WHAT HAS RELIGION DONE FOR MANKIND? 11
What is reasonable and proper to expect He has done . He has given us a revelation of himself beyond what the so-called "book of nature" has to tell us. He has caused it to be written down and preserved that we might go to it and learn truth, righteousness and pure worship . But there are many writings which the various religions hold sacred and for which they claim higher inspiration . Which of all these is the true God's written revelation? To save time and space and to get at once to the point, we confidently reply, The Holy Scriptures or Bible, written originally in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, and upon which true Christianity is based . 12 What! many will exclaim, That book upon which the hundreds of religious systems and sects of Christendom claim to rest but upon the teachings of which none of them agree, exercising the greatest intolerance toward one another, persecuting one another and even going to war with deadly weapons of violence over their doctrinal and other disagreements? Yes, we mean that book, The Holy Bible, but not the sectarian creeds which falsely claim to rest upon it . The reasons for accepting it as the divine revelation are not those of childish, blind credulity, but they spring from mature study of it, experience with it and sound facts of history. 11 . Has he given us such a revelation, and, if so, where is it? 12 . What will some exclaim in objection to this, but why is our acceptance of it not based on blind credulity?
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