May—Beliefs concerning the fate of the dead, eternal punishment, and the Divinity of Jesus, are of no value. Knowledge and good deeds are valuable; these are substantial; but beliefs, speculations, and opinions are unsubstantial. If you are seeking Truth; if you are eager to become pure-hearted and blameless; if you wish to lighten the sorrows of the world, then ask of us and we will point out the way which leads thither.
E. B. —Until a man denies himself; until he cleanses his heart; until he abandons wrong-doing for right-doing; until he conquers himself and practices righteousness—until he does these necessary things all speculations about God are vain and useless.
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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.