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BY GEORGE LYTTLETON, Esq.
IN A LETTER
GILBERT WEST, EsQ
BURLINGTON, N. J.
FRINTED for DAVID ALLINSON, by S. C. USTICK,
SIR, IN a late conversation we had together upon the subject of the christian religion, I told you, that besides all the proofs of it which may be drawn from the prophecies of the Old Testament, from the necessary connection it has with the whole system of the Jewish religion, from the miracles of Christ, and from the evidence given of his resurrection by all the other apostles, I thought the conversion and the apostleship of St. Paul alone, duly considered, was of itself a demonstration sufficient to prove christianity to be a divine revelation.
As you seemed to think that so compen, dious a proof might be of use to convince those unbelievers that will not attend to a longer series of arguments, I have thrown together the reasons upon which I support that propofition.
In the xxvith chapter of the Acts of the apostles, writ by a cotemporary author, and a companion of St. Paul in preaching the gospel (as appears by the book itself, chap. xx. ver. 6, 13, 14. chap. xxvii. ver. 1, &c.) St. Paul is faid to have given himself this account of his conversion and preaching, to king Agrippa and Festus the Roman go
“My manner of life from my youth, which was, at the first, among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews, which knew me from the beginning (if they would testify) that after the strieteit feet of our religion, I lived a Pharisee. And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God unto our fathers : unto which promise our twelve tribes, inftantly serving God day and night, hope 10 come : For which hope's fake, king Agrippa, I ain accused by the Jews. Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God Thould raise the dead? I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem, and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received au. thority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every fynagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme, and being exceeding mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities. Whereupon, as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, at mid-day, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the fun, shining round about me, and them which journeyed with me. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And I said, who art thou, Lord ? and he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise, stand upon thy feet; for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister, and a witness both of those things which thou hast seen, and of chose things in the which I will appear unto thee; delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive for.