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Kora ilorrlila Than Idols of
KealiiGite, Says Fas-
THE EI3LE VERSUS CREEDS.
The Liibie Opposed to All Idols Cod
Must Be Known to Be Appreciated
and Truly Worshiped Misunder
standings of the Divine Plan Have
Confused Us Ignorance the Mother
of Superstition The Morning Dawns.
The Shadows Flee True Knowledge
of God Will Soon Fill the Earth and
Carry Blessings to All.
Madison, V i b.,
July (. Tiik Im-
TElt.NATION AL Itl-
iii. i Students As
heen boUliiiti a
convention lie refill-
cIosIuk today. It
has lind n lari;
ultendnnee of 151 -Me
nil parts, nnd
ninny nblo speak
ers. Pastor Russell whs one of the
speakers of today, and his vast audi
ence was evidently much in sympathy
with his utterances. lie took for Ids
text the words, "Tho Futher of mer
cies, and the God of all comfort." 2
In his opening remarks, the Pastor
stated that when in India, China and
Japan last year, he wns forcibly struck
with tho intelliKence of many among
these jiwples. lie visited their idol
temples for the purpose of noticing
tho degree) of reverence exhibited and
the status of worshipers. lie whs fa
vorably impressed; many seemed sin
cere, absolutely unmindful of any oth
er matter than their own worship. Ho
made inquiry us to what Importune)
was attached to the Idol. Wns It re
garded as the god. or merely a re
minder of thelr god? He was assured
of tho latter-that tho idol itself was
known to lie of metal, or stone, or
wood, and was used merely as a re
minder of their god, in much tho same
wny that Catholics use the cruclflx
not as worshiping the Image or the
picture, but merely having these l
fore tho mind to assist in fixing rever
ence and the spirit of worship.
Our Creed Idols Worse.
i f ,
t first, said Pastor Russell, I felt
disposed to chide the heathen for the
liorrlhle features which they give their
Images. I said to myself, Why do
11n-y not make graceful, beautiful idols
instead of horrible ones? Hut a little
reflection brought me shame and con
tusion. I said to myself, Look at the
-reeds, the idols, the Images of C.oel,
net up in Christendom. We have not
attempted to picture our I)elty in wood
or stone or mineral, hut we have writ
ten out a description of Ills character
our Christ Inn creeds.
These creeds stand before our men
tal eyes with exactly tho same hide
ous features that the tangible Idol lins
bi'fore the natural eye of tho heathens.
Each different creed fciiows n slightly
different image of God. but they ar
all horrible. They nil picture God a
a most atrocious character, more hide
ous by far than are any of the idols
i How could anybody carve, or cast,
or model, a mute Image, or idol, that
would speak such horrlblo things as
all of our creeds portray by de'scrlp
tlem? Where is tho artist who could
picture a God deliberating upon the
creation of the human family, and be
fore beginning His work planning and
arranging a great place called Hell
(and Rome say another called Purga
tory). creating fire-proof devils to man
these, laying up fuel for use therein
through all eternity, and then start
ing the human race with procreatlve
powers, with the foreknowledgo that
thousands of millions would spend
eternity In these horror chambers!
Who could picture or model an Image
representing a God who would, after
preparing bucq a place. Inject now life
and vigor Into the poor sufferers bo as
to prevent their ever dying bo as to In
sure that they must live everlastingly
under those horrible conditions! No
heathen was ever capable of such an
Imagination; and hence none wns ever
able to picture such a God, either in
clay, or stone, or metal, or wood, or
with the pen. It remained for the most
cultured and civilized peoples of the
world, who had enjoyed most of God's
favors and blessings and enlightenment
to misunderstand Him most, to mis
represent Him worst, and carry those
misrepresentations to tho heathen.
The Heathen Know It, Too.
