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The True Messiah; or, The Old and New Testaments, Examined According to the Principles of the Language of Nature

Boston: E.P. Peabody, 1842


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INTRODUCTION.

It would be easy for us to make the same remarks upon a number of other natural emblems, which were familiar to Jesus Christ in his instructions; such as stone, sand, house, door, shepherd, sheep, tree, sun, moon, stars; by which it may be seen, beyond a doubt, that, even in his apparently most simple discourses, he always spoke the language of nature. Stone, to select that example, is God, the eternal rock, and the eternal truth; general principles, mother truths, are particular stones detached from this rock; a house, a temple, built with these stones, is a religious system perfectly consistent in all its parts; built upon the rock, your house is eternal as God; built upon the incoherent sand of human thoughts, the torrent of tribulations overturns it; a whole city, founded upon the rock, is a collection of regular and unshakeable systems; built upon a mountain, such a city enlightens a whole country; finally, built entirely of precious stones, that same city is the general union of all the divine truths which can work the salvation of the human race; in other words, it is the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.

We must, in consequence, know something of the language of nature; we must have studied the genius of it a little, before we can understand what the extatic men intended to say; and, for want of this science, Rome, as well as the other Christian societies, successively detached from her, by the increase of light, have very naturally misinterpreted the Gospel upon different points. Indeed, it would be miraculous if this were not the case. For, how could men but be misled, when they took, grossly and literally, the words Father, Son, eat, drink, go up, come down, send, in discourses in which the divine essence only is spoken of? The truths of salvation were unavoidably enveloped in a human language by Him who came out from eternal splendors to visit our obscure retreat; and, to have the pure gold and silver of doctrine and truth, we must know how to separate his language from the dross and the scoria'. The emblematic language is, as we have shown, founded upon the very nature of things; any other language would have been absurd in the mouth of God Redeemer. Discourses addressed to only a fraction of the creation of beings, would have been unworthy. of Jesus Christ. The language of nature, or the universal language, has advantages which no conventional one can unite. That alone can be rendered as rich and concise as the Creator judges necessary on occasion; that alone can be understood in the eternal society of the univer-

tack : nothing but the force of truth could wrest it from me. It will soon be seen that I also oppose, frequently and forcibly, not the Most Holy and Most Adorable Trinity, before which every created intelligence ought to be as nothing, but a Trinity of really distinct persons—and this without any hostile intention. I know that these two important points were so difficult to understand, without the knowledge of the language of nature, that all the errors into which they have led man-kind, are excusable. As God was triple, it was easy to believe him three, and not to love him the less for it. Jesus Christ, in the idea of transcendental philosphy, might be supposed to be placed entirely out of time and space, even considered as man ; and, therefore, some might easily persuade themselves of the possibility of eating, more or less really, the flesh of the Son of Man, and yet be very faithful and very loving Christians. In the eyes of the Lord, the zeal of the heart easily effaces the mistakes of the mind. And one proof that the errors we have mention. ed, though serious in themselves, could be tolerated till now, is, that Eternal Wis. dom has not seen fit to correct them sooner.



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