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Lord calls us out from the flood of emotions to The feeling higher and clearer consciousness. is a gift of God. but the gift of consciousness as a feature of the image of God in us far excels Feeling can do no more than furnish the it. material which the consciousness thinks upon, classifies and transposes into clearness of form Even the plant is sensitive. In an animal feeling is sometimes exceedingly fine. But neither plant nor animal received the glorious capacity of the higher consciousness, which enables man to take in everj'thing, to scrutinize and to estimate things in their significance, to appreciate, and to miiTor them in his own thought. Consciousness makes man a King. In feeling he suffers and endures. Consciousness has all sorts of forms. A form for art. A form for the moral, and a form for the religious life. But of all these forms it is always consciousness first, in which man finds himself back again, becomes capable of mighty action, and lifts himself up to the spheres of the eternal Word. One-sided absorption in mysticism has therefore always ended in degeneration. Hence the Church must ever and anon send out the sacred summons to elevate the treasure of our religion to the height of our consciousness. Mysticism without more is darkness, and chaos. In our consciousness is the light. In behalf of the knowledge of God this light is first kindled by the Name of the Lord. This is at once understood, when on our kness before the Eternal, we first address him in general as God, and then proceed to call him Abba, Father. He who in addressing God quietly, with emphasis 243

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 628 Pagina's

To be near unto God - pagina 251

Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 628 Pagina's

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