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Paperback | February 1, 2012

byCharles Frederic Goss

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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. 1899. Excerpt: ... Jesus said unto him: If thou canst believe--all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out and said with tears--Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief.--Mark ix, 23-24. "I would give all that I possess to recover my lost faith," said the man, and heaved a profound sigh. I shall imagine that this man, and all who ever uttered this complaint and heaved this sigh, are seated before me, and shall try to point out the fatal misconception of the capacities of the human mind, which (according to my own experience and observation) lurks traitorously in that wail of helplessness. You have lost your belief in the great doctrines of the Christian religion, and you think you have no power to recover it. That is to say, you do not believe that a man is a free moral agent in the realm of religious faith. You think that there is some insuperable obstacle which prevents you from believing in the immortality of the soul, in divine Providence, in answer to prayer, in the incarnation, etc., and that even if you should determine to believe, and try your very hardest to believe, you could not. Well, I meet you on your own ground and tell you frankly that I do not think you understand the operations of the mind. I have the courage to say this because for twenty years or more on account of a natural tendency to skepticism in the very fibers of my being, I have had the delicate mechanism of my soul under my eye, as a jeweler, with his glass gripped under his beetling brow, has a broken watch, in the light of some sunny southern window. I have watched those delicate wheels go round and round, until I have formed a certain psychology for my own self and out of my own reflection. It may be right or it may be wrong; but it is the b...

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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. 1899. Excerpt: ... Jesus said unto him: If thou canst believe--all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the c...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:38 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217487971

ISBN - 13:9780217487979

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