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because he had done these things on the Sabbath day.” What is this, but the lowest jugglery of mind ?
If such things could have been only done on the Sabbath, the world would have besought it, Sabbath or no Sabbath.
If such infirmity had been cured, the people could not have been kept back from the physician. Persecute him!
Persecute him! The fellow that would have dared to do it, would have preferred running through the fire, for these very Jews would have mobbed him. No, this is not human nature, ye miserable bunglers; ye lied about the pool, and the angel, and the diseased; above all, ye have lied about this fiction-Christ. Ye have no principles, for ye are caught in your base inconsistencies. Analogous to the waiting at the pool, is that on Christ, by mind, that, in the meantime, if not God-assisted, would be lost. .
Ch. vi. verse 44,"No man can come to me, except the Father, which hath sent me, draw him." That decides the whole question of God's ability for conservation. There is no reason of a clumsy machinery of an imbecile, to be in the way of mind and God. Out of his own mouth, the speaker is rebuked and condemned. The highest state of free, not absolute agency of mind, is the purest inspiration of thought. Ch. vii. verse 42, “Christ cometh of the seed of David.” Why do not the impostors prove all that? Are they so stupid as not to know that mind will see this, the false Christ?
Why do Luke and Matthew differ so excessively in the genealogy of Joseph, who was no kin to Jesus, by their own confession ?
Were they, or their authors rather, such fools that they expected the weak faith of the world could swallow all this falsehood ? Verse 39, "Spirit--which they that believe in him, should receive—for the Holy Ghost was not yet given.” Which is worse, a priest's ignorance of his own blasphemy, or his falsehood? One of the most heinous of all sins, is peculiar faith. It is the highest sin against God.
It is the highest sin against God. Did Christ make the seeing, blind?' He that giveth not to the Creator all the rights of the Creator, is a traitor to both. Ch. xi. verse 47, “ For this man doeth many miracles." All this is false, for there are no miracles. None but stupid ignorance could persist in such a false pretence. The very position is suicidal. Rational mind must see that the council could not have resisted miracles. Verse 48, “ If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him," Of course, the writers violated all principles of human nature, for half of these so-called miracles, one, bringing Lazarus to life,
would have converted the whole world.
Of course, they were never performed. This is our sincere knowledge on the best facts of this case, given by the word of God. No proof at all is adduced, that one such miracle ever was wrought. We challenge the proof, that would satisfy a gentle
Verse 53, “ Then, from that day forth, they took counsel together, for to put him to death."
They would have done anything else. Chief priests and pharisees are a part of the human family, and are governed by like passions of interest, analogous to that of the whole world. These writers were the most grovelling animals that ever pretended to
Yet a while, and all the humbuggery of peculiar faith will be done, if mind be right.
Ch. xii. verse 39,“ Therefore they could not believe, because Esaias had said again. Was bigotry ever more felonious, assumption more blasphemous ? The main interest is universal safety, and that the God of the universe, that Christ did not know, alone can give. Vers: 40,“ He (God) hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them”!!!!
What a compound of beastly ignorance about the heart; what ignominious libel of God's attributes and principles! And the saying of a false prophet was to outweigh the conversion of the people. That, religion?
Verse 41, “ These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him !" That cannot be proved, on any principle of sound logic; but just reverses it. Ch. xiv. verse 28, “For my Father is greater than I.” What could the inferior pretend to?
What function, then, was he usurping? Neither mind nor God cared for him. Ch. xv. verse 18, “ If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. The world cannot hate God, the Creator ; that is impossible ; but it hates all impostors as its enemies, and that proves all this a false pretençe. Verse 23, “He that hateth me, hateth my Father, also.” Is this true? Then his was a peculiar father, offered rational mind. Verse 27, “And ye, also, shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning !" Who is the witness for us, that these all are not the vilest impostors? We need, absolutely need, their proper endorsement to protect ourselves. We have no such endorsement.
Ch. xvi. verse 7, “ It is expedient for you, that I go away." We have Christ talking about himself, most of the time. This is only man's pretences. It is very easy for people to say: I believe, and join the strongest. They can prate as much as they choose, about the spirit. That is their business, and nobody else's, so they take the faith. But, then, they have an ignoble position, that does not avail the creature, of an immortal Creator. God's works only tell of the past, the present, and as much of the future as will be analogous and beneficial for mind to know. About the balance, God has a sublime silence. All his works have rational records. Ask, then, for no faith, where there is no reason or fact. Who knows the depth of priestocracy?
