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tion be violated ; which is generally alleged as the reason why Christ allowed divorce in cases of adultery only. But the prime end and form of marriage, as almost all acknowledge, is not the nuptial bed, but conjugal love, and mutual assistance through life; for that must be regarded as the prime end and form of a rite, which is alone specified in the original institution. Mention is there made of the pleasures of society, which are incompatible with the isolation consequent upon aversion, and of conjugal assistance, which is afforded by love alone; not of the nuptial bed, or of the production of offspring, which may take place even without love: from whence it is evident that conjugal affection is of more importance and higher excellence than the nuptial bed itself, and more worthy to be considered as the prime end and form of the institution. No one can surely be so base and sensual as to deny this. The very cause which renders the pollution of the marriage bed so heavy a calamity, is, that in its consequences it interrupts peace and affection; much more therefore must the perpetual interruption of peace and affection by mutual differences and unkindness be a sufficient reason for granting the liberty of divorce. And that it is such, Christ himself declares in the above passage ; for it is certain, and has been proved already, that fornication signifies, not so much adultery, as the constant enmity, faithlessness, and disobedience of the wife, arising from the manifest and palpable alienation of the mind, rather than of the body. Not to mention, that the common, though false interpretation, by which adultery is made the sole ground of divorce, so far from vindicating the law, does in effect abrogate it; for it was ordained by the law of Moses, not that an adulteress should be put away, but that she should be brought to judgment, and punished with death.
4 . For although God in the first ordaining of marriage taught us to what end he did it, in words expressly implying the apt and cheerful conversation of man with woman, to comfort and refresh him against the evil of solitary life, not mentioning the purpose of generation till afterwards, as being but a secondary end in dignity, though not in necessity,
' &c. Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce. Prose Work\s, III. 181.
5 .Thus much that the word fornication is to be understood as the language of Christ understands it, for a constant alienation and disaffection of mind, or for the continual practice of disobedience and crossness from the duties of love and peace.' Tetrachordon, III. 397.
o • And aiso that there was no need our Saviour shouldi grant divorce for adultery, it being death by law, and law then in force.' Ibid. 396.
CHAP. XI.-OF THE FALL OF OUR FIRST PARENTS, AND
OF SIN. TAE Providence of God as regards the fall of man, is observable in the sin of man, and the misery consequent upon it, as well as in his restoration.
Sin, as defined by the apostle, is åvouía, or the transgression of the law, i John iii. 4.
By the law is here meant, in the first place, that rule of conscience which is innate, and engraven upon the mind of man ;' secondly, the special command which proceeded out of the mouth of God, (for the law written by Moses was long subsequent) Gen. ii. 17. “thou shalt not eat of it.” Hence it is said, Rom. ii. 12. “
as many as have sinned without law, shall also perish without law.”
Sin is distinguished into THAT WHICH IS COMMON TO ALL MEN, and THE PERSONAL SIN OF EACH INDIVIDUAL. THE SIN WHICH IS
OUR FIRST PARENTS, AND IN THEM ALL POSTERITY COMMITTED,S WHEN, CASTING OFF THEIR OBEDIENCE TO GOD, THEY BIDDEN TREE.
OUR FIRST PARENTS. Gen. iii. 6. “the woman took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat.” Hence 1 Tim. ii. 14. “ Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, was in the transgression.” This sin originated, first, in the instigation of the devil, as is clear from the narrative in Gen. iü. and from
*John iii. 8. “he that committeth sin is of the devil, for the devil sinneth from the beginning." Secondly, in the liability to fall with which man was created,' whereby he, as the
7. That which is thus moral, besides what we fetch from those unwritten laws and ideas which nature hath engraven in us—' Reason of Church Government urged against Prelaty. Prose Works, II. 450. 8 His crime makes guilty all his sons. Paradise Lost, III. 290.
in me all Posterity stands curs'd ; fair patrimony That I must leave you, sons.
XI. 317. should Man
OF THE FOR
devil had done before him, "abode not in the truth,” John viji. 44. “nor kept his first estate, but left his own habitation," Jude 6. If the circumstances of this crime are duly considered, it will be acknowledged to have been a most heinous offence, and a transgression of the whole law. For what sin can be named, which was not included in this one act? It comprehended at once distrust in the divine veracity, and a proportionate credulity in the assurances of Satan ; unbelief; ingratitude ; disobedience; gluttony ;' in the man excessive uxoriousness, in the woman a want of proper regard for her husband, in both an insensibility to the welfare of their offspring, and that offspring the whole human race; parricide, theft, invasion of the rights of others, sacrilege, deceit, presumption in aspiring to divine attributes, fraud in the means employed to attain the object, pride, and arrogance. Whence it is said, Eccles. vii. 29. "God hath made man
Left to his own free will, his will though free,
Paradise Lost, V. 236.
