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A30855 Religion and reason adjusted and accorded, or, A discourse wherein divine revelation is made appear to be a congruous and connatural way of affording proper means for making man eternally happy through the perfecting of his rational nature with an appendix of objections from divers as well as philosophers as divines and their respective answers. Banks, R. R. (Richard R.) 1688 (1688) Wing B671; ESTC R23639 152,402 381

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the_o world_n who_o shall_v leave_v it_o with_o such_o a_o habitual_a affection_n at_o length_n to_o beatitude_n sect._n 12._o par._n 1_o 2_o 3_o 4._o but_o if_o the_o choice_n be_v make_v against_o right_a reason_n in_o value_v the_o enjoyment_n of_o the_o creature_n above_o the_o enjoyment_n of_o god_n or_o in_o fix_v the_o heart_n desire_v on_o earthly_a vanity_n as_o the_o chief_a delight_n thereof_o it_o will_v bring_v upon_o every_o one_o depart_v this_o life_n habitual_o so_o affect_v everlasting_a misery_n yet_o such_o as_o be_v nothing_o else_o but_o a_o effect_n or_o necessary_a result_n immediate_o flow_v from_o the_o continuance_n in_o and_o persuance_n of_o their_o own_o foolish_a choice_n make_v in_o their_o life-time_n sect._n 7._o par._n 1_o 2_o 3_o 4_o 5._o and_o how_o plain_o equitable_a be_v it_o that_o their_o condition_n shall_v not_o be_v less_o miserable_a than_o the_o measure_n of_o their_o own_o desire_n whether_o for_o degree_n or_o duration_n shall_v make_v 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effectualness_n of_o his_o prayer_n object_n 4._o forgiveness_n of_o sin_n be_v a_o thing_n necessary_a to_o salvation_n but_o what_o absolute_a certainty_n be_v there_o that_o every_o one_o that_o beg_v the_o pardon_n of_o it_o how_o unfeigned_o fervent_o and_o constant_o soever_o he_o do_v it_o shall_v obtain_v remission_n thereof_o when_o it_o be_v whole_o in_o god_n power_n and_o pleasure_n whether_o he_o will_v pardon_v the_o same_o or_o no_o solut._n since_o sin_n be_v a_o aversion_n from_o god_n and_o a_o conversion_n to_o the_o creature_n sect_n 8._o par_fw-fr 3_o 4_o 5._o when_o the_o heart_n be_v true_o convert_v to_o god_n from_o the_o love_n of_o the_o world_n and_o real_o and_o stead_n fast_o prefer_v the_o fruition_n of_o he_o before_o the_o enjoyment_n of_o worldly_a pleasure_n mortal_a sin_n be_v expel_v out_o of_o the_o soul_n and_o take_v away_o and_o consequent_o the_o penalty_n thereof_o eternal_a damnation_n be_v quit_v and_o void_v the_o forsake_v of_o sin_n and_o the_o pardon_n of_o sin_n go_v always_o of_o necessity_n together_o sect_n 11._o par_fw-fr 6_o 7_o 8._o whence_o it_o be_v manifest_a that_o since_o he_o who_o in_o sincerity_n of_o heart_n crave_v pardon_n of_o his_o sin_n and_o strive_v in_o prayer_n to_o god_n with_o fervency_n and_o constancy_n of_o devotion_n for_o the_o same_o will_n continue_v so_o to_o do_v abhor_v his_o former_a transgression_n and_o leave_v off_o his_o sinful_a manner_n of_o life_n turn_v by_o true_a repentance_n unto_o god_n and_o take_v delight_n in_o he_o as_o his_o sole_a supreme_a good_a it_o be_v manifest_a i_o say_v that_o unfeigned_a fervent_a and_o frequent_a prayer_n do_v evermore_o obtain_v remission_n of_o sin._n nor_o do_v this_o at_o all_o gainsay_v that_o absolute_a verity_n that_o god_n only_o forgive_v sin_n see_v he_o alone_o both_o institute_v the_o