Daniel in the Critics' Den
A master of art has given us a picture which well
represents the attitude of the Higher Critics toward the Book of Daniel
and its wonderful prophecies, which more clearly than any others point out
our day, its present experiences and what is to be expected. Of course, in
discrediting Daniel and the Prophets, and the Psalms of the Old Testament,
these critics really discredit Jesus and the Apostles. These Higher
Critics of all the great colleges have undermined faith in the Bible as
the Word of God, and thus undermined all faith in a personal Creator with
These critics have little to say against Him who spake
as never man spake; but the discerning minds of our day perceive that as
Jesus and the Apostles quoted Daniel and the Prophets as Divinely
inspired, the discrediting of the one is the rejection of the other. How
could we rely upon the testimony of Jesus and the Apostles respecting
other matters, if they erred respecting the prophecies of the past?
The condition of Christendom today is truly deplorable;
and although we can see how it has come about, it seems almost impossible
to restore a faith once lost. Only the very honest-hearted may we expect
will be recovered. Their deflection had its start with the impossible
thought that all except a handful of humanity must suffer to all eternity
at the hands of fire-proof devils, because God thus foreknew and arranged
matters from before the foundation of the world. They cast away the Bible
because of the erroneous view that it is the foundation of all these
various religious errors.
This unbelief advances like a mighty wave, and its
influence is sweeping away all hope respecting a future life. It is
preparing the world for anarchy. The wonder is that the great and rich,
supporting colleges which thus teach, do not realize that they are
bringing anarchy upon the world.
Even now, Labor, like the blind giant Samson, is groping
for the pillars whose fall will overthrow present conditions.
Signs of the Son of Man