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applied to him. He declares himself to be the same: and St. Paul affirms, that he thought it no usurpation to be equal to the Most High.

In vain, then, is it alleged, that Christ and

his apostles applied these oracles and passages to

the Son of God in a figurative manner, or, to

use the term of the schools, in an accommodate

Sense.

Lucifer himself, who attempted " to raise his "throne above the clouds, and make himself ** like unto the Most High," could not have used a more impious and blasphemous figure, than to usurp the name and attributes of the sovereign Being; to require the same homage, adoration, and love, that are due to the Divinity. "He that loves father and mother more than *.* me, is not worthy to be my disciple." "Whoever loves his life more than me, is not "worthy to be my disciple." Did mortal before ever use such words.

AH other figures and allegories are explainedin some part of scripture, or wrapped up in mysterious clouds, to be dispelled by the brightness of eternal day, after exercising our belief: but, with regard to the Divinity of Christy if it be a figure, it is a metaphor continued through : a long chain of prophecies and oracles, without the least explication to-unfold its mysterious

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sense, repeated almost in every page of the New Testament, and sealed with the blood of Christ, his apostles, and martyrs. When he appeared on earth to convert the Jews and Gentiles, and destroy idolatry, which blindfolded mankind, could he have taken more opposite steps to his mission, than to raise the dead, and change the course of nature, in proof of a doctrine insinuating his Divinity, if he had no real claim to the title? At a time when the credulous multitude were apt to enrol extraordinary men

in the number of their Gods, when they

worshipped the earth that nourished them,—the air that refreshed them,-*-the sun that enlightened them,—the moon that directed their steps, in the obscurity of night,—the fire that warmed them,—the heroes that cleared the woods and forests of lions and serpents that annoyed them, —the conquerors who delivered them from their enemies,—the wife and generous princes who rendered their subjects happy, and the memory of their reign immortal at a time

when altars were erected at Athens, to the Unknown God, when the priests of Salamis

raised the sacrific knife, to offer victims in honour of Paul, whom they took for Mercury, on account of his eloquence, and the novelty of his doctrine,—-and in honour of Barnabas whom they revered as Jupiter, on account of his venerable aspect,——and when

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the sortileges of Simon, the magician, procured him the honour of a temple at Rome, and the appellation of the Great God, at such a critical period, when gratitude deified benefactors, and extraordinary powers laid the foundations of temples, and swelled the catalogue of false gods,- it was a dangerous and ill-timed doctrine, to preach that he was equal to God; that he was the Son of God; that eternal life consisted in the knowledge of himself and of his Father; to command his followers to lay down their lives sooner than deny him, &c. and to confirm this doctrine by silencing the winds that subsided at his nod; by calming the stormy seas—changing the nature of the elements; restoring sight to the blind,—the use of their limbs to the lame; forcing Death to surrender his spoils,-^ and all nature to acknowledge his power and empire. Shall a Paul and Barnabas tear their garments in being taken.for something more than mortal men; and shall Jesus Christ, if he be not God, in. a calm deliberate manner, rob the Creator of all things of his glory and the worihip due to him, in; affirming that himself and the God of Heaven are Oh?,—in applauding the faith of the apostle

who said that he was the Son of the living God, >

and in not checking the disciple who, after thrusting his hand into his side, exclaimed, "My Lord and my God {"

It is not only in the time of his liberty, when he visits the cities of Israel, healing their sick, raising their dead, feeding multitudes with a few loaves, and refusing the temporal sovereignty which the people offered him, that he attributes to himself the prerogatives of the Divinity. It is in chains, in the course of his trial, and on the cross. Conjured by the high priest to tell whether he is Christ the Son of God, he answers in the affirmative: and, in proof of his assertion, fays that they shall see him on the right hand of God. "Do you hear the blasphemy?" cries out the other. Had he used any mental reservations on this occasion, by saying one thing and meaning another,—by expressing outwardly, " I am the Son of God," and restraining in his mind the fense of the words, to the quality us a messenger,—he would not have answered according to the pontiff's meaning, who knew but too well the difference between a messenger, such as any prophet may be, and a Son, who must be of the fame nature with his Father. What a precedent for perjurers! And what blasphemy in St. Paul, who affirms, " that he thought it no usurpation to 4' make himself equal unto God 1"

Common sense often supplies the room of metaphysical demonstrations. And common fense will insorm you, that Jesus Christ is either the greatest impostor that ever appeared, or that

he he is literally what he declared himself to be, God and Man, for whom the martyrs suffered, whom the Christians adore, and to whom all knees are to bend one day.

If he is an impostor, in vain has the blood of impure victims been drained; in vain have the altars of false deities been overturned; in vain have their idols been crushed, and their temples destroyed: a new idol has been set up in their room, and the worship due to the Sovereign Being has been transferred to an impostor. If this be the cafe, God, then, must have deceived mortals, in investing an impostor, during his life, and his disciples, after his death, with such extraordinary powers: And the miracles wrought in confirmation of their doctrine, and which could never be wrought but by his express and immediate power, must have been wrought with an express design to mislead his creatures into delusion and error. Reconcile this, if you can, to his goodness, wisdom, and providence; and behold the absurdities to which incredulity leads.

If you intend to reconcile those texts that attribute to the fame person, an eternal generation and birth in time,—transcendent glory and profound humility,—the power and majesty of a God, with the sufferings and death of a man, —admit in the fame person, the Divine and

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