mean_n which_o take_v away_o sin_n and_o give_v they_o also_o virtue_n to_o do_v it_o but_o to_o think_v that_o god_n ever_o withhold_v his_o mercy_n and_o kindness_n when_o man_n be_v immediate_o dispose_v by_o due_a preparation_n to_o receive_v they_o be_v a_o gross_a opinion_n vilify_a the_o nature_n of_o god_n who_o be_v essential_a goodness_n and_o repugnant_a to_o plain_a scripture_n which_o assure_v we_o that_o when_o the_o wicked_a man_n turn_v away_o from_o his_o wickedness_n that_o he_o have_v commit_v and_o do_v that_o which_o be_v lawful_a and_o right_a he_o shall_v save_v his_o soul_n alive_a ezek._n 18._o 27._o yea_o we_o have_v truth_n itself_o verify_v and_o sweet_o insinuate_v unto_o we_o from_o his_o own_o sacred_a mouth_n how_o ready_a god_n be_v to_o embrace_v man_n return_v to_o he_o by_o the_o comfortable_a parable_n of_o the_o prodigal_a son_n who_o repent_v of_o his_o riotous_a wicked_a live_n the_o father_n receive_v with_o as_o free_a and_o kind_a a_o heart_n as_o if_o he_o have_v never_o in_o the_o least_o go_v astray_o nor_o once_o do_v amiss_o luke_n 15._o but_o nevertheless_o it_o be_v very_o dangerous_a to_o defer_v the_o use_n of_o mean_n which_o lead_v to_o repentance_n even_o omit_v the_o consideration_n of_o the_o hazard_n of_o sudden_a death_n and_o that_o habit_n the_o long_o they_o continue_v stick_v the_o close_o not_o only_o because_o without_o that_o there_o be_v no_o repentance_n unless_o miraculous_o wrought_v which_o it_o be_v great_a impiety_n to_o presume_v upon_o but_o also_o because_o when_o man_n lie_v sick_a and_o in_o pain_n their_o affliction_n though_o it_o may_v cause_v remorse_n for_o sin_n will_v not_o especial_o if_o it_o be_v smart_a and_o pungent_a permit_v they_o to_o exercise_v prayer_n as_o it_o ought_v to_o be_v and_o consequent_o the_o habit_n of_o charity_n not_o get_v thereby_o they_o will_v die_v in_o their_o sin_n object_n 5._o by_o the_o account_n that_o have_v be_v give_v of_o prayer_n it_o shall_v seem_v to_o be_v a_o vain_a thing_n to_o pray_v for_o other_o because_o our_o prayer_n for_o they_o work_v not_o on_o their_o affection_n as_o they_o be_v apt_a to_o do_v on_o our_o own_o and_o yet_o it_o be_v a_o duty_n enjoin_v we_o to_o pray_v for_o a_o neighbour_n as_o well_o as_o for_o ourselves_o solut._n although_o we_o do_v not_o always_o profit_v other_o in_o pray_v for_o they_o yet_o we_o constant_o benefit_v ourselves_o in_o the_o hearty_a do_v of_o it_o for_o whilst_o we_o earnest_o desire_v their_o spiritual_a or_o eternal_a good_a the_o only_a thing_n to_o be_v absolute_o pray_v for_o par._n 4._o we_o can_v choose_v but_o be_v affect_v thereby_o towards_o that_o which_o we_o wish_v for_o they_o and_o therefore_o the_o commandment_n give_v to_o pray_v for_o our_o neighbour_n be_v not_o in_o vain_a albeit_o our_o prayer_n shall_v do_v he_o no_o good_a for_o if_o every_o man_n in_o the_o world_n shall_v often_o and_o cordial_o pray_v for_o every_o other_o man_n as_o he_o ought_v to_o do_v every_o one_o alive_o will_v have_v benefit_n in_o pray_v for_o his_o neighbour_n by_o augment_v his_o own_o love_n both_o to_o god_n and_o man_n thereby_o but_o beside_o the_o prayer_n of_o the_o faithful_a do_v always_o profit_v their_o neighbour_n in_o due_a circumstance_n for_o in_o case_n he_o be_v true_o penitent_a and_o earnest_o crave_v the_o prayer_n of_o some_o holy_a person_n or_o of_o the_o church_n the_o prayer_n