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The sure word of prophecy which will yet give us a better religion and a more confident assurance of faith, is that God reveals himself to man, not through external nature, not through portents in the sky, not through tables of stone written upon by a divine finger, not through messages dictated to passive scribes of prophecy and the law, but through the quick experience of holy souls, to men and women who have been inspired, instructed, and illuminated by the light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world, who have, out of their own struggles with faith and fortune, wrought out their thoughts of God and discovered the wisdom and love which are revealed in all human life and human experience. The words that Jesus spoke were not his own, but they came into his consciousness and into his message to mankind from the eternal wisdom rising up within him, not coming to him from without. The word made flesh reveals the God which nature cannot contain and which in the human aspects of divinity nature cannot reveal.—The Christian Register.

A better day has come. The denominations have come to know that their differences are without and not within the Bible, that they are apparent rather than real, that they are striving not for different faiths, but all for the one common faith; that they are not so many separately organized armies contending with each other, but that they are separate corps of one grand army going forth against a common foe, in a common cause, seeking a common victory. Through the media of interchurch alliances, conventions, and conferences, the denominations have come to know there is great breadth of ground for doctrinal agreement and spiritual fellowship. Questions that once produced schisms, secession, and bitter controversies have disappeared, and overtures looking toward closer relation are confidently made and kindly entertained.

Rev. W. F. Whitlock, D. D.

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September 9, 1905

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