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The last Institution is believe, love the Aleim, and one another; commemorate the Manner, and the Means of Salvation, and be saved.
Since the World seems to be fond of those who, without regard to any Inftitution, or indeed without knowing any thing of the Design of any Institution, Realon, as they call it, or talk out of their own Heads, or after such as themselves ; besides what I have said of the Jews and Heathens, it is necessary to say something of one who appears, to me, to have been the Original of this sort, and who I think was a Mulatto, neither Jew nor Heathen, and worse than any one of either.
Soon after Christ had perfornied what was promised and predicted of him, while his Disciples had the Power of working Miracles, Gift of Tongues, &c. a Renegado, who pretends to have been of the Jewish Race, some fay of the Tribe of Levi, and calls himself Philo, who tells us himself that he was an Enthufiaft. Philo, p. 393. “ For (says he) if the Mind conceive any thing of itself, the Conception, for the most part, proves abortive and immature : On the contrary, whatever is the Fruit of a divine Impulse, is full and perfect. I am not ashamed to confess, that
this this has frequently happened to myself. Sitting down to write of the common received Opinions among the Philosophers, and knowing exactly what was to be said, I found my Mind would not produce any thing, and so have got up, nothing done, condemning their Opinions, and admiring the Power of him who is, that opens and shuts the Inlets of the Mind. At another time coming quite empty, I have been filled all of a sudden, Thoughts falling down upon me from above, like gentle Showers of Rain, or Flakes of Snow; so that, as if seized with the Spirit, I neither knew the Place where I was, the Persons present, myself, or what I was saying or writing." Who had studied the allegorical Way of Writing among the Greeks about their Gods, their Religion, and their Philosophy which was interwoven in it, because their Gods and their natural Agents were the same, and their then newly introduced Religion of Morality; and must certainly have heard of the Preaching of Christ, of his Suffering, and Resurrection, of the Miracles he and his Apostles performed, of the Doctrine they taught, and it is very likely have seen their Writings, I pass over the Testimonies of his keeping company with any of them; and he, with
out any Evidence or Pretence of understanding the Nature of the Hebrew Language, or the Design of the Sacred Scriptures, or of following any Translation, Paraphrase, Authority, Precedent, or even Tradition or Hearsay; except what he tells us be true, that there was an independent Scct of such who were pofsefled by some other Spirit than that which inspired Moses, who had left off his Appointments and the Priesthood, and had set up a Religion for themselves, whom he calls Therapeute.
Philo, p. 893. “ They have little facred Buildings which they call Semnea, or Monasteries, into which they bring neither Meat or Drink, or any other Necessaries for the Support of the Body (o no Sacrifice, no "Symbols) but only the Law, and the divine Oracles of the Prophets, and Hymns, and some other Things which are useful for the Promotion of Piety and Knowledge There are some among them who, in their Sleep, deliver excellent Sayings of divine Philosophy In exercising themselves in the sacred Volumes, they philofophize upon them after their Country Manner, and expound them allegorically ; for they suppose that the Words are only Notes and Marks of some
Things of a mystical Nature, which are to
to the Body, the abstruse Parts, hid under .. the Veil of Words, relate to the Soul,
dc." In despite of the Certainty of the Hebrew Language, and the Perfection of the sacred Writings, (if that can be said of a Person, who, for any thing that appears, knew nothing of either) he first had the Impudence to think the divine Writings, so Truths, might be treated in that manner; and to endeavour, by that means, not only to evade the Points in dispute between the then apostate Jews and Christians, or between them both and the Heathens, but the whole Institution of the believing Jews and Christians, nay even the Scheme of the Jews then in Being, to make a list of the Fall of Man, so of the Covenant and Satisfaction, &c. Though he mentions it upon another Occafion, p. 202. “ When Mofes prays that Dan may be a Serpent, he does not pray that he may be like the Serpent that deceived Eve. p. 203. For that Serpent, the Seducer of Eve, is represented as greedy of the Destruction of Men: For so says the Curse, He shall watch thy Head, and thou his Heel, Gen, iii.” He turns it off thus, p.920. speaking of Abel's Murder, “ There was a Murderer of his Brother at the very first, before Mankind began to multiply. This is that first Wicked-one, who first stained the pure Earth with human Gore ; who first put a Stop to its diffusive Fruit, fulness, and flourishing Increase, who was the first Author of Corruption to the human Race, and gave us the sad Reverse of Death for Life, Sorrow for Joy, Evil for Good.” To make the End of typical Sacrifices giving of Thanks, in opposition commends another Sect. p. 876. “ A. mong the Jews who live in Palestine and Syria, there are some whom they call EA Pæans, about the Number, as I think, of four thousand. They have their Name from their Sanctity, because they are most religious Worshippers of God, though they offer no Sacrifices to him, but form their