“No amount of wrong-doing in a child can ever free a parent from the necessity of doing all he can to help and save his child; the bond between them cannot be broken. – It is the vulgar, slavish, worldly idea of freedom, that it (freedom) consists in being bound to nothing.”
– George MacDonald
In the world of knowledge the idea of good appears last of all, and is seen only with an effort; and, when seen, is also inferred to be the universal author of all things beautiful and right, parent of light and of the lord of light in this visible world, and the immediate source of reason and truth in the intellectual; and that this is the power upon which he who would act rationally, either in public or private life must have his eye fixed.
As to the peculiar doctrines of the sect to which he had joined himself, right or wrong in themselves, Marston, after having complied with what seemed to him the letter of the law concerning baptism, gave himself no further trouble.
He had for a long time known—for, by the power of the life in him, he had gathered from the Scriptures the finest of the wheat, where so many of every sect, great church and little church, gather only the husks and chaff—that the only baptism of any avail is the washing of the fresh birth, and the making new by that breath of God, which, breathed into man’s nostrils, first made of him a living soul.
When a man knows this, potentially he knows all things.
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