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illustrated.1824 Excerpt: ... have been mistaken, as to the facts
to which these narratives related, submitted to similar
difficulties, pains and death: and of these, some were men of
education and learning. There is another consideration, of great
weight, which is this: We know from their constant appeals to the
Scripture, their orderly life, and the instructions which they have
laid down in their writings, that they were men who feared God. As
to their general conduct, they were neither desirous of novelty nor
vain-glory. In their disputes with the Jews they argued universally
from the Scriptures; and we know of no instance, in which they
accepted either of wealth or homage from their followers; but in
all they inculcated the contrary, as constituting the character of
the true minister of Christ. We are informed, in some instances, of
predictions having been made by them and their followers, which
actually came to pass: of miracles performed in the presence of
both friends and foes: but had no such thing taken place, these
passages would have been cited as affording an effectual answer to
all their pretensions. Yet have neither their honesty nor their
statements ever been impugned by those who had the best means in
their power for doing so: and hence it was, that their preaching
gained ground, not only among the Jews, but among the heathen
throughout the Roman empire; and that many joined them as converts.
We have, therefore, no reason to suspect their testimony; but, on
the contrary, every reason for believing it to be true. There is
another consideration, which may properly be mentioned here, which
is, the concurrence of the events in question with the declarations
of ancient prophecy. We are informed by the Prophets, that a
certain person of the seed of Abraham, of the line of Isaa...
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