In three of the gospels, as well as in the first epistle of John, are to be found solemn warnings against denying Christ. In the twelfth chapter of Luke we read that the Master said: "He that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God." This is followed by the remarkable statement: "And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man [the human Jesus], it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven." It was by the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, that Jesus and his followers healed the sick, and a denial of this divine influence robs humanity of vital truth. In the second chapter of I John we read: "Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father," to which the apostle adds, "Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning."

There are few who would not admit that the present age is characterized to a large extent by doubt and uncertainty respecting much that at one time was unquestioningly believed. Men do not shrink as they once did from the appellation "agnostic"—even the word "atheist" is less offensive than it was at one time, for it is well known that a large majority of the doubters would be glad to know God could they but find Him through the bewildering maze of mortal belief. A story is told of a little girl who shocked her relatives by announcing herself an atheist, and on being asked the reason for this, said she did not believe in the devil. It was then explained to her that such a denial did not make one an atheist, but that a denial of God would, and the child was glad to believe in God.

March 9, 1912

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