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it make any difference whether he shut his eyes to it or no ? O misguided man, hast thou brought thyself to a state of comfortable unbelief? Do warning admonitions fall upon thee like hail upon a steel roof? Then, while it is not mine to say thou hast sinned away thy day of grace, yet reason and revelalation alike declare that there is not a more dangerous and awful condition than thine. Thou hast been for years shutting out of thy mind God and his lawpersistently hast thou kept the door closed and barred; how hard will it be for them now to enter. Here are several rooms where machinery is fitted up: but the uppermost room in which the finest and most delicate works are placed is closed, the bands connecting the works with the engine are broken, the dust and damp have accumulated, rust and decay have for years been clogging up the wheels, shafts, and spindles. Go up into that room, try to start the machinery. Can you ? No! It is out of gear, it is rusted up, it is useless. What a trouble it would be to make that machinery go. How little of good is left in it. Oh, how hard for an old sinner to turn to God; he says, “Let me alone in my sleep-let me alone in my rust; don't, don't stir me. I can't bear it. This ease is so comfortable." The fool says in his heart there is no God; because he has become corrupt and abominable in his doings, and because for so long a time “God has not been in all his thoughts." Were it not that “nothing is too hard for the Lord," we might be disposed to say of such a one, * Let him alone, don't waste time upon him-it is quite useless, he is lost !" Yet the Lord is long-suffering, and full of compassion, and it may be, if the sinner, even this sinner cry, the Lord will have mercy upon him. Let him cry mightily unto God to help him, for assuredly he cannot help himself.

The second class of unbelievers is not much better than the first, though perhaps they are more likely to recover from the disease, seeing they generally have youth on their side. I refer to those who become doubters from vanity and pride of intellect.

We reckon ourselves a wise and enlightened generation, and our enlightenment takes the special form of going down and meddling with (or muddling” with) foundation truths. Literary and debating societies abound, and young men of magnificent intellects having sharpened their wits on the grindstones of the Philistines (without, however, baving asked counsel of the Lord), try their keen-edged logic on all that past generations have venerated. These young Iconoclasts having cut (not their wisdom teeth but) the cords of faith, (beg pardon, credulity), rejoice in, nay, wallow in perfect freedom of thought. Those old fogies, our forefathers," say they, “ what duffers they were-how charmingly simple in their ignorance. Groaning and droning over their prayers and their psalms, and never daring to open any book but that old-fashioned Bible. Well, well, we've got past that, one book is as good as another, and the man who makes himself acquainted with all literary productions, gets a glorious expansion of intellect which emancipates him from the thraldom and bigotry of a narrow-minded religion. With what docile gullibility have past generations swallowed the notion of a God, and all the absurdities and old wives' fables that follow, when a little common sense would have prevented such moonshine being credited. Who ever saw this so-called God, who ever knew anybody that did see bim-and what need is there of a God? Does not science prove that all things have been evolved, by a system of laws operating in the ages, and by the affinities of particles and natural selections, producing the various forms of life we see. Away, then, with these absurd and "

Hold, friend! not so fast, wait a bit, let me speak. You love logic I see. Well, come with me. Let us travel in imagination across the ocean; here we are in America. Now we will dive into the vast forests, and go where man has never trod before. On we plod for days and weeks. This will do ; let us stop at the foot of this giant tree. How solitary is all around. We are surely the first human beings that have ever visited here. But you, being the sharper of he two, reply, “ Are we, though—what's this?" and, stooping down, pick up couple of rails fastened together by a rusty nail. “You are mistaken, we are not the first visitors to this spot; look at this.” “Well," I reply, “ what of that?” “Why, that could not get there of itself; somebody must have put it there." "How do you know ; did you see that somebody?" No." “ Do you know anybody who saw him?" "No, but my own sense tells me that two pieces of wood nailed crosswise could not get there of themselves." “Why not, might it not have happened somehow ? " "How happened ?” “Why, by the law of affinity, by natural selection—wood to wood you know." "Now you're trying to gull me. Could two pieces of wood fasten themselves together by a nail; besides, how could the nail make itself? Stupid! I think you must be cracked, or else the wood is akin to your head! Don't you see there's design, contrivance, mechanism ; and how could that happen without a designer and worker to execute it? It's against all common sense to suppose it possible for those two rails either to put themselves together so, or to get there without some one having brought them; therefore I conclude, and I think these rails demonstrate to an absolute certainty, that somebody has been here before us."

“Right, friend; you've hit the nail on the head this time. Now, look at this tree. Observe its massive trunk, admirably adapted for holding its great boughs; see how its gnarled roots strike all ways into the ground, that it may be firmly held against the blast. Yet that is but one thing; the roots perform another function; through their many thousand mouths they take from the soil innumerable atoms, which even now are marching in wonderful regularity up the great trunk, and each one will find its way to the exact spot designed for it for the building up of the tree. That which is for making bark will not go to leaf-that which is for branch will not by mistake go to blossom, but every single particle will traverse its intended course, and rest in the exact spot which it is best adapted to fill. Is there no design here, no contrivance, no skill ?" “ Yes," you reply, “but this is only development. This is a gradual process of uniting particle to particle, according to a law of natural selection, as I said, but the other operation was different ; in that there were existing substances interfered with and fastened together by a third in an unnatural way."

