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be awfully aggravated, by the unreje&t the whole use of Physic, on common and powerful means which account of those different opinions God has now been using with them. among physicians. There have How dreadful, after having been also been many different and oppoexalted to heaven, to be thrult lite sentiments respecting morality, down to hell ! Yours,

natural philosophy, agriculture and Rufus HAWLEY, other important subjects. But is (To be continued.) this any proof, that there is no

truth or utility in any of these On difference of opinions among things; or is it a just reason, why Christians.

they should be wholly neglected ? HE great variety of senti. If not, then it must be equally un.

ments, which prevail among reasonable to conclude, that there those who professedly hold to the is no truth in the Christian religion, Christian religion, is by many

or that it may be safely neglected, made an excuse for disbelieving and because there may be different senneglecting it altogether. They timents about its doctrines. Yea, plead, that go dependance can be it is much more unreasonable and placed upon the bible ; since those dangerous to neglect religion on who profess to believe it, even this account, as it is a concern of men of great learning and abilities, infinite moment, and by neglecting are so divided in their opinions re it we risk eternal consequences. specting its doctrines. Such con If the difference of opinions aliderations undoubtedly have great mong Christians is an evidence ainfluence in quieting the consciences gainst Christianity; then the great of many & encouraging them in their variety of sentiments, with respect neglect of the important concerns to religion and morality among inof religion ; which is the broad fidels, must afford equal evidence road to destruction. For the truths, against infidelity, or deism and duties, and restraints of the Chris. atheism. Thus upon this principle tian religion being offensive and we can believe nothing at all. irksome to the depraved taste and Besides, it may be observed, that desires of the wicked, they are Christianity comprehends a great pleased with a plausible excuse for variety of truths and duties, some neglecting or rejecting it and thus more and some less important ; ridding themselves of its painful fome more and some less plainly duties, fears and reftraints. But revealed. And many of the dif. is it reasonable or safe to disbelieve ferences among Christians respect or negle&t Christianity on account those truths and duties which are of difference of opinions among less important, or less plainly rethose, called Chriltians ? Have vealed.-—Therefore many of the not mankind generally had very fe&ts, tho' differing in some things, different sentiments about subjects yet agree in the most essential truths of the highest importance ? There of the Christian religion. Conse. has been a great variety of differ- quently there is not so much different, contradi&ory opinions among ence in opinion among Christians, the most learned phyficiaas about as at first view might be imagined the science and practice of physic, from the various names and sects, -a subject of great use and import into which the Christian world is ance. But certainly it would be divided. very unreasonable to disbelieve or Further, it is expressly foretold Vol. I, No. 3,

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in fcripture, that many errors and they have been overruled for good,& falle sentiments Mould spring up rendered in various

ways subserviamong Christians. It is declared, ent to the caufe of truth and rethat « false Christs and falfe proph. | ligion. They have lead to a more ets fhall arise that many fhall fol- diligent study of the scriptures and low their pernicious ways--that to a more critical examination of there must be heresies among you the doctrines of the gospel. Thus that they which are approved may the evidence or foundation of the be made manifeft—that the time truths of religion has been more will come, when they will not en. thoroughly scanned and understood, dure found doctrine ; but after their and religious light and knowledge own lusts shall heap up to themselves increased. These differences in teachers, having itching ears, and opinion have also most effectually that they shall turn away their ears secured the scriptures from being from the truth, and fhall be turned corrupted or altered ; as the differunto fables.” The scriptures also ent Christian feets, which have plainly teach the cause of these existed ever fince the days of the errors and false sentiments among apostles, have carefully watched those, who are favored with the over one another in this respect. gospel-that they originate from For the Bible being spread among the native depravity and opposition all the different sects, if any one of the human heart against God fect had made any material 'alterand divine truth. For it is declar- ation, the others would immedied, that "the carnal mind is en- | ately have detected, and exclaimmity againft God; that men hate ed against it. And none can raa the light, and love darkness rather tionally suppose, that all the varithan light, because their deeds are ous sects, who were at variance evil-that their understanding is with each other, were scattered in darkened, because of the blindness mariy distant countries, and who all or hardness of their heart—and esteemed the scriptures to be given that God fhall send them strong by divine inspiration, would unidelusions to believe a lie ; because versally agree in corrupting all the they received not the love of the copies of the Bible by additions or truth.” These considerations ea- alteration. This is an event mofily and fully account for the many rally impoffible. There is thereerrors and different sentiments, fore the most convincing satisfyprevalent in the Christian world—ing evidence from this, as well as Yea, these errors and differing or from other considerations, that we pinions are so far from being any have the Bible pure and authentic, evidence against the Bible or Chris- asit was left by the apostles. Thus tianity, that they fulfil its predic- the unhappy divisions and diffentions, confirm its truths or doc- tions, which through the pride, trines, and this greatly increase felfishness, and depravity of manthe proof in favor of it.

