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1.1., 23,"??*** is but the legitimate effect-the one IM.., -- their obedience ; and pain, of their vio
-34 these conequences of pleasure and pain, law *.ces, and therfure useless. To secure happi"Sot etering, is the one specific object, and coair a; rarion, of every law of our being; and in 2...nt desirable result, their wise and benevo
: :us that happiness the necessary and the inva.docrince of their obedience, and misery the certain
Oot vracti»n. Of what use or value this ar9:-:::w.cirept to promote happiness ? -just seen to
-a: fail creation. *O2- all been productive of pleasure only, half
4. woud be wanting; but now, not only : 29:-1!.'y bestow, sweetly allure and entice us on
the soledince, but the diresul penalties conL. Otstan, drive us, even compel us, and with pod op t..an any other means possibly could do, to
:. mar lates. Pain is certainly painful; and
od drinkeliul. Man has a constitutional love saa altraction for it; but unhappiness is poison
...ff at thun, so that he instinctively avoids it.
**** ntiju.g back in the very nature of things, LI! wen, man's nature is based, and to which this ro:;:0.1*s alapted. Without happiness, our nature
. Without pain, it must be without happipo ogr no pain to warn us that we were violating *.1 D.: 2, we should ignorantiy and unconscious
sre a thousand times over, if that were possi. él.a;at trei no pain in violating the physical
24:212.d in conversation, I might lean or sit ID 19, ad turn tuyil to a crap; or unconscious .. to.. es rath, and in countiess way's mutilate PE... Aus) of mind, if it could expetusice
Low: a penalty atta bird to its violauon, is o pogo- ir of sand and the inore certain and fear.
27. mare sa'uable the law. Man is capacita1,34;n is the first powerful enforcer of obrdi. .... , : C8. Wally, promoter of happiness, that
even a God could invent. And this two-fold contrivance of rewards and punishments, the former to entice, the latter to enforce, obedience to law, so wise, so perfectly calculated every way, to secure man's highest good, could have been prompted only by Infinite Benevolence, and arranged only by Infinite Wisdom.
Be it remembered, then, by every member of the human family, that " affliction cometh not forth of the dust;" nor doth pleasure spring up ont of the ground. Be it remembered, that every pain we feel is caused-is the legitimate, the necessary, the inevitable consequence of the infraction of some law of our being; and that every pleasure we experience, flows naturally and necessarily from law obeyed. Be it remenbered, that there is no possibility of obeying or violating any law whatever without producing these results. No pain was erer sent by God-no blessing was ever bestowed, except in obedience to unalterable law! And be it further remembered, that, in just that proportion in which we obey the mental and physical laws, in just that proportion shall we necessarily be happy; and in exact proportion as we suffor, in that proportion have we broken them, or sinned. Our enjoyments and sutlerings are the thermometers of our righteousness and sinfulness. Those who sufer most, have sinned most, and those who are the most happy are the most holy-happy or miserable because they are holy or sinful, and in exact proportion—as er. act as the God of heaven can mete them out. And let it also be remembered, as a necessary consequence, that by avoiding all violation of law, we shall escape all suffering of every kind ; and that, by obeying all the laws of our nature, we shall become perfectly happy-as happy as it is possible for our nature to become or to endure; and full, to overflowing, with unminiged enjoyment, unalloyed bliss !
Nor are these laws a sealed book to man. They do not lie hidden in labyrinthian mazes, ready to spring upon him like a snake in the grass, or a tiger from his lair. Such a supposition charges God foolishly, is derogatory to man, and would render those laws comparatively useless. No. They are open, plain, and lighted up by the full blaze of the noon-day sun. Nor need they ever be mistaken. No mist, no uncera! Te any of them. If even brutes understand :**.the heal.3 sufficiently to apply them so as to en
3.- t.an, with all his powers of reason and obser..2:13.b. krenness of sensation, is able, not merely to .35.- azis dark'y, but to read clearly and fully, eve
b. b.1.3, every condition of enjoyment, every oc
Papai..y of understanding these Laws, God has
*25. the power of applying them. Not only ER : 1., but he can reach them-can apply means
hosily produce almost any result he desires. indicatie of augmenting his own happiness, as
...: a few.mn; and also of causing an incon
=t of sufering, both to himself, and to those
.::--Erory law awards and executes itself. To obey :...", y the blessings secured by that law. To
:) II.C'Ir ils penales. In the very act of obe1.1.3 pasure ; and in and with the transgres..!. pornaiy. No escape, no evasion of either,
:!, throuzh God's vast domain. Obedience us ar invparably linked together; and sin and ir .:. : in hand throughout the universe. Neither
w;ated from its mate. :: LT, all enjoyment flows in the direct line of ...., and ai sustining bears a close analogy to that
The pleasure is like the obedience, and * BÅrs of the same cast and character with the
T...-In and by transgressing the laws of .. "X; 41. tre pain, and pain too, grouring out of 170813%, arrl in the direct line of that transgression;
: ::1:2's the stomach, corrupts the blood, and proes... department of our nature and in its depen.