Missionaries have indeed readied
few peoplo and brought them under a
measure of Christian influence, but
their number is small; so also their in
telllgeuco. Like sumo true Christians
here, they have a reverenco for God
sadly encumbered with error. The
more intelligent classes are agnostics
Christianity, so-called, has led them to
doubt their own religions, but it has not
given them anything In their stead
When some or the hlgher caste na
tlves learned that my preaching wa
different from that of the missionaries,
and that it presented a God of Love
and an ultimate opportunity to all man
t kind to coiiio Into harmony with IIIiil
?A : N
' t!'- t.inft. r v:.r.-- 1 : r IV ;i; f.uii-
.luitu-es ue.e MMit . ::,(! i.) iii.juiro if
I ri.uM w t sl.i.v I M.fi', ;w-.!!n;,;; me of
iimsieu' e .I 1 1 1 ( liiu'liiT r.iMe u-1 ! i ,
i'lii'.v rxiutineel tliat :is ni-i.li a
;i I'lt i iiitod 1l:e hili-.li.'i!. i- .!
! While Willi illnl his ;iifiv)i:;u v!i
j i in.
they COIlllI III
turiMl :i (Ji'i!
IIS til In'1 IV'i
s. i te:-iil
;!intit to their
they, our n.l
. aal o:;r
rcli'.-ii'ii. le.-uli us to be kind, even to
the 'liunl) briitcs, and to muse them i:
unifi-essary pain. How. then, co-.il. I
We worship the God of the n;iv,i.n:
ariesV They tell us that He has cnu
signed our forefathers from the remot
est generation to everlasting torture
bee-ause they did not believe In Jesus,
whose name is the only name by
whleh any can lie saved. We ennnot
believe In so unjust a God. The slight
est degree of Justice would have obli
gates! Him to send our forefathers the '
Message in no uncertaln terms.
I felt it obligatory to upologlze, not
only for myse-If, but for all Christen
dom. We said, We Christians have
erreiL We neglected our ltlble, and
thus brought on the Dark Age's. Since
then we have been trying to get near
er to the light as tho days go by, and
some of us have made a little more
progress than others. I am preaching
the God of the Lible, "the God of all
grace, the Father of mercies," whose
name Is Love.
Wo said, Certain parables and sym
bolic phrases have been misunderstood,
misapplied, mlstranslate'd; and thus,
while we had tho best of Intentions,
the great Adversary, Satan, hos kept
Christendom considerably In the dark,
and has led us to picture in our creeds
a God who is fierce, unjust, unloving,
unwise, and who is using Ills Tower
contrary to every principle of right
eousness. Now the dawn of the New
Ago is about upon us. The thousand
years of Christ's Reign is shortly to
be'gln. God- is gi'ttlng ready for It by
sending blessings of every kind.
Wo said, further. We aro in the Day
of the Lord's preparation, and His
faithful people are finding a better
light shining on tho Bible, and are
gradually coming to a better under
standing of It. Cling to tho Rlble! We
ure endeavoring to arrange so that your
selves and all people who ore hunger
ing for a God of Righteousness, Jus
tice, Wisdom and Love may ge;t a
view of what the Rlble really temches.
Missionaries Oppose the Truth.
I am sorry to sny that although the
missionaries nro five to confess that
the conversion of the world is an ab
surd proposition, they are not ready for
the Itlble teaching on the subject. Al
though the'y know there are twice as
many heathen today as there were one
century ago, they are bound, fettered
by their creeds. True, they are seek
ing federation, co-operation; but the
co-operation includes only those who
are coiaboring to get the heathen to
cast away his graven and molten Im
ages, and to take Instead a written
creeei Image that is worse. Of course,
few of tho missionaries believe in these
cred idols themselves; but they were j
seiu io roreign .amis to put mese rei- I
tors upon the poor heathens, nnd they j
are not ai noeny io uo oiuerwise,
One would think that even then they
would rejoice to have someliody elso
proclaim the Message of a God of Love.
nd one chance of salvation to every
member of Adam's race. Rut they do
not; they oppose our teachings at every
step. We ennnot read their hearts; we
must therefore Imagine some of them
are still fettered by tho hrnnrnnee nnd
superstition of the Dark Ages and are !
thoroughly conscientious In their en
deavor to put these fetters on others.
