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F Christianity was inconsistent # with true Politenes, or prejudicial
oś to real Happines, I should be ex***2 tremely injudicious, and inexcus. ably ungrateful, in presenting these Essays to your LADY ship. But as the Religion of jESUS is the grand Ornament of our Nature, and a Source of the sublimest Joy, the Purport of the following Pages, cannot be unworthy the Countenance and Protećtion of the A 2 most most accomplished Person. Neither can there be a Wish, more suitable to the Obligations or the Dićtates of a grateful Heart, than that You may experience what You read, and be what You patronize.
DID Religion consist in a formal Round of external Observances, or a forced Submission to some rigorous Austerities, I should not scruple to join with the Infidel and the Sensualist, to dread it in one View, and despise it in another. You need not be informed, MADAM, that it is as much superior to all such low and forbidding Singularities, as the Heavens are higher than the Earth. It is described by an Author, who learnt its Theory in the Regions of Paradise, and who displayed its Efficacy in his own most exemplary Conversation.—It is thus described by that incomparable Author; The Kingdom of God, is not Meat and Drink, but Righteousness, and Peace, and joy in the HOLT GHOST.
To be reconciled to the Omnipotent GOD —To be interested in the unsearchable Riches of CHRIST--To be renewed in our Hearts, and influenced in our Lives, by the sančtifying Operations of the Divine SPIRIT-This 1S
is evangelical Righteousness. This is genuine Religion. This, MADAM, is the Kingdom of GOD established in the Soul.—How benign and inviting is such an Institution How honourable and advantageous such a State' And from such Privileges, what other Effects can flow, but that Peace, which passeth all Understanding 2 That joy, which is unspeakable and
Is there any Thing in the Amusements of the Gay and Pursuits of the Ambitious, of greater, of equal, of comparable Value? Is not all that Wealth can purchase, all that Grandeur can bestow, somewhat like those glittering Bubbles, which when viewed are Emptings, . when grasped are Nothing # Whereas, the Comforts, the Benefits, the Hopes of Christianity, are at once supremely excellent, and infinitely durable. A Portion, suited to the Dignity of a rational Soul; large as its Faculties, and immortal as its Being.
All these Blessings are centered in CHRIST; were purchased by CHRIST; are communicated from CHRIST.—It is for want of know
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