for righteousness upon another was abhorrent to him. And yet this very impulse toward righteousness may have been due to the divine Spirit within him. On Paul?s experience before conversion, see E. B. Burton, Bib. World, Jan. 1893. Peter objected to the washing of his feet by Jesus ( <431308>John 13:8), not because it humbled the Master too much in the eyes of the disciple, but because it humbled the disciple too much in his own eyes. Pfleiderer, Philos. Religion, 1:218 ? ?Sin is the violation of the God-willed moral order of the world by the self-will of the individual.? Tophel on the Holy Spirit, 17 ? ?You would deeply wound him [the average sinner] if you told him that his heart, full of sin, is an object of horror to the holiness of God.? The impulse to repentance, as well as the impulse to righteousness, is the product, not of man?s own nature, but of the Christ within him who is moving him to seek salvation.
Elizabeth Barrett wrote to Robert Browning after she had accepted his proposal of marriage: ?Henceforth I am yours for everything but to do you harm.? George Harris, Moral Evolution, 138 ? ?Love seeks the true good of the person loved. It will not minister in an unworthy way to afford a temporary pleasure. It will not approve or tolerate that which is wrong. It will not encourage the coarse, base passions of the one loved. It condemns impurity, falsehood or selfishness. A parent does not really love his child if he tolerates the self-indulgence and does not correct or punish the faults of the child.? Hutton: ?You might as well say that it is a fit subject for art to paint the morbid ecstasy of cannibals over their horrid feasts as to paint lust without love. If you are to delineate man at all, you must delineate him with his human nature and therefore, you can never omit from any worthy picture that conscience which is its crown.?
Tennyson. in In Memoriam, speaks of ?Fantastic beauty such as lurks In some wild poet when he works Without a conscience or an aim.? Such work may be due to mere human nature. But the lofty work of true creative genius, and the still loftier acts of men still unregenerate but conscientious and self-sacrificing, must be explained by the working in them of the immanent Christ, the life and light of men. James Martineau, Study, 1:20 ? ?Conscience may act as human, before it is discovered to be divine.? See J. D. Stoops, in Jour. Philos., Psych., and Sci. Meth., 2:512 ? ?If there is a divine life over and above the separate streams of individual lives, the welling up of this larger life in the experience of the individual is precisely the point of contact between the individual person and God.? Caird, Fund. Ideas of Christianity, 2:122 ? ?It is this divine element in man, this relationship to God, which gives to sin the darkest and direst complexion. For such a life is the turning of a light brighter than the sun into darkness, the squandering or bartering away of a
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