Others, we must assume, feed their
responsibility in respe'et to the reports
they will make to the home Ronrds of
Foreign Missions. Their reports In the
pust have be-e-n colorenl to tho very lim
it to show progress and to encourago
contributions to tho missionary funds.
The very thought brings terror, that
any of their followers would get more
llght. more knowledge of God. and
thus cense to bo counte-el In ns weirshlp-
ers nt the shrine of the cned Idol.
Apparently for the pnst few years,
missionary activity has heen chiefly i
with the native children. Appnrently
very llttlo religious Information is be -
ing impnrte'd. If only the missionaries
had read the Bible to tho people. many
more In heathen lands would know
about Messiah's Kingdom and appreci
ate tho imort of the prayer, "Thy
Kingdom come; Thy will be done on
enrth, as it Is done In Heaven."
Good Tiding to Every Nation.
My visit to foreign Innds was not a
plensure Jaunt, but strictly In the in
terest of the tmo Gospel, of which tho
angels sang "Good tidings of great
Joy, which shall be unto all people."
I had heard reports which led me to
bellove that there were sincere people
in heathendom who were feeling after
tho truo God. if hnply they might find
Him. I believe thnt God wlshes us to
tarry tho Messago to these. I have far
greater interest In such, whether at
home or abroad, thnn In the vast ma
jority of people, who nre utterly care
less, utterly indifferent, utterly faith
less, and who do not wish to find God
or to know Him.
Christ's Millennial Kingdom will
denl with all such, and open their eyes
of understanding, and through chas
tisements develop the pence of God in
all who will. The present Ago Is mere
ly for the electing of those who hunger
and thirst after righteousness. Find
ing such In heathendom I. ns president
of the Ini ehsational Riiu k Stupkhts
Association, promptly took the nee'os
snry steps for sending tho Gospel of
God's Love nnd Justice nnd Wisdom
nnd Power all over heathendom by
the printed page.
Our Association has had sermons
translated Into the language of Japan
and Korea, and Into the prluelpal lan
guages of China, aad Into the six prln-
!-..:. '.s .'f the v "
i':v-li Intercut in
a :i ro'i.-od. J V i
li.ul ln'.-rnii to iloubt
e'Veryilim; religious !:av
take counu-e, uin to tliii
aii.l st'.i ly
; their Kilties. If the missionaries e-ouUl
' hot elite') the s njie spirit, what a biess
' ;d eipporiin.ity would be theirs! Rut.
alas, not many of them are so inclined:
Very getienilly they seem to be bitter,
hostile, slanderous, doing everything in
: their power to oppose the l!-dit. even
; ns Jesus eleclared that the darkness
j has always hated the light, because
the light make's manifest, or shows up
i the darkness.-Jolin n:l!)-21.
How to Know Cod.
Jesus said, "This is life eternal, that
they mUht know Thee;, the only true
God. and Jesus Christ, whom Thou
hast si'iit." lie knew we could not
come into personal touch with the Al
mighty, lie knew that we could learn
respecting Him only through the Rlble,
ns He said, "Sanctify them through
Thy Truth. Thy Word Is Truth."
There Is n difference between knowing
about God and knowing God. The be
ginning of faith Is to believe that there
Is a great Supreme Creator. It is an
other step to learn that He Is wise and
powerful, ns Indicated In the great Uni
verse that He has made, and in our
human organization with Its wonderful
powers for thought and action. Truly
"There Is a God
All Nature speaks!"
