that Church who have no faith in it, and who
live in open violation of its just and holy re¬
quirements. We now give our reply to these
objections by saying:
1st. The Creator who has given this command
is the Omniscient Maker of every child; conse¬
quently he knows all its capabilities, probabili¬
ties, and possibilities.
2d. He knows every temptation to which a
child can be exposed from the cradle to the grave.
He knows the strength of every temptation, and
the conditions under which every one can appear.
He also knows the capacity of every child to
take in evil, and the ability to repel it.
3d. He knows every bad boy or girl who may
endeavor to influence a child in a wrong direc¬
tion ; also, every bad man and woman who can
and will offer inducements to a child to do evil.
And yet, this very Omniscient Creator commands us
to " Train up a child in the way he should go."
Now, inasmuch as he never commands any one
to perform an impossible thing, we fully believe
that a child can be trained in the way he should
go. Will any sane father command his child to
carry a weight which he knows the boy can not
lift from the ground? Is God less reasonable
than a man? Whenever he commands a duty to
be performed, he also imparts the strength and