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course to heaven in distress. We ought, of course, to expel superstition from our religion as we should expel rheum from the eyes ; but if this is impossible, we ought not along with it to amputate and blind the faith of mankind in God. This faith is not dismal or full of terrors, as the Epicureans with their slanders about providence pretend-a childish bugbear or a tragic Fury from Hell. There are few men that fear God who would be better without this fear. For they fear Him as a King gentle to the good and severe to the bad, and this single terror, which keeps them from wrongdoing, sets them free from the many terrors that follow it. They keep sin suppressed and in check, and suffer fewer fears than those who indulge it, and then repent and are alarmed. The attitude of the masses to God, the attitude of the ignorant man of average goodness, has a touch, a throb, of fear mixed with reverence and respect : that is why it is called superstition. But infinitely greater and more important than this is the element of confidence and abounding joy, the instinct that prays to God for all the benefits of prosperity, and welcomes them as His gift. There is no stronger evidence of this than our feelings at sacrifices or religious ceremonies. The soul in these hours is not, as you might suppose, agonized or discouraged or cast down, as if it was in the presence of a tyrant or a terrible chastising power : but where it most supposes and conceives God to be present, it dismisses most completely grief and fear and doubt, and surrenders itself to delight. The man who renounces his belief in Providence is excluded from this. For it is not the roast flesh nor the flowing wine at religious festivals that make the worshippers' joy, but the belief and good hope that God is present and favourable and pleased to accept them.
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