At first It may occur to some that
knowledge of God simply means to
come to know that there Is a God, nnd
that He has provided a Savior, His
Only Begotten Son, our Lord Jesus
Christ. But the knowledge of God
means far more than this. To the ad
vanced and developing Christian It sig
nifies an intimate acquaintance with
the Fnther nnd with the Son n knowl
edge of "tho mind of Christ," which is
a full nnd clear representation of the
We grow In this knowledge by the
study of the Word of God, by discern
ing through thnt Word the principles
which govern the Divine conduct as
to how Divine Wisdom, Justice, Love
and Power operate. These nre pro
gressive studies. Something may bo
lenrne(l along this line on the very
first day of emr Christian experience;
but the end of the first year should
show considerable progress in the
knowledge of the Divine mind: nnd so
to the end of the Christian's course.
It is only ns we realize something of
the grentness nnd the perfection of
the Divine character that we nre prop
erly able to estimate our own littleness
nnd Imperfection. Only ns we see the
beauties of Ills gracious character can
we become Intimately acquainted with
God, with Ills graces nnd virtues.
Then we come to investigate the
more subtile qunlities of the Divine
Belng, Ills Justice nnd Love. Who can
imngino a real God who is devoid of
Justice, devoid of Love? So surely ns
It is true that no human being could
be really grent without the qunlities
I ft llluHpn nml lrnra on unpnlv lu It
true there bo no re(l, nd
gTeat God wltI)0Ut tne 8nmo m,e8
WIs(loin ond Power w,thout Just(ce
and Love would picture to us a demou.
and not a God.
But what enn we know respecting
God's Justice nnd Love? Wo answer
thnt there nre two ways of ascertain
ing: The first wny is to wnit nnd see
how Ills plnns and arrangements will
bo ultimately carried out If it Is
truo of humanity thnt "by their fniits
ye shall know them," the same must
bo true of. the Almighty by Ills fruits.
Ills workmanship, finally completed.
Ho mny be known to be either good or
bud, Just or unjust, loving or vicious.
Tho other wny of knowing the Di
vine character, in advance of tho fin
ished work of Ged, would be along the
lines of faith; and faith, in order to be
intelligent, must have some basis or
foundation. The Bible is God's Mes-
i sage, to those who have the ears and
' eyes of faith. In it He tells us in ad-
vance what he purposes to do; and
from what we thuB hear we must de
termine whether He is Just, loving and
good, or whe-ther worse thnn ourselves
11 the creed Idols which we have been
I worshiping truly represent Oel rhpn
1 the consummation of Ills Thin win h
. awful in the extreme enouch to mniio
all creation shudder. It would mean
. thousands of millions in evi.riafinff
torture without the slightest hope of
any glory coming to God, or of any
good coining to the sufferers or to any
body else. Tho only purpose to. be
served by such torture would be the
satisfaction of a devilish disposition to
witness the torture of others. Is that
creed idol which we have worshiped a
real picture of the God of the Bible?
We know thnt it is not
The God of the Bible on the contrary
declares thot He has permitted the
Reign of Sin nnd Dtath, which is en
tirely Just He tells us that from
among the sinners He will first gather
out n saintly hnndful to be nsseclates
with their Savior and to participate
with Him ns members of His cabinet,
or Kingdom, for the administration of
the world's affairs, to lift humnnlty up
out of sin nnd degradation and death
back to . human perfection, nnd ulti
mately to destroy all of those who pre
fer sin when they shall be brought to
a full appreciation of It.
The outcome of this Divine Plan of
the Bible shows us a ren-lnlnicd hu
manity, in n world-wide F.deu, blessed
with n knowledge of Ged, nnd with ex
periences which will mnke them hap
py to all eternity. Our Lord tells us
thnt then God's will shall be done on
earth, even ns now It Is done lu Heav
en; nnd that there will bo no more
sighing, crying nnd dying on enrth,
even as there Is none lu Heaven; nnd
that every creature In Heaven and on
earth will everlastingly praise the Cre
ator and the Redeemer. Halleluiah
such n Savior' Hallelujah, such a God!
of taese ::re ii: t!:
. pie. tVn-!i!, r;il.
fhrili.u:.iy li.i.s 1 (
ia tlU'Se l..inl who
Tr DVACAA M. SMITH
You can Let a cent
That t!io spotless gent,
Tho one without a stain.
