a day of crisis when the foundations of society were being
shaken, a prophet of old time had a word of the Lord for
his contemporaries. The prophet was Jeremiah; the crisis,
the overthrow of God's Kingdom of Israel; and the message
was: "Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see,
and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk
therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls" (Jer. 6:16).
six centuries later a greater prophet than Jeremiah - even
the Son of God - invited men to come to him and learn of
him, and he promised, "Ye shall find rest unto your souls"
world today faces a crisis - greater than any in the past,
for all the world is inevitably involved. The Word of God
has its message for today; the light of God's revelation
is the one source of information about what lies imrnediately
ahead. World changes are imminent. An old order is passing
- a new era is at hand. Troubles with perplexity and anxiety
will increase as this era closes. Seeking the "old paths"
of God's word, however, we may secure rest for our souls
now, and life for ever in the Kingdom of God that is coming.
following pages there is set forth the simple teaching of
the Bible. Copious Scripture quotations have been given
to show how broadly based upon the Bible is the teaching
submitted; and also to help any reader unfamiliar with the
Scriptures. Some of the views advanced as the true teaching
of the Bible are very different from what popular teaching
sets forth as Christian truth. It has therefore been thought
advisable to add to some chapters a second part tracing
the rise of erroneous doctrine since the days of the apostles,
and some quotations are also given showing that scholars,
thinking independently of creeds, have reached the same
conclusions concerning the Bible's doctrines as are set
out in the book.
ask the careful reading of the book; we believe it will
be found that the Bible reveals a plan and purpose in human
life; that it gives clear teaching about a possible future;
that it shows the present distress and perplexity is the
evidence of a new age at hand when God will intervene to
establish a new rule on earth. Read carefully; "prove all
things", as Paul counseled, by comparison with Scripture;
and the light of life will shine on the path which leads
to a day of peace and unending life.
TO THE SECOND EDITION
prevented Mr. John Carter from revising this book for reprinting,
and it has fallen to others to do what the passage of time
had made necessary. The Introduction, impressive in its
day, was topical, and doubtless the author would have rewritten
it for a period of sixteen years later. It has been omitted,
all but one paragraph which has been added to the Foreword.
In the body of the book a few verbal changes have been made
for the sake of accuracy or to remove minor infelicities.
Greater liberty has been taken with chapter II, "The Morning
Comes", which again was dated and would probably have been
largely rewritten; here readers familiar with the earlier
edition will in many paragraphs detect another hand. Otherwise
the book remains John Carter's, and part of the great service
that he rendered to his Faith.