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IS CHRISTIANITY FROM GOD?

OR,

A Manual

OF

CHRISTIAN EVIDENCE,

FOR

SCRIPTURE READERS, CITY MISSIONARIES, SUNDAY

SCHOOL TEACHERS, &c.

BY

THE Rev. JOHN CUMMING, D.D., F.R.S.E.,

MINISTER OF THE SCOTTISH NATIONAL CHURCH, CROWN COURT,

LITTLE RUSSELL STREET, COVENT GARDEN.
AUTHOR OF APOCALYPTIC SKETCHES,' ETC.

66

Eleventh Edition.

"THY WORD IS TRUTH."- John xvii. 17.

REVISED AND CORRECTED BY THE AUTHOR.

LONDON:
HALL & CO., 25, PATERNOSTER ROW.

1871.

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IS CHRISTIANITY FROM GOD ?

CHAPTER I.

IS THE SOUL IMMATERIAL AND IMMORTAL?

This is a useful though not an essential preliminary investigation. We therefore attempt to throw a little light on it. Christianity is the religion of inquiry, as well as the subject of triumphant proof. It does not demand our assent to propositions without any previous examination of their character and their claims. Its language is-Search, examine, judge ye whether these things be so or not.

Our first is simply a preliminary inquiry—it is the immortality, or after-existence, of the soul of man. If there be no hereafter—no reckoning at the judgment morn-no destiny in the future dependent upon character created in the presentthen the claims of the Gospel to be a revelation from God are of comparatively trivial moment. If, when we die, and the green turf is laid upon us, our eyes are destined to open on no hereafter, nor our hearts to throb again, then the truth or the falsity of Christianity, except so far as it touches this, is an insignificant inquiry.

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