Many, with blind faith in the teachings of their fathers,...

The Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal

Many, with blind faith in the teachings of their fathers, turn to the old-time prophecy: "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: . . . for the former things are passed away." Such look and wait for the time when there shall be no more "wailing and gnashing of teeth," no more sorrow and no more pain; a time when swords shall be beaten into pruning-hooks, and the lion and the lamb shall lie down together, and the lion shall eat grass like the ox. And perhaps, after all, it is to such childlike faith the world must now turn in its darkest hour for inspiration and light. Perhaps—who can say?—there is the essence of truth in the prophecies of old.

There is one thing that almost all will concede, from the materialistic scientist to the religious neurasthenic, and that is that if mankind were wise enough they could eliminate the possibility of disaster, especially disaster caused by human inventions. Already there seems to be wisdom enough in the world to desire that war shall cease. It really seems that the problems of war, accident, sickness, and sin will be solved in proportion to the amount of genuine truth humanity is willing to receive, and along with truth, love, the spirit of service and co-operation. "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

September 8, 1917
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