kind and the devices of Satan, have Altho, thcfe differences in reli arisen in the Christian church, have gious sentiments among Christians, been the means of greatly conare in many respects unhappy and firming the truth, and securing the injnrious to the caufe of Christ purity of the scriptures. originate from depravity, and im It is evident from thefe various ply criminality in the erroneous ; conkderations, that the difference yet through the wisdom of God of opinions among those called

ing he would make every man hap- | few months, terminated his life. py at death whatever might bave The first three or four months of been his character in life.

his sicknels not apprehending him. But though thus eagerly enga- felf dangerous, he thought little ged in pursuit of this world'sgoods, concerning death or what was to he was disappointed in his hopes. follow that event. When he did By a train of misfortunes, he lost think of these things, he endeavwhat little property he had acquir. ored to quiet his mind by believed, becanie embarraffed in his cir. ing that, some how or other, it cumstances, and every effort which would be well with him and all he made to relieve himself was mankind ; that death was the comdefeated. These disappointments mon lot of man, and that a phiinstead of inducing him to reflect lofopher should not be anxious reupon the uncertainty of all world. specting the time of its arrival. In ly things and to seek more durable short, he renounced all the animariches, served only to harden him ting prospects of the gospel and and to increase his disrelish for re was falt verging towards the ligion. He indulged himself in o. gloomy, cheerless state of univerpenly murmuring and repining a. Tal scepticism. gainst the Providence of Heaven, Hearing of his fickness I went and in envying the prosperity of to visit him. I reminded him of others. He even dared to cen the sentiments which had been fure the administration of God taught him when young, spoke and to arraign the wisdom and freely on his infidel principles, and goodness of his proceedings. afked him whether his fickness and

About this time, Jatros became the probability that he might foon acquainted with several men of be called to leave the world, had whom it might be said, that they not led him to fear he was build. gloried in their fhame ; they ridi- ing upon a false foundation ? He culed the scriptures ; decried all re- replied to this effect, that he had ligion as the invention of crafty no anxiety concerning himself ; men, and derided the Saviour of that he still considered the scripthe world. From their conversa- tures as the work of designing tion, and from reading infidel men, and Jesus Christ, if ever books with which they supplied fuch a person existed, as an impos. him, Jatros soon embraced their tor ; that he was ready to die at system and joined with them in any time, and that if he did not laughing at every thing serious.- cease to exist, at death, he prea As a natural confequence of em-sumed that the God who bad girbracing such principles, he attempt en him being would make him ed to persuade others that there happy, as he had never done any was nothing in religion, and that thing for which he deserved to be all who pretended to seriousnefs made miserable ; that in such a bewere either designing hypocrites or lief he meant to remain and hoped deluded enthusiasts. In this state to die. I faw that it was in vain of mind he continued for two or to attempt to argue with him ; for three years, repining at divine though he had no regular system Providence, envying his more prof. to which a reasonable man could perous neighbors, and scoffing at confiftently trust, yet he was dereligion. At length he was ac- termined not to embrace the gospel tacked with a disease which, in a ) scheme; and all I could do was in

in fcripture, that many errors and they have been overruled for good,& false sentiments should spring up rendered in various ways súbserviamong Christians. It is declared, ent to the caufc of truth and rethat “false Christs and falfe proph- ligion. They have lead to a more ets shall arise--that many fhall fol diligent study of the scriptures and low their pernicious ways that to a more critical examination of there must be heresies among you the doctrines of the gospel. Thus that they which are approved may the evidence or foundation of the be made manifeft-that the time truths of religion has been more will come, when they will not en. thoroughly scanned and understood, dure found doctrine ; but after their and religious light and knowledge own lusts shall heap upto themselves increased. These differences in teachers, having itching ears, and opinion have also most effectually that they fhall turn away their ears secured the scriptures from being from the truth, and fhall be turned corrupted or altered ; as the differunto fables.”

