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OBJEOTION.God sware in his wrath that the ]s. raelites should not enter into his rest.
Answer.---Tlie rest was the land of Canaan, being typical of the time of the Millenium, or Christ's reign on earth, and not of the ultimate state of bappiness.
OBJECTİON. There are some of whom we read, That he that made them will not have mercy upon them, anà he that formed them will shew them no favor.
ANSWER.-These words must necessarily be understood with some limitation, and refer to a particular season, when they shall have judgment without mer cy, but finally mercy shall rejoice against judgment.
OBJECTION,That the wicked shall never see ligbt.
ANSWEP.--Not until subdued, or overcome, as the words ought to be rendered.
OBJECTION. A great ransom cannot deliver those who are taken away by the stroke of God.
ANSWER The great ransom cannot intend the blood of Christ, the power of which is unlimited, but gold, and all the forces of strength, riches, wisdom,&c. none of these can deliver their possessors from death.
OBJECTION.-Solomon says, That there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave; and that in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.
ANSWER.—The first part of this objection respects only the state of the body in the grave, but cannot be brought to disprove the consciousness of the soul in a separate state, the resurrection of the body, a future state of existence, or the final Restoration.
The second part of this objection has not the least relation to the subject; but belongs to quite another matter.
OBJECTION. - The living have hope, but the dead have bone, their love, hatred, envy, &c. are per. ished.
Answer.--This belongs to the present life, and to
the state of the body in the grave, but forms ño ob-
OBJECTION.–Our Saviour has said, The night com-
ANSWER.–Our Lord was diligent in his work, and
OBJECTION --Many terrible passages of Scripture
ANSWER.---The Scriptures are an unanswerable ob-
QUESTION=-But does not punishment harden and
ANSWER,--Punishment to a certain degree produ-
OBJECTION. --The deplorable state of wicked men,
ANSWER. --However difficult it may be for our rea-
OBJECTION.--There will come a time when the
ANSWERED,-1. By considering the words as belon-
OBJECTION.--Those who add or diminish shall have the plagues added to them, or their part taken out of the book of life, &c.
ANSWER.--This po objection to the general Restoration, but is a solemn warning for us to take heed that we do not fall under those dreadful punishments which await unbelievers and profane persons, nor loose those inestimable blessings which Christ has promised to the faithful, obedient, overcomers, &c.
The reflections .cast upon the doctrine of the Restoration by its opponents shewn to be highly absurd.
The doctrine of annihilation considered.
There can be but three things possible ; endless misery, total apribilation, or the Restoration.
The doctrine of annihilation, or a final state of nonexistence, proved unscriptural. 1. By the wicked being actually tormented for a long season, ages of ages. 2. Because they are destroyed, not that they might cease to exist any more, but that they might come to know the Lord. 3. By the unexceptionable instance of Sodom & Gomorrah, &c. who were so long ago destroyed, and yet shell have their captivity returned.
The promises made respecting Sodom and Gomorrah, fc. prove the doctrines of annihilation and endless misery, both to be erroneous and the restoration alone to be true.
An objection taken from Mr. B's sermon that sinners in Hell, will be always under the necessity of committing fresh sin, therefore God will be obliged to continue their punishments to all eternity.
ANSWERED.-The objection unscriptoral, merely a rash conjecture, totally unfounded.
The scripture represents future punishment as the reward of sins committed in this world.
Their intention is to destroy sin, and consequently will cause it to cease from being committed.
Whatever rage punishments may at first seem to provoke, they must continue until the most rebellious are entirely subdued.
The last objection. That sin is infinite, being against an infinite object, containing infinite hatefulness, and justly deserves infinite punishment; and which cannot be fully executed, and therefore endless misery must be their portion.
This unscriptural, unreasonable, trite objection largely answered. 1. By shewing the absurdity of ascribing infinite actions to creatures. 2. Acts of the highest goodness do not extend to God, cannot be infinite,much less can evil actions be infinite. 3. Tho' iniquities are once in Scripture styled infinite, yet it is evident from the whole passage compared with other parts of Scripture, that infinite is only used for a great multitude. 4. The idea of every sin being absolutely infinite, and deserving infinite punishment or endless misery, entirely confounds and destroys all the different kinds and degrees of sin, and all those distinctions which God hath made and revealed to us in the Scriptures. 5. God threatens to punish sinners for all their sins; and to render their sin and iniquity double upon them: and yet pomises to be gracious to them after all, & c. 6. Even allowing that sin is naturally infinite, and deserves infinite punishment, that will not prove that any of the human race must be miserable without end, &c.
Eight reasons given why the Author sometimes treats in public upon the doctrine of the Universal Restoration.
Eleven reasons mentioned why the Author doth not speak of it more frequently and fully in bis puls lic discourses.
Friend, I Ho have little discourse with you concern
HAVE taken the , ing the doctrine of the Restoration of all Things, which it is said you believe; and to propose some objections.
Minister. I am happy to see you, and am willing to discourse, as well as I am able, upon any subject that may be agreeable ; but I have always made it a rule never to press the belief of my sentiments upon my friends; and I can safely say, that, though such great pains have been taken by my adversaries, to prejudice people against me, I have never gone about from house to house to propagate my opinions; and I make it an universal rule not to introduce the subject in conversation, unless desired; but yet I never have refused to own my sentiments, when asked, respecting the matter ; and am ready, in the fear of God, to apswer any objections that can be made, to a doctrine which I believe is plainly revealed in the Scriptures of truth, and appears to me worthy of God.
Friend. I shall first of all bring to view that grand objection, which is formed from the word eternal or everlasting, being applied to a future state of punishment ; as in the following passages : Isaiah xxxiii, 14.
The sinners in Zion are afraid, fearfulness hath ourprized the bypocrites. Who among us shall dwell