The Real Man Is a Spirit Only (Volume 1)

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9780217639002: The Real Man Is a Spirit Only (Volume 1)

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876. Excerpt: ... IV.--The Government Of Divine Providence. There can he no whole without the parts constituent thereof, nor parts without the particles that make the parts of that whole; so there can be no Divine Government as a whole without accommodation, and adaptation, and graduation to and in the parts thereof, and even down to and in the particulars that in all the ultimates make the parts and basis of the whole; for universal causation must be in universal effect. How could a mountain exist without the particles that each help to make it; or the rivers or oceans, without the drops of water, tiiat each drop contributes to form? But what is meant by Divine Providence? Providence is simply Providing; and The Divine is Infinite Causation of, and in, universal effects, as the fruit or principle of origin, existence and subsistence of universal life, and of all activity in all such effects; and is the adequate supply of every want of that life. The rational inquiry then is, what is the first want of the naked faculties of freedom and reason for their growth and development? Who cannot answer, that such first want is the knowledge of all the things of that life? For no one can possiblv be affected by anything before he has any knowledge whatever of such thing. But knowledge of anything can only lead to using in some way such thing; then by the using in the life, anything whatsoever, of whatsoever principle, whether scientific, civil, political, or moral, can it at all be realized, in its quality and virtue. Hence the essentiality of knowledge, is seen, as the medium leading to all the principles and all the qualities of good, and away from evil; of virtue, and away from vice; and of right, and away from wrong; and of justice, and away from injustice; and of moral honesty ...

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