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The Religion of All Good Men and Other Studies in Christian Ethics

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 Excerpt: ...the Kingdom of Heaven they neither marry nor are given in marriage.' A kingdom in which we are to be 'as the angels' may fairly be spoken of as an 'end of the world, ' from my point of H view, which is merely that the teaching of Christ is inapplicable to ordinary human society or to any society other than a supernatural one. Whether beyond this complete alteration of human life, Christ contemplated a further and more distant re-adjustment of things--whether, that is to say, he regarded the kingdom upon earth which Messias was to bring as temporal or eternal--it does not seem possible to determine. In the Book of Enoch from which (and from Daniel, upon which Enoch is largely in the nature of a commentary) so many of Christ's Messianic ideas seem to be derived, both views seem to be put forward--the book being a compilation from the works of different Messianic writers. If Christ, with Enoch xci.-civ., supposed the kingdom of the Messiah to be limited in duration, then he may be said to have contemplated two ends; if, with the other authors of that book, he imagined the kingdom to be eternal,1 then the 'Kingdom of Heaven' may without qualification be described as the end of the world, so long as by world we understand not mundus but societas hominum. The conception of the Messiah's kingdom as not, in the first instance, eternal, seems to me to be that which best harmonises with the doctrine of Christ generally. It seems clear, for example, that he is thinking of a kingdom on our present earth, to be followed by one elsewhere, when he says, as reported by S. Mark: 'There is no man who hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or mother, or father, or children or lands, for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel, but he shall receive a hundredfold now in this t... Hide synopsis

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