offer_v to_o god_n for_o he_o will_v undoubted_o do_v he_o good_a whilst_o his_o opinion_n of_o their_o piety_n and_o consequent_o of_o their_o favour_n with_o god_n will_v encourage_v his_o trust_n and_o confidence_n in_o god_n mercy_n for_o their_o prayer_n sake_n and_o thence_o elevate_v his_o affection_n to_o god_n for_o the_o hope_n of_o mercy_n and_o kindness_n from_o god_n and_o affection_n to_o god_n go_v still_o hand_n in_o hand_n and_o mutual_o of_o necessity_n strengthen_v each_o other_o yea_o though_o there_o be_v no_o request_n make_v by_o the_o party_n pray_v for_o the_o prayer_n of_o the_o godly_a when_o perform_v with_o very_o great_a ardency_n &_o constancy_n of_o devotion_n as_o the_o prayer_n of_o the_o pious_a mother_n monica_n for_o her_o son_n augustine_n be_v will_v undoubted_o obtain_v their_o desire_a event_n because_o in_o that_o they_o be_v for_o certain_a the_o effect_n of_o the_o special_a grace_n of_o god_n they_o can_v fail_v of_o a_o happy_a issue_n lest_o otherwise_o god_n own_o work_n continue_v in_o shall_v not_o have_v the_o event_n which_o it_o design_o by_o the_o divine_a favour_n tend_v to_o object_n 6._o miracle_n have_v be_v obtain_v by_o prayer_n which_o because_o they_o interrupt_v the_o course_n of_o natural_a cause_n institute_v by_o god_n seem_v to_o import_v a_o change_n in_o god_n mind_n which_o have_v be_v say_v to_o be_v immutable_a or_o however_o that_o the_o influence_n such_o prayer_n have_v be_v whole_o upon_o god_n and_o not_o at_o all_o upon_o man._n
solut._n that_o god_n be_v immutable_a have_v be_v prove_v sect._n 1_o par._n 8._o and_o therefore_o his_o change_v the_o course_n of_o nature_n can_v true_o import_v no_o change_n in_o he_o that_o which_o may_v right_o be_v infer_v from_o thence_o be_v only_o this_o that_o god_n from_o eternity_n determine_v the_o same_o shall_v be_v do_v in_o time_n when_o occasion_n require_v which_o because_o it_o can_v never_o happen_v on_o god_n account_n for_o any_o good_a that_o may_v redound_v thereby_o to_o himself_o when_o ever_o miracle_n be_v wrought_v they_o be_v always_o do_v for_o the_o good_a and_o benefit_n of_o men._n and_o in_o regard_n nothing_o be_v true_o good_a and_o beneficial_a to_o they_o but_o holiness_n and_o the_o fruit_n thereof_o everlasting_a life_n sect._n 14._o the_o intent_n of_o work_a miracle_n be_v to_o cause_v holiness_n in_o their_o heart_n in_o order_n to_o the_o bring_v they_o to_o eternal_a bliss_n and_o forasmuch_o as_o holiness_n be_v not_o wrought_v in_o the_o heart_n but_o by_o instruction_n and_o motive_n sect._n 9_o par_fw-fr 4._o miracle_n be_v intend_v for_o the_o confirmation_n of_o the_o truth_n of_o some_o doctrine_n requisite_a for_o direct_v the_o understanding_n or_o for_o afford_v motive_n to_o incline_v the_o will_n to_o virtue_n or_o for_o both_o at_o such_o certain_a time_n and_o on_o such_o occasion_n when_o the_o constant_a course_n of_o providence_n and_o usual_a series_n of_o cause_n appoint_v by_o god_n to_o draw_v man_n from_o the_o love_n of_o worldly_a vanity_n and_o sinful_a lust_n to_o the_o sincere_a love_n of_o himself_o general_o fail_v of_o effect_v it_o not_o only_o in_o those_o who_o through_o perverseness_n of_o will_n but_o in_o other_o also_o who_o by_o reason_n of_o the_o imbecility_n of_o corrupt_a nature_n can_v be_v win_v thereby_o for_o as_o to_o the_o former_a sort_n neither_o the_o ordinary_a nor_o extraordinary_a