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                           TRUTH.                         401 




                             II

                          TRUTH.

     Moralists are not yet determined whether there may not
occur instances in which a falsehood may not only be per-
mitted, but would be justifiable.  Perhaps, if our survey in
the moral world were bounded only by the present hour and
the pressing necessity, the proposition might be answered in
the affirmative.  But moral events, unlike physical, endure
for ages--for all time--extend through all nations, and form
the most imposing interests of eternity. We cannot, there-
fore, reason on such a subject with a simple reference to the
present case and passing moment.
     The truth concerns our children as well as ourselves. The
truth belongs to our people as well as to our family. It is
very essential to man throughout--it is the great essential of
the human race, and upon its immortality depends their own--
their greatness, happiness and glory. A falsehood is likely to
do harm ultimately, in some way or other, and with a greater
or less degree of hurt. It is an experiment in poisoning, and
it is doubtful when our fingers, having once dealt in it, will
ever become free from the taints. Falsehood by itself, might
be of little danger; but it is never by itself.  It runs and re-
produces itself the moment it is born.  But its attitude of
greatest evil is as the direct antagonist of truth.  It is an
active principle, as subtle as light, which is its opposite.  A




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 19, Num. 1

Truth

Benjamin

Volume:  19
Issue Number:  01
Page Number:  401
Date:  07/1902


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