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of REASON, the individual was unable to withstand the seductions of the inclinations, and that consequently SENSE obtained the predominance. Hence the Fall of Man! The second part of this “Sacred History” amply redeems this fatal overthrow. For here the second Adam, who is tempted in a wilderness, entirely vanquishes his enemy—the bad passions of the fleshand is the quickening spirit; for, by the efforts of his Reason, the nóyos incarnate, he so purified himself from sensible gratifications, that he completely vanquished the arch-enemy of mankind. Thus did Christ redeem the world by displaying that obedience to the WORD OF God, the abyos, that the whole force of the inclinations of the flesh were unable to draw him from his duty; and thus did he complete the great work of Atonement. This affecting history affords a proof of the possibility of Reason obtaining the supremacy over SENSE. This is the state of cultivated REASON.

The moral extracted from this 6 HISTORY” will last

as long as there are human beings to appreciate its value; while it is doubtful if any two particles of the material on which Moses recorded his momentous story are still in contact. A sufficient proof that the

. moral, the DOCTRINE, is the permanent part of the

never recur.

“Book,” because even the component parts, or its sub

" stantial particles, may fade away, while the “Moralityof the Book endures for ever. Nay, with respect to the facts which it records, each individually could only have occurred at one precise point of Time, and can

It would afford abundant information to the existing generation to have it proved that the serpent really talked, and actually told Eve to give Adam the apple that he might consummate his own condemnation. But, all the researches of the most erudite will never be able to produce a fact about which there cannot be two opinions. History is, therefore, the ground of disagreement, while DocTRINE is the ground of perfect unanimity.

The History of our Saviour, his humble birth, his ministry, and even the heart-rending recital of his crucifixion, though they convey a very affecting and most instructive moral, were each of them evanescent circumstances, about which no absolute proof can be afforded at the present day. Was there darkness over the land from the sixth till the ninth hour Was the veil of the temple rent from the top to the bottom ? Is it in the power of man to vouch for what has occurred nearly two thousand years ago ? And, if ascertained to


the perfect conviction of the querist, what doctrinal point is gained by this decision ? If Adam was at all acquainted with the properties of the circle, he must have been fully aware, as it is generated by the motion of a line round one of its ends, that all the lines from the centre to the circumference must be equal. Such is the case at the present day; and so will it remain as long as human minds exist to contemplate circles. The difference between “ HISTORY” and “DOCTRINE,' with regard to its proofs, is perfectly distinct. The former never can reach higher than possibility and probability; while the latter affords a conviction, whose contrary is impossible.

The blue sphere in the centre of our Diagram has now fully performed its office, by representing the evervarying tablets on which are recorded the evanescent sensations that are constantly obtruding themselves on the senses. Thus it stands for a general representation of all “HISTORY,” from the creation to the destruction of the world, whose characteristic is essentially marked by the things spoken of being of an extended form, and in a constant state of change, till the matter of which they are composed has lost all its tenacity, and assumed new forms the oak and the acorn. Can this statement of the case be at all impugned? Are not the feelings which have passed through the eye and the ear, and been confirmed by the touch, the proper elements of HISTORY, recording the action of matter upon matter; and is not this discourse, the WORD OF Man, communicated to man ? Thus much for mundane affairs !

The numerous yellow rays · feeble emblem of ETERNITY — which circumscribe the finite circle of TIME, will have also done their duty in symbolizing the abode of infinite spirits, and representing the depository of departed souls, as well as while these very souls are doomed to be members of both spheres. Here, also, exist all those permanent and pure principles, which are guides for our moral conduct, the most distinguished among which is the Moral LAW. Whosoever strictly follows the dictates of the moral law, which God has planted in the Reason of man, does the will of his Father who is in heaven; and, by

n this faith in the perfect truth of the “REVELATION" of his Son Jesus Christ, is not only made a partaker of God's spiritual kingdom, but has also secured his eternal salvation. Thus, in imitation of our great prototype, he may be said to have buried the man of sin, and is regenerated unto righteousness. This double nature of man is the only ground of possibility for the exercise of VIRTUE. For, without the inclinations on the one hand, and our moral duties on the other, there could be no contest, consequently no VICTORY. How, then, can Virtue, which is an affair of spirit with spirit, ever be looked for among the changeable phenomena of nature, where instinct alone holds absolute sway, defying all freedom ? — But is the soul an inhabitant of this restricted sphere? No! it revels in ETERNITY, enjoying the unlimited purity of its nature with the most perfect freedom. So that man, armed with the invincible panoply of Reason, may defy the whole world of SENSE, even in single combat. Here is proof, abundant and demonstrative proof, of the purity and divinity of the DOCTRINE contained in the “ Sacred Volume" — the nóyos, as Christ calls himself, when teaching the WILL OF HIS FATHER, who is in heaven for our souls already form part of that kingdom of spirits which are to inhabit the world to come — thus, through Christ are we assured of the resurrection and the life everlasting. How, then, dare man presume to judge the motives of his fellow-man, when he perceives by this display that they are merely the spiritual influence

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