working_n of_o god_n unless_o in_o a_o juncture_n perhaps_o of_o some_o press_a circumstance_n use_v to_o work_v a_o reformation_n in_o they_o as_o be_v apparent_a by_o the_o example_n of_o korah_n dathan_n and_o abiram_n oppose_v and_o revile_v moses_n and_o aaron_n and_o of_o those_o jew_n who_o hear_v christ_n doctrine_n see_v his_o holy_a life_n and_o behold_v his_o miracle_n of_o wonder_n and_o mercy_n and_o yet_o will_v not_o receive_v he_o but_o barbarous_o and_o ungrateful_o prosecute_v he_o to_o death_n as_o miracle_n we_o have_v see_v be_v do_v for_o the_o benefit_n of_o man_n so_o be_v it_o likewise_o out_o of_o design_n for_o their_o good_a that_o the_o wisdom_n and_o goodness_n of_o god_n order_v they_o to_o be_v do_v at_o the_o instance_n of_o some_o or_o other_o holy_a person_n or_o with_o reference_n to_o he_o for_o that_o man_n who_o holy_a life_n be_v know_v and_o observe_v by_o the_o people_n shall_v be_v concern_v about_o the_o work_n of_o miracle_n be_v requisite_a on_o this_o account_n that_o notice_n may_v be_v take_v of_o the_o great_a and_o special_a regard_n the_o almighty_a have_v to_o holiness_n which_o otherwise_o they_o will_v not_o have_v understand_v however_o not_o by_o far_o so_o well_o and_o by_o consequence_n the_o miracle_n do_v will_v have_v have_v small_a or_o no_o influence_n on_o they_o more_o than_o to_o have_v cause_v astonishment_n or_o admiration_n and_o so_o have_v miss_v of_o their_o due_a and_o design_a end_n of_o be_v instrumental_a mean_n of_o lead_v man_n to_o the_o love_n of_o truth_n and_o virtue_n for_o the_o gain_n of_o everlasting_a bliss_n object_n 7._o there_o be_v nothing_o say_v in_o all_o this_o discourse_n of_o prayer_n or_o the_o other_o mention_v mean_n of_o beatitude_n of_o the_o power_n of_o the_o holy_a ghost_n without_o which_o notwithstanding_o all_o other_o help_v be_v not_o able_a to_o work_v a_o through_o amendment_n of_o life_n to_o salvation_n solut._n it_o be_v ready_o grant_v that_o without_o the_o power_n of_o the_o spirit_n of_o god_n all_o help_n and_o mean_n whatsoever_o be_v ineffectual_a to_o the_o obtain_n of_o felicity_n but_o in_o the_o right_a use_n of_o the_o mean_n the_o power_n of_o the_o holy_a ghost_n be_v evermore_o suppose_a to_o be_v present_a for_o since_o christ_n ascension_n into_o heaven_n all_o the_o aid_n and_o mean_n of_o salvation_n be_v order_v and_o apply_v by_o his_o holy_a spirit_n who_o he_o promise_v to_o send_v after_o his_o departure_n to_o abide_v with_o the_o church_n but_o to_o assert_v that_o all_o the_o mean_n which_o god_n the_o father_n appoint_v god_n the_o son_n prepare_v and_o god_n the_o holy_a ghost_n make_v application_n of_o to_o particular_a person_n shall_v real_o work_v nothing_o will_v be_v too_o absurd_a to_o suppose_v any_o rational_a person_n guilty_a of_o for_o in_o case_n they_o work_v or_o effect_v nothing_o to_o what_o purpose_n be_v their_o use_n or_o wherefore_o do_v christ_n undergo_v what_o he_o do_v both_o in_o life_n and_o death_n to_o prepare_v they_o and_o cause_v his_o disciple_n also_o to_o publish_v they_o to_o the_o daily_a hazard_n and_o at_o length_n the_o loss_n of_o life_n but_o if_o any_o thing_n be_v effect_v by_o they_o in_o what_o be_v their_o effective_a virtue_n terminate_v do_v they_o not_o reach_v the_o understanding_n to_o convince_v it_o nor_o the_o will_n to_o incline_v it_o if_o not_o whence_o be_v man_n conversion_n wrought_v