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EARLY SINGING OF THE LARK.
WHILE night her empire still maintains,
Her silver queen unrival'd reigns,
Or burst the gloomy bars,
The lark, all wakeful, longs for day,
The new-born light to meet:
The rising morn to greet.
No bed of sloth the songster knows,
In notes or soft or shrill.
Joy through his organs thrill.
Thus may I wake and sing to thee,
Thy goodness celebrate:
'Till ends this mortal state.
Like him, on faith's strong pinions rise,
To heavenly things ascend:
'Till time, old time, shall end.
ON A CHILD,
Who, fatigued with Play; fell astean with his Toys in his Hand.
SWEET bahe! who, tired of mimic life,
Of gilded coaches, hurres, printed carts,
A MORNING THOUGHT,
ATTEND, 'my friend, let early birds inspire
Thy grov'ling inind with pure celestial fire..
AN EVENINC THOUGHT.
MINUTES and mercies multiplied,
Make up another day;
More fast, more sure than they!
S one of the Readers to whom Mr. Fuller has to frequently appealed,
I have already presumed to give in the result of my perusal and consideration of that gentleman's Third Letter. What, with your permission, I would remark upon, is the reasoning contained in his now Fourth.
1. Mr. Fuller would have his Readers consider “o all those passages of Scripture which describe the future states of men in contrast," as so many valid proofs of the strict eternity of hell torments, by which I understand that every wicked inan will for ever live, and be for ever in torment, without any end, or any abatement.
But I cannot perceive how this argument from contrast can possibly conclude any thing with certainty., I take contrast to be, in its own nature, indefinite and uncertain. Things very small
may be contrasted with things very large: day, throughout the year, may, in this climate, be compared with night; byt that conțrast will not prove that, through the year, day and night are, in this climate, equal. And, in like manner, punishment may be contrasted with reward; the happiness bestowed on holiness, with the misery consequent upon vice; yet, I think, such contrast affords no solid proof that a wicked man shall be miserable for exactly so long a period as a good man shall be happy.
The whole building of texts which Mr. F. has here erected must therefore fall, because the foundation rests upon the sand.
II. Mr., F. in the next place, desires his readers to receive “all those passages of Scripture which speak of the duration of future punishment by the terms everlasting, eternal, for ever, and for ever and ever,” as conclusive in favour of the doctrine of the eternity of hell torments, in the sense in which he understands that expression.
But this second argument cannot possibly be admitted as at all conclusive, until Mr.F. shall have clearly demonstrated that the specified terms are invariably used in Scripture in that sense in which Mr. F. would have his readers take thein.
Such a demonstration I hold to be impossible, and therefore reject Mr. F.'s argument as altogether inconclusive. And it appears to me that any person must entertain the same opinion, after an attentive consideration of the following passages of Scripture: Gen. xvii. 8. Num. x. 8. Gen. xlix. 26. Hab. ii. 6. i Sam. iii. 13. Exod. xxi. 6. Num. xxiv. 20. Deut. xiii. 16. Jude, 6, 7. Ps. xc. 2. Isaiah, xxvi. 4. Deut. xxxiii., 27. Whoever will be at the paiijs attentively to consider the terms everlasting, eternal. &c. which occur in these passages, will find that not the arbitrary affirmation of Mr. Fuller, or of any other man, but the nature of the object or event to which they are applied, must determine the extent of their signification.
I cannot, therefore, admit that this second argument concludes with certainty concerning the matter in dispute.
III. Mr. Fuller's next step is, for the purpose of inducing us, his Readers, to consider" All those passages of Scripture which express the duration of future punishment by implication, or by forms of speech which imply the doctrine in question," as conclusive in favour of the eternity of future puristiment
, in that sense in which he asserts it. . But if it is disputed whether there ate any plain express declarations in the Scriptures of that absolute eternity of 'hell torments for every human being who dies in his sins, which Mr. F. teaches and preaches, much less will any argument from implication, so dependent upon the mere fancy of the expositor, be, by any means, admitted as of the least solidity.
...:. : Shall I briefly ruri through Mr. F.'s enumeratiour of texts in support of this argument by implication? He who shall compare John, xvii. 9. with ver. 20 and 21 of the same chapter, will see a proof of what is abově asserted respeting the fancifulness of such an argument as this by implication, and at the same time an instance either of oversight in Mr. F. or of want of skill in Hebrew'idiom. For my own part, Mr. Editor, I should as soon deduce, by implication, the absolute'eternice of hell torments from these words; - God is the saviour of 61 men, especially of those that believe," as from Jolin, xvii 9.0"?> Q...
Matt. xii. 31, 32. proves the certainty of punishment to the personi whd should blaspheme the holy spirit, but says not that such person shall be eternally tormented. "Mark, üi. 29. is a repetition of the same.
How 1 John, v. 16. 'which asserts that there is a sir anto DIATÁ, proves that the sinner shall have eternal Life in hell torments, is, surely, not easy of comprehension.
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