his soul to Jesus has found the clue to the maze!"
Modern unbelief is so short of the quality that it seized the label,
and has advertised itself as HONEST doubt. It was in dire need of
a character. We lift our feeble voice on behalf of HONEST FAITH.
PROFOUND THOUGHTS ON FAITH AND DOUBT
The better test is that which believers alone are able to describe. How has the Scripture influenced them? Has it flattered their conceit, lowered their ideal of virtue, nourished their selfishness, or dispirited their hopes of better things? No. They find God as revealed in the Book to be their Father and their Friend, and his methods of righteousness to be most elevating and purifying, so that they are enabled to trust him in their struggles after that which is good and noble, and always find their faith abundantly justified. Day by day they see for themselves that God's declarations are true, and that they are attended with power.
The words of God awaken echoes in our hearts. The Book is omniscient and omnipresent, like the Spirit that inspired it; it knows all about us, and tells us our secret thoughts. It must be divine, for it touches secret springs known only to him who fashioned the heart at first. He has watched the fouling of its machinery so closely that its present movements cannot deceive him; and he speaks of it as only such an Observer could do. The Bible revelation exactly meets our needs, and allays our fears: we :mean not the shallow wants and dreads of worldly frivolity, but the deep and terrible necessities of a :mind ready to despair through a crushing sense of past failure. This Book is a salvation for men doing business on great waters, where trifles are out of the question. It is a guiding star to minds around whom the midnight of despair is gathering. O matchless revelation of truth, if thou didst not come from God, whence didst thou come? If all thou tellest us be a dream; fain would we dream again, or die in our sleep! Hitherto we have found, all thy teaching true to our inner life, and we cannot but bear witness to the fact!