEND them there when the business of war demanded it. It seems that ail governments can go to ANY ex pense for war, but they are mighty, durned stingy about any thing connected with peace.