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14

The Lift

of

GOD

to refhain

hitn;

and one may obferve the

rules

of

n1oral juftice in dealing with o–

thers, as the

befl:

way to fecure his own

interdl:, and n1aintain

his

credit

in the

world.

But this is not

all.

This natural

principle,

by

the help of reafon, may take

a

higher

flight,

and come nigher the

in–

fiances

of

piety and religion.

It may in–

cline

a

n1an to

the

diligent fiudy

of

divine

truths; for why 1hould · not thefe, as well

as other

fpeculations, be pleafant and

grateful to curious and inquifitive n1inds?

It

n1ay make men zealous in maintainbg

and propagating fuch opinions as they have

efpoufed, and be very ddirous that others

fhould fubmit unto their judgment, and

approve the choice of

religion

which

th~n1felves

have 1nade.

It tnay ri1ake

them delight to hear and compofe excel–

lent difconrfes about the 111atters of

religi–

on;

for eloquence is very pleafant what–

~ver

be

the fubjecr.

Nay, fome it may

· difpofe to no

fi11all

height of fen(lble devo–

tion. .

'The glorious things that are fpok–

en

-of

heaven, 1nay 1nake even a carnal

l1Cart

in

love with it; the metaphors and

fimilitudes 1nade ufe of in fcripture, of

crowns and fceptres, and rivers of plea–

fure,

6Y.

will

eafily affeCt a n1an's fancy,

and

111akc

hin1 wifu

to be there,

though

he