have created this want and not given : that which will satisfy it thoroughly ? He has revealed to man how it being a spiritual want, only spiritual food will suffice. That food is the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit. This is the religion of Christ. And wherever this spiritual food is being offered throughout the world, all other food .is rejected for it. All other religions are giving way to Christianity, not to nominal Protestantism or Catholicism, but to the spiritual food offered by God through Christ to all those seeking earnestly the eternal Bread of Life. There is a class of men nowadays, who profess to.-be too gent to admit true religion,:or the revelation of God’s Word to man, as being worthy of acceptance, men , who hardly know whether or not to admit the existence of the soul, yet in , spite of themselves, they prove the existence of this spiritual stomach. They worship scientific truth [and human intelligence. This modern idol is Freethought, it is more suitable to the modem palate, then another “ Diana ” would be. How is it men cannot leave the whole thing alone, and not worship anything ? . Because this stomach is there, and just as a man, rather than; starve physically, will eat roots, leaves and : grass,. so will the spiritual stomach demand, if Christianity is denied it, some such substitute as Freethought. But the great difference between . the physical, and intellectual stomach and the spiritual one, is that .it requires neiver-dying nourishment. When a man has had a good meal, he is thoroughly at- ease so with the mind intellectually. How is it that at death when the body is worn out, andj the mental tone is less energetic, that, the spiritual stomach is hungrier than ever ? How is it that man’s spiritual wants do not gradually die away with his physical, and intellectual ones, instead of growingkeener, as death approaches? Becaqsq man, nine times out of ten, has filled his" ■ Soul with perishable- good, insteadi cif asking God for the Bread of Life, Christ. Christianity alone will allow a man to face , death, not with calmness only, but with' happiness. .The man that passes to death without God, passes an_ eternity without ‘ Him. r He who dies a, dies a Free-thinker, remains one throughout eternity, blit while in this world t the grace of God allows the sun; to sh'ino ,on-all alike, in the. next God is wi'th who claiiiiied as the. it soul s Redeemer, who will cut off all othe.rs, e and leave them in the eternal darkness of despair. If a man obeys the command of the cverr, lasting God, he will be siwed for ever. I ask any thinking man whether there does not appear ; to be that capacity itt man which will enable him to enjoy a state of perfect happiness, happiness to which this World is an utter stronger? is there nbt likewise in man a capadfesfouintense; misery and hopelessness ? un l doubtedly both of these ; an&Qod fuis not made anything in vain, every, man ivut have to realise one or other of these; If a man rejects the lovfl of - God,-&*-■ must ■ accept his anger. Be reconciled to God; sin alone prevents this. If Christ .has put away sin, and' we believe that He has done so, then we are already saved, because there is no sin oa ns. ■ This is a simple thing, but it is an eternal one. If eternal joy is offered, ■ why should we refuse 'it? But we have to keep it and follow • Christ’s. precepts because _ we are saved. Unless we do thisj-wo shall fall hack;- Beal belief begets love, and love begets works of love. Where there are no works belief is dead. No freethinker could be more utterly indifferent to rcligion than I was not long ago. How am I now what I am ? The man that can afford to pass cases like mine by in forming his opinion on religion is not open to reason. I am precisely what I was before, except that, being with an enduring Spiritual food, I am infinitely more happy, and there is a difference between happiness and indifference. I do* ; not think I shall be able to insert any more letters. I would gladly write them, and the proprietor of this paper has kindly offered to arrange with any subscribers who wish them continued, that this object may be reached. However, if salvation ' has not been plainly enough pointed out, I refer every one to the Word of God it- ; self, and if any one wants to spend a profitable half-hour, just let them ponder j on the two phases of eternity, eternal joy i and eternal misery, each for one quartcr-of-an-hour by the watch. It will be betf ter, probably, than reading one hundred I sermons.
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Page 4 Advertisements Column 2, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 494, 5 November 1881
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