Reason History And Revelation

It may be said with truth that the Bible is a book which reads History,

and the perplexities of Man, in the light of one great postulate, viz.

that there is a God. The natural sequences, which are now partially

explained by scientific discoveries, are in the Bible attributed to

God's guidance: and of course there is no contradiction between the

two. Science explains something of the ways of God's working: from it

we learn something of His principles, and also of His methods: when we

are surest of scientific laws, we are then confronted with the

assumption that there is, or that there is not, a God. The Bible is

the Book of Faith--Faith that there is a God. But, since it interprets

History, it plainly recognises History, as one of God's Lesson Books.

Also, since it appeals to Reason, and is consistent with Reason, it

recognises Reason, as another of the Lesson Books. In the present

chapter we indicate some of the Lessons to be learnt in these three

Books of God.

Much has been written, especially in recent times, showing the

marvellous working of what we call, at one time, the Laws of Nature,

and at another time, Laws of God. There is infinite interest, to a

thoughtful {101} mind, in the reading of Bell On the Hand, Argyll's

Reign of Law, Maury's Physical Geography of the Sea, even when

further discovery has improved upon their explanations. It must always

be remembered that God has given us Reason and Knowledge, as well as

Faith. Reason leads us to the threshold of Heaven, and Faith admits us

to the Presence. History assures us that Jesus Christ lived in Judaea,

founded Christianity as a Kingdom not of this world, and transformed

the Kingdoms of this world: Faith admits us to Personal Communion with

Him through the Holy Spirit.

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