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LETTER II, THE TERMS GOD AND LORD. My Dear Father: The words God
and Lord do not, I suppose, necessarily denote absolute supremacy,
although they do denote dominion and power. In studying the
Scriptures, we ought to bear in mind the common sense in which
certain terms were used by the common people at the time the
Scriptures were written; because we know that, in the course of
time, words do very much change their signification. In the Bible
we have the term God applied in various ways. In regard to its use
among the Greek and Roman philosophers and poets, who lived about
the time of our Saviour, we are informed by the history of that
period; we know that the term was used with very extensive
latitude; and it is natural to suppose that the writers of the New
Testament, who were chosen from the people, used their terms as
they were used by the people, and intended to give a meaning which
would be readily understood by the people. The early Christians
used the word God in relation to different degrees of superiority
or power, and not as it is now used, in an absolute sense. And I
wish these facts to be borne in mind while you peruse this letter.
I am free to con fess, that, as a general thing, the term should
not now be applied to any but the Supreme Being, because now 12 THE
TERMS GOD AND LORD. it has an absolute and definite meaning;
though, in considering those passages of Scripture where it is
applied to subordinate beings, it must still be used, but always
with the fact of its different use in another age of the world,
kept steadily in view. In this sense I do admit that the Saviour of
the world, the Messiah, may be called a God; and I know that he is
constantly called Lord; and why should he not be, when his Father
made him both Lord and Christ? But it is conce...
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