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world; but how absurd to say, Let us try it mony of the universe, but are, as the astronby itself: that is, let us use petition only. omers say, the conditions that result in that The mainspring of a watch has a very im- harmony. portant place, but only in its relation to and Why may not the writers of the Bible apconnection with all the other parts of the ply the same law to the spiritual world that mechanism. Affirming its necessary place science does in the whole empire of nature? and use in the watch, we are not prepared to Take the law of the magnets, of which Prof. say, Let us take the mainspring out by itself Tyndall speaks. When in a certain state, the and test its power and accuracy as a chronom- poles attract, tend to each other, when not cter.
in that state, they repel each other. Take It is an error to suppose that anyone can the divine mind and the human. May there tell just what prayer is in its nature. In sci- not be conditions in which they tend the one ence, no one can tell just what any element to the other, and God dwells in the soul in or any substance is. He knows something, consciousness, love, and power? In other but not all about it. He knows something of and opposite conditions, may not the will, its conditions, plenomena, of its forces, aim, desires of the person be repellent to the soinething of its correlation to other things : will of God, and all this too within the sphere of its absolute nature, he knows nothing. of consciousness? Does life witness these When Prof. Tyndall lectures on light, he facts, as science does its phenomena and comes to a point when he says : “That is all laws? Is the testimony of the multitudes, I know about it. No one can tell its cause, that no man can number, without place and unravel all of its nature and mystery." force, who say, “We speak of that we do That concession does not destroy the fact or know, and we testify of that we have seen?” the force of light.
What analogy of science controverts the docBut it is said that prayer implies a possible trine, “ Draw nigh to God, and he will draw change on the part of God, and that “puts nigh to you?" the question outside of the laws of harmony.” As to how far a mind, seeking and keeping Suppose it true (we do not so affirm it) that the laws or divine commandments in the prayer does imply a change on the part of case, may influence the material world, we do God, is that in contradiction to their own sci- not know. Shall we say, Not at all? Then, entific doctrine of forces? These same sci- we are reminded that mind has sought and entific men tell us that, when we pull a boat kept the laws of one element in nature, that it to the shore, the boat-hook at the same time is the will, desire, prayer of mind that drives pulls the earth toward us; that a grain of its trains night and day through the land; sand dropped affects the universe; that plan- that is, the force of mind over matter. It ets attract the sun, and the sun the planets, -tunnels the mountains, makes a dry road that action and reaction are everywhere in the over the rivers, grades the uneven belting whole domain of physics, and that the har- States, and opens a highway of commerce mony of the universe, so far from being dis- from sea to sea. Is there lack of harmony turbed, is dependent upon these very condi- here between seeking, striving, and prevailtions.
ing human minds and the purposes of God? If their own laws of force are correct, then Another element, and mind was long secking it follows that a mind operating in the line of and asking, then finding its laws. They are God's own nature-having in itself qualities found and kept; and mind joins itself to iron like those of God, as atoms have of the earth-nerves that web the land, dip under the will have an influence upon the mind of God: oceans, feel as by sensation what is going on it will from its own laws of force, have an at the same time in two hemispheres. It influence upon the mind of God, and yet no controls the movements of armies, directs more disturb the constancy of God's nature navigation, affects the thoughts and plans of and plans and purposes than the influence of nations, has to do in great material changes, planets upon the sun, and of star upon star, makes history. disturb by the changes they produce the har- Another item. We read the morning
WHAT IS LIFE ?
of disobedience to the light of conscience.
God is enthroned in the soul of man
for judgment, according to the testiWhat is life? It is very much what mony of Jesus ;-“Whose soever sins we make it. If our soul purpose is to ye remit, they are remitted into them; make the principles of honesty and truth and whose soever sins ye retain, they are the guide and governor of action, we retained.”