They have given us no sealed and authentic documents, to certify the world of God's archives. God is the keeper of his own archives. All others should be proved, beyond doubt of the world, or they are degraded impostures. Ch. xx. verse 23, “ Whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained.” Long live the priestocracy, says this verse. Verse 29, “ Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." Amended : Foolish are they that have not seen, and yet have believed the most certain falsehoods, intended to catch the world all they could.
Ch. xxi., V. 24. “ This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things, and we know that his testimony is true.” Who endorses all this ? A perfect perjurer proved by the affiliated, even by Mark. It ought to be as clear as the best testimony, in the most approved court of justice.
And there is no novel that is less testimony, if it have rational statements. All are mere statements of the bible, and if any mind adopt them as truth, it is foolish or wicked, one or both. It cannot be any less, if it know what testimony is. No matter what the world thinks, or what we have even previously thought, the comprehension of the whole subject certainly presents the only true exposition. All the principles of logic are violated, when such false pretences are adopted.
ARE THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES ANY PROOF?
Ch. ii., v. 30. “Therefore (David) being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne.” Was Christ the fruit of his loins, when Christ and Joseph are no kin? This, then, is a clear perjury. David might have sworn for his descendants to sit on the throne of the Jewish people, but the God of the universe could not possibly swear it, as that would be the division of his own universe.
That would be too small a province, only one world.
This was a compact of the peculiar god of David, and that does not concern the enlightened people of this day, all the monks, priests and preachers to the contrary notwithstanding. 44.“ And all that believed were together, and had all things common. Churches, then, are associations of socialists. They were socialists in a measure ; mere sectarians; but this was nothing of a brotherhood with the human race.
45. "And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.” Is this a fact confirmed, by the conduct of the Christians of the present day.
Ch. ý. The fate of Ananias and Sapphira has not added to the facts of principles, as mortal had no such power claimed; if this is not a blasphemous lie, it is murder. We have no assurance of anything, but that this was an attempt to add to the influence of the priestocracy. This thing of ruling the churches, is one of their great aspirations. As Īst Paul to the Corinthians, ch, i. v. 11. “For it hath been declared unto me, that there are contentions among you." Ch. V., 1. “It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles." Well, Paul, was Christian socialism communism? Is this the example for the modern sects? This socialism did not work well, for Acts, ch. vi., 1. “And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a mur
urmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.” The members of the church, we had thought, were as good when good, as the good of the world, but no worse. But Paul and his dramatists seem to write differently. If Christian advocates tell this, what if the Gentiles could be heard of that day? Though you, churchmen, exert yourselves for ever, yet, having no principles, you cannot flourish. You can get no principles in churches. Rejoice not in sophistry, superstition, nor peculiar faith. Do not believe all things, certainly not without reason, faith or no faith.
Who can prophecy, when all the world knows no such thing, and if it tell the truth it will tell that.
Peculiar faith people can prove anything by faith.
Ch. viii., v. 9. “ Simon used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria.” Who believes such stuff? Who ever saw a witch or sorcerer? Just about as true as the power of the apostles in giving the Holy Ghost. Who was Saul ? V. 1. And Saul was consenting unto his death (Stephen's).” Was he not a murderer ? . Ch. ix., v. 21. “Is not this he (Saul) that destroyed them," &c? Ch. X., V. 44. “ While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.” Do any but the affiliated speak of it? 45. “And they of the circumcision which believed, were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.” This means as much that the Gentiles were outside barbarians in the opinion of the Jews, and without the protection of their peculiar gods. It seems to us that one of the greatest things is the conservation of the Creator over many minds liable to sin from the bible of tradition, that is filled with falsehood and iniquity from beginning to end, placing devils and angels all over the earth, and polluting all by its unholy pretences. Ch. xiii., v. 23. “Of this man's (David) seed hath God, according to promise, raised unto Israel a saviour, Jesus.'
There can be no justification except by the supreme unity of God, for the mind is degraded and vilified, if not permitted to have its dignity and purpose, its liberal, legitimate, free agency.
To damn it because it cannot honestly believe all the absurd and abominable false hoods about these things, deprives it of all free agency whatever. God, in the sublime silence of his majesty, has truly delineated all practicable free agency, in language most certain to philosophical science. It is not possible that God can overlook his own and mind's supremacy ; but the voice of superstition will be heard in the days of ignorance, and fanaticism will usurp all rightful prerogatives of reason.
Ch. xiv., v. 18. “And with these sayings, scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them." And yet Christ scarcely had such honor paid him! When the boundary of truth is overleaped, there are no limits. But all their fine effect is killed in the next verse. 19. “And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and having stoned Paul, (who had healed a cripple impotent in his feet) drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.” Oh, these Jews! They were not human, or these dramatists considered them not. We must act in part as if some of the probable things might have occurred.
