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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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HIEROGLYPHIC KEYS.

possibility for any created intelligence to reach God, except by means of the emblem of a man-God, or a God-man. Therefore, man is the true hieroglyphic of the Divinity ; a hieroglyphic, infinite in its details, even when man is considered only as a material form, since his material form itself, is but the emblem of his moral being.

II. SUN; HEAT, LIGHT. The truth which we have just declared must be perceived by every impartial mind, which will give it the slightest attention ; but men have not, generally, sought God in that most natural type, the perfection of human nature. Guided, probably, by the secret consciousness of the degradation of their own being, they have, almost invariably, begun by seeking God in an emblem of the second order, an inanimate emblem, and, on that account, less susceptible of degradation, but, also, less susceptible of a mere physical perfection ; we speak of the star of day. Indeed, all the inconceivable qualities, remarked in the Divine Being, are found typified almost as inconceivably in the sun. The sun in the firmament, that star always the same, that star always new, appears as one only, dazzling the eyes of mortals, infinite by its light, present to the whole earth, and the principle of life to all nature. Its two essential qualities, heat and light, also correspond, the former to love, the latter to truth. Mysterious fire ! in thy progress, as in the nature of thy rays, men know thee clearly, only by thy benefits. Everything in the world is nourished, formed, by thy substance, from the tenderest grass-blade to the hardest diamond. Hence the millions of hieroglyphics which any one may easily find. All the phenomena of reflected light, all the colors, preserve some distant relation with the moral world; from white, which represents complex truths, to black, which recalls the darkness of absolute ignorance; from scarlet, which casts the brilliancy of fire and flame, to the faintest violet, scarcely able to indicate the forms of objects. And this amazing comparison of dead light with spiritual light, may be carried into the mysteries of refraction and transmission. Light, in whatever way we view it, under whatever point of view we consider it, always answers to some variety of truth; and man's eye, the emblem of his soul, is really nourished by light, in the contemplation of the whole creation.

III. MAN; GOODNESS, SCIENCE. We have already, in our Introduction, said a word of man ; and, in the body of our work, will be found quite a detailed sketch of the numerous hieroglyphics of his different organs. We will say, then, simply, that all that can be remarked in the vegetable, instinctive, and animal parts of his being, is like-wise found in his moral being, and the former is but a detailed hieroglyphic of the latter. As the external man is constantly occupied in acquiring personal -qualities, and in amassing possessions which will make him respected in the world, so the immortal man is every moment acquiring the- celestial knowledges, and virtues, which render him worthy of the eternal society and those different metaphysical qualities are made perceptible, even in their least varieties, by the infinite hieroglyphics-of earthly acquisitions; hieroglyphics of which the substantial images will, necessarily, accompany man in his state of transformation ; what do I say? which probably accompany him in his present state, though unknown to him. Man, like all animals, may be viewed



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