That Salvation is within a man, and not in any system, doctrine, or belief, is a truth not as yet fully understood, but must as men's minds open to it become a mighty deliverer.
But is God not our Salvation? some ask— Assuredly He is, but only in so far as He is the creator of all power, whether in the vast universe or in man.
Within every human soul there exists that God power which, when exercised for the development of spiritual life, transforms its subject from a state of sin and worthlessness into that of goodness and integrity.
The popular view which supposes that moral defilement comes without our consent and is beyond our power to remove is only to be deplored.
The sooner men and women understand that they are the authors of their own depravity and are therefore responsible for its removal, the sooner will they find themselves on the narrow way which leads to goodness and life.
Our will is weak, we cannot be other than we are, some assert.
This is excellent as an excuse, but not as a remedy.
With such it is not a question of defective will power we have to discuss, but that of a will which is being misdirected.
That volition now in motion which is slowly but surely carrying you into higher social and mental conditions, which is working out for you that successful professional career, that remunerative commercial undertaking is one and the same, which, when brought into the realm of the spiritual, will build and establish you in that which is God-like and best. Let none be deceived, the process of Salvation is slow; let none be in error, 'tis work, not idling, 'tis effort, not waiting, that angels may touch and restore. Let none be dismayed, but welcome and guard well the spring of pure thought, though feebly at first may pulsate such desire. Salvation is wrought in the effort.
but holding fast to the Truth as their lamp, and, seeking their salvation in the Truth alone, shall not look for assistance to anyone besides themselves,
it is they among my disciples who shall reach the very topmost height! But they must be anxious to learn.
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James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.