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THE NEW YORK
PUBLIC LIBRARY

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

R 1927 L

SIGNS OF THE TIMES.

DEVOTED TO THE OLD SCIIOOL BAPTIST CAUSE.

66 THE SWORD OF THE LORD AND OF GIDEON.”

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VOL. 65.

MIDDLETOWN, N. Y., JANUARY 1, 1897.

NO. 1.

CORRESPONDENCE. also to tell briefly what I think the

Scriptures do teach concerning it. WhatIN THE IMAGE OF GOD.

ever the Scriptures declare we are bound “And God said, Let 18 make man in our image, to receive, even though we do not underafter our likeness. So God created man in his (own) image, in the image of God created he him, male and stand it; for we know the words are right, female created he them.”—Gen. i. 26, 27.

and that the only Interpreter will open In what does this image or likeness our understanding to know their meaning consist! Scott, in his commentaries, after as soon as we need that knowledge. But discussing this question at length, says, we are not thus bound by the form of “We determine, then, that the image of uninspired words, nor the views of winGod in which Adam was created consists spired men. When they are seen and felt in an understanding prepared to imbibe to be in accordance with the inspired true knowledge, a judgment free from cor- Scriptures we cannot but receive them; rupt bias, a will disposed to obedience, they come to us with the sweet power of and affection regulated according to rea- light. But it is not right to adopt the son and truth: nor can we conceive that views of any one when they are not thus it could consist in anything else.” By commended to our consciences, though we this last expression, as well as by others, may regard them as probably true, if we it is evident that this view is adopted, not see nothing in the Scriptures contrary to because of its own intrinsic force, but be- them. When, however, we think we have cause there appears to the author no oth- positive light through the Scriptures upon er way in which the subject can be under the subject, we should do wrong to withstood. I think there are other interpreta- hold it for fear of the reproachful charge tions of Scripture which have been that we think ourselves wiser than others. accepted for the same reason.

I have hesitated to express my mind at I have never been able to see the pro- times for this reason, but I have been priety of this view concerning the nature condemned for it. We should present our of the likeness to God in which Adam views for the consideration of brethren, was created, and it is in my mind to not with the thought of exercising dominexpress my reason for objecting to it, and !ion over the faith of any, but with the

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