Oriental Religions and Christianity eBook

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Nor was the peace which he felt and which he commended to others the peace of mere negative placidity and indifference.  It was loving confidence and trust.  “Be careful for nothing”—­we hear him saying to his friends at Philippi—­“be careful for nothing; but in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, make known your requests unto God:  and the peace of God, which passeth understanding, shall keep your minds and hearts through Christ Jesus.”  And yet to show how this consists with devout activity, he commends, in immediate connection with it, the cultivation of every active virtue known to men.  Thus, “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things.

FOOTNOTES: 

[Footnote 74:  Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1889.]

[Footnote 75:  The author seems to overlook the fact that the chief excellence of an evangel to lost men is that it appeals to the masses.]

[Footnote 76:  Address published in the Japan Mail, 1890.]

[Footnote 77:  There is scarcely another passage in all Hindu literature which is so full of half-truths as this, or which turns the sublime powers of the human soul to so unworthy a purpose.]

[Footnote 78:  In an enumeration of Hindu gods made in Buddha’s time Krishna does not appear.]

[Footnote 79:  Never before has there been so much danger as now that the lines of truth will be washed out by the flood-tides of sentimental and semi Christian substitutes and makeshifts.  As with commodities, so with religion, dilution and adulteration are the order of the day and a little Christianity is made to flavor a thousand shams.]

LECTURE V.

BUDDHISM AND CHRISTIANITY

New interest has recently been awakened in old controversies concerning the relations of Christianity and Buddhism.  The so-called Theosophists and Esoteric Buddhists are reviving exploded arguments against Christianity as means of supporting their crude theories.  The charge of German sceptics, that Christianity borrowed largely from Buddhism, is made once more the special stock in trade of these new and fanatical organizations.  To this end books, tracts, and leaflets are scattered broadcast, and especially in the United States and Great Britain.

Professor Max Mueller says, in a recent article published in Longman’s New Review:  “Who has not suffered lately from Theosophy and Esoteric Buddhism?  Journals are full of it, novels overflow with it, and one is flooded with private and confidential letters to ask what it all really means.  Many people, no doubt, are much distressed in their minds when they are told that Christianity is but a second

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