Excerpt from Lectures on Theology, Vol. 2 of 4
When we speak of truth as one of his perfections, we as sume, that the communications which have been made by him to men accord with the nature of things, and are genuine ex pressions of his views and intentions. Falsehood consists in designed misrepresentation of the subject of discourse, and in creating expectations which we do not mean to realize, in affirming that that is which is not, and that we will do what we have resolved not to do. There are different ways in which God has made declarations to us; by our senses, by reason, and by revelation. On each of these we shall bestow some observations and with respect to the last, in which we are so deeply concerned, I shall consider the doctrines which it proposes to our faith, the promises which awaken our hopes, the threatenings which are addressed to our fears, and shew that these, as well as the invitations, entreaties, and expostu lations with which the Scriptures abound, are characterised by veracity and sincerity.
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