A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, Adapted to the State and Conditions of All Orders of Christians
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. 1797. Excerpt: ... be a dull and uncomfortable state; when it is so plain and certain, that there is neither comsort or joy to be found in any thing else? CHAP. XII. The happiness of a life wholly devoted unto God, farther proved, from the vanity, the sensuality, and the ridiculous, poor enjoyments, which they are forced to tail pp with, who live according to their own humours, 'This reprejented in various characters. WE may still see more of the happiness of a life devoted unto God, by considering the poor contrivances for happiness, and the contemptible ways of lise, which they are thrown into, who are not under the directions of a strict piety, but seeking after happiness by other methods. If one looks at their lives, who live by no rule but their own humours and fancies; if one sees but what it is, which they call joy, and greatness, and happiness; if one sees how they rejoice and repent, change and fly from one delusion to another; one shall sind great reason to rejoice, that God hath appointed a straight and nar'row way that leadeth unto life, and that we are not lest to the folly of our own minds, or forced to take up with such shadows of joy and happiness, as the weakness arid folly of the world has invented. I fay invented, because those things which make up theey and happiness of this world, are mere inventions, which have no foundation in nature and reason, are no way the proper good or happiness of man, no way persect either in his body, or bis mind, or carry him to his true end. As for instance, when a man proposes to be happy in ways ot ambitionv by raising himself to some imaginary heights above other people; this is truly an invention of happiness which has no foundation in nature, but is as mere a cheat, of our own making, as if a man should intend to make ...
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