My welcome is addressed to each and every one of you.
Among the maxims of this wisdom are these — 1. That happiness is the end of human existence.
That nature is a sufficient source of happiness. That God is what we fancy or desire Him to be. The elements of all sin are here — sensuality, covetousness, ambition. Sin originates in unbelief. It wears a specious appearance of goodness. Transforms its victims into Satanic incarnations. Reveals its own deceptiveness.
Covers its victims with confusion. Thieves, when they go to rob a house, if they cannot force the doors, or that the wall is so strong that they cannot break through, then they bring little boys along with them, and these they put in at the windows, who are no sooner in, but they unbolt the doors and let in the whole company of thieves.
And thus Satan, when by greater sins he cannot tell how to enter the soul, then he puts on and makes way by lesser, which, insensibly having got entrance, set open the doors of the eyes and the doors of the ears, and then comes in the whole rabble: It is a thing very well known in the great and populous city of London, that when children, or some of bigger growth newly come out of the country, and so not well acquainted with the streets, are either lost or found straying from their home, there is a sort of lewd, wicked people commonly called "spirits" that presently fasten upon them, and, by falsehood and fair language, draw them further out of their way, then sell them to foreign plantations, to the great grief of their parents and friends, who, in all likelihood, never afterwards hear what is become of them.
Thus it is that, when men and women are found straggling from God their Father, the Church their mother, and refuse to be led by the good guidance of the blessed Spirit — when they keep not to the Law and to the Testimony, nor stick close to the Word of God, which is in itself a lantern to their feet and a light unto their paths — then no marvel if they meet with wicked spirits, seducers and false teachers, that lead them captive at their will, and that, not receiving the truth in the love of the truth, God gives them over to strong delusions, to believe a lie.
Here is the devil — that apostate spirit — that accursed being — that arch rebel — that daring adversary of God — that merciless foe of man. His work declares him.
The devil is a real person. This relation is no myth — no dream — no vision — no fable — no allegory. It narrates the real conduct of a real person. Works prove a workman. Acts show an agent. So real performances stamp a real devil. Watch then, and pray. He is always personally near; for he "walketh about seeking whom he may devour" 1 Peter 5: Bar the portals of your heart.
He seeks to make that heart his personal home. He is the "spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience" Ephesians 2: The devil is a hater of God. Who hates God most? Surely he who most contravenes His will. But here a patent fact evidences his enmity.
He arms himself in the panoply of bold opposition. Thus he schemes; thus he uplifts his arm boldly to fight against God. See, then, how he hates God. Reader, you profess to love God.
Where is your evidence? The devil is a hater of man. Who hates man most? Surely he who most contrives his misery.
In Eden there was sweet bliss. Every faculty was the inlet of God. Every thought — full of Him — was only joy.
Satan beholds and writhes. What I shall man share the peace which he has lost:FRANK DUFF Founder of the Legion of Mary Frank Duff was born in Dublin, Ireland, on June 7, He entered the Civil Service at the age of 1.
Death. This death was two fold. It was partly —(1) Physical death, or the separation of the soul from the body. The seeds of death, naturally implanted in man's constitution, began to develop themselves the moment that access to the tree of life was denied him.
The office of the wise man; The author’s intention in the present work; On the way in which divine truth is to be made known; That the truth about God to which the natural reason reaches is fittingly proposed to men for belief.
The incommunicable attributes of God are those that belong to God alone (omniscience, transcendence, etc.,) where the communicable attributes of God are those that we can also possess (knowledge, love, mercy, etc.,). However, we have to realize that all of our discussions about God's attributes are.
Incommunicable attributes Attributes of God that find little or no analogy in humankind. There are divine qualities which cannot be found among his creatures. These are attributes that God does not share or communicate to humankind. Click here for listening or download help instructions, RSS feeds are at start of each topic.
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