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and faith the delinquents were to wait, Let. 6 till one happier man should regain XI. 6 the blissful seat,” and “open the • kingdom of heaven to all believers;" himself the true TREE OF LIFE IN THE PARADISE OF GOD.
To the learned and candid of all denominations these remarks are submitted. If there be any thing in them, the text in question, which has been so long the butt of infidels, and the stumblingblock of believers, not only becomes cleared of it's difficulties, but throws a light and a glory on the whole patriarchal dispensation.
LET. D 7. “ The account of the Flood XII. I." is very embarrassing."
· Posibly it may-There was a great deal done in a little time; and neither these gentlemen nor myself were present to see how it was done.
Ibid. “ From whence came the wa. 66 ter ?”
From the place to which it returned, and in which it has remained (God be praised) ever since. The globe of the earth, as the Scriptures inform us, is a shell, or hollow sphere, inclosing within it a body of waters, styled “ the great deep,” or abyss. The earth, at the creation, was covered on Let. all sides with water, which, at the XII. command of God, retired to this abyss beneath, from whence, at the faine command, it came forth in the days of Noah; and having performed it's task, was again dismissed, as before. " The fountains of the great - deep,” by the divine power, were “ broken up;" gravity for a time was suspended, or overcome; the waters were violently thrown' upwards into the atmosphere, and descended in torrents and cataracts of rain. If we measure the circumference of the earth, and gauge it's contents, we Thall find water enough, I dare say, to answer every purpose mentioned in the book of Genesis.* The shells, and
LET. other marine bodies, deposited in the XII. bowels and on the tops of the highest
mountains, all the world over, afford fufficient evidence, that the waters have been there. If any one can give a better account than Moses has done, when and how they came there, e'en let us have it. A learned and respectable person expresses his surprise, that the shell fish should transport themselves from the bed of the ocean, where they were much better accommodated, to so uncomfortable a situation as the summit of a barren mountain. Alas, worthy Sir, it was
" endeavours it may be remarked, that was it “all precipitated which is dissolved in the air, “ it might probably be sufficient to cover the • surface of the whole earth to the depth of " above thirty feet.” WATSON's Chemical Edays, Vol. 111, P. 87.
no party of pleasure! Whenever they LET. took the journey, depend upon it, it XII. was upon compulsion, Hal!” : P. 8. _“ Neither can we easily per
“ suade infidels, that the windows of .“ beaven were opened, while they know 6 it has no windows."
They can know nothing of the matter, till they know the meaning of the phrase, and it's usage in the Scriptures, where the heavens are said to be opened when it rains, and fout when rain is withholden, and the like. What is more common than fuch modes of expression are in all languages ? Suppose, to describe an uncommon fall of rain, I should say " the Juices of heaven “ were opened ;” would it not be the height of absurdity to reply, that " the Nuices of heaven cannot be “ opened, because it has no Nuices ? ”