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the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise
him up; and it'.he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another that
ye may be healed. The Evidences of Christianity, considered: .Or, a
short and easy Method 'with the Deists; Wherein the certainty of
the Christian Religion is demonstrated. IN A LETTER. BT MR.
LESLIE.: 1. I MUCH condole with your unhappy circumstances, in
being placed amongst such company, where, as you say, you
continually hear the sacred Scriptures, and the histories therein
contained, particularly of Moses and of Christ, and all revealed
religion turned into ridicule, by men who set up for sense and
reason. And they say, That there is no greater ground to believe in
Christ, than in Mahomet: That all these pretences to revelation are
cheats, and ever have been, among Pagans, Jews, Mahometans, and
Christians: That they are all alike impositions of cunning and
designing men, Li pan-the credulity at first, of simple and
unthinking people; till, their numbers increasing, their delusions
grew popular, came at last to be established bylaws-; and then the
force of education and custom gives a bias to the judgments. of
after ages, tiil such deceits come really to be believed; being
received upon trust, from the ages foregoing, without examining
into the original and bottom of them. Which these, our modern men
of sense, .(as they desire to be esteemed) say, that they only do;
that they only have their judgments freed from the slavish au
Uiority of. precedents and laws, in matters of truth; which, - they
say, ought only to be decided by reason; though by a .prudent
compliance with popularity and.laws, they preserve . themselves
from outrage, arid legal penalties; for...
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