being honored with the distinction of “free and equal fellow-citizens
,” they have been ready as menials to bow their necks to their masters, debase themselves, dishonor the state, and insult Jehovah!
2. “All men are created equal.”
This is only another form in which the social philosophy is pleased to express its one idea.
We need only notice the additional error acquired by the change of language.
“All men,” it is said, “are created.”
It is written in the first of Genesis, that “God created man in his own image: in the image of God created he him : male and female created he them.”
The term “man” is, of course, to be understood in its generic sense, and all that is affirmed is, that God directly created Adam
and Eve, and all their posterity seminally in them; and from whom, therefore, they have proceeded, as to both soul and body, by generation
, and not by a separate act of creation by Jehovah.
Now of these two created beings, one was placed in direct and immediate subordination to the other; and although it be true, as it often practically is, that the fall
has reversed this order of things, and placed the wife at the head of affairs, still the doctrine of headship, the doctrine of inequality
, prevails in the one case as in the other.
It is not amiss, however, to remark in passing, that even so great and humble a man as the Apostle Paul