The Truth in Jesus

But ye did not so learn Christ; if so be that ye heard him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in Jesus: that ye put away, as concerning your former manner of life, the old man, which waxeth corrupt after the lusts of deceit .

— Eph. 4:20-22

Rather than believe a single point involving the spirit of such a system of belief as represented in the quotation above, even with the assurance thereby of such salvation as it offers, I would set myself with hopeless heart to what I am now trying, with an infinite hope in the help of God: to get rid of my miserable mean self, comforted only by the chance that death would either leave me without thought more, or reveal something of God which it would not be an insult to hold concerning him. Even such a chance might enable one to live. And if had I to do with the writer, I would ask: if he will allow that there was a man named Jesus, who died of the truth he taught, can he believe he died for such alleged truth as these abominable dogmas? But it is to those who call themselves Christians that I would speak.

Of those whose presentation of Christian doctrine is the same as the writer’s, there are two classes: such as are content it should be so, and such to whom those things are grievous, but who do not see how to get rid of them. To the latter it may be some little comfort to have one who has studied the New Testament for many years and loves it beyond the power of speech to express, declare to them his conviction that there is not an atom of such teaching in the whole lovely, divine utterance; that such things are all and altogether the invention of men—honest invention, I grant, but yet not true.