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of what he taught. He says-" The prejudices

of the Jews in favour of their religion were very

great: which I do not at all wonder at, as they " had the same external evidence of the truth of their & religion, which Cbrit gave of bis : for the MiTacles of Moses, their great Law-giver, must claim

with them at least, an equal regard with Those * of Jesus Christ *"How shall we reconcile this Author with himself, or such peculiar and manifest contradictions with that morality he professes to regard?

As to the truth or falsehood of the Author's afsertion of what be finds with regard to the Character Jesus himself affumed, That will appear abundantly evident from the following particulars,

Jesus affirmed, 1.- That God had sent him : John xvii. 3, 8, 18,

21.-iv. 43----XX. 21. And expressly, that ke was not come of bimself: chap. vii. 28, 29,

-viii. 42. 2.-That he came from ibe Father, and went to him ;

John xvi. 16, 28. 3.-That what he did was a work given him by God to do; John xvii. 42

8.-iv. 34. That be had received every thing he declared IMMEDIATELY from God bimself : John viii. 40. 5.-Jesus claimed, and made use of a peculiar

intercourse with God: Matth. xi. 25–27. Luke X. 21. John xi. 41, 42.-xii. 27, 28.--xvii.

throughout. b.mAfferted himself to be a greater personage than

a Prophet : Matth. xii. 39-41. 7:-Styled himself the Resurreclion and the Life:

John xi. 25. 8.--Declared that whosoever believed on him should

not die: John, xi. 25, 26.- ii. 18----V. 24.

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9.-Styled himself, the Lord : Luke xix. 31: 10.-Styled himself the only begotten Son of God;

John iii. 16-18.-ix. 35–37.—Matth. xxvii.

43 11. Afferted that he existed before the world : John

viii. 56–58. and bad glory with the Father before

the world was: John xvii. 5, 24. 12.-Affumed, and accepted of, the Character of

the Son of God; and of the CHRIST, or MESSIAH; as prophecied of in all the writings of the Old Tetament, who should come into the world : Matth. xvi. 16, 17, 18, 20-xxvi. 63, 64.-Luke xxiv. 25-27, 44—47: John iv. 25, 26V. 39, 46-X. 24, 25xi. 27-vi. 68-70. Matth.

xiv. 33.--Mark ix. 41. 13.- Assumed the power of working MIRACLES:

John xi. 4, II, 14, 40, 43. 14.-Afferted that he worked MIRACLES; and that

his Miracles were the proper evidence on which they ought to believe, that He had an immediate Commission from God: John v. 36mvi. 26-10. 37, 38-xiv. 10XV. 24.-Luke viïi. 46–

Matth. xvi. 9, 10—-xi. 4, 5, 20–24. 15.- Styled the Power by which he performed

his miracles the Holy Ghost : Matth. xii. 31, 32. 16.-Conferred tbe Holy Ghost upon the Apoftles:

John xx. 22, 23. 17.--Affumed a power of enabling his Disciples

to work MIRACLES: Matth. X. 5, 8. Luke ix. I

X. 9, 17-20, 18.-Claimed a power to forgive Sins, or declare

whose fins were forgiven: Matth. ix. 2,6.-

Mark ii. 5, 10.-Luke v. 20, 24. 19.--Affumed the knowledge that the faithful Dis;

ciples would inberit eternal life: Luke x. 20. and that He had power to give them eternal life: John xvii. 2.

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20. Laid claim to other Divine Knowledge : Matth. xii.. 17

Luke x. 24–xxiv. 141. John i. 48, 50-iv. 18-ix. 3.-xiii. 21, 26, 38.

-xvi. 4.--Matth. 24. throughout. 21. -Foretold his own death, and his Resurrection on the third day: Matth. xvi. 21.---xvii

. 22,23– xx. 18, 19. And that afterwards he would

go before bis Disciples into Galilee : Matth. xxvi.

