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atoning blood of Christ, and of the scriptures, yet they conthe pardoning grace of God. tain every thing, which is esWe recollect some instances sential to form the character of in which missionaries have a true christian, and one who made these the subjects of will be accepted of God, as their first lessons to heathens a faithfựl follower of Jesus and savages. How much bet. Christ. As for what are called ter would it be, if they would mysteries, if there are such,we first explain to them the char- are willing they should remain acter of God, and show from such still; nor shall we think the fact of their own existence ourselves, or others, chargeaand of the objects around then, ble with blame for not underthat he must be wise, and good, standing what we cannot unand powerful—that he justly derstand. demands their adoration and We do not expect thc worlove-and that they can in no shippers of Lama and Fo in way better serve him, than by Asia, the idolaters of the South living in peace and harmony Sea Islands, and the savages of with one another and showing America, to be much instructmutual kindness, gentleness, ed or edified by the account of and affection. These instruc- the Abrahamic covenant, or tions would prepare them for the predictions and highly receiving the rules of conduct wrought poetical descriptions pointed out in the scriptures, of the prophets. Before they and bring them gradually to a see the grounds or the knowledge of their objects, and objects of these, they must be a reverence for their authority, well acquainted, not only with and from this their sphere of the general history of man, but christian knowledge, might be especially with that of the peoeasily enlarged till it should ple, whom God thought prop. embrace at length all that is im- er to choose as the subjects of portant in doctrine and practice. his peculiar dispensations; and

Precisely the same effects also of the nations with whom would be produced, we con- they were immediately or receive, by the bible alone. We motely connected. We do not do not wish to learn savages to expect thein to sce the entire interpret the scriptures, but to force and appropriateness of teach them those parts, which all the discourses of Christ in need no interpretation. It is the Gospels, without a previa not the " thing's hard to be un- ous knowledge of the circumderstood,” that we wish them stances under which he spoke, to learn. It is those parts on- resulting from the manners, ly, which are adapted to the habits, opinions, expectations simplicity of their understand- and prejudices of the people, ings, and their state of socicty. whom he addressed. We And we do not hesitate to say, know, that many parts of the that although these may be Epistles must remain uninteln comprised in a small compass ligible to them, until they are compared with the whole bulke made acquainted with the par


ticular conditions of the people heathen nations, and even re. 10 whom they were written venge, in its most relentless the disorders and vices, which forms, is, by vast numbers of the writers, wished to correct mankind, thought a virtue, and restrain, and the virtues, What could have a more salu. which they wished to encour- tary and effectual tendency to age and promote. We do not correct these errors, so fatal to expect the bible itself to teach the peace and happiness of the evidences of its own au- millions, than the spirit of thority and reasonableness, to mildness, gentleness and forininds wholly ignorant of the bearance, which every where history of man, and the modes glows with kindling warmth in of his existence in civilized so- the instructions of Christ? ciety.

May it not be expected that Yet after all, there is enough the kindly influences of the in the bible for all the desired . christian virtues will insinuate objects of its distribution which themselves imperceptibly joto is intelligible to the plainest their minds? Their cffect may capacity and rudest intellect; be slow, but it will be certain, enougii to produce the best ef- To suppose a savage, while he fects on the minds and social is a savage, can be made to uncondition of barbarous nations. derstand the whole christian Our highest hopes will be re- scheme, would be unreasonaalized, if we produce a grad. ble and absurd. Even the atnal amelioration and moral tempt to teach it to him would dignity in their characters, by be injurious to the cause. Namaking them acquainted with ture seldom delighis in viotheir perfect rules of conduct, lence. All her operations, the nature of that divine au- which result in obvious good, thority from which they pro- are calm and gradual. It is cecd, and the sanctions the gentle shower, which wakes which they rest.

into being the dormant gems These have a very special of vegetation, and clothes the tendency to correct the false fields with verdurc; the mild notions of right action, univer- breezes of spring wait life, and sally prevalent among nations, health, and strength on their that are strangers to Christian- wings; but the angry tempest ily. Even the enlightened carries ruin in its train and Greeks and Romans could nev- leaves desolation behind. So er arrive at the true principles in teaching christianity to unof virtue. To be brave, dar- civilized nations we inust use ing, quick in resentment, bold the gentlest means and be conin enterprize, undeviating in tent with a slow progress. We purpose, and eager for fame are fully persuaded, that the were considered the strongest bible left to itself in any hands marks of a great mind, and will ultimately make its way, qualities most highly esteemed and carry with it the desired by the gods. These opinions effect. Allow it to give rise are still prevalent among all to some errors, yet it will do


incalculable good, and who among whom the bible is a would forego the opportunity book more heard of, than of conferring a certain im- known; they have been born mense benefit, because it may in a christian land, and have be attended with possible, lived in christian communities, though very improbabie harm, and thence they are called and even this probable harm christians ; but in their lives totally disproportionate to the and practice they give few evicertain good ?

