The Analogy of Divine Wisdom: In the Material, Sensitive, Moral, Civil and Spiritual System of Things, in Eight Parts
For in proportion, as any other less honourable motive may be assigned for writing and publishing, so much less effect are religious books likely to have upon the human mind. Any reward which may exclude the principal one is very disadvantageous, and verily they are likely to have theirs, that is, merely a temporal reward, who either for the sake of applause, wealth, or honours, without evident proofs of a more noble spiritual motive, exhibit religious treaties to the world. The reader is at liberty to judge of the motives of this author, as he thinks proper: Was there any other method of publication equally feasible with the one he has used, to make mankind read, he thinks he would have used it; and therefore, left the submitting of his book to the learned judges, for the sake of the premium mentioned, might in any degree lessen the influence, by associating temporal ideas, too closely to spiritual works, he chooses to decline it.
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Page 179 - Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thy heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
Page 172 - Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection ; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Page 119 - This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Page 155 - Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown ; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly ; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air ; but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection ; lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a cast-away.
Page 181 - God is faithful, who will not suffer us to be tempted above that we are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that we may be able to bear it 6.
Page 151 - For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God ; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
Page 189 - The wisdom of a learned man cometh by opportunity of leisure: and he that hath little business shall become wise. How can he get wisdom that holdeth the plough, and that glorieth in the goad, that driveth oxen, and is occupied in their labours, and whose talk is of bullocks?
Page 165 - Such as the apostle speaks of, who 'when, for the time, they ought to be teachers, they have need that one teach them again, which be the first principles of the oracles of God, and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
Page 19 - Quantities, and the ratios of quantities, which in any finite time converge continually to equality, and before the end of that time approach nearer to each other than by any given difference, become ultimately equal.