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Modern ** Orthodox Notion ef Fu ~ tare Punishment . ( Continued from p . 408 . ) ITHERTO we have considered H what are termed the natural
attributes of the Deity ; let u » now make some reflections on the moral ones , namely , Jbds holiness , justice and goodness . Holiness in man , is sanctity of the heart and obedience of the life , in the
sincere and diligent performance of the duties of piety , benevolence , and selfgovernment , according to the light and means afforded him , natural or
revealed . It is not a humanity without godliness , or , " a saintship without humanity ; " for such are imperfect characters : but the union of faith and
works , piety and charity : find , m proportion to our attainments in these indispensable and connected duties of religion , are the degrees of our holiness and virtue .
The holiness of the Deity consists in the purity , rectitude and perfection of his nature ; and cannot be separated , even in idea , from his essential benignity . We may possibly conceive of power , wisdppi , and knowledge , without goodness j but cannot thus apprehend the attribute of holiness . We should instantly reject the notion of a holy mai * , &x a holy angel , without benevolence : # n 4 cannot avoid
connecting these ideas in our concep tions p f ^ he "Divine holiness . ** He is glorious in holiness , " w 4 $ 9 be war * sniped " iu jfce hmtfy of holiness . " " His haling lies in ^ ^ pnf ^ inity to himself . tjpfa Jj ^ J < te J his acting X Jike and for hUjo ^ Jf , $ ^ s 4 &&& * m } wpeM attftU iJiqt < temm < m * f > ) m « jio S ^ j ^ mm ^ t w m ^^ me Mm € tft W my thine , he acted ooglffrav
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^ nan $ idoiaUy , jib tree ean ^ tity in V ^ d , ^ ^ ^ tfi ^ i ^ ^ iu ^ 4 l ^ igiitia « i compiaqency < so tp speak ) jatfce
comtemplation * # hia % ^ ItolMQendrtlt excellencies , so lie wn ^ nm ^ ^ A j «^ if ^ a » % faint reflection qf these perfections m Jn& creatures . Hm ^ , ^ e are eiyoined to be hply in our meitfwe wd degree , as God is holy , an ^ perfect as he is perfeci /*
It is true , this holiness includes his perfect ^ nd iniinite hatred of sin ; but this , simply considered , appears to be no bar against a change m the E&oraJ state of the sinner , tot rather implies the contrary . For , " What ig hatred of sin , as attributed to God ?—If we consider
this , as it is in i ^? , a passion of the soul , so it is not in God . The absolute perfection of his nature excludes it * But God ' s hatred of sin , is his perfect aversion of it , as contrary to himself : an aversion without perturbation , as with us , and is nothing but his holy will and nature averse to sin : to sin .
cis sin , and not sin , as it is in this or that person . He c ^ n no m ore love-in in his own people , than in the worst of men . God hates nothing but &in primarily ; therefore he forpids nothing but sin , and all his judgments are threatened only against it , and aiu h the only procuring cause of their execution . It is true , he hates the persons of wicked men but not as mm or
creatures simply , but only as sinful creatures . He hates' them for gin , and for nothing eis £ . " f To the same effect , speaks another orthodox writer , Mr . Burkitt , on Rom . be . 10 : " Nothing reudera any one the object of God ' s hatred but sin * He
does not hate t ; he Devil hirn ^ elf , a $ to is hfo creature , but only aa a sinner . God adjudges none to eternal perdition , but with respect to sin : " so that ' the infinite holiness of God , in itself con *
wdered , seems only to require a change ill tiie inoral et ^ Mte of the tranegreg ^ or , but not necessarily his everlasting puttyf , 0 fg § le ^ uis . us to con § i < to tte hmv * fa '&itMwi * f wb ^ mwpwfc StetpQi ijqf the nature of which ^ l ^ rifewte , J $ T » ^^ m ^ m awpo ^ d-, tl \^ e u ^ m ^ ii ^ cie ^ 4 ^ ifpm Jm \ &ipslfc& fe ^*^>« Pe « bmM < &i <^^ - < ¦ ** . luft . Wtifram ^ : ! Kiicfhjmiw *
Chrisl ?? n 4 tv : ; fn ^ IJmt fr&M mmr ufymM mvm ^ m ^ *^ i § w f ^ jg ^ requires fhe peonage of the owl power , wiU ipvpys him $ o p ^ in evpdy respect entitled to the honourable appellation of , A NONCONFORMIST .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1820, page 461, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2491/page/17/