Universalist Quote of the Day #185

“The world once thought that Christianity was a failure.  When they saw Christ hung upon the cross, even the apostles thought their Master was defeated.  But, while his enemies were rejoicing that the dangerous doctrines should disturb their peace no more, Christianity was gathering new powers for the conflict; and the very hour they sought to exterminate it from the world became the hour of its firm establishment and victory.  From that dark and awful scene of crucifixion, it went forth to its conquest with an impulse which no earthly power could stay, and before which kings should bow, and sin and wrong should flee away; forseeing which, the dying Saviour could say, ‘It is finished.’  And every martyr to the cause has added new force in carrying out the great result.  Hence Whittier justly said, ‘In the economy of God no effort put forth for the right cause fails of its effects.  Through discords of sin and sorrow, pain and wrong, it rises, a deathless melody, to blend with the great harmony of a reconciled universe.”

–Rev. John G. Bartholomew

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