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12.17.2019

L Tolstoy: Much worse than external punishment is the soul in a state of rebellion against God, is the soul endowed with divine force and abandoning....

Much worse than external punishment is the
soul in a state of rebellion against God, is the soul endowed with divine force and abandoning itself to bestial passions; is the soul living in the sight of God and fearing the anger of man, preferring
glory in men's eyes to the peaceful realization of his virtue. There is no greater disaster than that.
It is this that impenitent man carries with him to his grave.
To gain salvation in the highest interpretation, of this word, is to lift up the weary spirit, cure
the suffering soul, give it back its liberty of thought, of conscience, of love. In doing this one finds the salvation for which Christ died; it is for this salvation that the Holy Ghost was given to us, it is towards this salvation that the true Chris tian doctrine is discovering the right road.
(Channing

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