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so common are the alterations in the latter, that, Bible. This, however, is a misapplication of in a majority of instances in which it is used, it the saying, which being a quotation from the Old is employed with some interwoven comment or Testament, refers to the imperfect acquaintance addition. Surely, the beautiful, comprehensive of men in the early ages of the world with the and universally appropriate words of the Chris- disclosures and joys of Christians. This is evi. tian form of benediction might be allowed to ob- dent from the words of the Apostle immediately tain among us, as it was in apostolic times, following: “But God hath revealed them unto without the numerous interpolations which con- us by the Spirit.' ceit or vanity foist into it.

“There is a deceitful handling of the Word of “Many are the misapplications of Scripture God, in which certain doctrinal points are underin common use, even when accurately cited. taken to be proved, by the citation of a disjointWe content ourselves with noticing only the ed phrase, which bears a distorted or opposite following: We have often heard persons, both view to that of the passage to which it belongs. in and out of the pulpit, quote, with a view to As when the passage, Philip. ii. 12, 13, · Work prove the universality of divine influence, 1 Cor. out your own salvation with fear and trembling, xii. 7: ‘But the manifestation of the Spirit is for it is God which worketh in you both to will given to every man to profit withal.' The slight- and to do of his good pleasure,' is arbitrarily diest examination of the context proves that the vided in twain, the one part used, and the other 'manifestation' refers to spiritual gists, not to purposely suppressed; or, as when fragments grace; and that the 'every man' means, not ev- are torn from their connection and strung toery human being, but every privileged person in gether in conformity with the whim or caprice the Corinthian church. This quotation is often of the person using them. Such tampering with mangled as well as misapplied, by substituting any other kind of documentary evidence would the phrase; "a measure' for 'a manifestation.' be justly denounced among honorable men; but Some pious persons supplicating a blessing on persons often take such liberties with the Word the preaching of the Gospel, pray that what is of God, as would render them liable to a charge sown in weakness may be raised in power.' of untruthfulness if they so acted in reference to Now to say nothing of the uncomplimentary the works of their fellow creatures. It may be character of the allusion to him who sows the well to remember that we are told concerning supposed seed, it is a sad misapplication of a all the words of Deity, · Add thou not unto them, figurative statement concerning the resurrection lest he reprove thee;' Prov. xxx. 6, and that the of the human body, contained in the sublime ar- closing part of Revelation guards sacredly the gurnent of the Apostle Paul for that doctrine in integrity of the Apocalypse by the most solemn 1 Cor. xv.

The striking phrase in Malachi ii. threatenings against those who shall add to, or 15, · Yet had he the residue' (margin 'excellen- take from, the words of this prophecy.' cy') of the Spirit, is inappropriately employed in The Christian Inquirer (Unitarian) has an arprayer.

ticle touching the same point, entitled “Minis“A careful examination of the passage will ters' Scripture,” which article may be quoted convince us that it refers to the creation of the with profit. Here it is : first human pair, as of one flesh and one soul. “ It osten happens that a false method of quoArchbishop Newcome renders it, 'And did he

ting a passage of Scripture is adopted by minise not make one flesh and one spirit thereof, a god- ters, and imitated by the people, so that the true ly seed ?' The received version shows clearly sense is entirely lost sight of. This is called enough, that this disjointed sentence should not ministers' Scripture.' We wish to call the be used in prayer as an argument for the out- attention of our brethren, both lay and clerical, pouring of the Holy Spirit in the church and the

to a few passages of this kind. world.

“One of the most usually perverted passages, “The passage in 1 Cor. ii. 9, 10, ‘Eye hath is that in which our Savior is said, Luke xxii. not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered in

44, to have sweat as it were great drops of to the heart of man, the things which God hath blood.' The passage, as it stands in our version, prepared for them that love him,' is almost uni- rends, and his sweat was, as it were, great drops versally applied to illustrate the supposed entire of blood falling down to the ground.' " As it ignorance in which even Christians are found of were' is usually omitted when the passage is the joys in heaven; a dogma which appears not quoted; and the Evangelist is made to say that much in harmony with other statements of the his sweat was blood, which he is very careful not

to say. He says his sweat rolled down and fell upon the ground as freely as drops of blood would thus flow and fall.

