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The Peace Catechism on Christian Principles,
The leaf shown at the bottom of page 23 was found in the gutter of the book.
A. As God is the Father of us all, every man is my brother, whether he is a friend or a foe.
Q. Is it then murderous to hate our foes, or those who hate us?
A. It is both murderous and antichristian.
Q. Why is it murderous?
A. Because it is against both the precepts and example of Christ, who “died the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God.”
Q. Is not hatred to our fellow men also of an ungodly nature?
A. It is unlike to God.
Q. How does this appear?
A. While two men, or two nations are hating each other, God is showing favour to both although they have sinned and are still sinning, against him.
Q. What other reason can we give why hatred between men is ungodly?
A. “God is love;” and he so loved the sinful men that he sent his Son to save them from deserved punishment. Hatred would not have done this.
Q. What can we do to avoid hating those who hate can us, treat us ill?
A. We can meditate on Gods kindness to us, and to the evil and unthankful; we can think how displeasing it must be to our heavenly Father to see his children hating and destroying one another; and we can pray him to guide us by his spirit, and to dispose us to love one another, as Christ loved sinners, when he laid down his life for our salvation.
Q. What would be the state of mankind in this world, if all of them should be true followers of Christ?
A. The nations would learn war no more; peace would prevail in every land, in every society, and every family, and the world would be filled with love and harmony.
Q. Would not this be a very happy state of things?
A. Very happy indeed.
Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, compiler and transcriber, “The Peace Catechism on Christian Principles by Philo Pacificus, 1816, pages 22-23,” Chasing Light Media, Cool Adventures
( https://cooladventures.com/collection/peace-catechism-philo-pacificus-1816-p-22-23/ : published 2021); Philo Pacificus (Noah Worcester), The Peace Catechism on Christian Principles (Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1816), p. 22-23; previously owned by Lydia Ann Chadwick (1807-1875); privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.