if_o you_o say_v that_o the_o spirit_n of_o god_n come_v after_o the_o mean_v use_v and_o cause_n by_o his_o own_o immediate_a operation_n the_o conversion_n make_v in_o the_o soul_n you_o attribute_v that_o to_o god_n which_o can_v be_v true_o affirm_v of_o he_o for_o since_o he_o be_v a_o pure_a essential_a act_n and_o that_o whatever_o be_v in_o god_n be_v god_n sect._n 1_o par._n 9_o and_o 11._o it_o be_v not_o possible_a that_o he_o shall_v effect_v any_o thing_n save_v only_o by_o will_v it_o without_o any_o physical_a action_n operation_n or_o emanation_n issue_v from_o he_o and_o terminate_v in_o the_o object_n whether_o the_o effect_n be_v to_o be_v bring_v about_o with_o or_o without_o mean_n for_o if_o it_o be_v to_o be_v bring_v about_o without_o mean_n it_o unavoidable_o follow_v from_o god_n sole_a willing_a of_o it_o as_o the_o creation_n do_v there_o be_v no_o need_n nor_o use_v of_o any_o thing_n beside_o to_o produce_v it_o but_o if_o mean_n be_v appoint_v by_o god_n to_o be_v use_v then_o will_v not_o the_o effect_n follow_v without_o the_o use_n of_o the_o mean_v appoint_v they_o immediate_o yet_o but_o instrumental_o produce_v it_o by_o virtue_n of_o the_o principal_a cause_n which_o employ_v and_o invigorate_v they_o to_o that_o end_n or_o will_n that_o the_o effect_n shall_v be_v bring_v to_o pass_v by_o they_o if_o it_o be_v urge_v that_o christ_n himself_o say_v none_o can_v come_v unto_o i_o unless_o the_o father_n which_o have_v send_v i_o draw_v he_o john_n 6._o 44._o i_o answer_v by_o grant_v the_o infallible_a truth_n thereof_o but_o withal_o deny_v that_o it_o can_v be_v gather_v from_o thence_o that_o who_o the_o father_n draw_v he_o draw_v they_o not_o by_o mean_n there_o be_v no_o mention_n make_v of_o the_o manner_n of_o his_o draw_v yea_o be_v it_o not_o plain_a that_o the_o father_n draw_v man_n to_o christ_n by_o mean_n of_o a_o voice_n from_o heaven_n when_o he_o say_v this_o be_v my_o belove_a son_n in_o who_o i_o be_o well_o please_v hear_v you_o he_o matth._n 17._o 5._o and_o what_o be_v the_o work_n but_o mean_v to_o draw_v man_n to_o believe_v in_o christ_n which_o he_o speak_v of_o to_o the_o jew_n say_n if_o i_o do_v not_o the_o work_v of_o my_o father_n believe_v i_o not_o but_o if_o i_o do_v though_o you_o believe_v not_o i_o believe_v the_o work_n john_n 10._o 37_o 38._o in_o a_o word_n since_o god_n send_v his_o son_n into_o the_o world_n that_o whosoever_o believe_v on_o he_o shall_v not_o perish_v but_o have_v everlasting_a life_n it_o be_v manifest_a that_o every_o thing_n our_o bless_a saviour_n either_o teach_v do_v or_o suffer_v whereby_o man_n be_v induce_v to_o believe_v and_o trust_v in_o he_o for_o salvation_n be_v a_o mean_n by_o which_o the_o father_n draw_v they_o unto_o christ_n object_n 8._o if_o the_o mean_n of_o salvation_n through_o the_o power_n of_o the_o spirit_n of_o god_n assist_v they_o be_v the_o cause_n thereof_o why_o be_v not_o all_o man_n save_v to_o who_o salvation_n be_v tender_v and_o the_o mean_n conducible_a thereunto_o apply_v solut._n as_o a_o material_a instrument_n can_v effectual_o work_v on_o matter_n not_o qualify_v to_o be_v wrought_v upon_o as_o for_o instance_n a_o knife_n can_v cut_v brass_n or_o iron_n asunder_o but_o a_o straw_n or_o stick_v it_o can_v so_o the_o mean_n of_o salvation_n hold_v forth_o by_o the_o gospel_n though_o be_v
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