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worship and service. Our keeping scripture. And besides, different
bath began, we need be at no loss If God has sanctified and made to determine when the Christian holy a seventha part of time, he has Sabbath begins. Time began with doubtless taught us, in his word, darkness, or night. Before the with sufficient plainness, not only sun was formed, darkness was upwhich day of the week it is, but on the face of the deep. Hence, when that day begins, and when it it was natural, in beginning to ends. And it is our duty to search reckon time, to place the evening his word, with a teachable mind, before the morning. Accordingly, and to determine and practice ac- the sacred historian writes, “ The cording to truth, in this, as well evening and the morning were the as in every other instance of our first day.” And as the first day duty. So doing, we shall please was thus reckoned, so were the him, who has made the scriptures following; as we read, “And the a sufficient, as well as the only evening and the morning were the rule of both faith and practice. second day;" and so on, to the
The following briefobservations, end of the six days, in which God it is hoped, may give satisfaction, was creating. And as the seventh as to the time, when, according to day, on which God rested from his scripture, the day of sacred rest work, and which he sanctified and
blessed, began where the sixth day 1. The time, when men begin ended; so we infer, that it includtheir civil days, will not deter-ed the evening preceding, and not mine when the Sabbath begins.- the evening following. It appears, The time, at which nations begin that God thus reckoned time, at its their civil days, is fixed to suit their commencement. The first Sabbath own convenience and habits, with began at evening, or the setting of out respect to the requirements of the sun, and continued to the fol
lowing evening. And why is not setting of the sun. And this has this sufficient authority for us now been their uniform practice, even to begin our Sabbath at evening to this day. It cannot be unsafe to follow a Now, as Christ and his disciples Divine example. Indeed, we seem observed the Jewish Sabbath; so bound in duty, to begin holy time, the apostles would, of course, beaccording to the original institu- gin the Christian Sabbath, when tion, unless we find some direction the Jewish Sabbath ended, unless to the contrary on the sacred pages. they had received some precept But, instead of any such direction, enjoining a different hour. The we find evidence, that it is the will change of the day makes no differof God, that the Sabbath should ence as to the time of beginning ever include the preceding, and the day. . As the apostles, upon not the succeeding evening. For, the abolition of the Jewish Sabbath,
4. When God directed the Isra- returned, in obedience to the fourth elites to keep the seventh day, in-commandment, to the observance stead of the first, as their Sabbath, of the day originally sanctified and he required them to begin it, as set apart as a Sabbath; so they well as all their other holy days and would naturally consider the day festivals, at evening, or the going as composed of the evening and down of the sun. Thus we read morning, as days were reckoned in Levit. xxi. 32, “ It shall be at the beginning of time, and, acunto you a Sabbath of rest, and ye cording to the Divine rule respectshall afflict your souls, in the ninth ing all holy days, from evening day of the month, at even: from to evening, celebrate the Christian EVEN UNTO EVEN shall ye celebrate Sabbath." your Sabbath.” It seems, from That the sun sets at different this, that it is God's will, that ho- times in different places, is no vally days should always be reckoned id objection against beginning the from evening to evening; and not Sabbath at sun-setting; since the from midnight to midnight, or from same objection might be made morning to morning.
against beginning the day at mid5. The Jews, in the days of our night, or at sun-rising. The difSaviour, began their Sabbath at the ference of time, at which the sun setting of the Sun. This is evi- sets, in different places in the same dent from the writings of the Evan- country and near each other, is so gelists. The Scribes and Pharisees trifling, as to occasion no inconcomplained of Christ for healing venience. on the Sabbath. Hence, the peo That the days are of unequal ple, who feared the Scribes and length, in different parts of the Pharisees, would not bring their earth, is an objection of no more sick to our Lord for healing, on weight against beginning the Sabthe seventh day. But, after Christ bath at the setting of the sun, than had attended the publick services against beginning it at the rising of the synagogue, on a certain of the sun. In all places below Sabbath, we are told, that " at the polar circles, there are twentyeven, when the sun did set, they four hours in a day, reckoning brought unto him all that were dis- from evening to evening; and those, sed with devils; and all the city at the setting of the sun, keep a was gathered together at the door. seventh part of time. And, as to
This shows, that the Jews, at that those places, which lie above or time, ended their Sabbath at the within the polar circles, they are
them that were posses- who begin and end their Sabbath
wo inclement to be the settled | which may be made to appear
in abode of human beings.
my next essay, in which I shall There is no difficulty in being endeavour to show, what is implied ready to begin the Sabbath at the in remembering the Sabbath-day. setting of the sun, if that day of
MORALIS. sacred rest be duly remembered;
THE MIRACLES OF JESUS.
