extension, but by qualitative renewal he would fulfill the law and the prophets. He would bring the imperfect expression in the Old Testament to perfection, not by servile letter-worship or allegorizing, but through grasp of the divine idea.?
Scripture is not a series of minute injections and prohibitions such as the Pharisees and the Jesuits had lain down. The Koran showed its immeasurable inferiority to the Bible by establishing the letter instead of the spirit, by giving permanent, definite and specific rules of conduct instead of leaving room for the growth of the free spirit and for the education of conscience. This is not true either of Old Testament of the New Testament law. In Miss Fowler?s novel ?The Farringdons?, Mrs. Herbert wishes ?that the bible had been written on the principle of that dreadful little book called ?Don?t?, which gives a list of the solecisms you should avoid; she would have understood it so much better than the present system.? Our Savior?s words about giving to him that asketh, and turning the cheek to the smiter ( <400539>Matthew 5:39-42) must be interpreted by the principle of love that lies at the foundation of the law. Giving to every tramp and yielding to every marauder is not pleasing our neighbor ?for that which is good unto edifying? ( <451502>Romans 15:2). Only by confounding the divine law with the Scripture prohibition could one write as in N. Amer. Rev., Feb 1890:275 ? ?Sin is the transgression of a divine law but there is no divine law against suicide, therefore, suicide is not sin.?
The written law was imperfect because God could, at the time, give no higher to an unenlightened people. ?But to say that the scope and design were imperfectly moral is contradicted by the whole course of the history. We must ask what is the moral standard in which this course of education issues.? And this we find in the life and precepts of Christ. Even the law of repentance and faith does not take the place of the old law of being, but applies the latter to the special conditions of sin. Under the Levitical law, the prohibition of the touching of the dry bone ( <041916>Numbers 19:16) equally with the purification and sacrifices, the separations and penalties of the Mosaic code, expressed God?s holiness and his repelling from him all that savored of sin or death. The laws with regard to leprosy were symbolic, as well as sanitary. So church polity environs consciences better than abstract propositions could have done, the fundamental truths of the Christian scheme. Hence, they are not to be abrogated ?till he come? ( <461126>1 Corinthians 11:26).
The Puritans, however, in re-enacting the Mosaic code, make the mistake of confounding the eternal law of God with a partial temporary and
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