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while proclaiming Glory to God in the giant brother Democracy, possesses the highest, brings Him exceedingly nigh to towering structure, but not the enduring us; and while it displays the perfections life, which characterized the men of vioof the Deity, draws us to Him in the most lence before the Flood—they are destroyers intimate union. Christianity and philo but also self-destructive ; and, like Marius sophy, in regard to the Deity, have there- drooping over the ruins of Carthage, or fore an inverse action, and breathe an op- perishing in the marshes of Minturnae, posite spirit, unless they be duly blended they also will fall and perish upon the together. We do not speak of genuine ruins of a desolated world. While Infiphilosophy, but of that ordinary science delity is destroying not only Popery but which investigates only the origin of itself, there is room for the renovating acthings, and then accepts the laws of Na- tion of Christianity to repair the breaches ture, as a substitute for its Author. But of former desolations, and to give lasting in addition to that mistaken spirit of phi- repose to the world, after the storms that losophy, which rears no altars, or raises have swept over it-carrying whatever is them only to the unknown God,' there noxious into the regions of destruction, are the surges of conflicting and opposing as the chaff is driven away, and disappears opinions rising higher, and breaking in before the whirlwind. with more force upon the received boundaries of established creeds. Most thinking men may recollect the shock which

CHRISTIAN SORROW. their minds sustained when endeavouring to reconcile the account of Moses with the

The following beautiful and eloquent true astronomy of the heavens-and, as a extract is from a sermon, delivered on the second shock of an earthquake is always occasion of the death of the Rev. D. Kidmore dreaded than the first, so many ston, by his successor, the Rev. John Christians will remember the, perhaps, | Ker :still deeper mental agitation which they felt

Christian sorrow for the departed in reconciling Genesis with the discoveries should lead us to seek reunion with the of Geology. But these are not the only object of our affection. This is the instinct sources from which unbelief in the future, of grief wherever it is genuine-to be will derive its armory of weapon's There where the lost one is

where the lost one is. When Jacob are days coming which will try every thought Joseph among the dead, he was opinion, whether it be of God, or whether it ready to visit him there : ‘I will go down be of man; andthese days are close at hand into the grave unto my son, mourning;' God appoints us trials in our minds, as and when he knew him to be in Egypt, well as in our outward affairs. There will he was eager for the journey: 'It was be a great shaking in the theories of phi- enough: I will go and see him before I losophy, as well as in the constitution of die.' The gospel does not destroy human kingdoms. All these trials will serve a grief with its natural longings; it comes good purpose. They will destroy super to consecrate it to the noblest ends, and stition, and they will establish religion, by make a ladder of it that shall reach to purifying it, and causing it to pass through heaven. Instead of leaving our affection the fires. The mortal will perish, the im- to glimmer like the phosphorescence of mortal will remain.

decay within the tomb, it elevates it to a Old worlds subside beneath the waves, in star, and this not the evening star of order that newer formations may more memory, but the morning star of hope, than supply their place-old things in the that with its mild beam leads in the day. moral world pass away in order that all We need not say with Thomas of our things may become new. An age of re-departed friend, let us go and die with volutions often crosses the path of human him ;' but, let us go and live with him. society, by the appointment of God, but Our Lord Jesus took our nature, in order tempered, with respect to the believer, by that, gatliering round him our human the promise, 'As thy day is, so shall thy sympathies, and dying and rising visibly strength bé.' The source of our trial on high, hé might teach us to set our exists in the rapidity of our progress. affections on the things that are above. New sciences are bursting into birth upon And every Christian friend withdrawn to every side. Can we be surprised that his presence is a new inducement to asthey are contrary to religion, in their first cend-a weight abstracted from the earthly aspect, in as far as they often are contrary side of the balance and placed in the to truth?

