Does not our critic see that if sin is real, then every time...

Nashua (N. H.) Telegraph

Does not our critic see that if sin is real, then every time he prays for the reformation of a sinner he is praying for the destruction of something fixed and indestructible? In common parlance, when the word unreal is applied to anything, it means that it is destructible, or, in other words, that it may be overcome—is temporal, finite. If you say that evil is real, you virtually declare for its indestructibility. What hope, then, would there be for the sinner?

It is difficult to see why men should continue to call sin a reality, when in truth everybody who aims at reform of any kind does it on the basis that it is possible to banish evil as something which is foreign to God and has no right or claim upon man. Speaking in metaphor, Jesus called sin (or evil) a liar. This he said because there is nothing either true or real in a lie; a lie always was a lie "from the beginning" and God is not the father of it.

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