23. Again, shall
reap the fruits of those principles, by Paul :—-Do ye not know that the which are always love, peace and joy, saints shall judge the world?” 1 Cor. without amalgamation or the relation vi., 2. No man can change the order of any spirit akin to hatred, malice or of this tribunal, which is established by strife. No foe, foreign or domestic, can a mighty hand for the justification or
, enter to take away or destroy known condemnation of our deeds; and no man justification, the reward of honest living. feels the approbation of his works, unless Jesus said,—"The kingdom of God is his conscience approves; neither does he within you.” It “cometh not by obser- feel condemned, unless in his own heart, vation.” No greater heaven is possible he is convinced he is in the wrong. to be enjoyed, than that arising from the Our own hearts are our accusers, whethknowledge of efforts purely honest, and er our tongues confess or do not confess. from faith made practical by works of No greater evidence of truth can be obedience; and no hell more severe, obtained, than that coming from personhan that arising from the knowledge | al experience.
We know God through
our senses by the objects of His crea
RELIGION tion. The evidence of a Supreme Being is from what we behold, ---what we see, hear and feel ; and no evidence is Can religion be illustrated and its powmore palpable, than that which comes er brought to bear upon the world apart through man, Ilis image. Hence our from its manifestations as an indwelling duty is obvious from the evidences every principle of life in the heart? People day before us, from the necessities of the may be suspicious of our sincerity, but occasion, the demands of the circum- a religious life forbids suspicion and puts stances. These circumstances man him- doubt at a disadvantage. No science self often creates, and should be able to can ward it off. We acknowledge the control.
truth and claim those divine principles In life, there exists no condition that which are effectual in bringing the heart would justify a breach of divine law. and life into such perfect sympathy, that A penalty is attached even to the sin of all who are governed by them, present ignorance; suffering must follow, even to the world the image of godliness. if but few stripes are inflicted ; there Enfield, Conn. must be repentance for every deviation from truth and right, which sooner
PRAYER. later must come to the knowledge of the soul. Therefore how absolute the ne
A roer has thus very correctly defincessity that we live in sunlight, that we
ed know the truth as it is, that we are not
* Prayer's the soul's sincere desire, in darkness and under deception, that to l'itered or unexpressed; us life is made real, that our profession
The motion of a hidden fire
That burns within the breast. be not a pretense, a fraud, a sham, that
Prayer's the simplest form of speech in us be no blemish or taint of hypoc
That infant lips can try,
Prayer's the sublimest strains, that reach risy, that we be seen as we are and tru- The Majesty on high.” ly be, as we seem to be! Such and only When Jesus was on the earth he exsuch are the subjects of the kingdom of horted his disciples to pray without ceasheaveu ; the elements of which, neither ing, but how many of those who profess defileth, maketh a lie or in any sense to be his followers today regard this adworketh iniquity.
mouition, though so very important? Who then can confidently claim to be The object of prayer is to free the the heirs of the kingdom, the children mind from earthly care and lift it above of Zion! Whosoever can, let him cry the din and confusion that distract the aloud that lie may be heard, if there are sevse, into an atmosphere that is pure to be found cars to hear. Let him have and clear, a region of peace and serenithe moral courage to declare his faith, ty, where the soul may enjoy a foretaste and by example give evidence of Chris- of angel communion and gather a spirittian character, that his life is hid in ual influence around it, that shall be as Christ and his relation of the resur- a wall of protection when storms of rection order.
temptation and trial arise. Enfield, N. IT.
The human heart is insufficient of it
CALVIN O. REED.
self to withstand these, even the stout
EDUCATION. No. 6. est and bravest at times quail beneath the
Its Source and Course. rod of adversity. Therefore Wisdom teaches us to rely on the guidance of the
“O) wad some pow'r the gifite gie us Infinite Hand, and listen to the still
To see ourselves as ithers see us ! small voice of God, the conscience, It wad frae monie a blunder free us
And foolish notion; which is best felt and best heard in the
What airs in dress and gait wad lea'e us sacred and silent hour of prayer.
And e'en devotion.” who can estimate the good done under THOUGHTFUL READER; –We are livthe influence of a prayerful spirit? ing in an eventful era.