heavenly one-a fresh plume which love Youthful productions are not seldom has inserted in the wing of faith, that it out of proportion-like the cubs of the may soar more readily on high. In place bear, they require time and care to fashion of seeking to occupy the blank with some them into shape. But like all the violent earth-born pleasure, let us recognise the energies of Nature, Infidelity, with its truth that God is fitting up heaven more

shall dissolve, and like the baseless fabric of the Bible it may be said, in a far of a vision, leave' not a wreck behind, higher sense than of Tyre of old, Thou but, with a noble poet, you will be able to sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and sing

perfect in beauty. The Bible is its own

evidence-like its Divine Author, whose • Stand the Omnipotent decree,

brightness and character it reflects. It is Jehovah's will be done,

a light, which coming into the world enNature's end we wait to see,

lighteneth every man who is willing to And hear her final groan.

receive its testimony concerning Jesus. Let this earth dissolve and blend,

It is also its own commentary-explainIn death the wicked and the just,

ing, enlarging, and confirming one pasLet those ponderous orbs descend,

sage by another, and one book by another. And grind us into dust,

It is our prayer-book-containing words Rests secure the righteous man,

given from God himself, whereby we may At his Redeemer's beck,

approach Him-pleading the most needful Sure to emerge and rise again,

petitions, in the aptest words. It is our And mount above the wreck.

creed, and confession of faith—for there Lo! the heavenly spirit towers,

we find every statement that is requisite Like flame o'er Nature's funeral pyre, concerning God our Creator-God our reTriumphs in immortal powers,

deemer-God our Sanctifier-free from And claps her wings of fire.

all scholastic technology, and bearing diNothing hath the Just to lose,

rectly upon the heart and the life. In the By worlds on worlds destroyed,

Bible we have our best and only true TheoFar beneath his feet he views,

logy, containing all that can be certainly With smiles the flaming void;

known respecting our salvation—not ar

ranged in an artificial system—but so disSees the universe renewed,

closed to us, both in its light, and in its The grand millennial reign begun,

shadings, as to present to us not only what Shouts with all the sons of God,

is true, but every truth in its due proporAround the eternal throne.'

tion and distance. And the written word JOBADI.

is thus complete, because it is the exact

transcript of the ever-living Word—the POPERY AND INFIDELITY. *

Word that was in the beginning—the

Word that was with God—the Word that Ir is written.-In these words of Ema was God. The Bible is the complete renuel-God in our nature, we have the Di cord of a divinely completed salvation. vine point of view in which the Holy Holding the Head, we possess all things. Scriptures are to be regarded. Within Being in Christ, we are complete before this circle there is light and life, peace and God in him. When we believe in Him, assurance for ever.

| He is ours, and we are his. His life is It is not written-Within this circle ours, and his whole fulfilment of the law, there is doubt and darkness, and inextri. during a life of sorrow and suffering. As cable error.

He lived for us, so He died for us and as From the Bible proceeds the religion of by faith we partake in the benefits of His God, pure, unchangeable, and eternal, like death, so we become sharers in the glories its Author. From the fallen mind of man of His resurrection. issue the religions of men, vain, as vari. We are saved by faith-and by faith ous; ever changing, yet ever marked with alone-by believing God's testimony conthe impress of departure from God, which cerning His Son, we pass at once from they derive from their inventors. The death unto life, and into a preparation for Bible is a perfect whole. It admits of no future glory. All who by believing beadditions from the superstitious, and no long to Christ are led by the spirit of curtailments from the rationalist. It re- Christ. The Spirit is one infinite Spirit, mains fenced, as holy ground, from every but the gifts of the Spirit are divided, in impure hand, with the Divine sanction on order that the whole body of believers its perfect integrity; having the closing may be united-none having a self-suffi. words of the Revelation applicable to every ciency of spiritual graces appropriated to part of it—'If any man shall add unto themselves, but all made complete only in these things, God shall add unto him the the unity of Christ's Universal Body--the plagues that are written in this Book: and, congregated assembly of believers throughit any man shall take away from the words out all ages, to be united together in the of the book of this prophecy, God shall | Heaven of heavens. take away his part out of the Book of Life,' The true religion evidently consists in &c.

receiving the Bible, the whole Bible, and · *Popery and Infidelity.' By James Douglas nothing but the Bible. He who would of Cavers. Edinburgh: Thomas Constable & Co. | mix man's words and man's thoughts with