dences of having been instructAlthough the great field fored by the precepts, or of being the operation of Bible Socie- guided by the examples of Jcties is abroad among uncivili- sus Christ. The laws and senzed nations, yet their utility, timents of society give a tone and even necessity, among of general rectitude to their those, who support regular es- actions and feelings, and sugtablishments for christian in- gest the only motives, which struction is also most obvious. operate on their susceptibiliTo say nothing of those large ties and decisions. But if the portions of Europe, “where bible be put into their hands, the bible printed by heretics its treasures opened, its charis to be numbered among oth- ities and its excellencies disa er prohibited books,"—when played to them, we have every the inhabitants still bow with reason to believe, that by the abject submission under the blessing' of God, they will yoke of an ecclesiastical des- gradually heed its commands, potism, and quietly submit the and be inade better by its incontrol of their consciences structions ; they will rise in to papal bulls and royal de. the scale of intellectual and crees—when the only prerog moral worth, and rest with atives, that mark the dignity confidence on the hopes of an of the human character are cternal life in the kingdom of tamely yielded up—where the the Redeemer. spirit of inquiry has slumber- We intended to say a few ed for ages, and still slumbers words on one or two points, on—and where the mind is not which we have not mentioned, allowed the freedom of its own båt we have already been led operations and decisions-10 beyond our limits. We do not say nothing of these countries, agree with Mr. Warner in which are cxtensive and pop- some of the theological opinulous, we shall find ample ions, which he has expressed, scope for the beneficial effects yet we should think ourselves of Bible Societies, where free- deficient in what we deem esdom of thought and christian sential christian virtues, if we liberty are unrestrained. did not cordially unite with

Any one has only to look a- him in such sentiments as round him to discover the truth prompted the spirit of enlightof this remark. Ceriain clas- ened zeal, and true christian ses of people are every where catholicism, which brea:hes to be found, and these by no from every page of his dismeans small or insignificant, course.

For the Christian Disciple.
No. II.

gospels, sat down to a volume The Charitable Sectarians. of Buckminster's Sermons. DURING the late unhappy

It was not until after they war, (all wars indeed are un- had lived together almost a happy), many families and in- week, that they became informdividuals fled from the sea- ed of each other's way of thinkcoast into the country, to es- ing On the first Sabbathcape the dangers which were morning after their residence threatened by the hovering en- in the country, their conversaemy. In one of the villages tion naturally turned on reli. but a few miles from the me. gious topics. Upon the mutu. tropolis, four families found al disclosure of their senti. themselves brought together, ments which followed, it was and boarding beneath a single very evident that the cordial roof. It happened that they familiarity and esteem they were all of different persua- had begun to feel and express sions in religion. One was a

for each other, was suddenly Baptist, another an Episcopa- changed into an oppressive lian, a third a Unitarian, and embarrassment and reserve. the fourth a Congregational They walked silently to meetCalvinist. They were all con- ing, and sustained for some fessedly amiable, and all of days after a suspension of their them experienced feelings, friendly conversations. which each at least for herself

And what could there have interpreted to partake of the been that is connected with renaturc of piety. They were all, ligion, which should thus counmoreover, in the habit of devo teract some of the most deting an hour after breakfast lightful and amiable tendenevery morning to secluded re- cies of human nature ? The Jigious exercises and medita- most favourable answer that tions. The Episcopalian lady can be given, is, the immense found ample food for her devo- importance of the subject ittion in the liturgy and lessons self, which makes us abhor the of her church. The Baptist slightest deviation from what spent the whole hour in de- we conceive to be the right on vout and fervent prayers, in- matters of eternal interest. termingled with the profound. On the other hand, the most

self-examination. The unfavourable solution of the Calvinist, beside her usual act problem consists in the prejuof worship, spent the remain- dices of our education, and the der of the time on Scott's Bi- very narrow range to which ble; while the Unitarian, after our knowledge is confined.repeating with the greatest Perhaps the exact truth lies in earnestness and deliberation both of these explanations u. the Lord's prayer, and reading nited. The four ladies, who

or three chapters in the are the subjects of our narra



tivé, were, as

we before inti- views of divine truth and di. mated, all susceptible of pious vine benevolence. impressions. They all consid. Actuated by these views and ered religion as the most in- feelings, it is not surprising teresting, the most momentous that they should experience Business of their lives. Hence, that sudden chi}l which diffus. 60 wisely do our minds associ- ed itself through their interåte ideas which present them- course for a few days after the selves together-so readily do discovery of their religious we imagine that the connec- sentiments. But there is some'tion is natural and inviolable, thing in human nature, which when it is only arbitrary and God himself has given us, accidental, they had each fall- which rises above the petty en into the almost unavoida- distinctions created by our igble mistake of attaching a title norance, our follies, and our to salvation to the peculiar passiòns. It was not long beforms in which they had been fore the Baptist found that all nursed and brought up. The those virtues and graces, upon Baptist had connected all her which she valued herself as bethoughts of heaven, of holiness, ing derived from the immediand of favour in the sight of ate and irresistible communiGod, with the ceremony of čation of the spirit of God, baptism by immersion and ex. were exercised and displayed clusive communion. The E. in equal force by the Unitaripiscopalian, who had scarcely an. It was not long before the ever heard of such a practice, Calvinist saw, that though the but wlro had seen the table of Episcopalian made no pretenthe Lord open to all whò chose ces to personal election, yet to approach it, could hardly she gave such evidences of her imagine that sentiments of pi- sincerity, her warm piety, her ety might find any way of ut- heavenly-mindedness, and in terance except in the establish- short her almost perfect and ed formularicg of her church. godly preparation for another The Calvinist, who had a humo world, that no speculative beble and sincere assurance of lief could possibly make her her individual election, found better. It was not long beit impossible to believe that fore the Episcopalian perceivthe Deity chooses to operate ed how little necessary connecupon the heart of man in any tion subsists between a form other than one definite, and un- of words, and the vital religion varying mode. And the Uni- of the heart. Nor was it long tarian, while she consoled her. ere the believer in one God self with more enlarged, and, learned that the Deity could as she conceived, scriptural not be angry with misconcepconceptions of the Deity, was tions concerning his nature, inclined to suppose that God since the most exact ideas we would not regard with a favour- can form of him here below able eye, those whose opinions must be infinitely short of truth of him were so opposite to her and reality. Vol. VI.-No, 2.


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