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THE SCRIPTURES

AND

THE ARIANS

COMPARED

IN THEIR ACCOUNTS OF

GOD THE FATHER

AND

GOD THE SON:

BY WAY OF REJOINDER TO A PAMPHLET,

ENTITLED,

THE SCRIPTURE AND THE ATHANASIANS COMPARED,

&c.

IN TWO PARTS.

Let them be taken in the crafty wiliness that they have imagined. Psalm x. 2.

THE SCRIPTURES

AND

THE ARIANS

COMPARED, &c.

PART I.

I SHALL lay before the reader the plain account of Scripture in one column, and the true account of what the modern Arian scheme is in the other which I will endeavour to make as plain as any thing of that nature can be; and leave the reader to judge whether it be agreeable to Scripture or no, and so choose or refuse it after a rational and faithful examination.

SCRIPTURE.

There is but one GoD, one adorable GOD, Jehovahb, and GOD of Israel. Before whom was there no GOD formed, neither will there be after him. This one God will not give his glory

a Exod. xx. 3. Isa. xliv. 8. xlv. 5. I Cor. viii. 4. b Deut. vi. 4. Mark xii. 29. Isa. xlv. 21. xlii. 8. xliii. 10.

c Isa.

ARIANISM.

Our modern Arians all implicitly or consequentially teach, some expressly saya, that there are more GODS than one: two GoDs at least, both of them adorable, and to be

served with religious worship. One of the Gods is supposed to be after

a The Scriptures and Athanasians Compared, p. 4.

to anotherd; that is, will not allow any other God to claim the glory of being adored, either against him, or with him; being extremely jealous of his honor, the honour of being served with religious worship, which both under the Old and New Testament was due to GoD alone f, and by which his superlative MAJESTY and peerless perfections are to be acknowledged through the whole creation.

any rate.

the other in duration", and in every
perfection. The greater GOD has
given the glory of religious wor-
ship to the lesser GOD; thereby,
so far, resigning up his peculiar
privilege, and his appropriate ho-
nours only the glory of being
underived, which he cannot possibly
give away if he would, he will not
(good reason why) part with at
The sacrifice of prayer
and praise, however, is common to
both the GoDs; who are accord-
ingly to be honoured with the like
outward acts of worship, to be made
higher or lower worship by the
worshipper's inward intention; and
there are
no outward acts left
whereby common Christians may
visibly distinguish the supreme Gon
from the inferior GoD; though
one be infinitely more excellent
than the other; and though reason
itself teaches that there ought to
be as great a difference between
the outward honours paid to this
GOD, and that GoD, as there is
between this GoD and that GOD.

SCRIPTURE.

Our Lord JESUS CHRIST is LORD GOD, Jehovah, (a title expressing necessary existence

d Isa. xlii. 8. xlviii. 11. e Exod. xx. 5. xxxiv. 14. f Matth. iv. 10. Rev. xix. 10. xxii. 9. 5 2 Kings xix. 15. Isa. xl. 9, 10, &c. xlv. 5, 6, 7. Jer. x. 10, 11, &c. h Luke i. 16, 17. John xx. 28. i Compare Isa. vi. with John xii. 41. Zech. xii. 10. with John xix. 37. Psalm cii. 25. with Heb. i. 10. Zech. xi. 12. with Matt. xxvii. 9, 10. Isa. xl. 3. with Mark i. 3. Hosea i. 7. with Luke ii. 11.

ARIANISM.

Our Lord Jesus Christ is by no means necessarily existing, but precarious in existence, and de

b Mr. Whiston plainly; the rest
covertly. c Modest Plea, &c. Con-
tinued, p. 7.
Reply to Dr. Water-
land's Defence, p. 201. d Modest
Plea, &c. p. 17, 217. Second letter
to Dr. Mangey, p. 27.

and all perfectionk,) True GoD1, Great GoDm, and Mighty God", as well as the FATHER. He is moreover Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, the First and the Lasto, which is expressive of unlimited eternity, and so understood when applied to God the FATHER, or to the one God of Israel P. He

is also the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty, than which nothing higher or stronger can be said even of GOD the FATHER.

k Exod. iii. 14. Isa. xlii. 8. xlv. 21. Mal. iii. 6. 1 I John v. 20. m Tit. ii. 13. n Isa. ix. 6. o Rev. i. 8, 17. xxii. 13. p Isa. xli. 4. xliv. 6. xlviii. 12. Rev. xxi. 6. 9 Rev. i. 8.

WATERLAND, VOL. III.

pending entirely on the good pleasure of the greater God; who being of course infinitely above him, can, consequently, whenever he pleases, make other Gods as great, or greater than he is. And though CHRIST be styled JEHOVAH, it means only that he is faithful to his promisese, or that he once personated the true JEHOVAH; which any inferior angel might have dones. And though he be a great GOD, and a true God, and a mighty GoD; yet there is another GOD, a greater GOD, a truer hGOD, and a mightier GOD, by far, than he; to whose good pleasure and free appointment he owes all his greatness and divinity. And though the title of First and Last, &c. may signify an unlimited eternity, when appliedto the FATHER, (if the FATHER's eternity be any where revealed in the Old Testament, which is doubtfuli,) yet it must not, it shall not signify any such thing when applied to the SON. And though Rev. i. 8. has been understood by all the primitive churches of GOD the SON, and such application be favoured by the context; yet it shall be understood of the FATHER only; or, at least, shall bear a subordinate sense, if understood of the SON. For there are several metaphysical reasons about derived and underived, about generation, causes, acts, will, indi

e Collection of Queries, p. 19. f The Scripture and Athanasians Compared, p. 5. Appeal to a Turk, &c. p. 89. Reply to Dr. Waterland's Defence, p. 177. h Unity of GOD not Inconsistent, &c. p. 34. i Collection of Queries, p. 50.

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