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whole Roman Army. The Relation there- SERM. I.
But this Argument for the Truth of Christianity falls under my next Head, and must be referved for another Difcourse.
Preached at the
Lady MOYER's Lecture.
On the Evidences of Christianity.
JOHN III. 2.
Rabbi, we know, that thou art a Teacher come from God: For no Man can do these Miracles, that thou doeft, except God be with him. bal
Have already proved in a former Dif-SERM. II. course, that Miracles may be fo circumftanced, as to be direct and decifive Evidences of a divine Power and CommiffionThat it was abfolutely impoffible the Apostles fhould be deceived themselves, as Witneffes of our Saviour's Miracles and their own,That it was morally impoffible
SERM. II. fible they fhould attempt to deceive others. The Subject of my prefent Difcourfe is to prove, that the Apoftles could not have deceived Mankind, if they would; nor have imposed a falfe Religion upon the World, by Virtue of a pretended Commif fion from Heaven.
If the Chriftian Religion, containing Doctrines unpalatable to Flesh and Blood, void of every Advantage, befides it's own internal Excellency, to recommend it, and clogged with a great many Incumbrances, could carry Conviction with it from Eaft to Weft, by fuch incompetent Inftruments, in fo short a Time, in Spite of the most refolved Oppofition If this Plant, from a flender Appearance at firft, grew, and waxed a great Tree, when no kindly Sunshine of worldly Power yet fmiled upon it; nay, when the Inclemency of the Season beat hard against it; the Growth of it was undoubtedly marvellous.
It is granted, that in Matters of pure Speculation, the Bulk of Mankind may be, and often are, deceived; because they have not Leifure or Capacity, to unravel studied Sophiftry, and nicely to diftinguish between what is plaufible, and what is folid and fubftantial:
fubftantial: But the Cafe is different as to SM. II.