God's words and God's thoughts, neither like Pharaoh, to make bricks without straw truly believes in the Bible, nor in its Au -to believe without evidence, and to obey thor. 'Add not thou to His words lest without any motive, but the base one of He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.' | fear. He who would attempt to illustrate, con The tenor of the Gospel is, 'Hear, and firm, or extend the truths of God by the understand, every one of you. Believe, comments of man, might as well light and be saved. These are the four steps candles to search for the sun shining in | by which we rise into eternal life. The noon-day splendour in the heavens-and | Papacy commands us to believe without he who would turn aside his ear to hearken understanding, and even without hearing; to what man is saying, when God himself for submission to what the Church teaches, speaks, would act as unwisely and impi- or to what she will teach, is sufficient to ously as an Israelite, who might have secure our admittance in the fool's ceased to listen to the voice of Jehovah, paradise which she promises to her prosespeaking from Sinai, in order to count thé İytes after death. Millions upon millions reverberations of the accompanying thun-| in the Church of Rome live and die uninders, as they rolled from mountain to structed in the tenets of Rome, and their mountain, in the increasing distance. submission to the Church merely amounts

The true Church is founded in belief on to a promise to believe whenever they shall God's testimony-the false Church upon be required to do so. They submit to the unqualified assent to the dogmas of men. unknown dogmas of their priests, but their

Come and let us reason together,' is the priests are in a like condition with theminvitation of the infinite Jehovah – Sub selves. They also have submitted their mit without reasoning,' says the prophet of reason, their senses, their conscience to darkness. To the Catholic,' says Wise the Church. But what is the Church in man, “there is only that one gate, of abso- the Roman sense ? Simply the priestlute and unconditional submission to the hood; therefore, one generation of priests, teaching of the Church.'-'A Romanist as well as people, submit to a former geinquirer perhaps goes to the priest, and neration-each consenting to be blindtells him that he cannot find these doc folded, and to give up the exercise of their trines in the Bible, his priest argues with mental powers! The reductio ad absurdam him, and endeavours to convince him that proposed to the Atheists, is realized in the he should shut up the book which is lead- | Church of Rome. Here is an endless file ing him astray-he perseveres; he aban- of blind men, if not in an infinite, in an dons the communion of the Church of indefinite series, all trusting themselves Rome; or, as it is commonly expressed, to the guidance of each other, and apthe errors of that Church, and becomes a proaching the brink of a precipice, without Protestant. Now through all this process the least distrust of their safety! the man was a Protestant; from the be- Popery and infidelity have always led to ginning he started with the principle that each other. The Papists at one time enwhatsoever is not in that book, cannot be couraged Infidelity, fearing men should true in religion, or an article of faith; and embrace Protestantism, and trusting that, that is the principle of Protestantism. wearied out with the conflicting opinions He took Protestantism, therefore, for and prolonged uncertainty of infidel spegranted, before he began to examine the culations, most would again return for reCatholic doctrine.' It is more amusing pose into the bosom of an infallible Church; than it ought, perhaps, to be on so serious nor were they disappointed. Numbers, a subject, to observe the opposite advice after the time of the Reformation, noted which Dr Wiseman gives to Catholics and for their free-thinking and free-sayings, Protestants. Of the Protestant in the thought it safest to sink into their last most winning tones he asks, Does any sleep, drugged with the opiates which doubt arise in your mind ? O!'cherish it Rome prepares for her votaries. But the it may be to you the beginning of eternal oracle of Wolsey became more and more life. On the other hand, to the Catholic, manifestly true-Rome must destroy the with a warning voice he exclaims, Does press, or the press will destroy Rome. any doubt arise in your mind ? O! stifle it The numbers of free-thinkers increased. at once, otherwise it may lead you to ever Infidelity became a permanent power, and lasting'destruction. While Dr Wiseman its disciples began to reject, with scorn, lauds or condemns the same state of mind | both the fears and the hopes presented to a according as he expects it will issue in ac death-bed. cordance or not with his own opinions, In all human affairs there is action and the Scriptures encourage and command us re-action, and there is a continued war beto terminate all our doubts by a full inquiry tween the past and the future. Rome has into the truth. How easy is the mild | her roots in the past alone. If once the yoke of Jesus, how heavy the unreasonable edifice of superstition were overthrown, it tyranny of the Pope-commanding men, could never be reconstructed on the same foundations. Infidelity, and its ally the Thus, Infidelity and superstition have at extreme democracy, have their roots, and once a joint and conflicting existence, each derive their chief nourishment from a springing out of the other, and each enstate of things which is not yet fully de-deavouring to destroy the other, like the veloped. As Rome leans to the past, so spectre fiends in Dante. Infidelity rests upon the future—and the future must prove the conqueror in the

