"God's Arm is not Shortened"

In Indianapolis (Ind.) Journal

IF , from the limitations of a creed, or from any other cause, a persuasive pulpit orator expressly limits the power and lovingkindness of God in His dealings with man, every thinking person is at once confronted with the very vital question, Is the preacher's limitation sanctioned by logic and Scripture? If it be not so sanctioned a great harm has been done to the cause of religion, and the sooner the error is pointed out the better.

Let us see if a certain critic's own thought is consistent with the limitations he preaches. In a most beautiful passage he illustrates the truth that God is a sure refuge for the sorrowing, and that faith in God is the only wisdom in sorrow, as follows:—

"The healer of the torn plant or drooping flower is not the cellar, but the open sunshine. You may carry the plant down into the cellar and treat it very elaborately and use long names while you prop the poor branch, but all the while in its torture every wilting leaf cries out, 'Let us out where the sun shines. The sun is our medical healer; the warm air is our natural nurse, let us rest out there, and feel once more the strange thrill of health. In a similar manner the natural restorer of all moral health is the God of life. Faith is normal; unfaith is abnormal. Our elementary life is dependence and on God."

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September 5, 1903

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