ON THE EXISTENCE OF GOD.
The miracles, which Christ " See here, I hold a Bible in my wrought, are such as to leave no band; and you see the cover, the ground to suspect imposition.leaves, the letters and the words; They were such, that men might but you do not see the writers, nor judge of them by their senses. the printers, the letter-founder, One man could tell another, “I the ink-maker, the paper-maker, was restored to sight.” Another nor the binder. You never did could declare, that he saw a corpse see them; you never will see them; raised to life. A third could say, and yet there is not one of
that he was among
you, who will think of disputing or de
were fed by a few loaves. There nying the being of these men.
I was no opportunity for inventing go further; I affirm, that you see sophisms, or imposing on the specthe very souls of these men, in tators by sleight of hand. The seeing this book; and you feel miracles were wrought in open yourselves obliged to allow, that day, in the presence of multitudes, they had skill, contrivance, design, many of whom were enemies, dismemory, fancy, reason, and so on. posed not to believe, but to detect In the same manner, if you see a imposture, if there were any. picture, you judge there was a The miracles of Jesus, were not painter. If you see a house, you denied at the time, but admitted judge there was a builder of it; to have been wrought. If it be and if you see one room contrived asked, Why, then, did they not for this purpose, and another for all believe? We answer, they tell that, a door to enter, a window to us; because they attributed the admit light, a chimney to hold fire, miracles to the power of the Devyou conclude that the builder was il, or to magick. But these very a person of skill and forecast, who attempts to account for them, prove formed the house with a view to that the miracles were indubitably the accommodation of its inhabi- wrought. And as to these attants. In this manner examine tempts to account for them, we can the world, and pity the man, who judge, as well as those who made when he sees the sign of the wheat-them, what credit is to be given sheaf, has sense to know, that there to the notion, that Devils wrought is, somewhere, a joiner and a miracles, and what power may be painter; but who, when he sees the ascribed to magick. At the preswheat-sheaf itself, is so stupid, as ent day, infidels will hardly agree not to say to himself, “ This had a with the ancient enemies of Christ, wise and good CREATOR!" in attributing his miracles to sa
R. Robinson's Vil. Disc. tanick or magical influence; and
are, therefore, utterly unable, ap A state of deep solicitude on on their principles, to account for the subject of religion, is, in the them.
view of the Unitarian, by all
means to be avoided, as is evident INDIFFERENCE TO RELIGION, from numerous sources.
It was an observation of Dr. A system of religious faith, Priestly, the celebrated Unitarian, whose very essence seems to conwho first preached the doctrine in sist in its including no definite this country, that men must be- system of doctrines~" in not become indifferent to all religion, lieving”—and laying as it does a before they are prepared to judge rude hand on almost every thing what to believe. This sentiment, that is held dear by us in the evanstrange as seems its complexion, gelical system, throwing the whole when compared with the Bible, burden of proof upon us, and prewhich admits no neutral ground, senting itself in a form almost and is most full and solemn in its without tangibility and without loo warnings against indifference, has, cality, is indeed possessed of some nevertheless, been prominent in advantages, in the hands of a skilthe discourses and publications of ful disputant. those, who have borne the name of We have for a long time been his sect, even to the present pe- of the opinion, that those men, riod.
who call themselves liberal Christ. To prepare the minds of people, ians, meant to inculcate the sentiwho had been brought up under ment, that it is of no consequence the influence of other views, to what men believe concerning the embrace the new schemes of divin- great doctrines of the Gospel. ity, they, according to the confes
Telegraph. sions of some of their number, preached “ no sentiments in par
PREACHING CHRIST. ticular."
