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98. The Preserving of the Human Race in the State of Innocence

1. The human race is preserved by propagation. When therewere only two human beings, they received God's command (Gen.1:28), "Increase and multiply and fill the earth." Hence,in the state of innocence, there would have been generation.

2. And this generation would have been accomplished as itis now accomplished, but with orderly tendency, and with fullsubjection to reason, without any unruly passion.

"God commands not impossibilities, but by commanding he suggests to you to do what you can, to ask for what is beyond your strength; and he helps you, that you may be able."
St Augustine

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"Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself about other things than those which lead to salvation is very unwise. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"We must not be behind time in doing good; for death will not be behind his time. "
St Phillip Neri

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