We wish we could pick out all their virtues and bury their vices. But this we cannot do, for reason of their design and employment. This was the kingdom of the people.
Ch. xvi., 6. “And were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia.” There was one of the most fruitful harvests, as to number of souls, throughout all Asia, teeming with her millions, and her systems of peculiar faith and incarnations. Was this one of the conveniences of the Holy Ghost? But, alas, all these souls had to wait! By rational religion, that is impossible. It was utterly impossible, for God governed mind, after all the false pretences of all the peculiai faiths. But how inconsistent now are these fellows 16 to 23. They were able to stop divination, but were not able to keep off whipping therefor! These lies are so disgustingly stupid, that we could throw down the book, but for our purpose of exposing these reckless pretenders. Ch. xxii., V. 4. “And I (Paul) persecuted this way unto the death.” Further proof is furnished of his being a murderer. A fine apostle this.
The two main pillars of the Christian church, one a perjurer, the other a murderer, and propagator of bible perjuries !
Ch. xx., v. 26. “ Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men." What proof is there of this, after the preceding evidence? Does Paul or the bibles lie? Both.
What 3. singular peculiarity, that any peculiar faith as that of Christianity, is not superstition. Paul, though a Christian, was a murderer for intoleration of faith, a bigot and a fanatic after all. Do we believe that he went to the bible heaven? Christ did not go there direct, we presume, for his blasphemy. But he was the agent for God. If God had not been omnipresent, metaphysics, much less rational religion, would not permit that idea.
If the agent, he could not be principal or equal.
If co-partners, they were co-creators; but that is impossible. His earthly sojourn kills all that dead, as well as his language. This solar system has only one sun, hence he must have been usurper, but that implies superior power.
Yet, as creature and mortal at that, this is utterly disproved. It is all affected or
The position of all sinners as murderers and blasphemers, bespeaks atonement by retributive justice. It cannot be anything less. God's mercy is not subordinate to his justice. No one of God's attributes are subordinate. That kills Christ and all the impostor tribe, a universe fold more than all the Jews and Romans did. Purification can be made through retributive justice, and that alone. God is the judge.
There were not less than twenty-five messiahs, and how many more who knows? All blasphemers. This whole subject has been mystified horribly, for the peace and welfare of man.
And we are to have war in families by Christ, the teacher of non-resistance! Will any towering mind be satisfied with this little brief authority, when it can command the whole subject on principles?
This question is not to be skulked.
The idea of a murderer, adulterer, and pirate, a military despot having his sins sponged out in one moment, could only be premised by knaves and impostors, and expected by dolts or knaves. What degraded immorality, though he was a man after God's own heart.
This man was not after the mind of the Supreme Creator of the universe. You act for yourself-mind acts, mind repents, amends. You must reform, not deform mind. Let not the sophist Christ pervert it; that is, do not let his masters, the priestocracy, do it.
Paul and Peter even disagree about circumcision and uncircumcision, proving that their mind had to elicit the most politic-of course, uncircumcision. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians, ch. ii. 11. “ But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed." 13 and 14, Paul accuses them of dissimulation, that they did not walk uprightly according to the truth of the gospel!
Was there ever any regeneration of Peter, the rock of churches ? After this, what honest mind can say it, after Peter had been caught at this game before? To be proved by his master a perjurer is too bad ; to be proved a hypocrite by his holy brother so called, is horrible indeed.
But is Paul any better, sons of civilization ?
See Paul to the Romans, ch. iii. v. 7. “For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory ; why yet am I also judged as a sinner ?"
Which is the best perjurer of the two? Judge ye.
Explanations will push themselves respecting such glaring errors, if mind do justice to itself. The world should not suffer injury, for all such errors or crimes.
The world must from its sad history for thousands of years, exercise the most intellectual caution about all peculiar faiths, and having suffered most woful abuses under their sanction, it must discard them all on the first favorable opportunity.
We cannot reach the blessing of religion, certainly not on any such position, as we have nothing but peculiar faith, though the world know certainly by sad experience that faith is the talisman for all in christianity. Let us hear Paul more, ch. viii. v. 28. * And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29, For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30, Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he also called; and whom he called, them he also justified; and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 33, Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.” Who are the called? All this is the assertion of a man, confessing
Paul's 2d Epistle to the Thessalonians, ch. ii. v. 11. 6 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” What libels on the God of mind, perjuring the libeler. As v. 12, " That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 13, But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the spirit, and belief of the truth.
