prediction so long held in the church.? If this is meant as a denial of any communication of truth other than the internal and subjective, we set over against it <041206>Numbers 12:6-8 ? ?if there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, I will speak with him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so; he is faithful in all my house: with him will I speak mouth to mouth, even manifestly, and not in dark speeches; and the form of Jehovah shall he behold.?
(c) The theory in question, holding as it does that natural in sight is the only source of religious truth, involves a self-contradiction; ? if the theory be true, then one man is inspired to utter what a second is inspired to pronounce false. The Vedas, the Koran and the Bible cannot be inspired to contradict each other.
The Vedas permit thieving, and the Koran teaches salvation by works; these cannot be inspired and the Bible also. Paul cannot be inspired to write his epistles, and Swedenborg also inspired to reject them. The Bible does not admit that pagan teachings have the same divine endorsement with its own. Among the Spartans to steal was praiseworthy; only to be caught stealing was criminal. On the religious consciousness with regard to the personality of God, the divine goodness, the future life, the utility of prayer, in all of which Miss Cobbe, Mr. Greg and Mr. Parker disagree with each other, see Bruce, Apologetics, 143, 144. With Matheson, we may grant that the leading idea of inspiration is ?the growth of the divine through the capacities of the human,? while yet we deny that inspiration confines itself to this subjective enlightenment of the human faculties, and also we exclude from the divine working all those perverse and erroneous utterances which are the results of human sin.
(d) It makes moral and religions truth to be a purely subjective thing ? a matter of private opinion ? having no objective reality independently of men?s opinions regarding it.
On this system truth is what men ?trow?; things are what men ?think? ? words representing only the subjective. ?Better the Greek ajlh>qeia =?the unconcealed? (objective truth)? ? Harris, Philos. Basis of Theism, 182. If there be no absolute truth, Lessing?s ?search for truth? is the only thing left to us. But who will search, if there is no truth to be found? Even a wise cat will not eternally chase its own tail. The exercise within certain limits is doubtless useful, but the cat gives it up so soon as it becomes convinced that the tail cannot be caught. Sir Richard Burton became a Roman Catholic, a Brahmin, and a Mohammedan, successively, apparently holding with Hamlet that ?there is nothing either good or bad,
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