IMMENSE exertions have been made to find out perpetual motion. That a mass of dull matter, governed by gravitation, should have a principle within to move itself, is strange; but that it should have energy enough to move another mass of equal size, or superior bulk, is more surprising. It is possible, however, that such a principle exists in matter, for many things have been found out, that once were supposed impossible; but if it does exist, and is ever found out, it will put a new face upon the world. All kinds of machinery will then be in operation, without wind, water, fire or steam.
Their nature has fixed an universal standard for weights and measures, is very doubtful: for different nations establish different standards; and each nation establishes its standard upon an undefined standard.
It will remind a man of an article in Alcoran; that the world stands upon a great ox – the ox stands upon a great stone – the stone rests upon the shoulders of an angel – and the angel stands upon God knows what.
In Great Britain, the half-bushel must contain one thousand and eighty-nine cubical inches; which requires a round vessel fourteen inches in diameter, and in the clear, seven inches and one-fourteenth of an inch deep. In Massachusetts, the half-bushel must contain sixeteen Winchester quarts; which is intended to accord with the British standard of a half-bushel. But what is the length of an inch? Do all rules agree? If they disagree, which of them is the perfect standard? We are told that an inch, is the length of three barley grains; but how would a child hiss at this last resort for a standard, when he sees the unequal lengths of the grains. The same may be said of all kinds of standards for measures and weights.
And yet, where the first settlers of a place fix their weights and measures, their posterity imitate – and by comparison, can detect a cheat – and all the purposes of commerce are accomplished, without any material injury. * * *
After the Lord Jesus arose from the dead, he gave orders to the apostles to teach and baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. That he meant to be understood, and that the apostles did understand him, can hardly be questioned. After this commission, there are three or four accounts of the name used in baptism. Acts viii. 16. They were baptized in the NAME of the Lord Jesus. Acts x. 48. And he commanded them to be baptized in the NAME of the Lord. Acts xix. 5. They were baptized in the NAME of the Lord Jesus. Acts xi. 38 Be baptized every one of you in the NAME of Jesus Christ.
In neither of these places do we find the words Father, Son and Holy Ghost used. If, therefore, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, were not all found in the name of the Lord – the name of the Lord Jesus – the name of Jesus Christ; the apostles did not understand their commission and act accordingly, or I do not understand them.
It is become common for pious men to say, that “God gave his son out of his bosom to die and save men.” The sentence is used to show the infinite benevolence of Jehovah: but are the expressions proper? They are not scriptural. John says, “He that is (not was,) in the bosom of the father hath declared him.” Christ was then in the bosom of the father, when here on earth; and I ask, when was he out of the bosom of his father? It is also said, that the son of man was in heaven, when he was on earth. But how he could be in heaven – in the bosom of the father, while a sufferer on earth, if he was a creature only, I cannot tell.
It has also become habitual for men to say, “there is virtue enough in one drop of Christ’s blood, to save a world.” That the blood of Jesus cleanses from all sin, and speaks better things than the blood of Able, is certain. But if one drop of his blood was sufficient to make an atonement, why did he go through all the pain of shedding the whole of it? Is it not more likely, that all his blood was required to make reconciliation?
The Writings of the Late Elder John Leland
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