“Ivy ne'er clasp'd strife. The lapse of time, of itself, adds to

A dodder'd oak, as round the other's limbs

The hideous monster intertwin'd his own. the strength of the one, and diminisbes the

Then, as they both had been of burning wax, resources of the other. That the recent revival of the Church of Rome is not ac

Each melted into other, mingling hues, tion but re-action, is evidenced by consider

That which was either, now, was seen no more.' ing the countries where Romanism is sta

For the mind, in the revolutions of tionary and where it is progressive. In states and of opinions, rapidly passes countries where Rome has prospered long, from believing all, to believing nothing; she prospers no more—the apparent suc and again, worn out by a contest that has cess of Romanism in these, is a political, no end, and finding nothing stable to rest not a religious triumph. Where it has upon, either in institutions or principles, long been planted, it has exhausted the | makes a sudden transition, back to its soil, and shows symptoms of decay. It is ancient creed. But though individual not prospering in Spain or in Italy. It is combatants may change from side to side, progressive in France, where the mind, the conflict of opinions continues; success, wearied out with fantastic systems, seeks á by the re-action it occasions, leading to brief repose in an assumed credulity; and defeat, and defeat, from rallied forces, where the politician, finding no base for changed into victory. Popery and Infihis operations amid the endless shiftings delity are carrying on an internecine conof Infidelity, seeks to erect his renovated test. Like the two serpents in the ancient structures onthe massive, though unsound, romance of Merlinfoundations of superstition. There is

• The red dragon and the white growth,there is greenness, in the Upas tree

Hard together gan they smite, of Popery, but at the centre it is dead

With mouth, paw, and with tail : rotten at the core Its new life is confined

Between hem was full hard batail; to the rind, and it wants internal vigour

That the earth dinned tho, to resist the storms that are ready to assail

And loathly weather wax thereto. it. Popery has exhausted the religious

So strong fire they casten anon, feelings in the countries where it has long

That the plains thereof shone, prevailed; but, entering a fresh soil, it

And sparkled about, so bright still finds the materials upon which super

As doth the fire from thunder-light stition, as well as religion, can work

So they fought, for sooth to say moral principles not altogether discarded;

All the long summer's day.' and a conscience, though darkened, still in some measure alive to the importance of We have much to regret that true eternity. But, as the materials which are Christianity is not yet on the field, with thrown up from the depth of the sea to form all her collected forces, to profit by the new islands are immediately subjected, as strokes which her mutual enemies are they emerge, to the erosion of the waves, dealing to each other. But so it has ever so the recent acquisitions of superstition, been—the good cause is the last to raise its whether in France, in England, or in banner, and advance its lances, that the America, have but a brief period of exist glory of the victory might belong to God, ence assigned them, and will be again swept and no part of it to man. off and carried away by the waves of doubt, Philosophy itself, at times, wears, unand the conflicting currents of opinion. consciously, an adverse aspect towards

Popery, encouraging an abject blindfold Christianity. It is too apt to regard God submission, and blending the sublimest | as the creator only, and not also as the truths with the most pitiful fables, pro- preserver of the universe—whose power duces, by a necessary revulsion, a disbelief and presence are as much required to of every principle. When doubt begins, maintain the laws of nature, as originally there is no limit to its progress in minds to impose them. Hence, God seems chiefly from which every rational principle has to reign beyond the bounds of nature and been removed, and where reason, by disuse, of time. As progressive discoveries enhas lost its legitimate exercise : and na- large the boundaries of the world, and aug. tions, deprived of moderate liberty, and of ment its duration, the Deity appears to the temperate use of their rational faculties, recede farther and farther into the proviolently vibrate, with scarce a pause, be foundities of space, and towards the contween despotism and democracy, supersti- | fines of eternity. tion and Infidelity.

