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God by the acts of the will. Neither knowing God through the analytic studies

not knowing is

it

of confessional standards. It is the close approach to God with the warm, tender feeling of the throbbing heart that craves to be cherished; it is to have longed and languished for what can quiet the burning desires of the heart; to have tried everything that can be tried; to have suffered disappointment with it all, and now at last to find the true^ perfect and holy object of the love of the heart; to receive God himself in the soul; and in this love to be supremely happy. The difference is perceived at once between this love and what is commonly passed as loving God. does not love God? Every one indeed, who is not out and out an atheist. -

Who

Why

should he not be loved? In him everything is pure and holy and exalted. There is nothing in him why he should not be loved, and every one feels that he is worthy of the love of all. The masses in general love God. They have nothing against him. In God they find their ideal of what is beautiful, right and good. Therefore they >can not do otherwise. Even as they love virtue, and right, so they also love God. But in this Platonic love glows no tiniest spark of personal relationship and attachment. It is called love for God, but God has no place in the soul or in the mind. The inclination and drawing of the heart do not go out after him. There is nothing in this love of a burning thirst after God, such as makes the heart pant after the water brooks. By the side of this cool, measured, pseudo-love of

the

world,

which

is

heartless,

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

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To be near unto God - pagina 194

Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 628 Pagina's

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