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This, in my opinion, would exclude all notions of religion ; because religion would hold forth no mo- were no hopes beyond the grave. There might, indeed, be some sort of worship, as there was among the heathens, to procure worldly tives if there prosperity and temporal advantages, but it would go of the greatest moment to enquire what hopes of a future state we can derive from the light of nature. no further. It is, therefore, One argument in favour of a future state is found- ed on the immateriality and spiritual nature of the soul.
Cannot be denied that vices bring their many punishment with them; but then lowed, likewise, that sessor to many danger and it must be al- virtues expose the pos- difficulties. If intemperance and debauchery produce disease, break the constitution, and occasion premature death, it is equally true that the brave man, who ventures his life fense of his fellow-creatures, often loses it in the that the generous man, whose purse is alopen to the wants of the necessitous, often in- conflict ways in the de- ; volves himself in difficulties, and ruins himself A his benevolence.
4&1TO^ CHAPTER ON THE BELIEF A FUTURE IN A state is the II. FUTURE STATE. most material considera- tion in all our speculations concerning natural reli- gion ; for if there is no future state, though we should be able to acquire the most certain knowledge of the nature and attributes of God, as well as the most correct notions of moral obligation, that knowledge would be of little consequence ; for to what end or purpose should we trouble ourselves about them ? To induce a man to discharge his duty, he must not only know sufficient in what it consists, but he must have motives to impel him to the observance of he has nothing to expect beyond this life r why should he sacrifice a present advantage to an abstract it : if sense of duty from which he will derive no manner of benefit ?
A Concise View of the Evidences and Corruptions of Christianity by P. M. Carey