THE STANDARD FOR JUDGING RELIGION
arated, men have different experiences, different associations, different things to contend with and different sources of information . Hence the development of natural religion is bound to differ in various sections of the earth. Men are debased, too, and often prefer what is bad to what is good, because of the selfish satisfaction which they get out of this reversal of matters . They are also limited in knowledge . The result is that mere natural religion falls far short of truth and righteousness . In many cases it violates that which is pure, healthful, just and upbuilding. Hence there must be a revelation from a higher truthful source in order to correct the wrong tendencies of natural religion and in order to instruct the human conscience in the right way. 5 Natural religion, even such as the higher critics and materialistic scientists are trying to develop today, could never be sufficient . It can never explain the mystery of life, how it got its start and what keeps it going. How did this wonderful natural world with all its variety in earth, sea and sky come into existence? Who is responsible for all this? What did we humans come from? Where did 5. In view of what questions could
natural religion never be sufficient?