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Serm.VI. hereafter, nor the Degree nor the Durati
o n of it: Nor can it be determined by
So far was Christianity from narrowing Serm.VI, our Views, that it alone has raised them, as high as Heaven; and extended them as far as Eternity. A Man may look into his Bible, and see plainly there what will become of him, when the present Scene is fhifted, as to his most important, I had almost said, his only Concern, a future State ; who, if he were left to him self, the more he considered the. Point on every Side, the more he would find himself bewildered in Doubts, without coming to any Determination, -- Happy are we, if we know our Happiness, who have a Revelation, like it's great Author, full of Grace and Truth.
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The intrinsic Excellency of the 5. Scriptures, a Proof of their Inspi
ration. . ....
1.1. PETER III. 15." ;
Man that asketh you a Reason of the
T O affirm, as some have done, that Sex. VII.
u nenlightened Reason is absolute1 ly sufficient, and that a Revelation is needless, is neither better nor worse ; than to say, that Men either are, or may be, so wise of themselves, that it is not in the Power of God himself to make them wifer ; that their natural Abilities are so very considerable, as to superfede the Use of any supernatural Notices, even from the Father of Lights : A Pô
SER. VII. fition fő shocking, that if it be not down
‘right Blasphemy; it certainly maketh very
near Approaches to it *. m. But, you will say, where was God's impartial Goodness in with-holding from others those Advantages, which he has afforded us ? If a Revelation were wanted, why was not that, which was equally want, ed by all, made equally known to all, at all Times ?" .
If we trace this Objection to it's Ori. ginal, we shall find it stands on a wrong Foundation: It supposes the Deity to be determined by the Wants of Men, exclufively of all other Regards: Whereas what may be very fit, the Wants of Men singly
!.. so that I would not be thought to depreciate Reason in gene
ral, which, rightly understood, as taking in all Helps and --Evidences, whether intrinsic or extrinsic, is the only Facul. ty we have to discern Truth from Fallhood. It is no more a Disparagement to Reason to assert, it can do little in religious Affairs without the Help of Revelation ; than to maintain, it would make a slender Figure without the Afe: :fiftance of Education : For what is Revelation but Affiftan.
ces and Instructions from Heaven ; às Education is Is truco tion communicated to us from our Fellow Creatures ? Deduct those religious Truths that were discovered to us, and. * only place those down, that were discovered by us ; and the
remaining Sum of our Knowledge, at the foot of the Ac· count, will not be very considerable.