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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.

THERE is but one way to form to ourselves a just and exact idea of the person of Jesus Christ. This is, to bring ourselves into a state in which we shall not profane the holy truth. If we succeed, (a condition without which God is forced to blind us,) we must then look attentively and impartially at the Old and New Testaments. The first of these conditions depends principally on individuals and on Him "who holds in his hand the heart of man ; but history is within the domain of criticism, and reasoning may be submitted to analysis. It is then under this last interesting point of view that we intend to perform a useful task. We hope to infuse into the spirits of our readers, some portion of the salutary convictions which, for some years, have been our sweetest consolation. We draw some hope of success from the career we have run; which has brought us to those points of view, from which we could perceive the strong and the weak sides of most of the philosophical and religious opinions in vogue in the nineteenth century. An idea of the language of nature, must necessarily arouse the curiosity of even those who are most indifferent on the subject of religion ; and that idea is the predominent one in our work. Yet, to shorten a work which may still be too serious for the frivolous tendency of the age, we shall confine ourselves principally to Saint John, the most sublime of the evangelists, only tracing back, occasionally, to these two principal sources, the most striking passages of the other extatic writers. Anticipating, on the other hand, the impatience of those readers who, before engaging in our dissertations, inquire what will be the result of the examination which we propose to make, we will here declare directly, that this examination may result for him as it has resulted for us—in the belief of the absolute divinity of Jesus Christ, and the thorough conviction that he who believes this, believes the whole truth. Such a promise is well worth the trouble of reading some pages with attention, even though it be previously known that the subject is to be Christianity. The distinction of truth into Christian. truth and philosophical truth, is an absurdity which should never have entered any well organized mind. We will inform the reader, then, that, when we began



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