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It is self evident, that there is moral and physical evil in the world. And various have been the theories which men have adopted, in order to account for its introduction. Some have endeavored to account for its introduction by iron-handed fate and destiny ; consequently, they have made God the author of all the evil in the world. While others, not less absurd, ascribe its origin to bad example, and a corrupt education. It is the last opinion which I shall endeavor to confute, as it is adopted by this class of men, who are falsely designated ” rational Christians”
I am inclined to think, that Mr. H., as an individual, believes that we were created by God ; and this being admitted, he cannot deny that the power which created all things, must be the general Parent of the universe ; and that this great, exalted, and incomprehensible Being, is perfection itself, in all uncreated, original, necessary, and never ceasing extremes. In fine, what we conceive of God, is an assembl age of all possible perfection, abstracted from all possible moral evil. It is to this great and exalted being we now turn our attention, and ask, of what nature and essential properties did he create man ? It is infallibly certain, that that Being who is infinitely holy, and contains within himself an unchangeable hatred to evil, could not but create man in a state of moral rectitude. According to every conception we can form of the wisdom and goodness of the Deity, as well as according to the most express and unequivocal language of Scripture—f* God made man upright.” For to say that God created him morally evil, is to charge God with the turpitude of every bad action, and to destroy those attributes which are essential to his nature and existence. Therefore, ” God created man in his own likeness, in the image of God created he him and that image, saith the apostle, consists in righteousness and true holiness.