Consistency of Natural Principles

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By Eliphalet Kimball

Earth, air, water, heat and light combined, are Almighty, all wise and all good. Matter is the Supreme being over-ruling Power or Heavenly Father and Mother too. It is every where present and fills boundless space. It is eternal. That which will never end, never began. Something cannot spring from nothing, nor return to nothing. The laws of matter are the Providence to the Universe. In natural operations, everything is caused by that which is necessary. Everything that is, was obliged to be A God could not prevent the works of Nature, nor cause them, if any body knows what a God is. It would be a miracle if natural operations should stop, or anything be different from what it is. An imperfect and evil universe would be impossible, it could not exist. A God, if there was one, would have nothing ta do. The boundlessness of the universe makes a beginning and an end impossible. There could have been no place for a Creator to be in his work and no place of leaving off. A God could not be outside of everything, because there is no outside. He could not be everywhere present, because all space is filled by matter, and there could be no room for him. It follows that what is called God is only a power in every thing, or in other words it is the properties of matter. Of course he could make nothing grow unless he was in it. All science is of matter, There is no science of God, soul, or spirit, and that which has no science does not exist. The word of God has helped to make the earth a scene of crime, oppression and ignorance. A friend to man is an enemy to all Gods. The noblest thing ever done was Lucifer's revolt against the tyrant of Heaven, supposing the story to be true. Lucifer by the act would be the best being in existence. Honor and glory to Lucifer! Gods run their race and die out. The path of history is strewed with dead Gods.

Matter produces mind. Man is naturally inclined to goodness. Born of matter, he could not be otherwise than good. The brain of men and beast represent the goodness, power and wisdom of the universe. Undoubtedly men grew out of the ground originally, in some form or other. The difference in mankind is great, but the generality of people are disposed to do as they would be done by. Let a house take fire, or a child be lost in the woods, and the goodness of human nature is seen at once. Beasts have the same virtues with man without his vices and follies. They are our brethren. If people were naturally prone to wrong each other, society would be Hell broke loose. No person's life or property would be safe a moment. The sick would not be taken care of. The dead would not buried. Mothers would have no affection or care for their children. Civil law would be no restraint. The people would make no laws, and there would be no natural law. The human race would soon exterminate each other. It may be set down as truth that no race of beings could exist who were naturally prone to evil. They could not ever start into existence. All the virtues, truth, honesty, kindness, gratitude are component parts of the universe, and are inherited by man and beast. They proclaim the falsehood of the doctrine of total depravity. Th e depravity is those who believe the doctrine. A person is unable to discover and comprehend goodness in others without he has it himself.

If Nature and man are good, why is society bad? Why so many vices and crimes, so many wrongs and sufferings? Reason and facts give the answer. It is because men prevent Nature from taking its course. Artificial law stops the operation of natural law. If there was no other government but that of Nature, every body would do right. They would be disposed to and obliged to. If the Universe regulates itself, society would do the same if left to Nature. The different qualities of the brain are sufficient. Under Natural government the people are never free to do wrong. and are always free to do right. Under artificial law they are never free to do right, and are often free to do wrong. Under natural government man is a more noble being, because he is free. Reason never errs, because it is truth. When reason decides, no facts or experience are needed in proof. On questions that are decided by abstract reasoning, a thoroughly rational man knows he is right. He cannot feel too sure nor speak too positive. Hi opinion is proof. Such a man never changes his belief, because he makes it up right in the first place. An anarchist is a good man as well as a rational one. Belief in the need of artificial law is owing to a lack of reason or goodness, or both. Reason looks strange to unreasonable people. Bad men are the strongest believers in the necessity of artificial law. They are in favor of severe punishments. They think that all mankind are nearly alike, and as bad as themselves. They know of no restraint except that of fear. Murderers are strong believers in the necessity of the law for hanging. The saying, "No rogue ever felt the halter draw with good opinion of the law," is entirely false. A verse of Bishop Heber's well known hymn says,

"What tho' the spicy breezes
Blow soft o'er Ceylon's Isle,
Tho' every prospect pleases,
And only man is vile."

One man is vile, and that is Bishop Heber. The last line of the verse proves it. Plenty of other things about him prove it. A man's view of others proves what he is himself.