The Gospel of Spiritual Insight
Excerpt from The Gospel of Spiritual Insight It is not spiritually healthful to keep one's mind perpetually exercised in one field of thought. In the preparation of the "Gospel of Common Sense" my mind had been employed on the practical ethics of Christianity. I felt that it would be good for myself, as well as for my readers, to vary the study. Spiritual insight is helped by practical morality, and practical morality is aided by the cultivation of spiritual insight. So, upon laying down the Epistle of James, I took up the Gospel of John. Nothing that has ever been written about Jesus the Christ shows such intimacy with His character, with His head. His heart, His mode of thought and feeling, as the fourth Gospel. No man has ever had such preparation for the work of Nothing that has ever been written about Jesus the Christ shows such intimacy with his character, with His head, His heart, His mode of thought and feeling, as the fourth Gospel. No man has ever had such preparation for the work of setting forth the humanity and the divinity of Jesus, as John the son of Zebedee. The two men were akin, the children of two cousins who were very holy and devout, women. Both his heredity and environment gave to John special ability to perceive the intellectual and spiritual characteristics of Jesus. There was one other thing in him: he was a man of prodigious heart, and his great heart was also most tender. His passions could rage like a storm, and sometimes became so vehement that his cousin Jesus called him "a son of thunder but they were so delicate and sweet and strong that that same Cousin, when dying on the cross, committed His own mother to John's loving care. It would seem profitable, therefore, to try to see the Christ with the eyes of John. It is for this purpose that the studies in this volume are written. More than a score of standpoints are taken, but each is a position from which the Beloved Master was seen by the beloved disciple. It is assumed that those who read this book believe in the genuineness and authenticity of the Gospel of St. John, and have never been troubled by the agitation of that question, or, having examined it, have seen how utterly futile the attacks of all hostile criticism have been. It may be well, however, to make a statement or two for the benefit of younger readers. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.