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You Can be an Overcomer

all power to discriminate between light and dark- ness, truth and error. So far have they departed from the right way that they hold the opinions of a few philosophers, so-called, to be more trust- worthy than the truths of the Bible. The entreat- ies and promises of God’s Word, its threatenings against disobedience and idolatry—these seem powerless to melt their hearts. A faith such as ac- tuated Paul, Peter, and John they regard as old-fash- ioned, mystical, and unworthy of the intelligence of modern thinkers.

In the beginning, God gave His law to mankind as a means of attaining happiness and eternal life. Satan’s only hope of thwarting the purpose of God is to lead men and women to disobey this law; and his constant effort has been to misrepre- sent its teachings and belittle its importance. His master stroke has been an attempt to change the law itself, so as to lead men to violate its pre- cepts while professing to obey it.

One writer has likened the attempt to change the law of God to an ancient mischievous prac- tice of turning in a wrong direction a signpost erected at an important junction where two roads meet. The perplexity and hardship which this prac- tice often caused was great.

A signpost was erected by God for those jour- neying through this world. One arm of this sign- post pointed out willing obedience to the Creator as the road to felicity and life, while the other arm indicated disobedience as the path to misery and death. The way to happiness was as clearly defined as was the way to the city of refuge under the Jew-

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