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It is impossible for any thing to be more interesting than the scene here described
; for every individual of the human species who has formerly lived upon earth ,
who is now alive in the world , or who shalf be born into it , is a party concerned .
... have no cause to doubt the veracity of the Apostles and Evangelists , or the
authenticity of their writings , we ought to receive the mysterious doc ? trines they
teach us , as objects of faith , though above the power of human reason to
From such agonies it was natural for human nature to shrink ; and our Lord's
being subject to them , proved that he was perfect man . occasions , he had
shewn the utmost compassion for the sorrows of others ; can we then wonder that
... the Christian profession , relate to the ordinary operations of the Holy Spirit , his
gentle influence on the minds of men , by which he insensibly helps the infirmities
of human nature , enlightens the understanding , and rectifies the will .
Human nature had fallen too low to be capable of raising itself ; it could not
regain its primitive innocence , and was still less capable of raising itself so high
as to mingle with Angels . Heaven must either have been covered from our view
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