The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

By Benjamin Franklin

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so united, would have been sufficiently strong to have defended
themselves; there would then have been no need of troops from England;
of course, the subsequent pretence for taxing America, and the bloody
contest it occasioned, would have been avoided. But such mistakes are
not new; history is full of the errors of states and princes.

Look round the habitable world, how few
Know their own good, or, knowing it, pursue!

Those who govern, having much business on their hands, do not generally
like to take the trouble of considering and carrying into execution new
projects. The best public measures are therefore seldom adopted from
previous wisdom, but forc'd by the occasion.

The Governor of Pennsylvania, in sending it down to the Assembly,
express'd his approbation of the plan, "as appearing to him to be drawn
up with great clearness and strength of judgment, and therefore
recommended it as well worthy of their closest and most serious
attention." The House, however, by the management of a certain member,
took it up when I happen'd to be absent, which I thought not very fair,
and reprobated it without paying any attention to it at all, to my no
small mortification.

In my journey to Boston this year, I met at New York with our new
governor, Mr. Morris, just arriv'd there from England, with whom I had
been before intimately acquainted. He brought a commission to
supersede Mr. Hamilton, who, tir'd with the disputes his proprietary
instructions subjected him to, had resign'd. Mr. Morris ask'd me if I
thought he must expect as uncomfortable an administration. I said,
"No; you may, on the contrary, have a very comfortable one, if you will
only take care not to enter into any dispute with the Assembly." "My
dear friend," says he, pleasantly, "how can you advise my avoiding
disputes? You know I love disputing; it is one of my greatest
pleasures; however, to show the regard I have for your counsel, I
promise you I will, if possible, avoid them." He had some reason for
loving to dispute, being eloquent, an acute sophister, and, therefore,
generally successful in argumentative conversation. He had been
brought up to it from a boy, his father, as I have heard, accustoming
his children to dispute with one another for his diversion, while
sitting at table after dinner; but I think the practice was not wise;
for, in the course of my observation, these disputing,

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65 Belief in the Bible is Infallibly Safe 371 Believers only to be Baptized 350 Bible Names 368 Bodies Resurrected, not Spirits 395 Born of Water and the Spirit 21 Boundary Line of Repentance 166 Branches of the Church 292 Cain’s Wife 105 Call no Man Reverend 30 Can not a Man know that he is a Christian 381 Christianity 159 Christian Zeal 196 Christmas .
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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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This is swindle No.
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There is no such thing as the new birth without the Spirit, nor any such thing as entering into the kingdom of God or the body of Christ.
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This kind of thing may please people who do not intend to hear the gospel, or who, in the language of Scripture,.
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That we have risen, and, in opposition to the established bodies of people in the different parties in this country, successfully planted the cause in the best parts of the country and among the most effective and intelligent people, and, in less than two-thirds of a century, made it one of the most formidable and powerful bodies in the land, and swelled the numbers above that of any Protestant parties in the United States, excepting the Baptists and Methodists, is now a _matter of fact_.
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No man’s faith not as broad as the Bible is broad enough for us.
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It does not appear to be the object of any human creed to set forth the simple faith of Christ or Christianity.
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ways and manners of the people to do it.
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If a man’s learning is combined with piety, devotion, and consecration to Jesus Christ, and he is possessed with the humility and meekness inculcated in Christianity, and his learning enables him to unfold the unsearchable riches of Christ, with the simplicity, sincerity and devotion necessary to commend it to the hearts and consciences of men, it is of great value.
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Has it kept Presbyterians together? It has succeeded no better than the Baptist creed.
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This scheme of opposition was well tried during the first three centuries of the christian era, but, although it, to some extent, gratified the malice of the persecutors, it was never very successful.
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that a man receive “_the love of the truth_.
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By Christ, in the resurrection, this _consequence_ will be removed, and pardon, through the blood of Christ, will release _all who come to the Savior_, from _their own_ sins, or their _actual_ sins, and thus save them from punishment in the world to come.
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It was bodies that came forth after Jesus rose and were seen of many.
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Every preacher that becomes secularized, and ceases to employ his energies in behalf of the poor, of mercy, of righteousness, of God, is an immense loss to the world.
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“_Nor_ sits in the seat of the scornful.
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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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“We commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and give you an inheritance among all them who are sanctified,” said an old saint, when leaving a church, and when assuring the disciples that they should see his face no more.