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B. Read it then; this is all you have to do to be fully satisfied that the whole is a base human fabrication. It contains internal evidence of its falsehood.
A. Do you believe the doctrine of election, sir?
B. Not to approve what Infinite Wisdom has thought fit to do, would be palpable pride and presumption in a mortal worm like me. I dare not bring the mighty God to the bar of my little mind.
A. Then, sir, a man may continue in all wickedness, fold his arms and say, “If I am elected, I shall be sav. eu; if not, I shall be damned?"
B. If you, sir, adopt this plan and continue in it, it will indeed prove you never were chosen of God; but the experiment is dangerous in the extreme; and your having done so will never satisfy your mind in hell; you will then see that God was righteous and you were wick. ed. You had better take alarm now, and obey God's command to beliere in his Son, and you shall not perish, but have eternal lifc. Be assured, God shall vindicate his conduct towards men before an assembled universe; and
cvery wicked mouth shall be stopped by the force of evidence.
A. But many of the teachers of religion are as bad as other people.
B. You are called, sir, to found your faiths not on the testimony of man, but on the word of the living God, which you have in English,
COME, AND WELCOME, TO JESUS CHRIST.
SEE REV. XXII. 17.
MATT. XXII, 1--4.
THOUGH all are welcome by the gospel call,
You have a servant; ask that servant, why
Your principles, my friend, if such your creed,
ON TIIE DEATH OF AN INFANT.
She tasted of life's bitter cup,
She listen'd for a while to hear
Sweet babe no more, but seraph now;
AN EPITAPH. .
Bold infidelity, turn pale!
PRECIOUSNESS OF THE BIBLE.
Ona Saturday night, some time since, a poor man went into a bookseller's shop in Holborn. “I come,” said he, Goto ask what may seem very unreasonable; I am very poor, I cannot buy a Bible, nor can I leave the value of one; will you trust my honesty, and lend me one till Mon. day morning? I will return it faithfully." The bookseller consented; and at the appointed time it was returned, with many expressions of gratitude. He afterwards came reg. alarly for it, and as regularly returned it. A person, who heard of the circumstance, desired the bookseller to give him a Bible, and place it to his account. When he returned to ask the usual indulgence, and found that he had a Bi. ble of his own, the poor man was in a transport of joy, imploring many blessings upon the head of his unknown benefactor; declaring it was a treasure he never expected to possess!
Reader, how large a blessing a small pittance may com. municate! Whatever is in the power of our hand to do, may it be done immediately, and with our might, remem. bering that in this world only can the believer benefit a fellow creature!
In heaven there are no sons of need;
SOLILOQUY AFTER READING THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.
THESE are thy glorious works, Eternal Truth,
The scoff of withered age and beardless youth; Vol. I.
These move the censure and th’illib'ral grin
THE CAVILLER REPROVED."
A CERTAIN man went to a dervise, and proposed three questions. First, why do they say that God is omnipres. ent? I do not see him in any place; shew me where he is. Secondly, why is man punished for crimes, since whaterer he does proceeds from God? Man has po free will, for he cannot do any thing.contrary to the will of God; and if he had power, he would do every thing for his own good. Thirdly, how can God punish satan in bell fire, since he is formed of that element; and what impression can fire make on itself?
The dervise took up a large clod of earth, and struck him on the head with it. The man went to the Cadi, and said, “I proposed three questions to such a dervise, who flung such a clod of earth at me, as has made my head ache.” The Cadi having sent for the der vise, asked, “Why did you
throw a clod of earth at his head, instead of answering his questions?" The dervise replied, the clod of earth was an answer to his speech; he says, he has a pain in his head; let him shew-me where it is,and I will make God visible to him; and why does he exhibit a complaint to you against