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O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people who call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
THE CODE AND THE ISSUE.
A FEW months ago, a distinguished Arian divine, preaching at Harvard University, took up for consideration certain of those acts of Jesus of Nazareth which seem contrary to human wisdom, and certain of those commands of His which do not commend themselves as practicable, nor, all the circumstances of modern life considered, as expedient. “What,” said the preacher, “shall we say of these ? Are we bound by them, in defiance of our common sense and our enlightened Christian judgment ? No! We must conclude that these are the mere details, incidental and unessential; partly of local and temporary expediency, and partly the enthusiastic excesses of a reformer, the extravagances of a God-intoxicated idealist. And besides, Jesus was a poet. Many of His sayings are poetical; whole discourses fall into the form of verse. The beautiful, the matchless spirit of Jesus's life will ever remain an inspiration to the highest living;