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The following sentences are brought together from an article in the (Baptist) Watchman, written by Lemuel Moss, the title of which is "Sin is Unnatural:" "The Sinless life of Christ, in the environment and conditions of his earthly career, demonstrated the wonderful fact that sin is not an essential and necessary part of human nature. . . . Here is a human life of constant activity, full of controversy, contradiction, strife, persecution from ungodly and ignorant men, and yet not a deed or word or emotion or thought that even God can disapprove. . . . Such a phenomenon in the history of humanity would of itself attract the attention of angels and men. But it was something more than a bare and barren phenomenon, isolated and insulated, out of touch with ordinary human experience. Christ was bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh. . . . Christ, being sinless within, conquered the sin without. . . . It is not necessary to commit sin in order to prove our permanent manhood. Rather do we demonstrate our manhood, and our kinship with God, by the conquest and expulsion of sin."

A writer in the (Unitarian) Christian Register says: "It is often said that to labor is to pray. That is a half truth depending upon the application. An ox labors. A steam-engine toils terribly. Man may be as industrious as ox or steam engine, and never lift a thought heavenward or recognize God in his life. Such mechanical labor is no prayer. Prayer is conscious appeal for divine grace, devout recognition of God's living force in the world and in our own souls. It is 'the soul's sincere desire, uttered or unexpressed.' Yet, whether in silence or in word, it is that desire going forth Godward. In this high sense it may be that to labor is to pray. Noble work may be the best part or expression of genuine prayer. Whether as confession of convicted conscience or sinking of deep humility, consecration of high purpose or adoring gratitude of a thankful heart, submission to God's will or request for divine help, this spiritual communion with the Fount of all blessing, this aspiration Godward, is prayer."

April 18, 1901

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