Of Two Moral Evils Choose Neither

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William Symington, Speech of the Rev. Dr. Symington at the great meeting, for protesting against the desecration of the Sabbath by the running of trains on the Edinburgh and Glasgow railway on the Lord’s day, held in the City Hall, Glasgow, February 26, 1842:

. . . Instead of being fixed by their favourite poster, ‘of two evils choose the least,’ I say . . . when you give me the choice of two moral evils, I can choose neither of them.  If I have the choice of two physical evils, I will choose the least.  If I am asked whether I would choose to lose a toe or a leg, I would choose to part with a toe; but if I am asked whether I would desecrate the Sabbath by steam or by horse power, I say I would do neither.  There is a dangerous and deadly fallacy lurking beneath this common maxim, against which I would warn all; for of two moral evils we must choose neither–we are not at liberty to do evil that good may come.

3 thoughts on “Of Two Moral Evils Choose Neither

  1. Yahuah raises them up and brings them down. I need not vote. Satan loves to pull the believer into this world and cause him to defile himself and thereby take him out of the spiritual battle. You do remember how Christian knew the power of being in the Kingt’s Highway?
    BTW Did you pick up on the fact that the initial time they spent in the dungeon of Giant Dispair, Bunyun was decribing the true time period of Yahusha’s illegal arrest and trial and cucifixtion? From “Wednesday” until “Saturday” evening. Not the lying version of a “Friday” crucifixtion?
    Email me if you like and we can discuss in greater detail.

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