Preaching Christ does not con. The effect of such a course of sist in sounding his titles, nor in publick instruction, if indeed it continually dwelling on his personmay be called instruction, to pro- al history, sufferings, or merits; duce other than a heavenly spirit, but in preaching as he preached, and nullify the great doctrines of and as his apostles preached-in a the Gospel in the minds of the word, in preaching the gospel.hearers, may be easily imagined. Some preachers do, indeed, lay a
A mind nearly in the attitude peculiar emphasis on the word of indifference, is in a condition, is crucified," in our text; as if to where, unless it be speedily rous “preach Christ crucified,” were ed, and conscience made to speak to be continually preaching about out, it is about sure to embrace his crucifixion; or at least about errour. And this, for two reasons: 1 his sufferings and death. Wherefirst, because this very state of as, we should think, that a very mind is sinful, and of course at- moderate share of discernment tended with spiritual darkness : were enough to convince one, the and, secondly, because the truth meaning of the apostle was simply is exclusive; and, whilst errour, this:- That they were not ashamin most of its endless varieties, ed to profess themselves to be the encourages this hesitating state, disciples, and to preach the doctruth comes home to the mind trines, of a crucified teacher ; with tremendous, sanctions, and though they were aware that this utterly condemns its indifference. I fact in their Master's history
CONDUOT AFTER PUBLIC WORSHIP,
would be -- unto the Jews a stum herd who dwells highest on those bling-block, and unto the Greeks mountains, takes his horn and foolishness"-offend the prejudic- calls aloud,
calls aloud, “ Praised be the es of the former, and provoke the Lord.” As soon as he is heard, contempt of the latter.
the neighbouring shepherds leave Walker's Ser. their huts and repeat those words.
The sounds last many minutes, RECIPE.
for every echo of the mountains, A RECIPE for the best method of driv. and grotto of the rocks, repeat the
ing away a faithful Minister, who has name of God. How solemn the given no just cause of complaint. Ex. scene! Imagination cannot picture tracted from the Panoplist.
to itself any thing more sublime. “Begin the quarrel with great The profound silence that succeeds; boldness and great violence; set
the sight of those stupendous mounafloat a multitude of stories, no
tains, upon which the vault of matter how false, or absurd, or heaven seems to rest; every thing how easily disproved. If they excites the mind to enthusiasm. should be in fact disproved, be
In the mean while, the shepcareful to repeat them, and keep herds bend their knees, and pray them moving briskly, and make a in the open air; and soon after rehandsome addition to them. As
tire to their huts to enjoy the resume the fact, that the very exist
pose of innocence. Eng. pap. ence of such a state of things, proves that the minister's usefulness is gone. Profess a strong re Mr. Editor, gard for the peace of the parish, In some places, it is very cusand at the same time, inflame the tomary among professors of religpassions of anger, malice and envy; ion, immediately after returning by every species of falsehood, and
from Divine service on the Sabbath, every vulgar artifice; which inge- to bring forward a variety of arnuity can devise. Seek occasion dent spirits, and urge all present
to converse with your minister on to drink. Admirable method to ! the parish difficulties, and a mode- render the mind solemn, and to
rate share of cunning will enable assist it in digesting a gospel seryou to accuse him openly and pub.mon! Such Christians, instead of licly of falsehood. By this time a retiring to their closets, and praygreat number of persons, scattered ing God to bless what they have through the vicinity, will begin to heard, repair to the bottle for the say, the man must have been im- excitement of life's wearied pow
prudent; he must have given some ers, and then sing1 occasion, or these stories could not
exist. His usefulness is gone; « The sorrows of the mind and the sooner he leaves his peo
Be banislı'd from the place ;
Religion never was design'd ple, the better."
To make our pleasures less."
Having thus prepared themselves The Alpine Horn is an instru- for judicious and charitable critiment constructed with the bark of cism, they enter upon an examinathe cherry-tree; and which, like a tion of the sermon, the prayers and speaking trumpet, is used to con- singing which they have heard, vey sounds to a great distance. and of the dresses of the hearers. When the last rays of the sun gild After a sumptuous dinner and a the summit of the Alps, the shep- few sapient political discussions,