" Another passage is Rom. iii. 26. Christ is said to be the propitiation or mercy-seat, whereon God's righteousness or mercy is set forth and declared to men. The passage reads, “that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.' The last portion of the passage is usually quoted thus: •and yet the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.' The introduction of 'yet implies, that without the death of Christ, God could not be just or merciful and pardon the sinner. A sad perversion of the meaning. The meaning of Paul is, that Christ was sent into the world to show God's mercy, that he might have an opportunity of being merciful, and pardoning, justifying every one who believed in Christ. Christ's death did not enable God to be merciful, but was itself a manifestation of God's mercy.

“Another passage of ministerial Seripture' is Psalm cx. 3 : ‘Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power,' sings David. Thy people shall be made willing in the day of thy power,' echoes the defender of unconditional election. The insertion of 'made' reverses the meaning. David says God's people shall be willing, all ready to serve him, in the day of his power. The minister says they shall be made to be willing when God exerts his almighty power in their conversion.

“Such incorrect quotations are reprehensible, since they lead the people astray as well as the ministers. Let these specimens suffice for cautions."

Our labors as controversialists in theology would be much lessened could we incline our opponents to practise on the above hints, for they attempt to kill us with “air drawn daggers" instead of the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God."

Woman's affections and sympathies. Ever since that free outgushing of your most inward experience which you gave me in one of your letters, I have been deeply interested in you, so rich was the nature I saw periled by the creeds of menso brilliant the powers of thoughts in danger of an eclipse by the obscurations of Theological Error. When your case was freshest in my mind, I was suddenly called, late one evening, to visit a stranger who, dying, desired to see me. I was soon by her side, delayed but a moment in an ante-room where the mother told how morally beautiful the dying daughter had been all her life, and how her heart ached to behold the perishing of the flower of the family. She was now in the twenty-sixth year of her age. I found her gasping for breath, with that fullness and brilliancy of eye that seems a supernatural expansion and light, as though the greatness of glory spread out before it required a vast vision to appreciate it. She manifested great satisfaction at my coming, desired to hear the voice of believing prayer; and, asking God to bless her widowed mother, she expressed herself ready to depart to the realms of uninterrupted life. I learned that her religious experience had been peculiar. From childhood she had cherished faith in the great salvation. How she obtained that faith, except by the intuitions of a pure and loving soul, I know not; but, as her mother admitted, she had always believed in the final redemption of the race, and had always been a good and pure child. That mother also told me that while her husband lived he had compelled this daughter to attend a Baptist Sabbath School and church, but whenever she had been able, she had waited upon my ministry, and because of this I had been sent for. That chamber of death was a sacred place. When prayer was ended amid the kneeling group, the dying maiden lay with her face calm as the evening star, her hands laid palm to palm, and it seemed as though a breath would have wafted her to heaven, so etherial was her appearance. She desired me to stay till the mortal scene was ended. It seemed at times that the last breath was drawn, and then she would revive again strangely. I never saw a dying person who so unintermittingly had the complete possession of all the rational powers- not the faintest obscuration of the mind took place for a single moment. I have marked something like this in instances where the faith of Universalism had been continuously the grand theme of the soul, and have heard acknowledgements from attend

A PLEA FOR UNIVERSALISM, SPECIALLY

TO WOMAN.

IN LETTERS TO AMIE.

NO. 2. THE PROMPTING.