The scriptures also ent Christian sects, which have plainly teach the cause of these existed ever fince the days of the errors and falfe fentiments among apostles, have carefully watched those, who are favored with the over one another in this respect. gospel-that they originate from For the Bible being spread among the native depravity and opposition all the different sects, if any one of the human heart against God fect had made any material alterand divine truth. For it is declaration, the others would immedied, that “the carnal mind is en ately have detected, and exclaimmity againft God; that men hate ed against it. And none can rathe light, and love darkness rather tionally fuppofe, that all the varithan light, because their deeds are ous fects, who were at variance evil that their understanding is with each other, were scattered in darkened, because of the blindness many distant countries, and who all or hardness of their heart--and esteemed the scriptures to be given that God shall send them strong by divine inspiration, would unidelasions to believe a lie ; because versally agree in corrupting all the they received not the love of the copies of the Bible by additions or truth.” These considerations ea- alteration. This is an event mo. fily and fully account for the many rally impossible. There is there

and different sentiments, fore the most convincing fatisfyprevalent in the Christian world- ing evidence from this, as well as Yea, these errors and differing o- from other considerations, that we pinions are so far from being any have the Bible pure and authentic, evidence against the Bible or Chris. asit was left by the apostles. Thus tianity, that they fulfil its predic. the unhappy divisions and dissencions, confirm its truths or doc- tions, which through the pride, trines, and this greatly increase felfishness, and depravity of manthe proof in favor of it.

kind and the devices of Satan, have Altho, tbcfe differences in reliarisen in the Christian church, have gious sentiments among Christians, been the means of greatly conare in many respects unhappy and firming the truth, and securing the injorious to the caufe of Christ-purity of the scriptures. originate from depravity, and im It is evident from thefe various ply criminality in the erroneous ; conkderations, that the difference yet through the wisdom of God of opinions among those called

ing he would make every man hap- few months, terminated his life. py at death whatever might bave The first three or four months of been his character in life. his ficknels not apprehending him

But though thus eagerly enga- self dangerous, he thought little ged in pursuit of this world's goods, concerning death or what was to he was disappointed in his hopes. follow that event. When he did By a train of misfortunes, he lost think of these things, he endeavwhat little property he had acquir-ored to quiet his mind by believed, becanie embarrassed in his cir- ing that, some how or other, it cumstances, and every effort which would be well with him and all he made to relieve himself was mankind ; that death was the comdefeated. These disappointments mon lot of man, and that a phiinstead of inducing him to reflect lofopher should not be anxious reupon the uncertainty of all world specting the time of its arrival. In ly things and to seek more durable Mort, he renounced all the animariches, served only to harden him ting prospects of the gospel and and to increase his difrelish for re was fast verging towards the ligion. He indulged himself in o gloomy, cheerless state of univerpenly murmuring and repining a fal scepticism. gainst the Providence of Heaven, Hearing of his fickness I went and in envying the prosperity of to visit him. I reminded him of others. He even dared to cen the sentiments which had been fure the administration of God taught him when young, spoke and to arraign the wisdom and freely on his infidel principles, and goodness of his proceedings. asked him whether his fickness and

About this time, Jatros became the probability that he might foon acquainted with several men of be called to leave the world, had whom it might be said, that they not led him to fear he was build. gloried in their fhame ; they ridi. ing upon a false foundation ? He culed the scriptures ; decried all re- replied to this effect, that he had ligion as the invention of crafty no anxiety concerning himself ; men, and derided the Saviour of that he still considered the scripthe world. From their conversa- tures as the work of designing tion, and from reading infidel men, and Jesus Christ, if ever books with which they supplied fuch a person existed, as an impos. him, Jatros foon embraced their tor ; that he was ready to die at system and joined with them in any time, and that if he did not laughing at every thing serious.- cease to exist, at death, be prea As a natural consequence of em- sumed that the God who had givbracing fuch principles, he attempt-en him being would make him ed to persuade others that there happy, as he had never done any was nothing in religion, and that thing for which he deferved to be all who pretended to seriousnefs made miserable ; that in such a bewere either designing hypocrites or lief he meant to remain and hoped deluded enthusiasts. In this state to die. I saw that it was in vain of mind he continued for two or to attempt to argue with him ; for three years, repining at divine though he had no regular system Providence, envying his more pros- to which a reasonable man could perous neighbors, and scoffing at confiftently trust, yet he was dereligion. At length he was ac- termined not to embrace the gospel tacked with a disease which, in a ) fcheme; and all I could do wa in

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