Is the plain,
Unassuming, near great
Know you not?
You ought to know.
For he said so!
Take It from the candidate
To get It straiRht,
lie Is his own Indorsement,
Ills letter of credit.
His press eigent and
His own brass bund.
Others may say
When he Is mentioned as the one
Him a bug of hot air.
Others may opine
He would make a fine
Dog catcher or
That he would score
Heavy as a doormat
Or something like that
As to his claims to be
The only apple on the tree.
The only cherry In the pie,
They wink the other eye.
At the suggestion that he may win
They turn away and grin.
But on his own say so
He Is the whole show.
The one who
Can put through
The big reform.
He Is tho warm
Baby, the pippin,
Tho party In the swim.
Take It from him.
drove an ox
"And he drives
vancement" "Yes, but the
ox team was paid
Evening on the Farm.
(Thirty Years Ago.)
"John, have you wound the clock?"
"And put out the eat?"
"And locked the door?"
"Then you e an come to bed."
"Rudedph, have you locked the safe?"
"And put the auto In the garage?"
"And shut off the dynamo In the
"All right; you ean roll Into tho hay
A Warm Friend.
"I am very fond of my friends."
"Why do you sny it that way?"
"I notice you prefer them either
toasted or grilled."
"Some people nre so perfectly honest
fhnt they won't take a single thing
from your house."
"Yes; some won't even take their de
parture." So Modern.
"She Is the very last word in pretty
"Oh, I don't know."
"But she Is hand painted."
Makes Us Honest.
Before the penny slot machine
Put matches In our way
An honest man In other things
For matches wouldn't pay.
Tie Is Indeed an unpopular individual
who can't be delegate to some sort of
Many a useful old maid has been
polled to make a poor wife.
Most of us like hot weather
when mercury is twenty below.
If it were not for the telephone many
a woman would have to go to the mis
sionary meeting to find out how Mrs.
Blank's sick baby Is.
It is a slander that women are hard
to please, as witness the marriages wo
Bee mnde every day.
When a boy would rather carry in
coal than play baseball look out for
a knock out demand from him.
All men may be free nnd equal by a
Caere matter of birth but woman hns to
scheme for her freedom, and she
doesn't care to bo Just equal to that
woman elown tho block.
Thero are plenty of persons who nre
all right as long ns you don't get upon
Ae wrong side of them.
Tho unsuccessful person is usunlly
the ono who is Just n second too late.
Dress may make the man, but in nd
41' ion to that it takes a bank account
and n powder puff to make n woman.
Some Fine Moving Pictures.
One oT the ii;iest moving pic
ture productions that has been
shown in this city was given last
evening at the iem theater. The
lilni is entitled, "The Dragon's
J treat h," and portrays the wreck
of a home caused by the excessive
use of opium. The play is pro
duced by the Rex company and is
one of gripping interest, as the
actors producing- the play are
among the most notable on the
moving- picture stage and their
work in this film is something- not
often seen and one cannot fail but
be very deeply impressed by the
forcefulness of the object lesson,
as well as the beautiful manner in
which the play is handled by the
AT CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Yesterday the Christian church
in this city held a series of very
enjoyable, as well as profitable,
meetings at their church, and as
a result the church has gained
several new members. Roth at
the morning and evening services
the pastor, Rev. D. L. Dunkleberg
er, delivered two very impressive
.sermons, speaking in the morn
ing on "The Great Invitation" and
in the evening taking for his sub
ject "The New Itirth," and both
sermons were clean-cut and right
to the point. At the morning
service fourteen new members
were received into the church and
six baptised by the pastor, while
three confessed their belief in the
church and will become members
later. This is a fine showing for
this church and indicates the
work that the members and pastor
have done toward bringing the
church to the front ranks of the
places of worship in this city in
point of membership.
.Another June Bride.