The opinions But alas! how often is ihe hour of and philosophies that have ruled manprayer spent in mere ceremony, leaving kind for ages, are smitten with transi. the heart untouched and the soul as bar- tion and decay, and are passing away. ren as before. How many precious op- New ones are demanding an audience in portunities passed by unimproved, gold- the interests of humanity. en moments wasted that can never be re- The times call imperatively for nerve called. One of the first Believers said, and spirit, perception and wisdom, and "every breath is continual prayer to devoted intelligent pioneers in the vanGod.”
guard of the invincible army of the onSincerity of heart and fervency of ward mighty march of Mind. spirit are always well rewarded. God
The pulse of a new inspiration is beatis ever 'ready to pour out His blessings ing in the life channels of the thoughtupon those who earnestly seek never ful contemplative world. The errors, with-holding from souls that which is for inconsistencies, and imperfections of their best good. If we ask in faith past systems and methods, resting like bowing in sweet submission to His will, an incubus upon the republic of intelliwe are sure to receive. Good angels gence, binding its energies, crushing its are ever near and ready to aid those who aspirations, and dwarfing its healthy are striving to rise in the resurrection of growth, by an iron-bound conservatism Christ.
are being repelled by restive spirits who Our blessed Mother Ann, when on are putting forth their god-like energies carth, many times spent whole nights in to liberate themselves and the race, from fervent prayer and soul labor to gain the the dominion and influence of their pargift and power of God to enable her to alyzing, deathly coils. overcome evil, by which means she gain- People are becoming, more and more, ed complete control over her own spirit, alienated from speculative creeds and and could at times silence her opposers. dogmas, whether in theology or philosoBlessed victory! there is none greater phy. The churches and clergy of all than that of self-conquest, and this is denominations, are losing their hold on gained only through humiliation, watch the confidence and affections of the fulness and prayer.
masses. People are wearying of seekMt. Lebanon, N. Y.
ing in the fanciful, baseless idealism of
Utopia for substantial goodness and perWhoso wisheth good to others has good wishes in return.-M. W.
Mankiud are becoming independent in during the first years of childhood. We thought and judgment, and are assuming saw the accumulated furniture, finish, the prerogative to decide for themselves, and tapestry, the inmates and associates in matters pertaining to their present and of our father's and mother's hou:e. eternal welfare. Dictation is distaste- Our parents taught ụs to lisp the names ful, and coercion repulsive to them. of the objects and persons that had be
But these were the rules of the past : come our familiar associates, and event“Do it if you will, if not, we will com- ually to notice their forms, qualities, and pel you.” Now compulsion is opposed, differences, and to name them. We had and coercion discountenanced by pro- learned to express our thoughts according gressive minds, and incentive is preferred to the model of our exemplers and fireas the motive power to draw and hold side teachers, long before we took our the human heart to the right. This is seat in Pedagogue Hall. God's plan, and why should man reverse We had made some progress in studyit?
ing the lessons and the problems in the The aim of enlightened reason is, to grand volume of God's handy works, discover the basic principles on which spread out before us on the beautiful rest the development and success of the pages of the attractive book of Nature, human mind, and to use the processes artistically illustrated by the skillful Deemanating from these principles in the signer and Omniscient Creator of the culture and education of the immortal universe of worlds. soul. Partial aims and narrow concep
We had become familiar with our nations, do not answer the demands. tive brook and rivers; vales and dells ; Those who endeavor to build systems on hills an? mountains ; fields and forests ; such a basis will surely fail, as they beasts and birds; flowers and fruits ; surely ought. A sound system of edu- and the starry realm withiu the boundacation includes the entire requisitions of ry of our horizon and scope of vision ; intelligent immortal beings, and these betore we knew that the alphabet and should be placed at their command as books possessed any significance, consoon as individuals become sufficiently tained an item of information, or were matured in mind to appreciate their ad- of any practical benefit. vantage and use.
Man in his pristine state, had not even In the brief period of our earth life, the advantage of the fireside education. we can master but little more, if any, Living, undoubtedly, like the animals, than the rudiments of the encyclopedia (who were but a trifle his inferiors,) of knowledge, but how many endeavor without shelter save what the grand mato take even the initiatory degrees? And jestic forests, awning rocks, mountain how few there are who encourage the caves, overhanging cliffs, and vine-emacquisition of knowledge at all.
bowered dells afforded him; and clad Our first steps taken in the domaiu of only in his native dress; all the knowlintelligence, were in the nursery and edge he gained came from the silent home of our infancy. Our garnered teachers of his daily surroundings, and
, stock of valuable ideas, we gleaned from
his imperative demands, which were few
and simple. the objective world, and not from books,
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