I ADDRESS you, Amie, because it was the thought of you, under pecnliar circumstances, that prompted this plea for Universalism-that religion which is the only sufficing answer to

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ing physicians that the serenity of the mind was of expression, and I could not keep back the wonderful, and mightily ministered to preserve vain wish that you had known, as early as that the full enjoyment of the little strength left to maiden, the soul-satisfying faith in the univer: the body. Several times our friend thought the sal and eternal fatherhood of God. She had a last moment was come, and she motioned her

nature like yours, Amie. The light upon her mother and brothers and sisters to kneel around features, the motion of her mouth, the repose her in such a manner as would enable the last

about the eye, the etherial expression of her face look of the mortal eye to take in their beloved so unlike any one about her, told of a soul refinfaces. That face of the dying seemed to me like ed and that really could be no more satisfied the Easter moon shedding down its calm light with a partial redemption than an eagle with a to hallow every object it touched. Those eyes cage, an angel in a tomb. To me there was -how cheerful, yet how solemn, was their look ! something supremely beautiful in the continuWhat a liquid softness was there! What a rev- ous faith she had cherished from early girlhood elation of the soul's triumph over mortality! to her twenty-sixth year, despite the efforts to Once I thought the final moment had come ,and take it away and her constant subjection to the desired the nearest-of-kin to support the sway- influences of the ministry of an opposite creed. ing chin as the last sighing of the breath came It reminded me of the lines,over the quivering lip. The hands were folded

“ If a star were confined in a tomb, as in prayer, and the consciousness was so clear that we could not doubt the distinction of the

Her captive flame must needs burn there;

But when the hand that locked her up gives triumphal mind and the conquered body. In

room, few moments she revived again, and it was evi

She'll shine through all her sphere." dent to me that her revival was for hours, and that she would not pass away till morning had And why was this? The reason, Amie, is simcome again. She had noticed my examination ple and plain. She rested on a great principle in of her pulse, and iny speaking to her mother and its true and legitimate consequences—the Love of sister, and she would frequently stretch out her God as the Father of the human race. Lore, arm and motion to me to touch the pulse, and and Love alone, is the Creator. Love, and Love tell her if it was failing. As I saw she momen- alone, is the Redeemer. Between the creating tarily anticipated the approach of death, I thought and the redeeming acts of God, no power can it best to tell her of the change which impelled successfully intervene. God will not give his me to believe she would survive till morning, glory to another, and his glory is to save what that she might not be so continually disappoint- he has created in his own image. This great ed. I did so. I asked her to quietly wait the truth that dying believer received in its fullness, “appointed time," and to exercise patience as a and she applied it in a thousand ways to meet true child of God. She smiled her assent, and the problems of life. Evil, to her, belonged onit was indeed most affecting to see the serenity ly to stages of the development of God's purposes ; of her spirit. Never was the truth of the poet's only Good to the final result. And, therefore, in lines more apparent,

the saddest moments of her earthly existence,

she knew perhaps better than the poet the feel** By patience, we serenely hear

ing he expresses where he says,The troubles of our mortal state, And wait, contented, our discharge,

“And I,—my harp would prelude woe,Nor think our glory comes too late."

I cannot all command the strings ;

The glory of the sum of things Her permission to leave the realm of mortality

Will flash along the chords and go." did not come till the hour of the morning when the world was waking to its toils and cares, and And in her happiest hours, when, in her home when the footsteps increased upon the pavement of few outward comforts, affection did its best below, her spirit had found entrance to that for her enjoyment, and when she was able to go world where Peace crowns the beloved of God. out and drink in life from the beauty of the sum

As I sat in my study meditating on the hal-mer-day and the afluence of summer's gifts, her lowed scene of that death of the Christian, I faith even then gave her the dearest joy—“like thought of you, Amie. It may be you was sum- a finer light in light." moned by the soul-revealing eye in the dying Now, Amie, do attempt to think as well as maiden, so like yours in intensity and fullness you may be able to think, what blessedness must

have been given to her whole life by her prevail- the dear innocents which were taken from their ing faith in Universal and Ultimate Good. When, breasts by death, placed like beautiful images in in compliance with her last request, I stood up a cathedral niche, too high for any hope of theirs amid a crowd one Sabbath noon, in presence of

to reach.

