a falsification of Himself, inasmuch as in that China time would be identical with Greenwich time, which would make greenwich time wrong.
'But why then does God now and then send a heaven; chronometer (as a meteoric stone) into the world, uselessly as it would seem, to give the lie to all the world's time-keepers ? Because He is unwilling to leave man without some occasional testimony to this :—that though man's Chinese notions of things may answer well enough here, they are by no means universally applicable, and that the central Greenwich in which he dwells goes by a somewhat different method from this world. And yet it follows not from this, that God's truth is one thing and man's truth another ; but as above hinted, and as will be further elucidated in subsequent lectures—by their very contradictions they are made to correspond.
'By inference it follows, also, that he who finding in himself a chronometrical soul, seeks practically to force that heavenly time upon the earth; in such an attempt he can never succeed, with an absolute and essential success. And as for himself, if he seek to regulate his own daily conduct by it, he will but array all men's earthly time-keepers against him, and thereby work himself woe and death. Both these things are plainly evinced in the character and fate of Christ, and the past and present condition of the religion he taught. But here one thing is to be especially observed. Though Christ encountered woe in both the precept and the practice of his chronometricals, yet did he remain throughout entirely without folly or sin. Whereas, almost invariably, with inferior beings, the absolute effort to live in this world according to the strict letter of the chronometricals is, somehow, apt to involve those inferior beings eventually in strange, unique follies and sins, unimagined before. It is the story of the Ephesian matron, allegorised.