The Works of the REV. Hugh Binning

The Works of the REV. Hugh Binning

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Excerpt: ...we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. " There is nothing in which religion more consists than in the true and unfeigned knowledge of ourselves. The heathens supposed that sentence, "Know thyself," descended from heaven. It was indeed the motto of the wisest and most religious amongst them. But certain it is, that the true and sincere understanding of ourselves descends from "the Father of lights," and is as great a gift as man is capable of, next to the knowledge of God himself. There is nothing more necessary to man, either as a man or as a Christian, either as endowed with reason or professing religion, than that he should be thoroughly acquainted with himself, his own pg 329 heart, its dispositions, inclinations, and lusts, his ways and actions, that while he travels abroad to other creatures and countries, he may not commit so shameful an absurdity, as to be a stranger at home, where he ought to be best acquainted. Yet how sad is it, that this which is so absolutely needful and universally profitable, should be lying under the manyest difficulties in the attainment of it? So that there is nothing harder, than to bring a man to a perfect understanding of himself: -what a vile, haughty, and base creature he is-how defiled and desperately wicked his nature-how abominable his actions, in a word, what a compound of darkness and wickedness he is-a heap of defiled dust, and a mass of confusion-a sink of impiety and iniquity, even the best of mankind, those of the rarest and most refined extraction, take them at their best estate. Thus they are as sepulchres painted without, and putrified within-outwardly adorned, and within all full of rottenness and corruption, "the imagination of his heart only evil continually." Now, I say, here is the great business and labour of religion, -to bring a man to the clear discerning of his own nature, -to represent unto him justly his own image, as it is...show more

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  • Paperback | 534 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 27mm | 943g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236720997
  • 9781236720993