We are not a little surprised to note in a recent issue of...

Ludington (Mich.) Daily News

We are not a little surprised to note in a recent issue of the News an argument by the pastor of one of your churches to prove by human "experts" that it is impossible for any person to receive spiritual inspiration in this age. Who are these "experts" who propose to restrict the power of God? In the memorable words of Sojourner Truth to Stephen A. Douglas, "Is God dead?" Has the infinite Mind so far lapsed as not to be able to control His own creation and inspire the spiritually receptive today with His message of truth and love? Our clergy are constantly declaring the omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence of God. Do they not believe their own preaching?

Job said, "There is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding." Have the times so changed since then that the earnest God-seeking man and woman of today may not receive in their inmost heart the clear understanding of truth? If this is so, the world must have drifted far down the stream of righteousness in the past ages. Does our critic think that the "still small voice" which came to Elijah may not express itself today?

Bronson Alcott writes: "Your Bible was life before it became letter, and you must live into that life which dictated the letter if you would find its true import. Your cannot seek what you have not some notion of in yourself. Inspiration must find answering inspiration. It needs a man to perceive a man, and an inspired soul to translate the text of an inspired book and interpret the revelation after it is written." According to the dictionary authorities, the meaning of inspiration is "the infusion of influence or ideas into the mind by a superior person; influence exerted by God upon the human mind."

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