Prof. H. H. Bawden: ?Consciousness is simply the growing of an organism, while the organism is just that which grows. Consciousness is a function, not a thing and not an order of existence at all. It is the universe coming to a focus, flowering so to speak, in a finite center. Society is an organism in the same sense that the human being is an organism. The spatial separation of the elements of the social organism is relatively no greater than the separation of the unit factors of the body. As the neuron cannot deny the consciousness, which is the function of the body, so the individual member of society has no reason for denying the existence of a cosmic life of the organism which we call society.?
Emma M. Caillard, on Man in the Light of Evolution, in Contemp. Rev., Dec. 1893:878 ? ?Man is nature risen into the consciousness of its relationship to the divine. There is no receding from this point. When ?that which drew from out the boundless deep turns again home,? the persistence of each personal life is necessitated. Human life as it is, includes though it transcends the lower forms through which it has developed. Human life as it will be, must include though it may transcend its present manifestation, viz., personality.? ?Sometime, when all life?s lessons have been learned, And suns and stars forevermore have set, And things which our weak judgments here have spurned, The things o?er which we grieved with lashes wet, Will flash before us through our life?s dark night, As stars shine most in deepest tints of blue: And we shall see how all God?s plans were right, And most that seemed reproof was love most true: And if sometimes commingled with life?s wine We find the wormwood and rebel and shrink, Be sure a wiser hand than yours or mine Pours out this portion for our lips to drink. And if some friend we love is lying low, Where human kisses cannot reach his face, O do not blame the loving Father so, But wear your sorrow with obedient grace; And you shall shortly know that lengthened breath Is not the sweetest gift God sends his friend, And that sometimes the sable pall of death Conceals the fairest boon his love can send. If we could push ajar the gates of life, And stand within, and all God?s working see, We could interpret all this doubt and strife, And for each mystery find a key.?
Although physical death falls upon the unbeliever as the original penalty of sin, to all whom are united in Christ, it loses its aspect of penalty and becomes a means of discipline and of entrance into eternal life.
To the Christian, physical death is not a penalty: see <19B615>Psalm 116:15 ? ?Precious in the sight of Jehovah is the death of his saints?; <450810>Romans 8:10 ? ?And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the spirit is life because of righteousness?; 14:8 ? ?For whether we live, we
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