Sacred Scriptures of World-Religion (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, 19.03.2018 - 274 Seiten
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For the student, as books of reference they are invaluable; but for practical purposes - that is, as books of devotion, of devout instruction, or of ethical guidance and suggestion they are unquestionably confusing as well as cumbersome and inconvenient. So much irrelevant matter of mere history, genealogy, inci dent, explanation, repetition, etc, is (quite naturally) included, that they become like metamorphic rocks or alluvial soils, from which much rubbish must be cleared away before one can get at the embedded gold. For practical purposes the gold should be ready at hand and in a convenient form. So for practical purposes the practical instructions and suggestions of the Bibles of the World should be separated from the mass of history, genealogy, and detail, so that eye and mind may at once apprehend their meaning and be quickened by their timely inspirations. The want of such a selection is widely felt by all catholic-spirited ministers in Pulpits, teachers in Sunday-schools and in Day-schools, parents in Homes, and individuals in hours of Devotion.

To answer this want, in some measure at least, this volume has been prepared. From the Bibles of the World all has been selected that seems of practical value, for purposes either of moral instruction or of devout inspiration. May these selections stand as confirmations of the truth and beauty of all Divine Revelations and, at the same time, bear living testimony to the fact that, In times past the Eternal One has not left Himself without a witness in any nation; but' hath from time to time raised up prophets among them all such as they were able to hear.

As to the selections made and parts omitted, it is inevitable that a compiler of any sort can never hope to satisfy the taste and judgment of all. What one would retain another would reject; what one would reject, another would retain. Some would retain all, and some would reject all. So, on his own taste and judgment must every compiler rely; and, especially in such a serious matter as attempting to tamper with Sacred Writ must one be prepared for criticism, and for finding that personal satisfaction and benefit are the only compensation to be received from even one's most studious and devout labors.

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