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PAR

Reverend

Mr. Richard

Baxter,

perform it

!

And

I

faw

that the very Pofibility or Probability

of a Life

to come,

Would

make

it the Duty

of

a

Reafonabie

Creature to

Peek

it, though with

the

lofs

of

all below;

4. And

I

faw

by undeniable Experience, a ftrange Univerfal

Enmity between

the

Heavenly and the Earthly

Mind,

the

Godly

and

the

Wicked

,

as

fulfilling

the

Predietion

Gen.

;its'.

The War

between

the

Woman's and the

Serpent's Seed, be-

ing

the

daily

Bufinefs

of

all

the

World. And I faw that

the

wicked and haters

of

Godlinefs are

fo

commonly

the greatelt and molt

powerful and numerous,

as

well

as

cruel,

that ordinarily there

is

no

living according

to the

Precepts

of

Natureand

undeniable Reafon,

without being

made the Derifion and

Contempt

of

Men

(if

we

can

fcape

fo

eafily).

r.

And

then I

faw

that there

is

no

other

Religion

in

the World which can ftand

in competitionwith Chriftianity

:

Heathenifm and Mahometanifm are kept up by

Tyranny

,

and

Beaftly

Ignorance, and

blulh

to fiend at the Bar

of

Reafon

:

And

Judaifm

is

but Chriftianit

in

the Egg or

Bed.

And

weer

Deifm,

which

is

the

mofa

plaufible

Competitor,

is

fo turned out

of

almoft

all

the whole World,

as

if

Na-

ture

made

its

own Confeffton

,

that without a Mediator it cannot come to

God.

6.

And

I

perceived

that

all

other Religions

leave

the People

in their worldly,

fenfual, and

ungodly flete

;

even

their Zeal and Devotion in them,

being corn

-

manly the Servants

of

their

Flefhly

Intereft

:

And

the Nations where

Chriltianity

is

not, beingdrowned in Ignorance andEarthly mindednefs,

fo

as

to be the

diamo

of

Nature.

7.

And I

faw

that Chrift did bring up

all his ferious

and

fincere Difciples

toreal

Holinefs

and

to Heavenly mindednefs,

and made them new Creatures, and

fet

their Hearts and Defigns

and

Hopes

upon another Life

;

and brought their

Senfe

into

fubje6tion

to their Reafon,

and

taught them to refign themfelves

to God, and

to love him above all

the World. And it

is

not

like

that God

will make

life

of

a

Deceiver for this real

vifible

Recovery and Reformation

of

the Nature

of Man;

or

that any thing but

his

own

Zeal

can

imprint

his

Image.

8.

And here

I

faw an admirable lùitablenefs

in the,Office and Delign

of

Chrift,

ro

the

Ends

ofGod,

and the Felicity

of

Man

:

and how excellently there Super-

natural Revelations do

fall

in, and take their place

in

fubferviency

to Natural

Ve-

rities;

and how wonderfully

Faith

is

fitted

to bring Men to the Love

of

God

;

when it

is

nothing

elfe

but the beholding

of

his

amiable attraAive Loveand

Good-

nell in the Face

of Chrift,

and the Promifes

of Heaven,

as

in

a

Glafsa

till we fee

his

Glory.

9.

And I

had felt much

of

the Power

of

his

Word

and Spirit

on my felf; do-

ing that which

Reafon

now

telleth

me

mutt

bedone

:

And

fhall

I

queltion

my

Phyfician when he bath done

fo

much

of

the

Cure,

and

recovered

my

depraved

Soul

fo

much to God.

ro.

And

as

flaw

there Afliftances

tomy Faith,

fo

I

perceived

that

whatever

the Tempter

had to

fay

againft

it,

was

grounded upon

the

Advantages

which he

took

from my Ignorance, and my Diftance from

the Times and

Places

of

the

Mat.

ters

of the

Sacred

Hillary,

and fach

like things

which

every Novice meeteth

with

in

almoft

all

other

Sciences

at the

firft;

and which

wife

wellftudied Men can

fee

through.

3

y.

All there Afiiflances were

at hand

before

I

came

to the

immediate Evi-

dences

of

Credibility in the

Sacred Oracles themfelves. And

when

I

fet

my

felf

to

fearch for thole,

I

found more in the Doctrine, the PredisBions, the Miracles,

antecedent, concomitant, fubfequent, than ever

I

before rook notice

of:

which.

I

(hall

nothere

fo

far digrefs

as

to

letdown,

having

partly done it in

feveral

Trea-

tifes

; as The

Saints Reif,

Part

2. The

UnreafonablenefhofInfidelity

;

al

Saint

or

a

Bruit,

in

my

Chriffian Direífory

;

and

fince

more

fully

in

a Treatife, called,

The

Reafon of

the

Chrillian Religion;

my

Life

of Faith,

&c.

4

36.

From

this Affault

I

was

forced

to

take notice,

That

it

is

our

Belief

of

the

Truth of

the

Word

of

God,

and

the

Life to

come,

which

is

the

Spring

that

fets all

Grace on

work, and

with which

it

rifes

or

falls, flourifhes

or

decays,

is

a6tuated

or

Rands

dill. And that there

is

more

of

this fecret

Unbelief at

the Root

than

mole

of

us

are aware

or;

and

that our

love

of

the World,our

boldnefs

with Sin,our

neglect

of

Duty

are

caul

d hence.

I

obferved eafily

in my

felt,

that

if

at any

time Satan did more

than

at other times weaken

my

Belief

of

Scripture, and the

Life to come, my

Zeal

in every Religious

Duty abated with it, and I grew more

indifferent

in Religion

than

before

:I

was

more

inclined to Conformity

in

thofe

Points

which