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It is on this article universally consented to by all mankind that the Deist builds his church and here he rests Whenever we step aside from this article by mixing it with articles of human invention we wander into a labyrinth of uncertainty and fable and become exposed to every kind of imposition by pretenders to revelation The Persian shows the Zend-Avesta of Zoroaster the lawgiver of Persia and calls it the divine law the Bramin shows the Shaster revealed he says by God to Brama and given to him out of a cloud the Jew shows what he calls the law of Moses given he says by God on the Mount Sinai the Christian shows a collection of books and epistles written by nobody knows who and called the New Testament and the Mahometan shows the Koran given he says by God to Mahomet each of these calls itself revealed religion and the only true Word of God and this the followers of each profess to believe from the habit of education and each believes the others are imposed upon But when the divine gift of reason begins to expand itself in the mind and calls man to reflection he then reads and contemplates God and His works and not in the books pretending to be revelation The creation is the Bible of the true believer in God Everything in this vast volume inspires him with sublime ideas of the Creator The little and paltry and often obscene tales of the Bible sink into wretchedness when put in comparison with this mighty work The Deist needs none of those tricks and shows called miracles to confirm his faith for what can be a greater miracle than the creation itself and his own existence There is a happiness in Deism when rightly understood that is not to be found in any other system of religion All other systems have something in
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