This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1816 Excerpt: ... with me in paradise."--Luke, xxiii. 42. Now let us examine what grounds this case offers for a death-bed repentance. In the first place, we have no knowledge of this malefactor, but what is contained in two or three of these verses: we cannot tell what his former life and character were; whether this was his first offence, or whether he was an old and great offender: wc cannot tell how long he had been confined in prison, and what opportunities he had then of thioking on his former ways: nor haj$ w any thing-to inform us, whether be.Jyiew Jesus. Christ before he met with him on the cross.--; These things are all necessary to enable ns to foim a correct judgment on this case. We are ignorant, I observe, of his former life. One single offence does not constitute a bad character. Some of those recorded for our example, we find not only greatly imperfect, but some of them marked with great crimes. Abraham, the father of the faithful, prevaricated in the denial of his wife: Moses, the meekest of men, on a T........ r t-t.tj particular occasion, manifested great wrath; Job, the pattern of patience, in the time of bj# great trials and distress, utters bitter imprecations against the day of his birth; David, eminent for his general piety and confidence in God, wasgnilty of two of the greatest of crimes, ami the most afflicting to society, adultery and murder. None of the disciples or apostles of our Lord were perfect characters, yet, in general1, they are reckoned as good men, and proposed for our example. Now we are not. sure but this. malefactor, in the general course of his life might have been a respectable character. The crime of which he is accused, is not one of those of the deepest malignity; and the crime may h greatly reduced by the considerat...
|Book:||Dissertations on Various Interesting Subjects, with a View to Illustrate the Amiable and Moral Spirit of Christ's Religion [&C.].|
|Number of Pages:||00044|
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