:!::::.. all the results of eating, and susiplanting P.IV of pleasures by analogous pains. S), the
1:. law of Amaliveness, oracions the trans•:17 on the social department, and all its ramifica.
:., in ppp-srt::n to the transgression, his ..; 21.", atud ailti.ne degblant thereon, and proportionally inducing domestic misery. Though the libertine, and those who trifle with the social relations, may reap pleasure from whatever other laws they obey, yet they never need expect to enjoy domestic happiness; for their transgression incapacitates them therefor. Whosoever violates the law that governs Acquisitiveness by hoarding up immense wealth, or by obtaining money dishonestly-by fraud, by gambling, by murder, &c.—will surely suffer in the matter of money, and on account of it. Ill-gotten gain poisons all who touch it. Did a gambler, or a robber, ever enjoy the money thus gotten? The very fact that he obtained it unjustly, renders it a curse to him, and to all who inherit it. Those who make money very easily, say by speculation, or by great profits, that is, who obtain possession of money without actually earning it, do not, and can not, enjoy it. “Easy come, easy go," applies to them. Making it so easily and rapidly, they spend it freely and for unnecessary and injurions gratifications, by which their health is injured, their morals are depraved, and their offspring generally ruined. Take care how you make money too easily, however legally, and by means used however generally. “ Honesty is policy." Those who earn their money by the sweat of their brow, besides enjoying even the making of it, know whence it comes, use it frugally, and are never surfeited with luxuries. To make money honestly, that is, not to cheat for it, nor to speculate for it, nor even to trade for it, but to earn it, is the only way to enjoy it." In like manner, every law of our nature, not only both punishes its own infraction and rewards its own obedience, but also, exactly in the footsteps of both.
llence, then, it can not be difficult to trace all the ills of mankind-public and private, mental and physical, collective and individual—directly and certainly to their causes; that is,
* Hience laborers-farmers, and those who erork for what they haveare the most happy beings on earth-the most healthy, talented, and vir. tuous: but those who live by their wits are generally sickly, luxurious, sinful, and miserable. So, also, the rich are generally miserable. Their riches make them so, because they violate the law of nature, in the very act of amassing great wealth. “Wo unto the rich," saith the law of man's nature.
€3,1ment would be cut off, and life itself soon cease. Causaty was created, not only to produce the richest harvest of peisure in studying the laws and operations of nature, but aso, that we might adapt ways and means to ends, and secure Our own highest good by applying the laws of causation to te production of whatever results we might desire. The leZrinate function of Language is to furnish a world of pleasure, merely in the act of talking, and then to add to it that ixthaustible fountain of happiness which flows from impartilz and receiving knowledge, ideas, motives for action,&c., and in reading, in hearing lectures, sermons, &c., &c. Memory ecab'es us to recollect what gave us pleasure, and what pain. dat we might repeat the fornier and avoid the latter; that we ..ght remember faces, places, numbers, &c., and recall our kowiedze at pleasure, so as to apply it to beneficial purposes. Vegration naturally gives us pleasure, both in worshipping CJ, and in those holy, purifying influences which prayer skais abroad in the soul. The same principle applies to Fhip, to Connubial Love, to Ambition, to Perseverance, to nse of Justice, to Hope, to Imitation, and to every other e cent of the human mind. I repeat. The legitimate functags every physical organ, of every mental faculty, of every eeunt of man, is HAPPINESS, All happiness, pure, unalloyed, enmitigated happiness, and nothing else. Man was made eskely to be happy, to be PERFECTLY happy, and for that Gume. Vor does the needle point to its pole more uniformly 2: I certainly, than does every part of man point to this one 2. No truth can be more plain, more universal, more Sc.i-esident.
* Le: not this principle be construed so as to militate against the doo tr:De original sin, or constitutional depravity and consequent misery. 1: s escab.ished by demonstration-by the highest and most universal
evidence, and cannot be refuted; so ibat whaterer doctrine 43.8m wihii, must staad aside. It embodies the primitive constitution of man. Wha'e ver conflicts with it is erroneous. However, I am un. abe so discover this clashing; for this principle alludes, simply, to the 724100e constitution of man. And let nothing be so construed as to prevek! var prifiling by this, the greatest truth that God has taught, or man as kann.