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Proofs of Immortality From Reason.

Proofs of Immortality From Reason.

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REV. R. MOREHEAD, A. M.

II. TIM. 1. 10. " And hath brought life and immortality t&
light through the gospel"
REV. R. MOREHEAD, A. M.

II. TIM. 1. 10. " And hath brought life and immortality t&
light through the gospel"

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PROOFS OF IMMORTALITY FROM REASON. REV. R. MOREHEAD, A. M.II. TIM. 1. 10. " And hath brought life and immortality t& light through the gospel" ROM these words it is not meant to be inferred, that, independently of the gos-pel, men have no intimations of a future state, but only that these intimations are dark and obscure, and that our Saviour brought this important truth into full light and certainty. On a point of so much consequence, it is useful to collect proofs PROOFS OF IMMORTALITY, &C. 147 from every quarter, from natural reason as well as from revelation ; and, indeed, it is only by comparing together those different sources of information, that we can justly appreciate the value of that
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knowledge with which Christianity has supplied us. Let us then begin with the light of na-ture, and see how far it will lead us to the sublime conclusion, that we are immortal beings ; that this life is but the passage to another ; and that the grave, with all its horrors, is the gate which opens on an eternal world. Consider, first, the universality of this belief; that, in some shape or other, it is to be found among all nations ; that men have always looked beyond the tomb, and have never been able to reconcile them-selves to the notion, that death was the eternal termination of their existence. Whence this belief? How should so pro-148 PROOFS OF IMMORTALITY
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digious a supposition have fastened itself so closely to the mind of a being who is only of yesterday, and who to-morrow may be laid in the dust ? What is there in this span of life, which could thus lead us to presume on an eternity ? From a scene which promises so little, whence should those mighty expectations arise ? In vain will it be said, that man is at all times chimerical ; that his imagination is ever stretching beyond the real state of his condition ; that he hopes and fears he knows not what ; and that no regular con-clusions can be drawn from the extrava-gant opinions into which he runs. Man, no doubt, is subject to many illusions of the fancy, and perhaps seldom sees any truth clearly and as it is ; yet it is a maxim of the wise, that no opinion can gain a steady and permanent footing in the hu-man mind, which has not some founda-tion in reality, with whatever errors it
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