Granted; but, wherein is the difference? Here was a man who took materials already in existence, and put them together, fastening them by a piece of iron, which also pre-existed, and the result you take to be proof of skill and design. Supposing the man had made the nail and the wood out of nothing, would not that be evidence of still greater skill and more wonderful design; or, supposing he had power to set in operation certain existing forces by which he developed the wood and iron gradually from nothing, would not that be yet more marvellous ? and yet, further, imagine that he had created the forces by which he developed the wood and iron, would not that be the most wonderful of all ? Do you know of any man who can perform such wonders? Are they not above man's power altogether? Has not some one, some wonderful One then been at work? Will you tell me that all this has happened somehow-by a power which made itself-according to laws, which laws made themselves. You could not swallow my suggestion about the two rails, and yet you are rather proud of your own nonsense about this great tree-nay, the whole forest, and the world itself. Verily, the gullibility of Atheism is great. Talk about the credulity of Christians! We do believe in a few marvels, and our swallow may be somewhat large, but never was the most capacious Christian gullet guilty of the gullibility of the Atheist. Here is s bolus for you :-“Everything we see and everything we don't see, this great world and all the other worlds there may be, made themselves, out of particles, by a system of laws, and the particles and laws made themselves out of nothing!” Behold the reductio ad absurdum of Atheistic logic ! Liverpool.

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me.'"

Wonderful Works of Christ. By a | the angry sea his heart sank with fear, his Clergyman's Daughter. Second Series.

faith wavered, and he began to sink.' Religious Tract Society.

"And yet his faith did not altogether leave

him, said Herbert, thoughtfully, "for even We do not remember having seen the

in that terrible moment he believed in Christ's first series of these most instructive con

power and love-he cried at once, 'Lord, save versations, but we like this second series "But could he not swim?" asked Charlie, immensely. The children talk about the "He was a fisherman, you know." miracle3 as we fear no children ever do, “ He could swim ; in the twenty-first and so far the machinery of the book is

chapter of St. John's Gospel we have proof

of that. One writer on this miracle remarks, rather unnatural : but the instruction

that Peter, in his terror, forgot his usual given is most precious. We cannot

resource; while another says, “In this his imagine a better book for a mother who peril, his fisher's art profits him nothing; for wants to give her children a holy and there is no mingling of nature and grace in interesting Sabbath evening's lesson. In

this way. Probably some sense of his sin

and presumption may have flashed on Peter's stead of further remarks, we subjoin an

mind, and made him feel that he would extract upon Peter's walking on the sea,

honour Christ by seeking help only from which to us is the very beuu idéal of him." suggestive commenting in simple lan “How graciously Christ rebuked him," said guage:

Lizzie. The Lord recognised his faith,

weak as it was, He did not call Peter unbe “What made him want to go?" asked

lieving' but of little faith.'" Charlie. “I would rather have kept safe in

" And the Saviour says also, Wherefore the boat."

didst thou doubt?' not wherefore didst thou "He was influenced, no doubt, by mingled

come?'added Herbert. "And then you motives. Perhaps, being so impulsive, he

forgot one thing,” said Charles, “The Saviour had shown most terror at the first sight of the

helped Peter first, and rebuked him when he figure moving towards them on the waves,

was safe. I do think that was the kindest and now he may have wished to prove how

part of it. Yesterday, when I rolled down heroic he could be. Tbere was, we may be

that hollow and fell among the brambles, sure, love to the Saviour, and a desire to be

nurse kept on scolding me all the time that near him; but mingled with these were more

she was helping me out, and I didn't feel half selfish feelings-among others, I think, a de

so much obliged to her as I should have sire for pre-eminence, a wish to push himself

done. But Jesus saved Peter immediately, into notice-something of the same spirit

and then after that he told him of his fault." which led him at a later day to utter those boastful words, Though all shall be offended, The book is very prettily got up, and yet will not I,' words followed by a sadder is so good that we hope the “clergyfall than the one that overtook him now."

man's daughter" will give us more of “I notice he says, 'bid me come,' not bid us; he was evidently only thinking of him

the same kind. self,” said Lizzie. "Mark the love and wisdom of the Saviour's

Homes Made and Marred: a Book for answer. He does not chill his impulsive disciple by a refusal. though he knows the i

Working Men and their Wives. Refaults that lurk in Peter's desire. He permits ligious Tract Society. him to learn this needful lesson. Yet it is but by a single word that he answers Peter's

A Book to give a newly-married couple, request- a word which, while it does not re and if it should lead them both to be fuse the trial, in no way promises success.” teetotallers so much the better. It "Peter said, “Bid me come unto thee,' and

| aims, however, at something higher, our Saviour only replied, “Come," observed

even at their conversion. The sad tale Herbert. “Yes; the 'come, is no command, only a

thrills the reader, and leaves, perhaps, permission. Peter had said unto thee,' but too melancholy a feeling upon the mind; our Lord gives no such definite invitation. but there are some who will never be The result was now to depend entirely on made to fly from sin unless they see the the disciple's faith. How strong that faith

horrible results which it may produce. seemed at first! He clambered down the side of the rolling vessel, his feet touched the

Bad temper in the wife in this story heaving waves, and he stood upon them. drove the husband to the publichouse, With eyes fixed on the Saviour, he took the and led on to the ruin of the family. first few steps in safety; then, as the great God grant that such a scene may never billows rolled towards him, and he saw them

occur in actual life to any of our young rising and falling between him his Master, Peter forgot the secret source of his strength, readers; but, alas! it may do if sin be and while gazing into the yawning gulfs of ! not conquered by the grace of Gud.

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