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"the Priests And The Women."

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Day
7
Month
August
Year
1874
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Public Domain
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In the AROTJS of July 24th wo noticed au article entitled " The Priests and the Women," the author of whioh claims a " position above suspicion," as to any opposition to religión. Perhaps, as a Bible reader he may recall a passage something like the following, " And when thou art conrerted ttrengthcn the brethren." Passing over the possibility of anarchy by a unión of forces of women and clergymen on political or sami-religious issues, we would ask what is religión ? Supposing there can be but one answer, we replyj harmony of the human raind with the Divine. But as varieties of opinión exiat as to what oonatitutes that harmony, superstitions and false religions are more or less the rule, according to prevailing ignorance ; or on the other hand according to the intelligence which. scientiflc research, or experience, has verifled Science, in proving . hese harmonies, especially between members of thi same race, must not only take into consideration what has already been accomplished, but also what the human family has the capacity to become, or accomplish by progress. The Bible, as a work of superior guidance, is fouuded on the inspiration or stimulant of possibilities. When it was said in that book, " I have given you laws which are not good," we understand that to the people of that age were given laws which they had the capacity to receive, although not intrinsically good. So we, notwithstanding tho letter of Christianity, have had laws and customs which were not good, as experience has fully demonstrated ; but still as good as we could adopt, or possibly could understand. . But all laws intrinsically good, are founded on the possibilities of human perfe tion r progress in that direction, and ou the mere animality of the earlier stages of humanity. In all speculations for worldly prosperity we fiud the maxim prevalent, " Nothing ventured nothing won;" in the speculations of Biblical prosperity we find tho law of progress to be, " Put yo on the Lord Jesús Christ, and malee not provisión for theflesh, tofulfll the trusts thereoff " If the unbelieving depart, let him depart ; a brothor or a sister is not under bondage in such cases;" "The unbelieviug husband is sanctifled by the wife ;" " Neither is the man without the woman, nor the woman without the man, in the liord, for as the woman is of the man even so also is the man by the woman, but all things of God" We are told, also, thet "Death reigned f rom Adamto liosos." But f rom the time of Moses to Christ, theie reigned an ideal - prospectively. With faith in the promises niany advanced beyond the dead past, to a more perfect future ; since Christ we have that perfect ideal before us, as an accomplished fact, and without an assimilation to his perfections and attainments no man hath yet fnlfilled his manhood ; and he that hath not so filled out the possibilities of his nature is not the head of woman, for he proves himself headless, by his want of progress in the knowledge of human capacity and millennial realization " As in Adam bil die, so in Christ shall all be made alive." It is not in Eve that all die, not in the serpent, but in Adam, because he was carnal, and ■' to be carutilly minded is death." Wc remember to have have heard of a gentleman who being suated at the table to diñe, near a window containing one solitary pane oi glass, took a severe cold trom laboring under the impression that the window was open. So, too, many in our day believe all sateguards of morality and i . - tegrity to disappear with the prison like cross-bars of sash, and even cut their heads with broken glass of fearfu' dimensions ere they are aware that a transparent barrier may be just as impassable as an opaque substance ; in other words that husband and wife may be as flrmly united, wtyen both stand together in public places, as when the prison bars" of an uncivilized custöm have given evidence of a perfect separation in all the activities of life. Paul says, " The creature shall be delivered frora the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God." And again, " To be spiritually minded is life and peace.' It is the delight of parents to see children acting harmoniously, each yielding kindly to the other, for general harmony and with no contentions as to rulership. Says the writer of the artielo in question, " Would not every feeliug of manhood revolt at the thought of being governed by the priests and the wo men" V Every intelligent mind is presumed to be governed by principies, and not by individuáis ; therefore our platforms and laws expressive of tne grand outlines of those governing forms by which the servants oí the people are expected to be ruled, are ever conspicuous. But as we rise f rom the letter, which killeth, to the spirit, whicli giveth life, we behold different phases of the same prinoiple, einbodied in different practices, accurding to our progress in knowledge or increase iu wisdom It is but rational, therefore, to suppose that the foundation of all genuine family unity, must be found in thuse natura laws of harmony iu central ideas anc spiritislic aims, whereby development and progress with their never-ending activities are evolved, with consequent contentment and happiness. But as tho writer roferrod to, deprecittes rationality and his method of ïeasoning bears witness to lts absence, but " comes boldiy to the line of apostolio teachiugs," we can only reply by iollowing in his footsteps. He says, " The head of every man is Christ;" and we might as well stop here to ask for som e practical proef of this assertion, as we are apt to ünd when premises are wrong that there is often a fiilure in conclusions. Again, we read " If women were to vote, I shuuld consider il a ïiiucu more edifying sight to see even a rumiellar's wif voting with her )and, than against him. And who is he hat would dare to exhort hor to do otherwise. 