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Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu, James Legge (trans.)

The Secret Doctrine, Volume II Anthropogenesis

H. P. Blavatsky

Some Experiences of an Irish R. M.

Edith Somerville and Martin Ross

The Bhagavad Gita


Catechism for Jewish children

by Isaac Leeser


I believe firmly and truly that there is One God, who has created the heavens, the earth, and all creatures which are therein; I farther believe that the Lord God preserves his creatures by his continual watchfulness, and that He governs all by his all-seeing care; and that, lastly, He ordains the fate of all his creatures; that is to say, that nothing ever happens to them which He has not ordained or sent to them.

"Therefore, I will judge you, 0 house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God." Ezekiel xviii. 30.

"By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all their host with the breath of his mouth. He gathereth together as a heap the waters of the sea, He layeth up the depths in storehouses." Psalms xxxiii. 6, 7.

"All these wait upon thee, to give them their food in due season; they gather that which thou providest for them; Thou openest thy hand, and they are filled with good; Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled; Thou takest away their breath, they perish and return to their dust; Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: thus Thou renewest the face of the earth." Psalms civ. 27-30.

"He made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is therein; He keepeth truth for ever; He executeth judgment for the oppressed; He giveth bread to the hungry. The Lord looseneth the prisoners; the Lord openeth the eyes of the blind; the Lord raiseth those who are bowed down; the Lord loveth the righteous; the Lord protecteth strangers; He relieveth the fatherless and the widow; but the way of the wicked He overthroweth." Ibid, cxlvi. 6-9.

2. Are you convinced of the existence of God 1

Yes; I am firmly convinced that there is a Creator. For every thing which I find in every direction around me must have been made by some one more powerful than every such thing itself is; and this superior power, as I have said before, I call God the Creator, He who first caused every being to have existence, shape, and form.

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis i. 1.

"Raise your eyes to heaven, and see who hath created these, that bringeth out their host by number, calleth them all by name." Isaiah xl. 26.

3. Could not Chance have produced the world; that is to say, could the world not have been made as we find it, without design by an intelligent Creator?

No; chance cannot have any order or regularity; but we find in every part of the universe that it is governed by fixed laws, and that the greatest regularity prevails in every thing; and this could only have been made by a wise and intelligent Maker.

'Thus saith the Lord who giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, who shaketh the sea that its waves roar, the Lord of Hosts is his name." Jeremiah xxxi. 35.

"Praise Him, ye sun and moon; praise Him, all ye stars of light; praise Him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that are above the heavens; let them praise the name of the Lord, for he commanded, and they were created. He also established them for ever and ever: He gave a decree which shall not pass away." Psalms cxlviii. 3-6.

4. Can we see God?

No; God ia a spirit and cannot be seen by human eyes.

"And he said to him (Moses), Thou canst not see my face, for no man can see me and live." Exodus xxxiii. 20.

"Take ye, therefore, good heed unto yourselves, for ye saw no manner of figure on the day that the Lord spoke with you on Horeb, out of the midst of the fire." Deut. iv. 15.

5. You said "God is a Spirit;" what do you mean by


A living, invisible being, which is nevertheless possessed of power, reason, and will.

6. How can such a being be known?

Through the spirit dwelling in man; that is to say, we can recognise or discover a spirit through the working of our soul or mind, which is likewise a spirit.

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