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Manuscript Releases, vol. 19 [Nos. 1360-1419], Page 252

Christian will be positive and stable; it will be monumental, commemorating the great truths of the Bible, that others may be benefited by the sign of obedience he carries. “If ye love Me, keep My commandments.” The Sabbath of the fourth commandment “is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.”

Let the inquiry be, “What is truth?” The darkness of error and superstition and falsehood has covered the earth, and gross darkness the people.

The Causes of the Jewish Rejection of Christ

March, 1891

It has been demonstrated that man by searching cannot find out God. The most learned men in the days of Christ—philosophers, legislators, priests, in all their pride and superiority—could not interpret God's character. They could not discern spiritual things. The ancient pages of the oracles of the gods were turned over and over again, but did not give the wise men any help in solving the problem.

When, in the fullness of time, Christ came to our world, it was darkened and marred by the curse of apostasy and spiritual wickedness. The Jews had wrapped themselves about with the dark mantle of unbelief. They kept not the commandments of God, but regarded as of more importance their own traditions. “In vain do they worship Me,” the Saviour declared, “teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and may other such like things ye do.... Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.” And at another time He said, “Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.”

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