“ Safe indeed is my child,” they her shrouded form, and spoke in the burial ser- think, “but who can assure me that it shall be vice, I could not keep these words from bursting so with me at last ?” Faith without Hope inforth as the most proper prelude,—“O satisfy us deed! early with Thy mercy! that we inay rejoice and Now, Amie, I am anxious that you should be glad all our days.” (Psalm xc. 14). This, bave a faith that will enable you to rejoice and this is the use of believing Universalism, Amie, be glad all your days-a faith that will prompt -it enables us to rejoice and be glad all our you to seek out, or notice as they pass you in days. Early in life was she satisfied with the the common incidents of life, the manifestations Divine Mercy. It came to her in its beauty of the Divine Goodness. One of the great evils of while she was yet young, and it was with her the popular faith is that it so constantly directs through all her days, as some of the Hebrew po- the attention of the believer to the things of eterets pictured the water that gushed from the rock nity,rather than to the beautiful evidence of God's smitten by Moses, as having followed the Isra- love strown all around their daily paths. David elites through all their circuitous windings in the said, “I had fainted unless I had believed to wilderness, giving them drink when thirst was

see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the on them. Faith in Ultimate Good is needed in living.” (Ps. xxvii. 13.) He felt the benefits of this world of Partial Evil. It is the North Star

a faith that made the eye see God this side of to the bewildered traveler. From how much

the grave-vindicating himself in the land of sorrow would you, Amie, have been spared thus the living; and where such a faith exists, the far in life, had your earliest childhood known mind will be active and on the look out for the such a faith as was known by that departed be passing of the Divine Glory, as where the blind liever! Sorrow, too, of the heaviest kind—for beggar sat by the wayside, and discovered when what is pain of body to the goadings of the mind ! Jesus was passing, and obtained from him the I have been racked with pains of body when the unspeakable blessing of sight. “ We which soul, by its blessed faith in God and Ultimate have believed, do enter into rest,” says the AposGood, would spread out, as it were, a new at- tle ; (Heb. iv. 3.), and I beg of you to notice this mosphere of beauty, and “God is good,” would fact, that true Christian faith does not simply be confessed while the groan would choke the promise rest in eternity, but imparts it here. Let utterance and the tears would fall like rain. I me dwell on this a moment, and I will close this never knew-thank God !-the horrors of a be- letter. clouded mind. My parents learned the Gospel's Mark the words: “We which have believed, fullness from the lips and life of Murray, and I do"--now, in this present time of believing, nerer doubted the greatness of my Creator's “enter into rest;" into it, and not simply into love. But my soul is sorrowful when it reads the sight and expectation of it; into it, as into the such confessions from others as show the terrors felicities of love when it is kindled in the soul, of Partialism,-working in a mind like yours, and burns clear and bright through belief in love. Amie, to the destruction of all peace, making I lately read a sermon preached at the burial of life itself a burden. I have felt that I must write a holy man' who held a high office in one of the -I must send forth a special plea to Woman- Christian sects; the language of the passage I must show her there is falsity in that faith just quoted was used by the preacher as his text. which takes from parental love its prophecy of The theme of the discourse was, Death is the positive good for the child, and spreads doubt Believer's Rest-at that time he enters into his over the prospect of the re-union of families in rest. And this is a very common form of speech, the world of the Immortals. I must utter my though it contains an idea not countenanced by cry thougb it die on the air. I must call, “Away the passage.

It seem

ems to indicate that there is from the abyss where so many have fallen into nothing real and substantial till death bas fixed despair!” The Ganges has received not a hun- its seal on the body, whereas belief is the mind's dredth part of the number of the victims of su- confidence and the heart's trust in eternal realperstition over which the dark waters of Partial- ities. This is seen in a holy incident in our ism have flowed; and O God! how many weeping mothers have looked up to heaven and seen 1 Bishop Griswold, of Mass.

