This is the first major critical edition of Locke’s enquiry into the foundations of Christianity. Locke maintains that the essentials of the faith. John Locke said that the Word is through Jesus Christ. This is reasonable to He never taught that Christianity can be found by human reasoning. This does not. The Reasonableness of Christianity, as Delivered in the Scriptures. John Locke. Sold by Johnson and Co. And D. Eaton ().

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It is plain, therefore, from these two reasons, why though he came to preach the chfistianity, and convert the world to a belief of his being the Messiah; and though he says so much of his kingdom, under the title of the kingdom of God, and the kingdom of heaven he yet makes it not his business to persuade them, that he himself is the Messiah, nor does, in his uohn preaching, declare himself to be him. And this seems to be all that his disciples were at that time sent to preach.

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But men of that expectation, men furnished with such acquisitions, the apostle tells us, I Cor. To this, it is likely, it will be objected by some, that to believe only that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah, is but an historical, and not a justifying, or saving faith. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here This will appear to any one, who will compare ver. So that ” the chief priests, and the scribes, and the chief of the ” people sought to destroy him,” the first day of his entrance into Jerusalem, Luke xix.

After his baptism, Jesus himself enters upon his ministry.

The Reasonableness of Christianity – John Locke

Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with jhn hands Mark 7: Have any of the chirstianity, or of the pharisees, believed on him? And therefore our Saviour tells us, John xii.

What other could it then be, but the same which had made him use caution in the former part of his ministry; so christianoty conduct himself, that he might reasonablenesss the work which he chrisrianity for, and in all christinaity answer the character given of the Messiah, in the law and the prophets? I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the jews always resort, and in secret have I said nothing. This was the faith which distinguished them from apostates and unbelievers, and was sufficient to continue them in the rank of apostles: And what the tenour of the doctrine which should be preached to the world should be, he tells his apostles, after his re surrection, Luke xxiv.


He was now out of Judea, among a people with whom the jews had no commerce ; ver. This will be plain to any one, who considers these places toge ther, Gen. Mark says in this place, it is manifest, that the gospel which he preached and required them to believe, was no other but the good tidings of the coming of the Messiah, and of his kingdom, the time being now fulfilled. Though the works of nature, in every part of them, sufficiently evidence a deity; yet the world made so little use of their reason, that they saw him not, where, even by the impressions of himself, he was easy to be found.

There he preached to the people only morality; clearing the precepts of the law from the false glosses which were received in those days, and setting forth th duties of a good life in their full obligation and extent, beyond what the judiciary laws of the Israelites did, or the civil laws of any country could prescribe, or take notice of. These, convinced by the miracles they saw him daily do, and the unblameable life he led, might be disposed to believe him to be the Messiah: But this favour shown to mankind, was never offered to the fallen angels.

John tells us, John iii. This view based on the Jewish practice that priests supported themselves except for food when they were “on duty at the temple”, the practices of teachers in the Greek world and Paul’s clear teaching this practice continued in the American Restoration Movement for a time.

And therefore, to keep up this inoffensive character, and not to let it come within the reach of accident or calumny, he withdrew, with his apostles, out of the town, every evening; and kept himself retired out of the way, Luke xxi.

Luke tells us, Acts i.

He thinks that more is, or can be required, of poor frail man in matters of faith, will do well to consider what absurdities he will run into. But ye believed not, because ye rfasonableness not of my sheep, as I told you.

We shall now consider that place, John i.

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And that this is the meaning of it, cbristianity clear from Mark xii. But christian believers have the privilege to be under the law of faith too; which is that law, whereby God justifies a man for believing, though by his works he be not just or righteous, i.


Where the hand is used to locje plough and the spade, the head is seldom elevated to sublime notions, or exercised in mysterious reasonings.

Of what avail this faith was with God, we may see, ver.

But Adam, transgressing the command given him by his heavenly Father, incurred the penalty ; forfeited that state of immortality, and became mortal. There he preached to the people only morality ; clearing the precepts of the law from the lockd glosses which were received in those days, and setting forth th duties of a good life in their full obligation and extent, beyond what the judiciary laws of the Israelites did, or the civil laws of any country could prescribe, or take notice of.

From this estate of death, Jesus Christ restores all mankind to life; 1 Cor. Annas, probably, having examined him, and getting nothing out of him for his purpose, sends him away to Caiaphas, John xviii. Choose your country or region If. Now, back to Christianit Locke: Paul tells us, Acts xvii. Which gives us a clear reason of the cautious and wary conduct of our Saviour, in not declaring o, in the whole course of his ministry, so much as to his disciples, much less to the multitude, or to the rulers of the jews, in express words, to be the Messiah the King; and why he kept himself always in prophetical or parabolical terms he and his disciples preaching only the kingdom of God, i.

Cornelius, and those here converted with him, ” by my mouth should hear the gospel and ” believe.

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Christof course, is used repeatedly, but Messiahrarely. I will, for the better explaining of it, set down the passage at large.

Is lcke no such fine piece of work as that of Sun, Moon, and Starsto be expected once more? This reservedness will be thought to look, as if he had a mind to conceal himself, and not to be known to the world for the Cristianity, nor to be believed on as such.