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Nor other light remain'd, than what the glare
CUMBERLAND. I know the subjects of this article were never the objects of my sight, though they are of my faith. I never yet saw heaven or bell, the places I am now speaking of; but why should my faith be staggered or dimished because of that? I never saw Rome or Constantinople; I never saw the flaming Sicilian hill, Ætga; yet I can believe there is such a burning mountain, and such glorious cities; because others, who have been there, bave told me so; and faithful writers have related and described them to me. And shall I believe my fellow-worms, and not my great Creator, who is truth itself? What though I never saw the New Jerusalem that is above, nor the flaming Tophet that is below? Yet, since God himself hath both related and described them to me, why should I doubt of them? Why should I not a thousand times sooner believe them to be, than if I had seen them with my own eyes? I cannot so much believe that I have now a pen in my hand, have a book before me, and am writing in it, as I do and ought to believe that I sball one day, and that ere long, be either in heaven or in hell; in the height of bappiness, or the depth of misery.
Beveridge. Some, however, have ventured to call in question the reality of hell-torments, and the very existence of the place itself. But there is nothing so weak and impious as disputes on these painis; for, unless men could satisfy their minds, that God cannot punish sin, or that he will not, it becomes a matter more presumptuous than "becaming, to inquire the very particulars in which that punishment
shall consist. The Lord bath declared, that those that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” 2 Thess. i. 8, 9. Here is sufficient account to certify every one of the certainty of the thing itself; and the fact itself being once admitted, the method may surely be well supposed, that it will be such as infinite wisdom, joined to infinite power, shall appoint and accomplish. Here let us rest-only following up the conviction with a prayer to Him that hath the keys of bell and death, that he will keep our souls from going down into hell, and preserve us unto his everlasting kingdom.
Pripted by E. Bridgewater, South Molton Street, London.
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