the promised eternity of bliss, is the tortuous and difficult footway winding like a maze among the shadows of their churches.
Although attentively guided throughout in this prescribed journey of life by your ecclesiastical teachers, and your entrance and
exit made difficult without their help, yet, by the very nature of their doctrines, they could only bestow upon you at the last sc
ene of all a torturing doubt. We have promoted the serenity of death by removing as far as possible its sorrow. With us, the indiv
idual in his last moments is not overcome with any[Pg 128] sympathetic dread of that approaching suffering for the wants of life among dependents, which so often couples the agony of separation with an overwhelming sense of despair, as your society is constituted. The end comes placidly to us, in the belief that as we came from the Deity, so in the last we go back to Him; that the life beyond must be a higher life, because the moral sense grows constantly within us; ad never a
nd that the region ahead of us must be a free, open, and hospitable one, with no agonizing barriers separating families and friends, because, in the growth of our tenderness and attachment to each other, we can safely predict the evolution of a better and happier state.
of the Deity that you should grovel and debase yourselves before Him. The whole tenor of your religious thought has been made to take on this co
lor of self-degradation, which, while serving to throw you more completely into the hands of your