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mtainly most prudent to incline to the Volume fafeft side of the question. Supposing XII. the reasons for, and against the
Principles of Religion, were equal, yet the danger and liazard is so unequal, as would sway a prudent Man to the affirmative. Suppose a Man believe there is no God, nor life after this; and suppose he be in the right, but not certain that he is, (for that Íam sure in this case is imposlible;) all the advantage he hath by this Opinion, relates only to this World and this present time : for he cannot be the better for it when he is not. Now what advantage will it be to him in this life ? He shall have the môre liberty to do what he pleaseth; that is, it furnisheth him with a stronger temptation to be intemperate, and lustful, and unjust; that is, to do those things which prejudice his Body and his Health, which cloud his Reason, and darken his Understanding, which will make him Enemies in the World, and will bring him into danger. . So that it is no Advantage to any Man to be vicious: and yet this is the greatest use that is made of Atheistical Plinci
ples; to comfort men in their vici-
Secondly, To perswade men to be-
piness, and sufficiently revealed to Volume them the way to it, and the terms XII. and conditions of it? Now let any
Man produce any Book in the World,
with; let any Man bring forth such
Sermon believe it as soon as the Bible. But
VI. if there be none such, as I am well assur'd there is not, then every one that thinks God hath revealed himself to men, ought to embrace and entertain the Doctrine i of the Holy Scriptures, as revealed by God.
And now having presented men
shall see cause, after a thorow search Volume and examination. XII.
If any Man will offer a serious Argument againft any of the Principles of Religion, and will debate the matter soberly, as one that confiders the infinite consequences of these things one way or other, and would gladly be satisfied, he deserves to be heard what he can say: But if a Man will turn Religion into raillery, and confute it by two or three bold jests; he doth not make Religion, but himself ridiculous, in the opinion of all considerate men; because he sports with his life.
So that it concerns every Man that would not trifle away his Soul, and and fool himself into irrecoverable misery, with the greatest seriousness to enquire into these things, whether they be fo or no, and patiently to conlider the Arguments that are brought for them.
And when you are examining these matters, do not take into con