The Life of Jesus Christ : With a History of the First Propagation of the Christian Religion, and the Lives of the Most Eminent Persons Mentioned in the New Testament (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from The Life of Jesus Christ: With a History of the First Propagation of the Christian Religion, and the Lives of the Most Eminent Persons Mentioned in the New Testament If it be said that Christ is God, not by nature, but by office and that he ought not to be reverenced with the same adoration as is due to the eternal Father; it is difficult, as Dr. Macknight justly observes, to clear the evangelists and apostles from the imputation of having laid in men's ways a Violent temptation to idolatry. For it is well known, that as in all ages men have been exceedingly prone to worship false gods; so it was the prevailing vice of the world, when the New Testament was written that the grossest corruptions of the morals of mankind, have ever ﬂewed from this poisonous spring; [rom. 24 and that to destroy idolatry and bring mankind to the worship of the true God, was the great end proposetl by God, in all the revelations which he made of himself to men. This being the case, is it to be imagined, that either Christ himself, who brought the last and best revelation of the divine will; or his apostles, who delivered that revelation to writing; would, on any occa sion, have used such expressions, as in their plain and obvious meaning could not fail to lead, at least, the bulk of mankind to think, that the names, perfections, and actions oi' the true God, were ascribed to a creature; and that the worship due to the true God, was due to him [heb. I. 6 while in reality they meant no more, but that he was miraculously formed was com missioned to deliver a new religion to the world was endowed with the power of miracles; and, in consideration of his exem plary life, was raised from the grave, and his divine honours conferred upon him. Instead of reforming the world, this was to have laid in their way such a temptation to idolatry, as they could not well resist. Nor has the effect been any other than what was to be expected; for the generality of Christians, moved by these expressions, have all along considered Christ as God, and honoured him accordingly. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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