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Writings by George Burgess (1829-1905)

CONVICTION

The word conviction is more often mentioned in relation to evil, than to good. But it is as easy, and it is as fair, for a man’s mind to be convinced of his good, as his evil deeds. Until he has done food or evil deeds he cannot be convinced of either kind. But the Rule is that all mankind mark their history with a little that is evil, and much that is good, and as man moves onwards he is very well convinced, in his own mind, of both his evil and his good. And generally, man is willing for even other people to convince him of his good deeds, it is an easy thing to do. But if they try to convince him of his evil deeds he is furious, and they are defeated. Still the man himself is self-convinced, for every cruel and sinful deed draws a black mark across his soul, for him to glare at in his loneliness, and in his dreadful silence. And, in proportion to the vileness of man’s sins, this miner conviction will in some degree hold him down, body and spirit, until he shall truly repent. And even then, sin’s heavy influence will long float in his memory – “For their works do follow them”.

George Burgess – June 1899


REPENTANCE

Repentance may follow, but can never precede, conviction. Man cannot repent of evil unless he is first convinced that he has committee it. And, either at once, or some time afterwards, nearly every man repents of the evil which he has committed. The laws which govern his physical nature, and his spirit, compel him to repent. At first, his repentance is wholly, selfish. He begins to find that his sins bring himself sorrow. Then also, he begins to feel unhappy, on account of himself. As yet, he is not at all unhappy on account of others, whom he has sinned against. By degrees, increased sinning takes him right away from happiness, into misery. And as misery has a loud and irritating voice it reminds him “The way of the transgressor is hard”. This gives new vigour to his repentance, and he wakes right up from his sleep of sin! Then he remembers the good times, and the sweet and happy years, now all gone away, and the loving hearts which he believes are still beating warm for him. And he can now see that his sins have brought sorrow to others, as well as to himself! This is the complete repentance, which must include sorrow for the sinner himself, and sorrow for those sinned against. The continued growth of this kind of repentance tends to end sinning, and will incline the man to “cease to do evil, and learn to do well”. Then, his next desire will be to confess his sins, and ask forgiveness. Thus we see that sinning precedes conviction – conviction precedes Repentance – and Repentance precedes Forgiveness. The whole process from sinning to Forgiveness is a gradual revelation and development of the Human Spirit, in harmony with the science and changeless laws of moral and spiritual development and perfection!

George Burgess – June 1899


FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness means relief to an offender from the displeasure of the offended. It does not secure relief from the just punishment of sin, but for a wronged man to truly and spiritually to remember that wrong no more.

In seeking forgiveness – if the offender does not intend to cease from offending then his repentance is not true. In that case, no wronged being can effectively forgive him, as the offender’s mind is not yet prepared to effectively receive forgiveness. Incomplete repentance and forgiveness never brings the offender peace because he continues to offend, never allowing the Forgiver to forget, as he continues offending proves that the repentance is not true. But Human, and Divine Nature is always willing to forgive. Therefore, then the offender’s repentance is true, and permanent, forgiveness allows the process to begin for forgetting the offence, and of removing the punishment.

The Forgiver forgets much sooner than the offender because the offender of man and God is the cause of the trouble, and punishment. Therefore, punishment clings long to the offender. But with forgiveness, and its sweet relief, during man’s existence in this world and the next, his sorrows will weaken, and end, and be forgotten. Like a small wound, which soon heals. So the sorrows for the lesser sins are soon forgotten. But man’s sorrows for any cruel and heartless past evil deeds and sins are slow to paw away, and are not soon forgotten either in this world, or the world to come.

We thus see – the inevitable and just effects or punishment of his lesser and greater offences or sins. Forgiveness – establishes peace between the offender and the offended, and between man and God. And helps to remove bitterness from the offender’s punishment, to begin within him a new life and process that will finally, in a higher world, end in his remembering his sins and sorrows no more, and forever!

This – the true view of the science of Forgiveness, agrees with every know fact of Human Existence, and with Bible history and teaching, and with the eternal laws of Cause and Effect, which rewards every man according to his evil and good works.

George Burgess – June 1899

MENU - Religious Thoughts by George Burgess
January 1899 REWARDS & PUNISHMENT
February 1899 JESUS
February 1899 THE DEATH OF JESUS
February 1899 DID JESUS DIE INSTEAD OF MANKIND?
March 1899 SACREFICE
April 1899 A FUTURE LIFE
April 1899 THE CONDITIONS OF THE FUTURE LIFE
May 1899 SHALL WE HAVE FOODS IN THE SPIRIT-WORLD?
June 1899 CONVICTION
June 1899 REPENTANCE
June 1899 FORGIVENESS
June 1899 DURATION OF PUNISHMENT
June 1899 THE DURATION OF GOOD REWARDS
June 1899 SOME THINGS I BELIEVE
July 1899 UNIVERSAL SALVATION
July 1899 GOD
July 1899 SIN
August 1899 BODILY - LIFE & DEATH
August 1899 CONVERSION
August 1899 PRAYER TO GOD
  WHAT PRAYER CANNOT DO
  WHAT PRAYER CAN DO
  PRAYER IS REASONABLE
  PERSONAL PRAYER
  PRAYER THAT CANNOT PREVAIL
  PREVAILING PRAYER
March 1900 HAPPINESS
June 1900 THE PARENTAGE OF JESUS
January 1901 MIRACLES
February 1901 RESURRECTION