"Save us, however, from so magnifying these points (the jots and tittles of Scripture) through the conceit of
human wisdom as to stumble over the great truths from which they themselves emanate,
taking with us into the ditch all those who follow us." (p 7)
If only Mr. Sandford had followed that wisdom
"His (God's) single word
uttered to the man of God in response to the supplication - the word "edge"
- shows us at least that we are not far away from the most ancient spot (Eden) as regards history, and the most sacred spot as
regards the things of God upon the face of the entire globe - even the place of His
Presence from creation. (p 53)
Mr. Sandford thinks God has told him he has figured out the
approximate location of Eden, i.e. the edge of it. Why would not God show him the actual
"People are usually deceived because there is something in their
heart that loves a lie rather than the naked, rugged truth. People who love good
appearances, facts covered up, an outside righteousness rather than an inside one;
the praise of men rather than the praise of God who knows what they really are behind
the scenes;" (p 67)
"He (Adam) was weak in that he was
overcome by his wifes influence."
"Adam knew better. He was not deceived, for the spirit of deception was not in his
heart. He was influenced and led, but he did not have it in him to lead others astray; or
to influence them to do what was wrong. She did."
"I have no doubt that Adam repented in dust and ashes for his sin in following his
wife, and that he was cleansed and forgiven through the Gospel of Eden, that we shall see
the first man in future ages - there through the grace of the Second Man." (p
68) Did Mr. Sandford think Eve did not repent
and was not forgiven?
"There is no wrong you can ever do a human being, or an animal, or
a bird, or a fish, or even the plants of the field, but what the blood of the same will
cry against you unto the righteous God." (p 74) Plants? What about all the birds he killed while cruising around the
"Undoubtedly she (Eve) showed
her leading ability (which in her vanity she considered superior to that of Adam) in a
seventh way - that is, in the training of her first-born. It was she that shaped,
and formed his young life to vanity, and self-indulgence. There is not the slightest doubt
of that in the mind of the author. She had made a terrible mistake in Eden. She continued
her record outside the Garden." (p 92) Did Adam bear any
responsibility in all this?
"The religion of living partly right and partly wrong, of pleasing
yourself much of the time and hoping in the mercy of God the rest of the time, the
aimless, indifferent, partly blind, inexact, slovenly (I might say) religion, which
usually characterizes men, now made way for a life as exact and pleasing as that possessed
by the prophet Abel." (p 94) The Sandford
perspective of grace vs. legalism.