The History of the Origin of All Things

Nov 12, 2012 by

The History of the Origin of All Things by L.M. Arnold was originally published in 1852 and priced at 25 cents! The best way I can sum it up for you is that it is hardcore creationism at its very best.

Here are a few lines to give you a feel for this book:

There is, in every man, a desire, to possess wisdom. It is implanted in his nature, as an aspiration leading him to good ; leading him to advance ; to progress in knowledge. But, by the want of a proper education of this part of man’s nature, it often happens, that he is led astray, by the very faculty, that should lead him, to good. This propensity of man, to depart from good, has been thought to depend on the wiles of an enemy ; a being that delights in man’s misery, and takes pleasure in leading him into sin, which is ignorant error ; and, into sin which is active. Passive sin, is error of omission. Active sin, is error of commission. But the difference is great before God.

Man suffers evil without being contaminated by it ; but, if he take pleasure in sin, or error, he becomes a castaway.
A departed one from God’s grace, and love ; from God’s harmony, and blessings. There is a sin unto death, an unpardonable sin. It is the sin spoken of by Paul, and by other New Testament writers, from which a man shall not be redeemed by God’s mercy. He must suffer the consequences ; and the consequence, is death to the soul ; so far as the soul can die. It is the withdrawal of God’s favor and love. It is the absence of God’s spirit, from the man, that makes him feel all this death in the soul; and makes him suffer the torments of the damned, or condemned. For these words are synonymous.

Shall man escape from this condemnation, by which he is commanded to depart from the presence of God, from Christ his son, from all that is good, and pure, and praiseworthy in other beings like himself? Shall he fall then, to rise no more? Shall he suffer eternal, everlasting, unendurable, unendured punishment? Yes! unendured ; for what is eternal, has not been finished ; and an unfinished punishment, has not been endured. No : such a punishment does not become God to inflict; nor is man capable of enduring it. For though the essence of man’s nature is immortal, and unchangeable, the very unchangeable, and immortal nature, prevents the possibility of condemning it to eternal sameness. All else changes but the soul of man, and the attributes of God. God himself .is unchangeable; and man was made in his likeness. But, you say, man changes from day to day ; and we see him all around us presenting various phases of character, at various times. Yes, he presents different phases, as do the heavenly bodies, called moons or planets. But they are still of the same nature, or essence ; and, even if their form were changed instead of a change of phase, still, their essence would re- main unchanged.”


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