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Nonsense. I think it is necessary to shew
I think myself bound to follow Cbrist's Directions, which were given when only, the Hebrew Scriptures were writ; fobny. 39. Search the Scriptures, for in them ye
think ye have eternal Life; and they are
to use such a Word in speaking of the Scripture, but accidentally touch'd upon in the Greek or New Testament, and then by way of Reference to the Old. And as there is, and the Heathens always acknowledg'd, a Trinity in the Substance of the Heavens, and as the Scriptures make Use of that Personality to carry on the 'material Ideas of the Personality in the eternal Effence by them; and as the Heathens had a Tradition of something more, which they always join'd in that Trinity, there never was any Dispute about that, till the Design of the Salvation of Man by the Coming of Christ was perfectly mani. fested and compleated, and the Devil set the ancient Hereticks to work to oppose it. Indeed, the New Testament is callid, (General Epistle of Fames i. 21.) The engrafted Word, which is able to save your Souls. The Gospel of Christ is engrafted or built upon former Manifestations, and cannot grow or stand without them, viz. The Evidence of Jehovah, Elohim, &c. Nay, the Greek Language is but engrafted into the Hebrew; as a Graft grows and bears the Fruit, and the Stock fupplies it with Nourishment, so here. And though the ancient Fathers have proved, from the Original in the Greek Language, and our
Divines from that, and the Writings of the Fathers in that and the Latin Tongue, more than enough to satisfy those who are willing to know and accept the Truth, yet it seems ’tis not enough to stop the Mouths of Wranglers. Therefore 'tis our Business to search the Scriptures, if poffible, more diligently than they have been search’d, for Evidence about these Matters, and to shew the Root and Stem which support the Graft.
It has been often faid, that if you diffect and examine any Creature which has Poison in fome of its Parts, it has one Part, which, if apply'd to the Part bit or ftung, kills the Poifon : So, I believe, has Philosophy. I am resolv'd to try the Experiment.
I Thall presently give up Metaphyficks, or abstracted Notions, pretended to be form'd in the Mind without outward, or reveal'd by outward Helps, and allow that Man is so form'd, that no Idea 'comes into his Mind but by Sense, or by supernatural Means, by the Assistance of sensible Objects. But because several cited by Mr.
W in his Longitude by the Dipping-Needle, p. 88. could find out no Mechanism in Gravity, our learned Men, who pretend to be Divines, fill imagine
they they have little or nothing to do with Nature. I have said, in the Introduction to the second Part of M. P. p. 45. that the Heathens forced the Christian Church to cast out their Philosophy with their Gods : Now I may add, that they thereby forced them to cast out the Knowledge of the Things which give the Idea of the Personality, upon which the Christian Religion is founded. All the Ideas of Divinity are formed from the Ideas in Nature ; every Description of Divinity in the Scripture is taken from natural Things ; lo they have Words of Divinity without ldeas, who have not Ideas of Nature ; that is, all the Ideas of the Essence existing, of the Personality, of their Operations, &c. are revealed to us in the Scriptures by Words which raise Ideas taken from other Things, or are emblematically represented by Things which God has created, forma ed, or fitted, and by Scripture constituted; or by Things which God has exhibited by supernatural Means, or has, by Scripture, ordered Man to form and constitute for those Ends: And he who does not take his Ideas, by those Rules, from those Objects, has not, nor can have any from any other, nor can have any at all, or, at least, no true or proper ones of them, and is