'What God hath joined let not man put asunder,' either directly or ndirootly." But is Christ in any technical, practical, or figurativa sense the ïead of a rumseller ? And why, we humbly deign to ask, ia the particular aot of voting selected and insisted upon as an oxprossion of unity more than anything else f If he is a drunkard, according to ;his theory, she must be one also. If he is given to licentiousness, she must follow xa his wake. If he is a murderer, she must lay violent handa on her neighbor and take life also. We should ask one who professed rationalism, where iu the name of reason would guoh a doctrine lead to, and can it be possible that Christ is the head of such an array? But in lieu of rationalism, we would ask the enlightened State of Michigan, where is the head-center of intelligence and education in this State, in the nineteenth century ? We trust, in the good time coming, to find rationalism taking the place of superstition and lunacy, and of such men Christ will doubtless be the head. In looking at the conduct of the great Teacher, we find that he did not send Mary into domestic service, even when her sister requested her ; but recognized her right to feed and improve her mind, and develop it acccrdiug to her own taste, even when it involved a place beside a man instead of a woman. We are only surprised at the impertinence which dares to take so reverent a name upon unhallowed lips and appropriate it to the urijust judges of the present time. If the many Marys of to-day have chosen the better part, they still have the Divine assuranne that it shall not be taken awny froin them. But why should this writer insist upon unity of husband and wifo in the acts of voting or rumselling, and make every offort to disunite them in every other occupation ? If a man is an attorney, ought not his wife to be a counselor also ? or where is she a helpmeet iu tho great business of life ? Or if he is a minister, ought she not to be his assistant in the burdensome occupation of preparing and delivering sermón s whenever his overtaxed brain and nerves require it ? If the husband is a physioian, should his companion not feel in duty bound to understand and perform his duties whenever he requires respite ? No wife is really a helpmeet in the senae of " the spirit which giveth life" unless hor ambition and aim in life is at one with her husband. But, says the writer, "To cure the illa of society it is proposed that the seses mingle indiscriminately in all the afiairs of the social world. "Very few men live who are proof against the charms of a fascinatiug woman" But where is the head so boastingly displayed on paper 'i Uhrist was in all points " tempted hke as we are, yet without sin." Perhaps theologioal circles could remedy this by making it constitutional that man should be "tempted in all points, yet without sin," that we may have some positivo proof that " the head every man is Christ." Men are not expected to be taken out of the world, but tobe "kept froin sin in the world," as was their Divine leader ; and Christ, though surrounded by fasci nating women, often aeeking their society and, as we are distinctly told, loving Martha and her sister Mary, was still ainless and pure. We would propose that men become sinless and pure, as evidenco that Christ is their head, no matter how many fascinating women they are surrounded by; then would women, as proverbial followers of Christ, be drawn by the natural laws of attraction, to their liege lord, and follow his lead, trusting fully his moral and religious strength, as well as mere physical preponderance. Paul says, " Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.'1 Very few follow this injunotion so far as to reinain in single blessedness. When, therefore, man takes a helpmeet, would it not be a premium on true relations that he knew first his own aims and tendencies, and wherein he needed assistance in that direction by a companion of similar tastes, tendencies, and atnbitions ? If woman is ever saved from frivolity, it must be through ennobling activities of mind, leading her out of the sphere of isolation in pursuits from her husband, and a breaking up of the present effort to " put asunder those whom God hath joined," by insisting upon different occupation of thought, action, and purpose. " No man ever yet hated his own flesh," says Paul, and we might add that no man ever left his own flesh at home when he went to the polls, or au y other place where his presence was required. The women of to-day are only objecting to being separated from their husbands, and the writer of the afore said article is insisting upon the separation. Thus nations are suffering the consequences of violated laws, as God hath ordained, when by keeping woman from her proper sphere of intelligence they entail ignorance upon every child, male as well as female, by this want of knowledge on the part of the natural instructors, the niothers. No class, as suoh, will instruct themselves upon subjects of even vital importance, unless stimulated to exertion by the nocessities of personal action ; for it is not in the nature of the human mind to think strongly in any given direction without action. Theretore, as we value the prosperity of our nation, and the proper understanding of governmental relations and principies, we should no longer insist upon putting asunder those whom God hath joined, but regard them as one, socially, religously, and poiitically, ever together at all places of business or recreation, and rather be horrified to find the head in one place and the body in another. The question before the people of Michigan is simply, shall heads and bodies be united, or shall we continue to separate them ? as is said to be the case with the inhabitants of the moon. And the queition to be answertd by the wriUr of the article referred to ie, simply what are we to do, when the head of every man u not Christ ? The probable reply will be that they who do aot come np to this ideal are not men in any true significance of the term. We have two-very significant prophecias to offer, however : one is that Satan is to be bound for a thouaand years, and the other, that it has been decreed in the eternal justice of things that women shall reign Buprema for the same length of time that man has done ; after which perfect equilibiium will be restored. We trust that no wailing or gnashing of teeth will assure us that any American citizen belongs to the dooined party. And, moreover, we claim no originality of the prophecies. "The head of every man is Christ." Is he " alone or with the majority i"

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