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and has therefore made the way of redemption to
him possible by giving his only begotten Son, Jesus
Christ the Righteous, to die, the just for the unjust.
He has also given man the code of his kingdom (the
Bible) in which is compiled the correct and direct
statutes of his laws, which, by its teachings, shows
the way so plain that the wayfaring man though a
fool need not err therein.
Man is hedged in on every side by the law of right
and understanding, and to do wrong he has to break
over its walls by force.
First: There is conscience, the law of right writ¬
ten on the table of his heart, which fights his every
attempt to do wrong, and the only way he can do evil
is by setting aside its declarations and beating down
its great power of persuasion, giving no attention to
its teachings, and heedless to all its cries, going forth
to sin like a horse in battle.
Secondly: There is nature that would teach him
by her examples, in that she obeys God in every law
The seasons come at his orders: when it is time for
winter, we have winter; when it is time for spring,
winter gives way and spring takes its place; when
it is time for summer, spring gives way and summer
takes its place; and when it is time for fall, the sum¬
mer gives way and fall takes its place, all obeying
the Creator, God, without the slightest variation.
The world in its rotation moves at his orders,