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Writings by George Burgess (1829-1905)

GOD

“Canst thou by searching, find our God?”

Nearly all human being believe in a God. Many have doubted His existence. But very few have denied it. Thinking men who believe in God like to find Reason for their Faith. And a reasonable Faith is nearly Equal to a proved Fact!

But here is a Fact, which all being agree to be proved. That there is an Almighty Power behind and before us, and behind and before all the moving Worlds, and that this Power, by its laws and processes, rules the motions of the world we line in, and rules our life, and rules our Death! Therefore, whether men call this Power, a force of Nature, or name it God, the results is the same. For, if they move across the laws of this Power they become weakened.

But all things that exist are ruled, not only by an Almighty Power, but also by perfect intelligence or wisdom as proved by Science and Facts. And also by just, and exact laws, which never fail to operate, and also by Universal Goodness, which clothes the earth with beauty, and fills it with plenty – and with loving-kindness.

These Facts are known by all, and they can only incline intelligent beings to believe that this Mighty, intelligent Power, which so rules all things, is a Personal Being.

We know of no form of intelligence without Personality. And we know of no intelligent Personality without a distinct, Personal FORM.

Therefore, Reason has strong Facts to support its Belief that this Almighty intelligent Power is a distinct, Personal Being – named God.

Reason, intelligence can say that there is as much mystery concerning man’s existence as concerning God’s existence. Man, either existed always, or else be began to exist. If he began to exist, without being created, then so could God. And if he always existed without being created, then so could God. Therefore, the care fact of the existence of man, or God, is an equal mystery. All Existence is Mystery! But Existence is a Fact, A Fact without beginning and without End. For no being was ever capable of forming an idea of Non-Existence, Non-Existence is an Impossibility, but the boundless Existence of Worlds, and beings, continuing in order, on their sure and even course must ever have been ruled by an Almighty, Intelligent Personality. Therefore, Reason names this Almighty, Ruling Power, The Personal Living GOD!

George Burgess – July 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