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the Lord to relieve him, delivering him from the fear of death, and his mind from darkness. To-day his heart seemed to be full of joy : it was expressed in his countenance. When I went into his room, he said, “My Father is come to see me to-day.”
“What has made you glad, Thomas ?" I said.
He replied, “ Ah! God lives THERE, Jesus Christ lives THERE,” laying his hand on his breast. “What is God to you, Thomas.”
My Father, Sir.”
?” “He is my Saviour, Sir. I do not fear to die now : the devil has no power to trouble me now.”
“ But have you nothing for which to answer after you die, Thomas ?"
“No, nothing. I know I have sinned; but Christ lives THERE: Christ died for my sins."
“ What did Jesus Christ do for you?” “He shed his blood for me.”
“ Where is Jesus?"
“He is gone to heaven, to prepare a place for me. I will live again."- Quarterly Papers, Baptist Missionary Society.
ONCE FOR ALL.
“For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, and undefiled, and separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; who needeth not daily as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's, for this he did once when he offered up himself.”—Heb. vii. 26-27.
The greek word is spana E- E-once for all-perfectly, completely, not to be done again. If St. Paul had been professedly combating the doctrine of the mass, he could not have used stronger, or more exterminating language. not a high priest who needeth daily to offer up sacrifice." But in the church of Rome they have priests who need daily to offer up sacrifice. It is a fact, that at least 400,000,000 of masses have been offered up since the year 1801. A calculation below the mark is, that there may be about 30,000 priests in the world ; suppose they offer a mass a day, that will be 210,000 a week, and 10,920,000, a year, or, during the last ten years, in round numbers, 100,000,000, and during the portion of the century that is now expired, and by the same arithmetic, nearly400,000,000
CHARMED SERPENTS. “If the Serpent bite, when hee is not charmed : no better is
babbler.”—Eccl. x. 11. old version. July 3.-Now was the time to catch all sorts of snakes to be met with in Egypt, the great heats bringing forth these vermin ; I therefore made preparation to get as many as I could, and at once received four different sorts, which I have described and preserved in aqua vitæ. These were the common viper, the Cerastes of Alpin, Jaculus, and an Anguis marinus. They were brought me by a Psilli (serpent charmer), who put me, together with the French consul Lironcourt, and all the French nation present, in consternation. They gathered about us to see how she handled these most poisonous and dreadful creatures, alive and brisk, without their doing or even offering to do her the least harm. When she put them into the bottle where they were to be preserved, she took them with her bare hands, and handled them as our ladies do their laces. She had no difficulty with any but the vipere officinales, (common vipers), which were not fond of their lodging. They found means to creep out before the bottle could be corked. They crept over the hands and bare arms of the woman, without occasioning the least fear in her; she with great calmness took the snakes from her body, and put them into the places destined for their grave. She had taken these serpents in the field with the same ease she handled them before us : this we were told by the Arab who brought her to us. Doubtless the woman had some unknown art which enabled her to handle these creatures. It was impossible to get any information from her, for on this subject she would not open her lips.
MAKING VOID THE LAW. It was here (Saphet) that we first observed the Eruv, a string stretched from house to house across a street, or fastened upon tall poles. This string is intended to represent a wall; and thus, by a ridiculous fiction, the Jews are enabled to fulfil the precept of the Talmud, that no one shall carry a burden on the Sabbath day, not even a prayer-book, or a handkerchief, or a piece of money, except it be within a walled place. How applicable still are the words of Jesus, “In vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matt. xv. 9.)-Mission to the Jews.
EXTRAORDINARY BIBLE. In the library of the late Dr. Williams, at Redcross-street, there is a curious manuscript, containing the whole book of Psalms, and all the new Testament, except the Revelations, in fifteen volumes folio. The whole is written in characters an inch long, with a white composition, on a black paper, manufactured on purpose. This perfectly unique copy was written in 1745, at the cost of a Mr. Harris, a tradesman of London, whose sight having decayed with age, so as to prevent his reading the Scriptures, though printed in the largest type, he incurred the expense of this transcription, that he might enjoy those sources of comfort which are more to be desired than gold, yea, than much fine gold."- Christian Observer.
