By W. D. (William Dool) Killen
Overdue 19th century ancient paintings from a Professor of Ecclesiastical heritage, about the heritage of the Christian Church.
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The parables, like the light of prophecy, are, to this 14 The Ancient Church: Its History, Doctrine, Worship, and Constitution very day, a beacon to the Church, and a stumbling-block to unbelievers. The claims of Jesus as the Christ were decisively established by the Divine power which He manifested. It had been foretold that certain extraordinary recoveries from disease and infirmity would be witnessed in the days of the Messiah; and these predictions were now literally fulfilled. The eyes of the blind were opened, and the ears of the deaf were unstopped; the lame man leaped as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sang.
Confession often made at Baptism by disciples of John the Baptist, and of Christ, The early converts forthwith baptized, In the second century fasting preceded Baptism, The exomologesis of penitents, Influence of the mind on the body, and of the body on the mind, Fasting not an ordinary duty, Fasts of the ancient Church, Fasting soon made a test of repentance, The ancient penitential discipline, Establishment of a Penitentiary, Different classes of penitents, Auricular confession now unknown, Increasing spiritual darkness leads to confusion of terms, CHAPTER V.
He wounded the national pride by hinting at the destruction of the temple; He gave much offence by holding intercourse with the odious publicans; and with many, He forfeited all credit, as a patriot, by refusing to affirm the unlawfulness of paying tribute to the Roman emperor. The greatest human characters have been occasionally swayed by personal predilections or antipathies, but, in the life of Christ, we can discover no memorial of any such infirmity. Like a sage among children, He did not permit Himself to be influenced by the petty partialities, whims, or superstitions of His countrymen.