H. BACOX.

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Lord's life-the scene just referred to where the it I stand by the dead, and they are immortal! blind man heard that “Jesus of Nazareth was I wish and pray that it may be so with you, passing by.” He rushed forth, and when the Amie. multitude repelled him, he lifted his voice yet higher, “Son of David! have mercy on me !" till Jesus commanded the crowd to give way and let the poor blind creature approach him. Soon he made known his want—“Lord! that I may

THE ARTIST'S BRIDE. receive my sight!” Jesus said to him, “ Believe ye that I am able to do this ?" The answer was She sat with hands all meekly cross'd-a glory brief and to the point-“ Yea, Lord!And

in her eye, soon he received his sight: the glories of which

Reflected from the glowing tints of Summer's he had heard and dreamed burst upon his aston

sunset skyished vision, and he gave God praise for the Her auburn hair in silken curls o'ershaded her wonders which His Messiah had wrought. Now,

sweet face, what did belief mean in that blind man? What While on her high and queenly brow the spirit did he convey in his answer to the Savior ?

left its trace· Yea, Lord !” Did he not mean by it an abso- A trace of suffering and disease, of triumphs nolute and unquestioning faith in the miracles bly won wrought by the Son of God, and that he too In the stern battle of her life-that life was almost might be healed ? Did he not cherish the idea

done ! that if Jesus would speak the word, the curtains And he, whose presence was to her, the sunlight of Besh would be lifted up, and light would per

of her day, form its mission to the eye? He believed in Whose tones in sad misfortune's hour, had been what really was; he believed in Christ's divine

her only stay, power; he believed in the absolute efficacy of Was giving, with an artist-eye, the perfect, closhis word; and his belief brought him light, glo

ing touch rious light before the gates of Eternity were Of a dear scene in early hours which they had thrown open by the angel of the Resurrection.

lov'd too much ! And so with the true believer now. He enters

'Twas a sweet scene-a simple cot, embower'd into rest. He has a sight which he once longed

amid the trees, for. He beholds glories which once were only

Where clambering vines and wild-wood flowers dreams. He sees the Savior of which before he

bent meekly to the breeze, had only heard. He feels that amid the mighti- The balmy breeze which whisper'd low to a bright

human flower, est multitude, his cry is heard by him. He praises God for the light and glory he is privi

Who stood with eyes all fill'd with joy at that

calm evening hour. leged to enjoy, because he sees. We must be careful to obtain a faith that is

His work was done—the artist turn'd with sad,

yet lustrous eye,capable of giving rest-rest to the anxious mind,

"Leona, dear, 'twas here we spent the happy repose to the tender affections. Our belief must

days gone by, be in God as the Amiable, the All-gracious, and

Ere want came in with bony arm, and hours of the Unchangeable; and to him we must yield

toil were thine, that homage which finds its expression in obe

Or I a votary had been at Fame's alluring shrine. dient actions. Then will the rest of faith be

But thou-oh, thou through darkest days in faith like the true Sabbath : a day of holy, calm de- hast made me strong, light, when a foretaste of our heavenly life is

And bade me feel that good at last will triumph enjoyed, and every thought of God and medita

over wrong.tion upon duty, imparts strength and comfort to

Leona turn'd ber classic head from gazing at the the soul. Such a faith is mine. It is the true

sky, Sabbath of the soul. With it I walk abroad, Where radiant stars in glory burn, lit by the Hand and nature is lovely; with it I tarry at home, on high, and find joy; with it I engage in active duty, Which seem'd like islands glad and fair set in the and duty is pleasant. With it I enter the sick

upper deep,” chamber, and the calm of heaven is there; with Where spirits might in beauty dream and never

wake to weep.

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