But Christianity, on the other hand,

while proclaiming Glory to God in the giant brother Democracy, possesses the highest, brings Him exceedingly nigh to towering structure, but not the enduring us; and while it displays the perfections | life, which characterized the men of vioof the Deity, draws us to Him in the most lence before the Flood—they are destroyers intimate union. Christianity and philo- | but also self-destructive ; and, like Marius sophy, in regard to the Deity, have there- drooping over the ruins of Carthage, or fore an inverse action, and breathe an op- perishing in the marshes of Minturnae, posite spirit, unless they be duly blended they also will fall and perish upon the together. We do not speak of genuine ruins of a desolated world. While Infiphilosophy, but of that ordinary science delity is destroying not only Popery but which investigates only the origin of itself, there is room for the renovating acthings, and then accepts the laws of Na- tion of Christianity to repair the breaches ture, as a substitute for its Author. But of former desolations, and to give lasting in addition to that mistaken spirit of phi- repose to the world, after the storms that losophy, which rears no altars, or raises have swept over it-carrying whatever is them only to the unknown God, there noxious into the regions of destruction, are the surges of conflicting and opposing as the chaff is driven away, and disappears opinions ' rising higher, and breaking in before the whirlwind. with more force upon the received boundaries of established creeds. Most thinking men may recollect the shock which their minds sustained when endeavouring

CHRISTIAN SORROW. to reconcile the account of Moses with the

The following beautiful and eloquent true astronomy of the heavens-and, as a extract is from a sermon, delivered on the second shock of an earthquake is always occasion of the death of the Rev. D. Kidmore dreaded than the first, so many ston, by his successor, the Rev. John Christians will remember thé, perhaps, Ker:still deeper mental agitation which they felt Christian sorrow for the departed in reconciling Genesis with the discoveries should lead us to seek reunion with the of Geology. But these are not the only object of our affection. This is the instinct sources from which unbelief in the future, of grief wherever it is genuine-to be will derive its armory of weapon's There where the lost one is. When Jacob are days coming which will try every thought Joseph among the dead, he was opinion, whether it be of God, or whether it ready to visit him there : ‘I will go down be of man; andthese days are close at hand into the grave unto my son, mourning ;' God appoints us trials in our minds, as and when he knew him to be in Egypt, well as in our outward affairs. There will he was eager for the journey: 'It was be a great shaking in the theories of phi-enough: I will go and see him before I losophy, as well as in the constitution of die.' The gospel does not destroy human kingdoms. All these trials will serve a grief with its natural longings; it comes good purpose. They will destroy super- to consecrate it to the noblest ends, and stition, and they will establish religion, by make a ladder of it that shall reach to purifying it, and causing it to pass through heaven. Instead of leaving our affection the fires. The mortal will perish, the im- to glimmer like the phosphorescence of mortal will remain.

decay within the tomb, it elevates it to a Old worlds subside beneath the waves, in star, and this not the evening star of order that newer formations may more memory, but the morning star of hope, than supply their place-old things in the that with its mild beam leads in the day. moral world pass away in order that all We need not say with Thomas of our things may become new. An age of re- departed friend, let us go and die with volutions often crosses the path of human him;' but, let us go and live with him. society, by the appointment of God, but Our Lord Jesus took our nature, in order tem pered, with respect to the believer, by that, gathering round him our human the promise, “As thy day is, so shall thy sympathies, and dying and rising visibly strength be. The source of our trial on high, he might teach us to set our exists in the rapidity of our progress. affections on the things that are above. New sciences are bursting into birth upon And every Christian friend withdrawn to every side. Can we be surprised that his presence is a new inducement to asthey are contrary to religion, in their first | cend- a weight abstracted from the earthly aspect, in as far as they often are contrary side of the balance and placed in the to truth?

heavenly one-a fresh plume which love Youthful productions are not seldom has inserted in the wing of faith, that it out of proportion-like the cubs of the may soar more readily on high. In place bear, they require time and care to fashion of seeking to occupy the blank with some them into shape. But like all the violent earth-born pleasure, let us recognise the energies of Nature, Infidelity, with its truth that God is fitting up heaven more

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