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Last Updated —1/10/2012

Character Crisis

The phone rang in the news room of the “Columbian”. A man on the line was so excited that his words seemed to stumble over one another. “I can see smoke and steam pouring out of Mount St. Helens, “ the caller fairly shouted. “Do you suppose it is going to erupt?”

Mt. St. Helens

Calls of this nature were not without precedent at the office of the daily newspaper in Vancouver, Washington. The answer was standard. Yes, St. Helens would no doubt erupt again; but no, what the caller had seen was not smoke or steam but most likely blowing snow or water vapor being whirled around by the wind.

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"But ask now the beasts,
and they shall teach thee;
and the fowls of the air,
and they shall tell thee. . .
Who knoweth not in all these
that the hand of the Lord
hath wrought this?"

Job 12: 7,9

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Them Afraid

Quakers and Indians

In early colonial times, the Quakers not only lived out this principle within the civilized communities, but sought to make it known to the savage Indian as well. Even at times when it would naturally be considered impossible to follow this principle, a hundred years of history attests to the fact that God honored his simple faith.

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Our Christian Heritage

Many fail to realize that there has never been such a time in the history of the world, as today, when the concept of religious freedom is widely recognized.

No one ever thought of vindicating individual freedom of religion until two thousand years ago. Christ clearly laid out the relationship of the individual to the state, relative to his accountability to God, when He said: “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:21. When these words were spoken, in all the civilized world, Caesar and God, religion and the state, were one and inseparable; but by this one statement, Jesus drew a clear line of distinction that forever separated the two, showing that the conscience, and not the state, had final authority in matters of religion.

The period in which we live, however, is as it were, but a moment of time, relative to the centuries of intolerance that have preceded it. Since the beginning of recorded time, the history of mankind is written in terms of men seeking to dominate their fellow beings, and not infrequently in the name of religion.

This column is dedicated to the memory of those who were part of the struggle that resulted in the wide-spread religious liberty we enjoy today.

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Quakers and Indians