What libels on God for election, as well as for faith, &c., ch. iii. v. 2, “And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men : for all men have not faith.” Were there ever worse bigotry and bad faith to mind and truth?
What else are these, but the worst of perjuries?
Paul's Epistle to Titus, ch. i. v. 1, “ According to the faith of God's elect.” That is, of the peculiar god! 3, " But hath (God) in due time manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me.” Where was preaching that was necessary all time, before ? Every ancient nation had its legends, holy and sacred, as we see with the remotest, the Chinese. The fault with the moderns is, that they do not pass all by as unworthy of their cultivated mind. Instead, they absurdly credit the Jews for one more truthful, as if any legends could be truthful, whereas their priestocracy kept the records which they made in defiance of others, and there is the fraud practiced
upon all the world that is verdant enough to take them for granted. The priestocracy have desecrated this whole matter, most ignobly, have falsified God.
Paul in Hebrews, ch. xi. v. 1. * Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
What is all priestocracy faith worth? What is all faith worth about the priests, Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abrałam, if the pretences are not proved facts ? Ch. xii. v. 20, " And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: 21, And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake.” These are the playthings of absolutism, to blind the eyes of the people. They are perjury endorsements, by Paul. If any such thing happened as to prevent them going by superstition to the mountain, it was all the tricks of the priestocracy: but it was easier for the false history. When was the Mosaic legend written?
Let the monarchs of all jugglery alone speak. 23, “And to the spirits of just men made perfect,” (or all) which are written in the Jewish heaven. What could the monk or priest of a peculiar god know of them, except in his peculiar heaven? What is all that to us? Messiahship presents due humility and reverence before God, not blasphemy. James, ch. V., 15, “And the prayer of faith shall save the sick.” 17,
17, “ Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain : and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months." What, libels again on God, that prove the worst of human characters affecting to be the purest. II. Peter, ch. ii., v. 7,“ And delivered just Lot!" Him, who committed most incest? Well there is such a bible, self-condemned for ever for mind. Ch. iii., v. 7 " But the heavens and earth which are now, by the same word, are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment, and perdition of ungodly men.
10, “ The heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat; the earth also, and the works that are therein, shall be burnt up." Peculiar faith, without proof, condemns, in conflict with God's word, confronting Thou, Peter, art the apostle of peculiar gods, and therefore thou art not licensed to speak with any more truth about the universe, than when thou swore about Christ. Was Peter converted at the time he denied his master and fell back, or converted afterwards? What was his last conversion worth? All the bible advocates relied on revelation of peculiar powers, and Peter's statement alone proves him an ignorant and reckless, unprincipled fanatic. The first epistle genoral of John, ch. iii., v. 8, “ He that committeth sin, is of the devil; for the devil sinneth frem the beginning. For this purpose the son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” As it is not provable that there is any devil, it remains therefore to be proved that there ever was any Christ.
Which of these, John or Moses, are to be believed about seeing their god? They are both advanced as inspired men, and affect to tell the exact truth. They are confronted before the whole world. If the last convict the old bible, then it convicts itself. Both are convicted by rational religion.
II. Paul to the Corinthians. Ch. xi., v. 20 : “In perils among false brethren." Ch. xii., v. 2: “ I knew a man in Christ-such a one caught up to the third heaven." 4, "How that he was caught up into Paradise." Like all such, he has told too much, of heaven and Satan. A faith, by self-humbuggery, is no proof of the scriptures, but everything to condemn them that a rational man could expect.
All such is the faithless legend of the priestocrecy, who have used all ungodly means, to uphold their umprincipled dynasty.
What is a greater piece of sophistry, than St. Paul's article about faith? And yet the world is required, on such faith, to bow to the peculiar bibles of the priestocracy.
The earth shall dissolve, and the elements melt with fervent heat, as much impeach omnipotence as omniscience in God's repenting of having created man.
Peter, er his representative author, was ignorant of the first principles of science, much less of things that inspired minds should have. He was a fanatic, one of the confederate priestocracy. How shall the pretenders dispose of the atmosphere?
The oxygen is a supporter of the combustion, the balance are not combustible. But all nonsense and humbuggery are possible with the priestocracy.
Was Peter a chemist? He was more of a fanatic. It was in the crucible of the priestocracy, that all these things were possible. They could make a caricature of God and creation, and all such dispensation had to be destroyed. Some affect that much of the bible is figures and metaphors, but in the sophists' chancery they carry these figures too high, these metaphors too boldly. They miss a figure, and condemn themselves.
Destroy this earth, and you invade the universe, and all the conservative principles of the Creator. It is time that the world had waked up from the desecrations of all such affiliations.