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The same objection will apply to many of the miracles of the Romish breviary.
It appears that the dead body of Xavier has performed many miracles at Goa. Amongst others, an arm was cut off and sent to the Pope; he placed it upon a table before him, and sat down, wondering within himself whether the relic before him was really the arm of Francis Xavier. To the Pope's astonishment the arm moved-the hand raised itself up, and, taking hold of a pen which lay near, wrote in large letters, FRANCIS XAVIER !!!
'Credat Judæus Apella-Non ego.'-" He deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the SIGHT OF THE BEAST."
THE COUNCIL OF TRENT DESCRIBED.
SAYING TO THEM THAT DWELL ON THE EARTH, THAT THEY SHOULD MAKE AN IMAGE TO THE BEAST, WHICH HAD THE WOUND BY A SWORD, AND DID LIVE. AND HE HAD POWER TO GIVE LIFE UNTO THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST, THAT THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST SHOULD BOTH SPEAK, AND CAUSE THAT AS MANY AS WOULD NOT WORSHIP THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST SHOULD BE KILLED.
-Verses 14, 15.
THE COUNCIL OF TRENT PROVED TO BE THE IMAGE MADE TO
"SAYING TO THEM THAT DWELL ON THE EARTH,
WE have shewn that the Beast is, strictly speaking, the Papacy; but that, as Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar, "Thou art this Head of Gold!" so we may say to the Pope, the King of the mystic Babylon, "Thou art this Beast!"
Now if we turn to the third chapter of Daniel, we shall find that Nebuchadnezzar the king made an IMAGE OF GOLD, and required the people, nations and languages to fall down and worship it, on pain of being cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. The Pope has also set up his IMAGE; and thousands, who have refused to worship it, have been
When we read of Nebuchadnezzar's IMAGE OF GOLD, we are not to suppose that this was the only idol, which the Babylonians were required to worship. On the contrary they had many others; "it was the land of graven images, and they were mad upon their idols." (Jer. 1. 38.) So likewise Roman Catholics have many idols; but we only read of one IMAGE made to the Beast.
The chief idol amongst Roman Catholics is the consecrated wafer. This is worshipped, as if it were God. Yea, it is declared to be a whole Christ, body, blood, soul and divinity!' Accordingly, in a late discussion in Ireland, when a wafer was produced, which had been consecrated by the Pope, some Romish Priests professed their willingness to worship it, and pray unto it, and say unto it, ' Deliver me, for thou art my god!'
Other idols, which Roman Catholics worship, are the images of Christ, of the Virgin, and of the saints, with which their churches abound. We have seen that Laynez, the General of the Jesuits, maintained in the Council of Trent that an adoration is due unto the Image dedicated by virtue of the dedication, besides the reason of the representation.' On the contrary, the Archbishop of Lauciano said, ' no honour was due unto them, but by relation to the thing signified.' Now what has the Council of Trent decreed? It has followed the counsel of the Cardinal of Varmia, who 'for satisfaction of both concluded, that the opinion of the Archbishop ought to be expressed, as more facile and plain, but without words which might