Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Danger exists only where we avail not ourselves of this Divine strength or succor.

...faith is ever endowed with a divine energy; the bark, however weak it may appear, is possessed of an anchor capable of withstanding the most tempestuous surges, a compass which never varies, and there is besides One within the vessel who rebukes the wind and says unto the sea, “Peace, be still.” He also calls to us and says: “Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith? Danger exists only where we avail not ourselves of this Divine strength or succor. If we, like the unprofitable servant, lest we lose the talent committed to us, hide it in the earth, and then in the day of reckoning like him, boldly approach our Lord with the words: “Lo, there thou hast that is thine,” let us beware lest a like sentence be also pronounced upon us.

John Henry Kurtz, The Bible and Astronomy; An Exposition of the Biblical Cosmology, and Its Relations to Natural Science, trans. T. D. Simonton (Philadelphia: Lindsay & Blakiston, 1857), 35–36.
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