CHINESE PROVERBS. Though a tree be a thousand chang (145,000 feet) in height, its leaves must fall down, and return to its roots.
As the scream of the eagle is heard when she has passed over, so a man's name remains after his death,
Following virtue is like ascending an eminence; pursuing vice, is like rushing down a precipice.
By a long journey we know a horse's strength; so length of days shows a man's heart,- (literally, “ well in the centre.” See Eccl. xii. 6.)
( To the Editor of the Youth's Magazine.) DEAR SIR.—The question of R. B. in your last number, whilst it is highly creditable to the writer, deserves serious attention on the part of all. Societies of the kind to which he refers are now rising up on every side, and have proved in many cases productive of more evil than good: it becomes therefore desirable to distinguish between the causes likely to produce these opposite effects, and to see how far objectionable results are necessarily connected with such institutions.
There can certainly be no harm in the object of such societies -the mutual improvement of the members in theology, mathematics, geography, astronomy, &c. &c.
The manner of conducting them by "public discussion” is open to serious objection, unless a very judicious and rigid surveillance is insured by the internal regulations of the society, and a constant watch observed by the individual members over the spirit of their own minds. In this instance, as in so many others, the scriptural rule—“Be slow to speak, slow to wrath," is invaluable. Let every one go up to these meetings to be instructed, and not to teach ; much less to dogmatize, or to uphold previous opinions at all hazards. A child-like teachable spirit is particularly desirable on such occasions; and if it be true, as unquestionably it is, that men ought always to pray and not to faint, the unction of the closet should accompany us, even when the subjects for our consideration are not strictly of a religious character.
There is no greater enemy to profitable argument than prejudice. We must not cling to opinions, however long or undisturbedly we may have held them, if shown to be inconsistent with facts: there is no reason whatever in the antiquated plea, “I always thought so." You are to prove all things, and hold fast that which is good. Nor is prejudice inimical only to profit: it excites and disturbs the temper very frequently to a lamentable extent. Guard therefore, in the first place, carefully and prayerfully against prejudice.
Vanity and the love of display are also formidable enemies to our growth in useful knowledge. Do not enter upon any discussion for the purpose of producing a sensation merely. Facts constitute the best eloquence. Only look to your words as they express these facts, and the deductions naturally and clearly arising out of them. Never rise to speak without having something to say. Never“ make a speech,” it will always make itself if you have the materials ready; and if not, it is better left alone. Free and full discussion upon subjects connected with philosophy and science, if prosecuted in such a spirit as I have attempted to describe, so far from being in any way deserving of reprehension, are on many accounts desirable. The outcry raised by many against “infidel pursuits,” and “ sceptical studies," is most absurd. The Scriptures as the most perfect exposition of truth, cannot be in any way prejudiced by enquiries into those inferior departments of revelation embraced by natural philosophy. God is light; and all that emanates from him bears, though in different degrees, the character of its Divine Author. As well might it be urged that we ought not to enquire into the nature of the stars, for fear the sun of our system should be brought into discredit, as that scientific researches can in any way disparage scripture. The odium too commonly attached to such pursuits as geology, and many others, applies entirely to the spirit in which they are followed out. An infidel will poison any study, or a proud and worldly man endeavor to warp it to his own selfish ends : whilst the humble but intelligent christian will glorify every department of science or philosophy, by letting in upon it the pure radiance of Bible truth.
Question XVII.—Meuning of Mark xiii. 32.
(To the Editor of the Youths' Magazine.) Sir,-I shall be exceedingly obliged by an explanation of Mark xiii. 32; the text seems to intimate something like an inequality between the first and second persons in the Holy Trinity; inasmuch as it expressly declares, that the Son knoweth not the day or the hour when he shall come to judge the world, but that the Father does.
I think it refers to that knowledge which he possessed in his humanity, but still I do not distinctly comprehend how it could be said that that adorable Being was not fully acquainted with every thing which was known by the Divinity.
An answer will be thankfully received from any of the pious correspondents of the Youths' Magazine, but especially from R. C., of Penryn, if convenient to him to furnish one.
I am, Sir,