Signs of the Times

[San Jose (Calif.) Mercury-Herald]

Christianity—what is it? The answer to this great question has often been attempted by theologians of all sorts, and sectarians have quarreled and fought over it. Still the world does not seem to be saved from its sins; and the principles revealed in the life and teachings of Jesus are a long way from full realization in the lives of most of his followers, and are still entirely foreign to the great mass of humanity.

Is Christianity merely a matter of intellectual belief, or is it something more? Is it a formal adherence to a certain sect and a more or less conscientious conformity to its requirements, or is it something above and larger than any sect or denomination or all of them combined? Is it a belief in the reality of the truths recorded in the New Testament and an acceptance of Christ as there revealed as one's personal Savior and leader? Or is it something outside of, above, and beyond intellectual belief or conception, outward form, profession, or observance?

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June 5, 1920

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