Religious Emblems and Allegories

Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 224 páginas
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: We have alfo a more fure word of prophecy.?2 Pet. t. 9. THE WEIGHT OF GOD'S WORD. Look where the impartial balance hangs on high, The Almighty's word againft weak man's to try; Huge folios rare, and many a bulky bale, Are brought, and laid upon the even fcale: Of Council's records many a tome is fent, From the great Nicean down to that of Trent; Creeds, ifms, creatures of the human thought, Ancient and modern, are together brought; And fathers numerous, a learned line, From Pfeudo-Barnabas to Auguftine; The Bible now, of proteftants the pride, Is placed alone upon the other fide: Creeds, councils, fathers, 'ifms, twenty ream, Fly up like chaff, and ftraightway kick the beam. The above engraving reprefents a pair of fcales of equal balance, one fide of which is loaded with books, packages, and parchments.Here are the minutes of eighteen general councils, beginning with that held in Nice, in the ar of our Lord 325, and ending with that of rent, which began in the year 1545, and clofed in 1563, with many others. There are alfo the writings of the Fathers, from thofe afcribed to Barnabas, but confidered fpurious, downward. Then there are Creeds without number, both of ancient and modern date; next follow the various ifms of the day, that fet themfelves up againft the word of God. Thefe are all placed on one fcale, the Bible is now brought and placed on the other; when, lo! Creeds, Councils, Fathers, and 'ifms are but as the duft of the balance. Lighter than vanity, they fly up and kick the beam; one Bible outweighs them all. This emblem is defigned to fhow the authority of the Bible over the doctrines and commandments of men. When the lion roars, the beafts of the forefts keep filence; when Jehovah fpea...

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