Ibid. 324. Firm we subsist, yet possible to swerve.
IX. 359. .ungovern'd appetite....
a brutish vice, Inductive mainly to the sin of Eve.
XI. 517. • If our first parents, Adam and Eve, (Gen. iii. 6.) had not obeyed their greedy appetite in eating the forbidden fruit, neither had they lost the fruition of God's benefits which they then enjoyed in Paradise, neither had they brought so many mischiefs on themselves, and on all their posterity. But when they passed the bounds that God had appointed them, as unworthy of God's benefits, they are expelled and driven out of Paradise ; they may no longer eat the fruits of that garden, which by excess they had so much abused. Homily Against Gluttony.
they not obeying
And, manifold in sin, deserv’d to fall. Paradise Lost, / 14. Newton has the following note on these lines. The divines, especially those of Milton's communion, reckon up several sins as included in this one act of eating the forbidden fruit ; namely, pride, uxoriousness, wicked curiosity, infidelity, disobedience, &c. so that for such complicated guilt, he deserved to fall from his happy state in Paradise.' He says again, on the first appearance of Adam and Eve before God after their fall
Love was not in their looks, either to God,
Ibid. III. See also ix. 6- 8.
upright, but they have sought out many inventions." James ii. 10. “whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
AND IN THEM ALL THEIR POSTERITY; for even such as were not then born are judged and condemned in them, Gen. ïïi. 16, &c. so that without doubt they also sinned in them, and at the same time with them. Rom. v. 12. "by one man sin entered into the world.” v. 15. “ through the offence of one many be dead ;” and v. 16. “ the judgment was by one to condemnation ;' v. 17. “by one man's offence death reigned by one ;” and v. 18. “ by the offence of one man judgment came upon all men to condemnation ;” and v. 19. "by one man's disobedience many were made sinners." 1 Cor. xv. 22. “in Adam all die;" undoubtedly therefore all sinned in Adam. For Adam being the common parent and head of all, it follows that, as in the covenant, that is, in receiving the commandment of God, so also in the defection from God, he either stood or fell for the whole human race ; in the same manner as “Levi also payed tithes in Abraham, whilst he was yet in the loins of his father," Heb. vii. 9, 10. “ he hath made of one blood all nations of men, ” Acts xvii. 26. For if all did not sin in Adam, why has the condition of all become worse since his fall? Some of the modern commentators reply, that the deterioration was not moral, but physical. To which I answer, that it
Milton may perhaps have remembered the following lines of Du Bartas.
Now Adam's fault was not indeed so light
That made him wander from Heav'n's holy straights.—p. 93. 3 • These do also think that the threatening made to Adam, that upon his eating the forbidden fruit he should surely die, is to be taken literally, and is to be carried no further than to a natural death.. . All this these divines apprehend is conceivable, and no more ; therefore they put original sin in this only, for which they pretend they have all the Fathers with them before St. Austin, and particularly St. Chrysostom and Theodoret, from whom all the later Greeks have done little more than copied out their words.' Burnet On the Ninth Article. The view taken
was as unjust to deprive the innocent of their physical, as of their moral perfection ; especially since the former has so much influence on the latter, that is on the practical conduct of mankind.
It is, however, a principle uniformly acted upon in the divine proceedings, and recognized by all nations and under all religions from the earliest period, that the penalty incurred by the violation of things sacred (and such was the tree of knowledge of good and evil) attaches not only to the criminal himself, but to the whole of his posterity, who thus become accursed and obnoxious to punishment. It was thus in the deluge, and in the destruction of Sodom ; in the swallowing up of Korah, Numb. xvi. 27—32. and in the punishment of Achan, Josh. vii. 24, 25. In the burning of Jericho the children suffered for the sins of their fathers, and even the cattle were devoted to the same slaughter with their masters, Josh. vi. 21. A like fate befel the posterity of Eli the priest, 1 Sam. ii. 31, 33, 36. and the house of Saul, 2 Sam. xxi. 1, &c. because their father had slain the Gibeonites.
God declares this to be the method of his justice, Exod. XX. 5. "visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.' Numb. xiv. 33. “your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms ;" they themselves, however, not being guiltless. He himself explains the principle by which this justice is regulated, Lev. xxvi. 39. " they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity.... and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.” 2 Kings xvii. 14. they hardened their necks, like to the necks of their fathers." Ezek. xviii. 4. “behold, all souls are mine ; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine; the soul that of original sin by Jeremy Taylor seems not to have been essentially different from the opinion contained in the preceding quotation. Bp. Heber points out in a masterly and candid manner the inaccuracy of reasoning which led to his partial heterodoxy on this subject. Life prefixed to Taylor's Works, ccxx-CCXXXI.
... Suffering death, T'he penalty to thy transgression due, And due to theirs which out of thine will grow. Par. Lost, XII. 398,