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Address to the Youth on the remembrance of their Crea-
ON RELIGION IN GENERAL.
Universal Importance of Religion --The belief of God its first Principle. - The next, that of the Immortality of the Soul.--Universality of these Principles.- Arguments for them. — Faith their best support.
RELIGION is a subject which involves so much, both of the duty and interest of mankind, that there is no situation in life, which can exempt from the considerations and obligations it imposes on all men; or render superfluous those sources of enjoyment and consolation, which it affords to its true and humble possessors.
The first principle of religion is, the belief of a Supreme Being, distinguished by the name of GOD; a Being, who is the Original Creator of all things ; who hath all power in his hands; who is perfect in wisdom and knowledge; who is just and equal in all his ways; and whose tender mercies are over all his works. He knoweth our most secret actions, words, and thoughts ; for there is nothing hid from "Him, with whom we have to do.”
The next principle of religion is, the belief of the immortality of the soul, and of a future state of rewards and punishments, in which the great distinction will be made between the righteous and the wicked ; those inequalities which appear in this probationary state will be removed ;