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What

Hiftory

is

Credible,

and

what

not

A

s

the

Holy Ghofi

faith,

Believe not every

fpirit;

I

may fay, Believe

not

all

Reports,

or

Hiflory.

It

was

not

only Ahab:

Prophets, in

whole

mouths Satan was

a

lying

fy

irit

:

As

lying

and

deceiving

is his

work

in the

world,

for

the defiroying

of

Holinefs,

and

of

Souls,

even when he

turneth

himfeif into

an Angel

of

Light;

fo is

it

the work

of

his

Minifters, when

they'feemtobe

Minihers

of

Righteoufnefs; when it

is

oft

Paid (Be nöt

de-

eeived)

and

[Let

no

man

deceive

you with vain

words

;]

it

is

more neceliary

.

ad-

vile,and hardlier followed,

than

moll men underftand. As Truth

is

Gods

means to work the will to

holy love,

and

lead us in a

holy

life,

fo

Lying is

the

Devils

means

to

oppofe

them

: and

of

all

Lyars, none are more pernicious

than

lying Aifiorians,

and

lying Preachers.

It

is

a

fad perplexity

to the world,

that

when men read and

hear,

even

the

more

confident and

plaufible

Hi-

álories

and

Reports,

they

know not whether they are

true

or falfe; and

if

they

believe

that

to

be

true which

is

not,

the

effeei

is

worfe

than

this per-

plexity.

I

will

tell

you

what!

take to

be

credible, and

what not.

I.

It

is

prefuppoled

that

a

man

muff

believe his fenfes,

if

found, about

their proper

objec9rs:

Papifis

that

tell

us

that

all

mens fenfes

are

deceived,

when they

Item to

perceive

Bread

and

one

in the Sacrament, do

but

tell

us

that

no

man then

is

to

be

believed, and therefore

not

they

then

felves.

II. The

Hiflory

of

the Gofpel

is

certainly

credible,

becaufe

it

was

con-

firmed by

multitudes

of

uncontrouled

Miracles

wrought

by

Chrifi, and

by

his Apofiles, and

multitudes

of

Chriílíans

;

as

the Doeirine

it

felf beareth

the Image

and

Superfcription

of

God.

III. The

Prophets

that

had Divine

Infpiratiòn and

Vifìon,

had

that Evi-

dence

which

gave

themfelves

a

certainty, though not

to

others.

1V.

When Hiflory

delivereth

a

matter of

fact and fenfe,

by

the com-

mon

content of

all

men

that

knew

it, thoùgh

of contrary

minds,

difpoG-

tions,

and

interdis.

it

giveth

us

a

certainty

which may

be

called

Natural;

becaufe

Nature hath nothing

in

it that

could

ca.ufe

fuch

aConfpiracy

in

Ly-

ing

:

That it

is fo

credible as

to

be

a

Natural

certainty,

that there

is

inch

a

place

as Rome, Parris,

Jerufalem;

that

the Statutes

of

the Land are not

For-

geries,

while

all

Contenders

plead them

agaìnli

each

other,

and hold by

them their Eftates

and

Lives:

And

fo

that

there

was

filch

a

Perlon

as

Jefits

Chrifi,

and

that

the Scriptures were

written

by

the

Prophets

and

Apo-

des,

&c.

V.

when

the Hiflory

of

any perfon

and

aflion

is

proved

by

continued

or

vifible effeeis as

that

1Villim.ot

of

N.rnandy conquered

England, while fo

many

of

the effeés

of

that

Conquer

in

our

Laws

and Culloms

are

frill

viti-

ble

:

And that

the

Welfn

were the Ancient

Britain!,

driven by

the Saxonsin.

to

Wales,

while their Language

Habitation,

&c. fhew

it.:

And

fo

thut

Chrift inflituted

Baptifin, and Church-

Communion,

and the

Apoliles

Ie-

a

pirated