Sidebilder
PDF
ePub

of God, who also maketh intercession for 16. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him,seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens ; who needeth not daily, as those (Levitical]. high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's : for this he dich once, when he offered up himself.”+

12. That he might set us an example. “For even hereunto were ye called; because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth ; who, when he was reviled, reviled not again ; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer. for well-doing than for evil-doing. But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings ; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and God resteth upon you.: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or an evil-doer, or as a busy body in other men's matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let

Rom. viii. 34. ^ Heb. vii. 25, 26, 27.

him not be ashamed ; but let him glorify God on his behalf."*

13. And, lastly, as to the Extent of the bles. sed Saviour's death, He died for ALL. “ For the love of Christ constraineth us ; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead and that he died for all, that they

which live should not henceforth live unto i themselves, but unto him which died for them,

and rose again.t For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for ALL, to he testified in ciue time I That he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.** My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.

And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous : And he is the propitia. tion for our sins ; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.tt

Thus much is briefly stated, for the consid. ération of the serious'; but the subject is capa.

ble of the finest and most unlimited illustra; tion.

• 1 Peter, ii. 21, 22,23. iii. 17. iv. 13, 14, 15, 16, $ ? Cor. to 14, 15. | 1 Tim. ii.5, 6. ** Heb. ii. 9. tf 1 John, ii. 1, 2.

N. B. In the original of the above, the texts of scripture were only referred to ; but for the benefit of the reader, I have written them all out in full.

A. K.

,

AN INTERESTING FACT, INTERWOVEN 'WITH UŠÉFUL HISTORICAL INFOR

MATION
Related by a Traveller.

TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH.

I HAD resided some time at Madrid, says our author, when I accidentally fell in compa. ny with two monks of the order of St. Domninic. The reverend fathers liaying learnt that I intended to leave the city soon, enquired why I could not tarry a few days longer, to attend the most splendid auto-claffee ever exhibited. I answered I could find no enjoyment in beholding an exhibition in which humanity had so much to undergo. Humanity is out of the question, said one of the fathers, we are only going to burn alive a few heretics. . Those heretics, replied I, are men as well as we; a suffering heretic is our fellow creature in torment. Monsieur is perhaps a heretic himself ? interrupted the monk. I do not consider, answered I, that I am under an obligation at present to make a profession of my faith; I would only observe that I do not understand from what source your order derives the power which it assumes, in this kingdom, of making martyrs of people for their opinions.

Truly ! exclaimed the monk, do you not know from whence our order derives that pow.

er ? it is from right, founded on virtues that do honor to reason, nature, and religion : howev. er, as you seem to question our authority, a short explanation of the nature of those rights may tend to open your eyes, and might perhaps make a good catholic of you, I'll condescend to instruct you if you'll listen attentively.

It it is an incontrovertible axiom among us that there is but one religion by which man can be saved-out of that, however just he may be, he is an abomination in the eyes of his maker : Man can please God only by an unshaken implicit faith ; which alone justifies his actions : and that faith must be supported by the worship it requires. Both are the objects of revelation, and revelation is the basis of true religion,namely the catholic religion.

God, well knowing the weakness of man's understanding, his natural inconstancy, and the corruptness of his heart; and being moreover infinitely jealous of the purity of that faith and worship which he has himself established, and which he means to extend, defend and perpetuate : established on earth an Infallible Oracle of his eternal decrees, whose word we must implicitly believe under no less penalty than eternal damnation : God's vicegerent is an irrefra. gable interpreter of his supreme will, whom one cannot contradict without rebelling against di. vinity itself: a fixed star, whose light guides us amidst the darkness of doubt and ignorance; he is an only chief of the ecclesiastical hierarchy, to pluck,destroy, dissipate,edify,plant, in his name & by his doctrine, and in a word, to do, in these

H

lower regions, all he may think fit for the glory of God, and the improvement of religion. That oracle, that interpreter, that star, that chief, is our holy father, the Pope of Rome, the, legitimate successor of St Peter. From hence it follows, that the only true religion is the religion of the Pope, and that as the heathen, the Jews, the heretics and the pretended philosophers, believe not in the Pope, they are out of the true religion, and consequently an abomination to God.

However, , although God abominates nine tenths of the human race-because they do not conform to the true religion, yet he grants his mercy to those who return into the pale of the church, and who implicitly submit to her doctrines and decisions. Therefore we spare pei. ther sermons, promises or controversies, either to convert the infidels and incredulous, or to recal heretics into the path of truth : but when soft means prove fruitless, when the obstinacy of the enemies of our faith is inflexible, or when any physical or moral cause obstructs the progress of religion; then by virtue of the authority vested by God in his vicar, and by him in us ; we do not hesitate to have recourse to rigor, persecution, violence and cruelty ; persuaded that every procedure is justifiable against men whom God has cast from his presence; and that it is agreeable to him to persecute even the least of his enemies; to extinguish by their death their future generations, and by that means put a final stop to the progress of error.

« ForrigeFortsett »