The Bible Not of Man, Or, the Argument for the Divine Origin of the Sacred Scriptures; Drawn from the Scriptures Themselves
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1847 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. ADAPTATION OF THE SCRIPTURES TO THE CHARACTER AND WANTS OF MAN. Not a little has been written on the subject of Natural Theology, to prove the being of God from the adaptation of external nature to the intellectual and moral constitution of man. In a short digression from his main object, in one of the Bridgewater Treatises upon this topic, the Reverend Dr. Chalmers makes the following observations. "If in the system of external nature, we can recognize the evidence of God being its Author in the adaptation, wherewith it teems, to the moral and intellectual constitution of man, there is room and opportunity for this very evidence in the book of an external revelation. What appears in the construction of a world might be made to appear as manifestly in the construction of a volume, whose objective truth may present as obvious and skilful an accommodation to our mental economy as do the objective things of a created universe. And it is not less favorable for an indication of its divine original, that whereas nature, as being the original system, abounds with those fitnesses which harmonize with the mental constitution in a state of health; Christianity, as being a restorative system, abounds in fitnesses to the same constitution in a state of disease. Certain it is OaaX the same wisdom, and goodness, and even power oi a moral architect, may be as strikingly evinced in the reparation, as in the primeval establishment of a moral nature." It is to this class of credentials with which the Bible comes to us, that I propose to devote the present chapter. Man, in his primeval integrity, was a world of wonders. Endowed with exalted intellectual faculties, from the first moment of his existence he was obedient to the law of his being, and his Creator; his...
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