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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

This is the extension, or time, so to speak, of the building, or edifice, to be erected.

Having well considered the whole, he concludes that it is the best possible plan that can be devised in harmony with the rules and principles of architecture.

The plan then becomes his "purpose," his "fore-ordination," "predestination," or design.

All subsequent arrangements are made to conform to this recorded purpose, because it is the very best his most deliberate wisdom and ingenuity could devise; and no extraneous suggestions, or considerations, will cause him to diverge in the smallest iota from his predestination.

The next thing the Builder does is to collect together all the necessary materials, whether of brick, stone, lime, sand, wood, or aught else that may be needed.

If a spectator desired to know what all these crude matters were heaped up together in one place for, the architect would reveal to him "the mystery of his will which he had purposed in himself," by submitting the draught of his plan, in all its lines, circles, angles, etc. ; and he would describe to him such an arrangement of the materials as would impress the spectator's mind with an image of the edifice, though it would fall infinitely short of the reality when perfected.

If we suppose the edifice, call it temple, or palace, to be now finished, the architect would next order the rubbish, or materials which were left as unfit to work into the building, and therefor worthless, such as broken brick, splinters, shavings, sand, and so forth, to be cast out to be trodden under foot, to burn, etc. Thus the edifice is built out of the accumulated materials, according to the outline of the draught, or purpose of the Builder; and the work is done.

Now, as the scripture saith, the Great Builder of the heavens and earth is God.

"His hand hath laid the foundations of the earth, and his right hand hath spanned the heavens".

The Builder of all things either left the elements of the world to a random and accidental aggroupment, or, He "ordered them in all things".

Where is the man among "philosophers" who will stultify, or idiotize himself by saying that the Creator permitted chance to elaborate the terrestrial system?

The thing is absurd.

Chance is defined to be the cause of fortuitous, or accidental events.

What is that cause?

The fool says in his heart it is not God.

Why does he say so?

Because he would make the cause of all things, a mere physical disposition in matter, destitute of all intellectual and moral attributes, in order that he may get rid of all responsibility to such a Being.

He hates truth, righteousness, and holiness, and therefore he vainly strives to persuade himself that there is no God of a truthful, righteous, and holy character.

But no man of any pretensions to sound mind would affirm this.

Nothing has been elaborated by chance.

The scriptures declare that everything was measured, meted out, and weighed; and that the Spirit of the Lord executed His work without any to counsel or instruct Him.

As it is written, "He has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with a span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance.

Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor, hath taught him?