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The Making of a Nation eBook

Charles Foster Kent
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 125 pages of information about The Making of a Nation.
in various ways.  What constitutes theft depends upon the law of the separate state and upon the rights of property granted by that law, but everywhere the primary obligations of the individual to God, to society and to his fellow men remain substantially the same.  As he develops a more tender conscience, a more just and kindly attitude toward his fellows, a greater reverence toward his Creator, the spirit with which be keeps these commandments is becoming continually more urgent, whatever may be the specific way in which they may be carried out for the benefit of his fellow men and of society.

Questions for Further Consideration.

Does idol worship exist in any part of the civilized world to-day? 
If so, where and in what forms?

Are those addicted to profanity necessarily and intentionally irreverent?  What is the origin of this habit?  How may it be eradicated?  What are some of the best methods by which children may be guarded against it?

Do you think it is right for the state to become responsible for the religious education of its citizens?

What is the fundamental difference between the so-called “Continental Sabbath” and that observed by Jesus?

In what way may Sunday be made a day of greater profit and significance to the working man?

What attitude should one take regarding so-called “white” or “society lies”?  Under what circumstances, if any, is it right to lie?

Subjects for Further Study.

(1) The Decalogues in Exodus 20-23. Hist.  Bible II, 209-24.

(2) Jesus’ Version of the Ancient Prophetic Decalogue.  See Matt. 5:17, 18; 6:19-21; 12:1-12, 31, 32; 15:3-5; 22:  36-39.

(3) Compare the Moral Ideals of the Decalogue with those of the Present-Day Socialists.  Cross, The Essentials of Socialism; Walling, Socialism as It Is; Spargo, Elements of Socialism.

STUDY XI

THE EARLY TRAINING OF A RACE.

ISRAEL’S EXPERIENCE IN THE WILDERNESS AND EAST OF THE JORDAN—­Num. 11-14; 21:21-31; 32:39-42.

Parallel Readings.

  Hist.  Bible I, 204-29. 
  Edward Jenks, Hist. of Politics, Chap, III.

Then as they journeyed from the mountain of Jehovah the ark of Jehovah went before them, to seek out a halting place for them.  And whenever the ark started, Moses would say,

  Arise, O Jehovah,
  And let thine enemies be scattered,
  And let those who hate thee flee before thee.

And when it rested, he would say,

Return, O Jehovah, to the ten thousand of thousands of
Israel.—­Num. 10:33, 35, 36.

As an eagle stirreth up her nest, hovereth over her young, taketh them, beareth them upon her wings, so the Lord his God did lead him and there was no strange God with him.—­Deut. 32:  11.

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