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sran to- * t * duW&"'yktar with one more on the inferences which the Dr . draws from passages of scrip , ture ahd from the attributes of God . Yours , &c . JOHN MARSOMc
Mr * Wright on the Universal liestoration . Wisbeack , March 11 , 1814 . : * *¦ Sir , A friend of mine , who was an
Utiiversalist before me ; a person of-good sense , a « d capable of managing a plain argument weM , though quite unlearned ; when we conversed together on the future punishment of the wicked , used so ' metMnes - to puzzle me with such
questions as the following : i . Did God ever design the happiness of all men ? Did he intend - ' -their happiness when he made them , or when he sent Jesus Christ to be the Saviour of the
world ? As I bejieved God to be infinitely good 5 I was constrained to answer in the affirmative . He would thea ask further ,
2 . If all be not made ultimately happy is it because God hath changed his mind respecting them , and ceased to design their happiness ?
To this I could not avoid answering , It cannot foe because Gtxl ' s mind is , or ever will be changed ; for t 4 He is in one mind , and none can turn him t * nor
because he ceaselh to design their happiness ; for > being infinitely and immutably good , he cannot cease to design the happiness of all mankind * His next question would br
3 . If th ^ u ^^ g ^ leip ^^^ mtely good God cannot £ ba ) pge his mind , nor cease tip S ^]^ ^^ happiheis of all m ^ n ^ ndf ¦ -. % 9 W is it that kiiy of ' " them \^ fl . ^ ^ rnaily lost ? / Is | fc fecaiuse yjojforeseen di-fficutties will arise to
frustrate his pufppse , or because ht hath hot siiflficient wisdqm to find means to actornp ljsji all tis gra cious designs ' ¥ '' Here again I was constrained to give an answer unfavourable to the doctrine 1 held at the time . I could not avoid admitting that
no difficulties , can arise wllich God did not always foresee ^ and that , being infinitely wise , fig pan be &t no loss to find means to acr complish all his gi-acioas desicnk My friend would then ' adcl cin ^ more question .
4 . if any part of marikmd be eternally lost , is it thenbecauseOod " hMh not sufficient power to lisp the means which hh infinite wi s ^ dotn dictates , and which would be effectual for the re 6 by ^ ry ojf all to purity and happiness ?\ /
Believing God to be Atmi ^ b ( y ^ I could not hel p grafting , thaV it is impossible he sbonicl Jy an power to accomplish any ofliis wise and benevolent purposes ! Such is the substance of wti& $
several times parsed in copversatioh , at a time when tri y thought ^ were much exercis ^ il on the doctrines of endless punishment ob the one hand , and of limited puT nishment and restoration on the
other ! Though I could pot then fully admit my friend * * conclusion , I knew not how to withstand the force of what he sakl ; and it na cfoufcit bad some influence , in connexioil with other things tvhicft struck lhe | m tte
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1814, page 228, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2439/page/28/