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,"wound was healed :"--and thus, by an act of heinous wickedness, basten the final catas. trophe ot" the beast," from which every serious protestuot, ought incessantly to pray that his , church may be entirely free.---The effect of Christ's exposure of error, was, that thousands of the Jews deserted it and turned to him ; whilst those; / who obstinately persisted in it, were, as he predicted, ultimately ruiued :-aud it is worthy of remark, that although, their de. scendants are every where to be found, and in some countries in great numbers, still worshipping Gal according to the law of Moses, they have never converted one single nation --This is a proof, amongst many others, that the Mo-, saic dispensation was only intended for one people, and to continue only for a certain time, and then was to be superseded by the Christian religion, which would be for the whole world : and when the blindness of Israel begins to be removed, he will see this, and acknowledge there is no withstanding the will of God; and wiil readily admit that he deserved all the inisfortunes and calamities he has experienced, since the day, when his apostacy made him choose darkness, and refuse the light that was graciously offered him.-If the friends of christianity were really zealous in its cause, and exerted themselves like its author in exposing religious errors, they would quickly succeed in rooting out the catholic faith :-in some countries very little of it remains:--and it is a

reflection upon us, who are more enlightened, than any other nation under the sun, that we should bave so much of it in the British dumini. ons.- Protestants compel their children to study the writings of heathen Greece and Rome, and could it be thought a very great hardship, or a very great breach of the rights and privi. leges of British subjects, it the legislature was to enact, as Moses did, that all persons in the British dominions should take care that their · children are taught the commandments of God, and that the practical part of the bible should forin a prominent feature in their education If the children of the nobility and opulent families, are compelled by their instructors to commit to memory the inost beautiful passages of the heathen poets of antiquity, why should not the children of ALL, whether catholics or protestants, whilst in the various seminaries of education, be compelled to coinmit to memory the finest parts of the sacred writings—he laws of God—the prayer which Christ taught his apostles—and his useful and practical precepts, which teach men to subdue their angry passions, and be kind and charitable to each other? But, though the protestant religion is a part of the British constitution, it does not seem to be held by some men, in the same estimation they hold the political part of it ;—otherwise they would not speak lightly of it, or say that all religions were equally good.-If their ideas of religion were correct, then, if the protestant

church was cut out of the British ognstitution, and either the catholic, or mahomdtarochurch was substitated in its placeyi onriitonstitution would be just as prês eminentlyvexcellent as it now is.---Now, suppose a member of either of the two houses of parliament, who prefers the constitution as it is at present, and would like to see the catholics renounce their errors, should stand up in his place, and make a motion, that all British subjects, of whatever seet or religious persuasion, should make their children thoroughly acquainted with the laws and commandments of God, and with the principal practical parts of the old and new testament, and that without such knowledge ascertained by examination, mo person should be considered qualified to hold any place of trust in these realms ;-how would such a motion be receiped, and how would such a senator be treat. ed?- n all probability he would be thought a fanatical visionary, and would be obliged to withdraw bis motion, amidst the laughter and

clamours of the surrounding senators A · real knowledge of the scriptures would give va

Jue to an oath, if it did not render it unnecesary, except on the most solemn oecasions. The Jewish lawgiver was not accused of folly, or of tyrannically interfering with the liberty of 1. conscience, when he established the following law in Israel :-“Ye shall lay up these words w in your hearts, and bind them for a sign upon w your hand, that they may be as frontlets « between your eyes ;-and ye shall teach them « your children, speaking of them, when thou " sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest U by the way, when thou liest down, and when " thou risest up:--and thou shall write them s upon the door-posts of thine house, and’upon “ thy gates)--Neither, has the christian law giver ever been charged with revolutionary principles, althongh he commanded his disciples to teach all nations his doctrine, which was in direct opposition to that of the world; and instructed them to press upon men with all possible earnestness, the absolute tecessity of observing bis directions only, upon the important subject of religion. Now, supposer again, it should be determined by the British legisla. ture, out of regard for the author of the christian religion, and his beautiful precepts of virtue and morality, that a certain pumber of the children of the Irish peasantry, both catholics and protestants, who were best acquainted with the doctrine and moral directions contained in St. Luke's gospel, should annually, at the public expense, be apprenticed to humble trades in England, suited to their respective turns and capacities, would not a great benefit be offered to the poor of Ireland ?-An act of this kind would tend to civilize, to instruct, to give me rality to, and to enable many of the ignorant and distressed to procure a comfortable subsistence it would separate, and alter the babits of many who are now brought up in indolence and sloth;-it would stimulate to activity and industry:-it would give new ideas;--and it would withdraw many from beneath the branches of the “corrupt tree” of religion, which at present overshadows a great part of Ireland, and keeps the majority of the people in gloom and darkness.-An act of this kind, dictated by proper motives, and the pure spirit of christianity, could not be otherwise than acceptable both to the catholics and protestants of Ireland, and particularly to the nobility and rich people of the Roman catholic communion, who, believing the ten commandments to be the dictation of God; -and the doctrine of Christ to come from heaven, would acknowledge it as a mark of good will and affection, and hail the rising of such a plan as having “healing in its wings.”—Indeed, a plan that had for its sole object, the changing indolence into industry, error into truth, and vice into virtue, could not be objected to by any rational person-Such a revolution, every one would welcome with the utmost joy.-The most trifling symptoms of virtue ought to be encouraged, where for a great length of time, vice only has been visible.-Four hundred catholic, and two hundred protestant children, thus noticed and assisted, would in a few years make a considerable alteration in the state of the Irish poor;—especially after the spirit of emulation was once excited among them.-Let no one smile at small beginnings :-the little

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