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acted thus—or human nature then was not the same as human nature now ; yet this , if we admit the Trinitarian hypothesis , thousands must have done—have done , while yet the splendours of the
risen God were lingering on the horizon—while those to whom he had revealed his glory , and those who had heard thereof from the 6 ye-witnesses of it , were yet on earth . Impossible ! Such a thing could never have taken place—the feelings of every man are revolted at the supposition . The hypothesis , then , which leads to so absurd a conclusion must be false . Christ was not revealed
as God . On the contrary , following the index of history , believing under its direction that the Church at first was Unitarian , we easily perceive how , from the principles of our nature , the conversion of Jesus into God took place .
Rite and Progress of the Doctrine of the Trinity . S 3
A PARABLE .
In a solitary place among the groves , a child wandered whithersoever he would . He believed himself alone , and wist not that one watched him from the thicket , and that the eye of his parent was on him continually : neither did he mark whose hand had opened a way for him thus far . All things that he saw were new to him ; therefore he feared nothing .
He cast himself down in the long grass , and as he lay he sang till his voice of joy rang through the woods . When he nestled among the flowers , a serpent arose from the midst of them : and when the child saw how its burnished coat glittered in the sun Hke the rainbow , he stretched forth his hand
to take it to his bosom . Then the voice of his parent cried from the thicket " Beware I " And the child sprang up , and gazed above and around to know whence the voice came ; but when he saw not , he presently remembered it no more .
He watched how a butterfly burst from its shell , and flitted faster than he could pursue , and soon rose far above his reach . When he gazed and could trace its flight no more , his father put forth his hand and pointed where the butterfly ascended , even into the clouds . But the child saw not the sign . A fountain gushed forth amidst the shadows of the trees * and
its waters flowed into a deep and quiet pool * The child kneeled on the brink , and looking in , he saw his own bright face , and it smiled upon him . As he stooped yet nearer to meet it , a voice once more said •« Beware 1 " The child started back ; but he saw that a gust ruffled the
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1832, page 23, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1804/page/23/