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invent to deceive us in the main Points, not one of them has had the Impudence to follow his Scheme. Any one who believes a Record contains the Evidence of his Title to a good Estate, much more any one who believes that the Bible records the Terms of his eternal Happiness, will find little Pleasure in the Elegance of a Writing intended to pervert that Meaning. 'Tis the Business of a Christian to shew that the Hebrew Scriptures were infallibly wrote, and that they contain the Foundation of that Religion ; and to detect all who attempt to evade it. As Philo was the first who, under pretence of being of the Jewish Race, took this Liberty in Points of Divinity; and as his Books are the first of that sort extant, I cannot forbear say. ing that he has done the most Mischief that ever any Writer did, and is the common Parent of all the Heresies, false Notions and Evasions that have been revived since, nay even of those which subfif at this Day; scarce any have been able to improve upon him.
In him you may see Sir Isaac Newton's and Clark's Deus, God, p.48.“ For even the whole World would not be a Dwellingplace worthy of God, who is himself a Place for himself, full in himself, and sufficient for himself; and since God fils and contains every other Vacancy and Void; he can be contained by nothing, being one and all.” p. 57. “ God is understood to be the Soul of this Universe." p. 61. “ For God fills all, penetrates all, leaving nothing void of himself.” p. 339. " Who is ignorant that in descending he leaves one place, and occupies another : But God fills all Places and Things, not contained but containing ; who alone is every where and no where. No where, because he created Space and Place, together with Bodies (corporeal Substances): And the Creator cannot be contained in the Creature. Every where, because, by his Powers extended through Earth, Water, Air, Heaven, he has left no Part of the World void ; but hath bound all together by invisible Bonds, so that it can never be loosed Containing all Things in his Bofom, and penetrating all, even the least Atom; for that invisible and incomprehensible Being is every where." p. 141. " Who is here and there, and every where, filling the utmost Extent of all Things, and leaving nothing void of himself.” p. 183.
" Can he hide himself from God? Where can he go from him, who never is no where, who sees as far as all Bounds, VOL. VI.
who fills the Universe with his Presence, and of whom nothing, no not the smallest, is deprived." p. 301. " Some of whom I have spoke before, from certain Passages in Scripture, believe him who is, to be subject to. Anger and Passion : But he is never
affected with any Paslions; for these are • the Effects of hunian Infirmities.” P. 574.
“ Place is taken in a three-fold Sense: In the first, for Space, filled with body *: Secondly, for that Word of God, which God himself has filled full of incorporeal Powers. p. 575.“ In the third Sense, God himself is called Place; because he contains all, and is contained of none, and all return to him ; and because he alone is capable of himself, filling and containing himself.
But perhaps one Word fignifies two Things, both the Word of God, and God himself.” P. 512. “ That which is contained, is always measured by that which contains. But Heaven, whose Symbol is the Candlestick, is of infinite Greatness. It is contained, but not in a Vacuum, as Mofes teaches, nor by any Body of equal Magnitude, nor by an infinite Body, according to the prodigious fabulous Accounts, which we have taken notice of, in the mention of the Tower of Babel : For God is its Boundary, and * 1,6. A Vacuuin Plenum, or Full-Void.
Ruler and Governor: Therefore as that Being itself is incomprehensible, so whatcver is terminated by him, is incommensurable to us *." p. 148.--" Of these Virtues, that which is of God, is real and essential; because God alone exists essentially: Upon which Account he necessarily says of himself, I am who I am.”, p. 699. “ Nothing that is created can be very God, (although he may be reputed as a God) because he wants Eternity, without which he cannot be a Deity.” p. 389. _"For also God, who is the Intelligence of this Universe, says, that his Word or Logos is his House, which the Mediator perceiving, openly confeffes, &c.”.p. 416. "But of God he thinks very different : That the primary God is neither the World, nor the Soul of the World ; neither are human Events to be attributed to the Stars, or to their Conjunctions. But this universal Machine is contained by invisible Potentates, which the Architect has extended from the Extremities of the Earth, to the Extremities of Heaven, providing thereby for the Safety of the whole,
* Philo here bears hard on our modern Tower of Babel Men, whose Calculations of Distances, Magnitude, &c. of the Stars, &c. are not behind any Accounts of their Prea decessors,
left the Frame which he had so beautifully put together should be dissolved. For there Porentates are the indissoluble Bonds of the Universe.” p. 418. “ God, who is the Mind of the Universe, is not beyond the Universal Nature of Things; is not the Contained, but the Container, and penetrates not only providentially, as is the Manner of Man, but essentially as is worthy of God ** Here he cites Gen. xxxi. II. construes Aleim eos, Lord; leaves out Bethel, and inserts, [in the Place] to serve his purpose; “ The Angel of the Lord (pake to me in a Dream I am the God who appeared to thee, in the Place of God, where thou anointest a Stone to me, and vowed a Vow.-You see, in the sacred Writings, that Dreams are sent from God, not only by the most antient Cause of Things, but also by the Angels his Ministers and Apparitors. The Holy Word, as a King, commands others to do this or that, &c." p. 599. “ I am the God whom thou fawest in the Place of God.-This Passage is not to be passed over cursorily; but diligently to be examined whether there be two Gods ;. for we read, I am the God who appeared to thee, not in my Place, but in the Place
Well said, Philo well copied Clark!