Who is God in China, Shin or Schangta ?

9781236028327: Who is God in China, Shin or Schangta ?
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 Excerpt: ...manifest in the flesh" taught men in plain terms that "God Is A Spirit." Till then, and even after that time, "The Spirit," though He be God, is yet mentioned as "of" Him; as an emanation from Him, and not as Himself. In the very outset, and after it had been declared that " God had created the Heavens and the Earth," we further read, that the "Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters;" not "God," though that Spirit was God, but His Spirit. "Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit?" says the Psalmist. "The Spirit of God hath made me," says Job, "and S the breath of the Almighty hath given me life." The " Spirit of God dwelleth in you," says St. Paul; "grieve not the Holy Spirit of God;"--"for the Spirit of God resteth on you," etc. How can all those attributes be assigned to Shin, which to a Chinese conveys no other idea than that of hardly one inferior "Spirit"--may be, decrepit, and bereft of intelligence? one out of a multitude of other Spirits, his equals, but, rather that multitude itself,--without creating endless confusion in his already bewildered mind? Hoav, for instance, can we be understood, when speaking of the hands, the feet, the eyes, the mouth of Shin, except it be of Shin as an "idol of wood or stone?" And how shall we explain (if we understand it ourselves), what the "Spirit" of " The Spirit" (shin) can possibly mean? True, we might try the experiment of using "Ling," for the "Spirit inhabiting the other," as Dr. Morrison has done; and this would seem borne out by the passage of Lao-tsze above quoted. But, at that very place, Lao-tsze implies that the &quo...

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