Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions Being a Comparison of the Old and New Testament Myths and Miracles with those of the Heathen Nations of Antiquity Considering also their Origin and Meaning
"Just heaven is not so pleased with costly gifts, offered in hope of future recompense, as with the merest trifle set apart from honest gains, and sanctified by faith." (Ibid.)
"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." (Luke vi. 31.)
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal." (Matt. vi. 19-20.)
"A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another: as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." (John, xii. 34.)
"Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." (Matt, xi 39.)
Thy father, mother, teacher,—these obey.
By deep devotion seek thy debt to pay.
This is thy highest duty and religion."
Do no one injury by thought or deed.
Utter no word to pain thy fellow-creatures."
Reviling language; with an angry man
Be never angry; blessings give for curses."
Do thou, if thou art wise, restrain thy passions,
Which, running wild, will hurry thee away."
Give to the poor, but talk not of thy gifts.
By pride religious merit melts away,
The merit of thy alms by ostentation."
A wise man ever culls from every quarter,
E'en as a gleaner gathers ears of corn."
And he whose reason is impaired, repeats
His sins. The constant practice of virtue
Strengthens the mental faculties, and he
Whose judgment stronger grows, acts always right.
In deeds of virtue and of usefulness;
And ever act in such a way by day
That in the night thy sleep may tranquil be;
And so comport thyself when thou art young
That when thou art grown old, thy age may pass
In calm serenity. So ply thy talk
Through thy life, that when thy days are ended,
Thou may'st enjoy eternal bliss hereafter."
Would cause thee pain; this is the sum of duty."
Though he employ it craftily,—from hell;
When his end comes, his pious texts take wings,
Like fledglings eager to forsake their nest."
Fails not to yield its fruit to him who wrought it,
If not to him, yet to his sons and grandsons."
Single he passes to another world.
Single he eats the fruit of evil deeds,
Single, the fruit of good; and when he leaves
His body like a log or heap of clay
Upon the ground, his kinsmen walk away;
Virtue alone stands by him at the tomb,
And bears him through the dreary, trackless gloom."
As thou dost plant the tree so will it grow."
Acts a part, commits the worst of crimes,
For, thief-like, he abstracts a good man's heart."
[384:1] "Before the separation of the Aryan race, before the existence of Sanscrit, Greek, or Latin, before the gods of the Veda had been worshiped, ONE SUPREME DEITY had been found, had been named, and had been invoked by the ancestors of our race." (Prof. Max Müller: The Science of Religion, p. 67.)
[385:6] That is, the holy true Church. All peoples who have had a religion believe that theirs was the Catholic faith.
[385:7] There was no nation of antiquity who did not believe in "the forgiveness of sins," especially if some innocent creature redeemed them by the shedding of his blood (see Chap. IV., and Chap. XX.), and as far as confession of sins is concerned, and thereby being forgiven, this too is almost as old as humanity. Father Acosta found it even among the Mexicans, and said that "the father of lies (the Devil) counterfeited the sacrament of confession, so that he might be honored with ceremonies very like the Christians." (See Acosta, vol. ii. p. 360.)
[385:8] "No doctrine except that of a supreme and subtly-pervading deity, is so extended, and has retained its primitive form so distinctly, as a belief in immortality, and a future state of rewards and punishments. Among the most savage races, the idea of a future existence in a place of delight is found." (Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie.)
"Go back far as we may in the history of the Indo-European race, of which the Greeks and Italians are branches, and we do not find that this race has ever thought that after this short life all was finished for man. The most ancient generations, long before there were philosophers, believed in a second existence after the present. They looked upon death not as a dissolution of our being, but simply as a change of life." (M. De Coulanges: The Ancient City, p. 15.)
[385:9] For full information on this subject see Archbishop Wake's Apostolic Fathers, p. 108, Justice Bailey's Common Prayer, Taylor's Diegesis, p. 10, and Chambers's Encyclo., art. "Creeds."
[386:1] Rev. xi. 7-9.
[386:2] S. Baring-Gould: Legends of Patriarchs, p. 25.
[386:3] II. Peter, ii. 4.
[386:4] Jude, 6.
[386:5] S. Baring-Gould: Legends of Patriarchs, p. 16.
[387:1] S. Baring-Gould: Legends of Patriarchs, p. 17.
[387:2] Indian Wisdom, p. 39.
[387:3] See Renouf's Hibbert Lectures, p. 165. Dupuis: Origin of Relig. Beliefs, p. 73, and Baring-Gould's Legends of the Prophets, p. 19.
[387:4] S. Baring-Gould's Legends of Patriarchs, p. 19.
[388:1] Priestley, p. 35.
[388:2] See Bonwick's Egyptian Belief, p. 411.
[388:3] See Inman's Ancient Faiths, vol. ii. p. 819. Taylor's Diegesis, p. 215, and Dupuis: Origin of Relig. Beliefs, p. 78.
[388:4] See Higgins' Anacalypsis, vol. ii. p. 31.
[388:5] S. Baring-Gould's Legends of Patriarchs, p. 20.
[388:6] See Bunsen's Angel-Messiah, p. 159, and Kenrick's Egypt, vol. i.
[389:1] This subject is most fully entered into by Mr. Herbert Spencer, in vol. i. of "Principles of Sociology."
[390:1] See Mallet's Northern Antiquities, p. 426.
[391:2] See Fiske, pp. 104-107.
[392:1] Williams' Hinduism, pp. 182, 183.
[392:2] See Prog Relig. Ideas, vol. i. p. 216.
[392:3] See Mallet's Northern Antiquities, p. 111.
[392:4] See Kenrick's Egypt, vol. i. p. 466.
[392:5] Williams' Hinduism, p. 184.
[393:1] "The Seventh day was sacred to Saturn throughout the East." (Dunlap's Spirit Hist., pp. 35, 36.
"Saturn's day was made sacred to God, and the planet is now called cochab shabbath, 'The Sabbath Star.'
"The sanctification of the Sabbath is clearly connected with the word Shabua or Sheba, i. e.,