kind of evidence, which they have a relish and respect for, they still hold out against the reception of the Gospel, this must aggravate the weight of the threatening which lies upon them; “How shall they escape, if they neglect so great a salvation ?"

It will be a great satisfaction to the writer of the following pages, if any shall rise from the perusal of them, with a strong. er determination than before to take his Christianity exclusively from his Bible. It is not enough to entitle a man to the name of a Christian, that he professes to believe the Bible to be a genuine communication from God. To be the disciple of any book, he must do something more than satisfy himself that its contents are true--he must read the book-he must obtain a knowledge of the contents. And how many are there in the world, who do not call the truth of the Bible message


ques. tion, while they suffer it to lie beside them unopened, unread, and unattended to!

WERE a verbal communication to comě to us from a person
at a distance, there are two ways in which we might try to sat.
isfy ourselves, that this was a true communication, and that
there was no imposition in the affair. We might either sit in
examination upon the substance of the message; and then from
what we knew of the person from whom it professed to come,
judge whether it was probable that such a message would be
sent by him; or we may sit in examination upon the credibility
of the

It is evident, that in carrying on the first examination, we

might be subject to very great uncertainty. The professed au.

thor of the communication in question may live at such a dis-

tance from us, that we may never have it in our power to veri.

fy his message by any personal conversation with him. We

may be so far ignorant of his character and designs, as to be

unqualified to judge of the kind of communication that should pro.

ceed from him. To estimate aright the probable authenticity of


message from what we know of its author, would require

an acquaintance with his plans, and views, and circumstances,

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