A pretty wedding occurred last
Sunday morning, June 29, at the
home of Mrs. 0. Arvidson, when
her youngest daughter, Mary E.,
was married to Cecil Roy Murphy
of Sterling, Colorado. The cere
mony was performed by Rev.
Klmer Wilton of the M. E.
church, only the immediate family
of the bride being present. Mr.
Murphy is employed in the Bur
lington office in Sterling and is a
young man of excellent character
and qualities. The bride has lived
in this vicinity since childhood
and is a most estimable young
lady with a large circle of friends,
who will join us in extending
heartiest congratulations and best
wishes for happiness and pros
perity. Louisville Courier.
Faithful Horse Dies.
After a long and faithful serv
ice of seventeen years on the coal
wagon of the J. V. Egenberger
coal yards, Old Rock, the large
gray horse owned by that firm,
died this morning of old age, and
his demise was the causeo f much
regret to the boys at the coal
olllce, as they had grown fond of
the faithful old horse, and he will
be greatly missed. The horse was
some thirty years old and had
ben used almost continuously for
the past seventeen years, but this
summer he had been allowed to
Has His Foot Mashed.
For the past few days James
Sochor, tho tailor, has been nurs
ing a very sore foot as the result
of an accident he sustained while
at work in his shop. He was en
gaged in pressing a suit with a
large iron, weighing several
pounds, and left it setting on the
edge of the bench for a moment,
when it fell off onto his foot,
mashing some of his toes most
painfully, and he has been com
pelled to get around with an over
shoo on the injured member for
the last few days.
A. F. and A. M., Notice!
All members are requested to
meet at the lodge room at 1
o'clock p. m. Tuesday to attend
the funeral of the late Brother
Israel S. Bates. A short service
will be held at the late home of
By Order W. M.
M. Archer, Secretary.
Why tho Platte Mutual Insurance
Company solicits your business:
First. Because they have
saved the policyholders one-half
tho cost of their insurance.
Second. Becalse they have
never had an assessment for
J. C. Vi'lersen, Secretary.
Otlice in Dwyer Mlk.
Journal for fancy Stationery.
FUraiH 6!8l LKOS
The following taken from the
society department of the Sunday
stale Journal will be very in
teresting t J'lattsinouth ueople,
as Miss Mauzy is a IMattsmouth
girl and is enjoying a vacation
trip in California with friends,
and her feat in mountain climbing
is something that very few have
done and her friends here are
very proud of her having suc
cessfully accomplished such a
Mrs. Stella Flowers Hastings
and Miss Margaret H. Mauzy, both
formerly ()f Lincoln, but now re
siding in San Francisco, have the
honor of being the first woman to
climb to the top of Pyramid
mountain, near Lake Tahoe, in
northern California. They have
been spending ten days in tho
mountains on the Lake Tahoe
United States forest reserve. They
made the journey to the top of
Pyramid mountain, which has an
elevation of 10,020 feet, on foot,
taking two days for the trip, and
also camping for two days at the
Lake of the Woods. Pyramid
mountain is one of the high
peaks of the Sierra Nevadas, and
is a part of the divide and situated
in the heart of the Sierra range.
Previous to their camping trip in
the mountains around Lake Ta
hoe, Mrs. Hastings and Miss
Mauzy visited the Muir woods,
where they spent several days
among the giant red wood trees,
and also visited at the home of
Prof. Muir, the geologist, after
whom the government forest re
serve was named, Mrs. Hastings
being a personal friend of the
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Purchased the Restaurant.
Mrs. Bertha Gibbs, who has
owned and operated the Diamond
restaurant for many years, but
sold some months ago to a man
that came here from Plattsmouth
to get rich right away. He did not
make the success of it he antici
pated and after a fire in the base
ment of the building he closed
the restaurant and left the fixt
ures in the hands of a man to sell.
Mrs. Gibbs purchased it and will
reopen the restaurant and run it
as she has in the past. She will
have the building overhauled and
refitted so as to have it one of
the neatest restaurants in this
part of the state. Nebraska City
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