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the dwelling of Christian and infidel; and insurance societies are just as needful to the one class as to the other.

Is the believer in Jesus any safer in a thunder-storm for his belief? See that church-steeple shattered, and the minister in the pulpit struck dead upon his knees; while in awe his Christian brethren whisper, "Mysterious Providence!"

The floods are no respecters of persons. Christians drown as readily as their unbelieving neighbors, under like circumstances. Cast a Christian and an infidel into the sea which will sink first? The one who knows not how to swim; and there is more salvation from drowning in a cork than in the faith of the one or the infidelity of the other.

In what respects, then, O Christian! does belief in Jesus, whom thou callest Christ and Saviour, save thee at all? "Our salvation," replies the Christian, "is from sin, from the wrath of God, and from eternal torments: it concerns not itself with sickness, poverty, floods, fires, and such trivialities, but with things of eternal moment." If the salvation by Jesus is indeed a salvation from sin, we will welcome it. From sin, from lying, stealing, intemperance in all its forms; from anger, bitterness, and all uncharitableness; from jealousy, revenge, and all meanness; from war and all its horrors; from crime and all its results, what a salvation that would be! I know that Jesus is said in Matthew to have received his name of Jesus, which means "saviour," because he should save his people from their sins; but where are the people that he has saved? Can those who call themselves Christians

be in reality his people? Jesus himself acknowledged that he was not good. When one called him "good Master," he said, "Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God." John, the beloved disciple of Jesus, says, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." It is evident, then, that he did not consider himself to be saved from all sin.

The Christians of to-day universally confess themselves to be sinners. In the Episcopalian church they repeat every Sunday morning, "Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us miserable offenders." Very similar are the confessions of Christian clergymen of all denominations, reiterated from the pulpit every seventh day; and the believing brethren, in whose name they pray, devoutly say, "Amen." And, in doing so, they acknowledge the statement to be correct. But what worse is an unbeliever than this? Some of them are not as bad. All Christians pray, "Forgive us our trespasses," as Jesus taught his disciples to pray; and it is evident, by his doing so, that he did not believe that their faith in him would save them from committing sin, as the confessions of modern Christians show its helplessness in their case. Where is the Christian that is saved from

sin, or that even professes to be? Should any man claim to be, and he a married man, let his wife be questioned “separate and apart" from her husband; and, if she be truthful, her statement will prove the worthlessness of his claim. Indeed, Christians seem

to take pride in confessing what great sinners they are, and unblushingly sing, what can only be true of one of them,

"I the chief of sinners am;
But Jesus died for me."

The very reason why they should not be sinners at all, according to their theology. What merchant will credit another the sooner because he is a Christian, or place more confidence in him when making a bargain ? Some have done so only to find themselves grievously disappointed. We are surrounded by believers in Jesus, -men and women who profess to have been born again, and passed from a state of nature into a state of grace; who profess to have been saved by this great salvation: but where are those that never lie, nor prevaricate; who never take advantage of another in a bargain; who are never angry, nor sulky, nor greedy, nor refuse to help the needy; who are temperate in all things, - never use tobacco or intoxicating drinks, nor injure their bodies by any indulgence? Where are those that are never bigoted, intolerant, or uncharitable, and whose consciences absolve them every evening, so that they have no need to pray, " Forgive us our trespasses," for they have no trespasses to be forgiven? The Christian Church, with all its pretensions, cannot furnish a single one. What, then, are

we to think of the statement that Jesus saves men from sin?

Christianity did not save the South from slavery, where it was commenced and carried on by Christians and Christian ministers, whose hands were strengthened by their Christian brethren of the North: the one forged the fetters and applied them; the other riveted them, and cursed in the name of Jehovah all who attempted to break them; while most of those who wrote and lectured against slavery were men whom the Church branded as infidels.

Belief in Jesus does not save men from war and cruelty. Christian nations have been notoriously fighting nations; and Christian wars have been among the most cruel and bloody. "There are no wild beasts as ferocious as Christians who differ concerning their faith," said the heathen in the fourth century; and, if we are better now, it is due not to the superiority of our faith, but to the advance which the best types of our race present in accordance with the operation of natural law. "What a dreadful picture," says Dr. Dick, "would it present of the malignity of persons who have professed the religion of Christ, were we to collect into one point of view all the persecutions, tortures, burnings, massacres, and horrid cruelties, which in Europe and Asia, and even in the West Indies and America, have been inflicted on conscientious men for their firm adherence to what they considered as the truths of religion!'

It must be confessed, that, if some of the teachings of Jesus were obeyed, war would be impossible; but when he declares that the punishment of a false faith

will be damnation, and that damnation everlasting fire, that man must be more than mortal who believes, and is not led in some degree to persecute those whose faith is, in his opinion, erroneous.

Christianity does not save from intemperance; for, while men almost universally believed in Jesus where the evil was, it grew till it overshadowed the land. It invaded the pulpit, and dragged to untimely graves hosts of the strongest Christian believers. The first temperance paper was published by Joseph Livesay of England, who was what is called an infidel; and it was not till outsiders had done the heavy work, and they saw a prospect of assistance from it, that Christians took much interest in the temperance movement. The Bible is the bulwark of moderate drinking, and the example of Jesus one of its principal supports. Christianity does not save from bigotry and intoler

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No people in our country are as bigoted as Christian believers; and it is no wonder. Jesus looked forward to the time when he should sit on the throne of his glory, and say to those who had neglected the believers in him, "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire." If he had possessed the power, he would evidently have given his enemies a taste of earthly fire, as so many of his followers subsequently did. Paul was charged with bigotry to the lips, and fulminates his anathemas like a pope's bull; and even the "loving John" would have turned Theodore Parker out of his house in the name of Jesus, as the Boston Christian bigots tried to pray him out of the world.

The religion of the despised Nazarene, peaceful

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