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#£$$ ttf } i ftfi < f * g (* 6 dnes 9 : but iFth « ifety portf&n of the vvicked after ttrfc j * res $ hfr shaft Jife * be misefy , # hich will eitti « f be endlessly perjr # ttiSted , of te * ri * inate Jn utter JdSs of being , their existence wilt be to them a cufse , as , taking the iArhole of it ifrto view , suffering £ &hctty preponderates , ' iftratOod should false the wicked from tile dead , either that they
mtey be eternally tormented , or t&ftf itfter they hfcve been torineniid for a ~ tifi > 3 he may Utterly de . ifrtfy them , £ gm never be shewn H » be consistent with his
acknowledged wisdom and goodness , nor he reconciled with his gracious difcigii intending Jesus Christ to biM the ' "Saviour of the world , in * f > pointiftg him to be the resurtifefiofc and ( he life . On either
© f * & ? sfoove suppositions the refurrection would be purely a curse to the ungodly . ^ 1 Sft f' vi ^ w df future punishment fcan % & dorisbtent with the cha »
racter of God as a Father , with bis infinite wisdom and goodness , tkat fiwppose ^ hi « n to be vindictive , * nd the operations of his puintive justice , so far as the objects of it i # e concerned , to issue in misery and destruction . There can be
no vinxlictiveness in a merciful Bfcther ; nor can he possibly put ^ ish for the stfke of giving pain , titov that the punishment may only terminate in the ? destruction of his tof&frting .
I once knew a pool" illiterate ittfcn , who , while working with atibther in a field , expressed his persimmon that the vvicked would
not be endlessly punished , that < 3 od would ultimately * he \ v them * om « mercy ; the other was much tttrprisetl at i * eaxfmg what he then theught extremely erroneous ^ and
told him it was impossible for ahy thing to be found in scripture lo support so strange an opinion . He replied ,, that though he could riot prove what be Said by passaged bt scripture , yet as God id a good " and merciful Beibg , he could not believe he would leave any of hir creatures in endless misery : that when God threatened Adam , " In the day thou eatest thereof thoil shah surely die , ** there was no prospect of mercy held out , yet God had mercy in reserve ; so '&d said , he believed he bad nterejf in reserve for the most sinful and
miserable of his creatures . Neu tber of these persons , at the time * had beard that any Christian * denied the doctrine of endless pu- * nishment *
Such , Sir , when the character and perfections of God , as dk * played in all his works , and pro * claimed in his sacred word , a ? 6 duly considered , will be the deductions of COMMON SENSE .
Letier of Jos . Mtdts on John Haled * Tract on Schism . Feb . J , 1814 * Sir ,
The following letter * copied from the Epistolary Correspondence of Joseph Mede ^ in the folio volume of his works , ( 3 d ed *
Io 7 $ ) will , if I am not mistaken , throw some light upon the sub . jccta in your note f page f . Thai letter is the 98 th * and the last in the collection . It was written A
few weeks before the death of tfoo writer , and addressed to Mh Hartlib , the same to whom Milton ad dressed his" Tractate of Education . " The Editor of Medc ' s work * , Dr . WoTfchin&tont ha « eutitUd this
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), March 2, 1814, page 161, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2438/page/25/