32. 22.--Assumed a power of sending to the Disciples,

as a Comforter from the Father, THE HOLY GHOST; who should communicate to them Divine Knowledge:

John xiv. 16, 17, 264xv. 26-xvi. 7, 13, 14. 23. Declared that He is to be the Judge of the

World: John v. 22, 25, 27-29; 24:-Afferted, that all Power was given bim ir Heaven and in Earth : Matth. xxviii. 18. -John iii. 35 xvii. 2.

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Luke x. 22. 25.-Aferted, that by the immediate Authority of

God, he had Power to lay down bis Life, and Power to take it again : John X. 15, 17, 18 : compared

with xv. 12, 13: 26.-Asserted, That as God bed Life in himself, so

God had given to Him to have Life in himself : John

V. 26.

27.–Afferted, That he was able to have delivered

himself from the Jews, by the extraordinary Interposition of God; but that he forbore to do it, that the Scriptures relating to the Messiah might be fül

filled. Matth. xxvi. 53, 54. 28.

- Aflerted, That he underwent all he suffered on This very Account : Luke xxiv. 25

27, 44-46. 29.-Afferted, That he should go to God to pre

pare a place for the Apostles : John xiv. 2, 3, 30. And that he should enter into his GLORY : Luke xxiv. 46.

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31.--Afferted, That AFTER HIS DEATH he would do

any thing that bis Disciples should ask in his Name:

John xiv. 13, 14--xvi. 23; 24. 32. Proinifed the Twelve, that They should beendued with miraculous-powers from on bigb;' to qualify them for preaching his Gospel, foon after his Ascension : Luke xxiv. 49. Acts i. 4, 5.

Which Promise' he accordingly fulfilled, Aets ji.

After this bare recital of so many distinct alsertions of our Lord, with regard to his own true Character, Authority, and Office; in the least of which he lays claim to the dignity of an immediate and special Messenger from God, in the praper sense of the words, and entirely distinct from that of the Author , and by all of which taken together, he assumed a Divine Character, high beyond our conceptions ; particularly that of the promised Meffiab; and of having all Power giver bim in Heaven and in Earth; and appealed directly to the Miracles he performed, for an indisputable proof of the truth of all his pretensions ; After perusing these particulars, what can we think of the modesty, the ingenuousness, of the morality, of the Author,' who has not scrupled to afsert - That he does not find that Christ himself laid claim to any higher character, than that of a inere Man ; who could in no other sense be ftiled a messenger from God, than because he had voluntarily chosen to preach true morality, which was certainly the will of God, and that he does not find, that CHRIST ever pretended to produce any immediate commission from God? But above all, what must we think of the Author's sincerity, and reverence for the Supreme Being, when he has not scrupled to make this affertion; which is perhaps one of the most shameless falsehoods that ever man uttered; and yet hath dared to inake

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the following appeal to the Searcher of all Hearts:

“The eternal God, whom I humbly adore, “ knows that I have employed the faculties he " hath given me, in an honest and impartial en

quiry after truth, the truth as it is in Him 1."

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The Author's Obječtions against MIRACLES

considered. E have seen the Author attempting to perWE

suade us, if we would take his word upon the point, that the New Testament does not represent Jesus as appealing to any evidence of his having an immediate Commission from God. But this bare affertion being likely to have but little weight, as no affertion can be more notoriously false; he has thought fit to support it, by throwing out a remark upon Miracles in general; intended to prevent us from paying regard to any such pretensions, wherever they may be found.

“ We find, says he, that all religions pretend cs

to the feal of Heaven, the certain criterion of

a religion's coming from God, and that all “ others are false and counterfeit; and, what is " worthy of remark, the principal and diftin

guishing characteristics of divinity, in almost

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I See P. 365 Should the Author be driven to allege, thar Jesus never did in fact make the several fupernatural claims and declarations here attributed to him, he will expose himself to the utmost contempt : By asserting first, That Jesus laid claim to no higher character than that of a mere uninspired preacher of morality, in order to prove that thele declarations are falsely attributed to him; And then con. tending that these declarations are falfely attributed to him, in order to prove that he laid claim to no higher character, than that of a mere uninspired preacher of morality..

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