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1847. Excerpt: ... Chap. xn. REWARDS AND PUNISHMENTS. One of Mary's
favourite subjects of conversation was the inevitable consequence
of reward or punishment involved in human actions. She believed as
firmly that our whole fate is wrought out by our own hands as that
" it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." The natural
turn of Louisa's mind, as well as the different discipline of her
life, led her to oppose this opinion.. "I can see few advantages in
such a belief," she said, " and many dangers; besides, fact is
directly opposed to it. There is no more common observation than
that the good are more afflicted in this life than those who
forget, or even openly disobey God. Your own memory, the circle of
our mutual acquaintance, can furnish you with innumerable instances
of this." Jeremiah x. 23. R "I think not," said Mary; " your
objection is perhaps founded on the instinctive connexion that
exists in the carnal mind between external circumstances and
happiness. But the thoughtful Christian should watchfully
discountenance the expression of such an opinion in others, and
avoid it in himself. I really think that it is sometimes quite
unconsciously that people get into the habit of talking as if
riches and honours, and fame, and beauty, and admiration, are all
of them certain causes of happiness, when, if they seriously
examined into their own principles, (amongst the better sort, even
into their own feelings, ) they would soon see that it was no such
thing, and that they did not really believe, though their words
asserted, or at least implied it, that to be rich and powerful,
beautiful, celebrated and admired, is a sure foundation for
happiness. Even heathen moralists thought differently. How then
ought the Christian to feel who knows that all and each of these
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