A Book of Gems Choice selections from the writings of Benjamin Franklin

By Benjamin Franklin

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these men all through the land, and
convert the country, and then we can easily convert the city. We have
a large number of this class of men who can be employed for two, three
and four hundred dollars a year, to preach a great portion of their
time, and they are the only men who can and will penetrate all the
nooks and corners of the land. The Lord help us to appreciate these
good men, and see that they are aided in their labors of love and work
of faith.




SUGGESTIONS TO A YOUNG SCEPTIC.


A young gentleman had called for the reconciliation of
certain points in the New Testament narratives, which, to
his mind, seemed incongruous. After noting each of the
points separately, in the _A. C. Review_, for May, 1859, the
editor added:


But, my dear sir, the reconciling what to you may be apparent
discrepancies, is no reason for your becoming a Christian; nor should
you think me unable to reconcile them, or should I really be unable to
reconcile them, or should all men be unable to reconcile them, that
would still be no reason why you or any man should reject Christ. The
inability to reconcile these matters may arise from our ignorance and
not from the fact that they are irreconcilable. It would not be a
reason for rejecting the gospel, if the statements of these witnesses
were really in themselves irreconcilable or inaccurate. The inaccuracy
might easily have found its way into their testimony, in translating,
transcribing, or interpolation, and Christ still be divine. The
whole matter rests _upon Christ_, and not upon the congruity or the
incongruity of the sacred narratives, unless their consistency can be
so impaired as to destroy their testimony concerning Christ. The matter
is not whether you can reconcile all the statements of Matthew, Mark,
Luke and John, whether you can show their consistency and understand
them throughout, but whether you believe in Christ or not, whether you
will receive him or not. Can you say, sir, that you are pondering in
your mind whether to regard Jesus as _divine_ or an _imposter_? This
is the question for you to fix your eye upon. You have not time now to
study the whole Bible and decide upon a sentence at a time, whether you
believe it or not. It would take you a long time to become a Christian
in that way. You should not go to the Bible for

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1 The Warning 390 The Work of Creation 8 The Work of the Disciples 417 Theory and Practice 479 Things Not Forbidden 290 Thirty Years Ago 376 Too Late for the Cars 269 True Missionaries 18 The New and the Old 464 Universalism 75 Universalism Unbelief .
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When it is put forth and he is delivered of it he is relieved for the time being, especially, if he finds that it annoys some one.
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It is no small work to enlighten the people of the world.
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This discomfits the preacher.
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A man who never read the Bible once through in his life, nor ten other books, who has the most corrupt character, can talk of inconsistencies, incongruities, contradictions and absurdities, in the Bible, as stoutly as anybody.
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, but we take the whole Scripture; not to prove our doctrine, but as the perfect and complete system of doctrine itself.
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It never can have a good influence on any sensible man to see religious people so anxious to get him into their party as to set aside their own established principles, and what they hold to be clearly the _law of God_, for a man not willing to submit to the law of induction into the heavenly family.
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When _some other way_ is affirmed, we affirm nothing and have nothing to prove, but simply deny.
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But we should not expect to revolutionize the public mind at once.
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He gives them a subsistence as they pass along, or money for their expenses, but the main bulk of their wages is laid up in heaven, and can not be estimated by dollars and cents.
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The rich man died, and in _hades_ he lifted up his eyes in torment.
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These lie upon the surface, are the first things we come to, and may be easily learned, and understood sufficiently for all practical purposes.
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church but one, “the church of the living God,” in existence.
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It imparted miraculous power.
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Why do they not let the Bible alone? If it is only a fable, a legend, or mere fiction, why trouble about it? “_Let it alone!_” says the sceptic, “how can I let it alone, when it constantly tells me of every sin I ever committed, describes even the thoughts of my heart, and exposes every wicked desire I ever had? I can not let a book alone that describes and publishes me to the world as a sinner.
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With them, all is in doubt, uncertainty, and obscurity.
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We were in Mt.
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The main matter is to develop fully and largely, in the simplest style possible, with heart and solicitude for the happiness and salvation of the people, the whole scheme of redemption from the beginning, as if the people knew nothing at all about it.
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Remember Noah, who preached one hundred and twenty years, without an addition, and preach on and pray on.
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We may repent, obtain forgiveness and do good in time to come, but all that good could have been done just as well had there been no previous neglect, and would have been more liable to have been done, for one delinquency opens the way for another and has a tendency to induce it.