The Vocation of Man

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Open Court Publishing Company, 1910 - Faith - 178 pages
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Page 174 - All Death in Nature is Birth, and in Death itself appears visibly the exaltation of Life. There is no destructive principle in Nature, for Nature throughout is pure, unclouded...
Page 149 - I assume such a law of a spiritual world, — not given by my will, nor by the will of any finite being, nor by the will of all finite beings taken together, but to which my will, and the will of all finite beings, is subject.
Page 153 - I myself who can make me so, — and this is immediately revealed to me by a voice whose tones descend upon me from that other world. Thus do I stand connected with the ONE who alone has existence, and thus do I participate in His being. There is nothing real, lasting, imperishable in me, but these two elements : — the voice of conscience, and my free obedience. By the first, the spiritual world bows down to me, and embraces me as one of its members ; by the second I raise myself into this world,...
Page 111 - We do not act because we know, but we know because we are called upon to act : — the practical reason is the root of all reason.
Page 160 - Thou worTtest in me the knowledge of my duty, of my vocation in the world of reasonable beings : — how, I know not, nor need I to know. Thou knowest what I think and what I will : — how Thou canst know, through what act Thou bringest about that consciousness, I cannot understand...
Page 159 - Thou art best known to the child-like, devoted, simple mind. To it Thou art the searcher of hearts, who seest its inmost depths ; the ever-present true witness of its thoughts, who knowest its truth, who knowest it though all the world know it not. Thou art the Father who ever desirest its good, who rulest all things for the best. To Thy will it unhesitatingly resigns itself: "Do with me," it says, "what thou wilt; I know that it is good, for it is Thou who doest it." The inquisitive understanding,...
Page 114 - I cannot think of the present state of humanity as that in which it is destined to remain; I am absolutely unable to conceive of this as its complete and final vocation. Then, indeed, were all a dream and a delusion; and it would not be worth the trouble to have lived, and played out this ever-repeated game, which tends to nothing and signifies nothing. Only in so far as I can regard this state as the means...
Page 159 - After thousands upon thousands of spirit-lives, I shall comprehend Thee as little as I do now in this earthly house. That which I conceive, becomes finite through my very conception of it; and this can never, even by endless exaltation, rise into the Infinite.
Page 120 - ... part in its further progress. It is the vocation of our race to unite itself into one single body, all the parts of which shall be thoroughly known to each other, and all possessed of similar culture.
Page 158 - Sublime and living Will, named by no name, compassed by no thought, I may well raise my soul to Thee, for Thou and I are not divided.

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