彩票The women were easily made sensible of the meaning of the thing,and were very well satisfied with it, as, indeed, they had reasonto be: so they failed not to attend all together at my apartmentnext morning, where I brought out my clergyman; and though he hadnot on a ministers gown, after the manner of England, or the habitof a priest, after the manner of France, yet having a black vestsomething like a cassock, with a sash round it, he did not lookvery unlike a minister; and as for his language, I was hisinterpreter. But the seriousness of his behaviour to them, and thescruples he made of marrying the women, because they were notbaptized and professed Christians, gave them an exceeding reverencefor his person; and there was no need, after that, to inquirewhether he was a clergyman or not. Indeed, I was afraid hisscruples would have been carried so far as that he would not havemarried them at all; nay, notwithstanding all I was able to say tohim, he resisted me, though modestly, yet very steadily, and atlast refused absolutely to marry them, unless he had first talkedwith the men and the women too; and though at first I was a littlebackward to it, yet at last I agreed to it with a good will,perceiving the sincerity of his design.必赢彩票是哪里的必赢
彩票When he came to them he let them know that I had acquainted himwith their circumstances, and with the present design; that he wasvery willing to perform that part of his function, and marry them,as I had desired; but that before he could do it, he must take theliberty to talk with them. He told them that in the sight of allindifferent men, and in the sense of the laws of society, they hadlived all this while in a state of sin; and that it was true thatnothing but the consenting to marry, or effectually separating themfrom one another, could now put an end to it; but there was adifficulty in it, too, with respect to the laws of Christianmatrimony, which he was not fully satisfied about, that of marryingone that is a professed Christian to a savage, an idolater, and aheathen - one that is not baptized; and yet that he did not seethat there was time left to endeavour to persuade the women to bebaptized, or to profess the name of Christ, whom they had, hedoubted, heard nothing of, and without which they could not bebaptized. He told them he doubted they were but indifferentChristians themselves; that they had but little knowledge of God orof His ways, and, therefore, he could not expect that they had saidmuch to their wives on that head yet; but that unless they wouldpromise him to use their endeavours with their wives to persuadethem to become Christians, and would, as well as they could,instruct them in the knowledge and belief of God that made them,and to worship Jesus Christ that redeemed them, he could not marrythem; for he would have no hand in joining Christians with savages,nor was it consistent with the principles of the Christianreligion, and was, indeed, expressly forbidden in Gods law.必赢必赢彩票是哪里的彩票They heard all this very attentively, and I delivered it veryfaithfully to them from his mouth, as near his own words as Icould; only sometimes adding something of my own, to convince themhow just it was, and that I was of his mind; and I always verycarefully distinguished between what I said from myself and whatwere the clergymans words. They told me it was very true what thegentleman said, that they were very indifferent Christiansthemselves, and that they had never talked to their wives aboutreligion. "Lord, sir," says Will Atkins, "how should we teach themreligion? Why, we know nothing ourselves; and besides, sir," saidhe, "should we talk to them of God and Jesus Christ, and heaven andhell, it would make them laugh at us, and ask us what we believeourselves. And if we should tell them that we believe all thethings we speak of to them, such as of good people going to heaven,and wicked people to the devil, they would ask us where we intendto go ourselves, that believe all this, and are such wicked fellowsas we indeed are? Why, sir; tis enough to give them a surfeit ofreligion at first hearing; folks must have some religion themselvesbefore they begin to teach other people." - "Will Atkins," said Ito him, "though I am afraid that what you say has too much truth init, yet can you not tell your wife she is in the wrong; that thereis a God and a religion better than her own; that her gods areidols; that they can neither hear nor speak; that there is a greatBeing that made all things, and that can destroy all that He hasmade; that He rewards the good and punishes the bad; and that weare to be judged by Him at last for all we do here? You are not soignorant but even nature itself will teach you that all this istrue; and I am satisfied you know it all to be true, and believe ityourself." - "That is true, sir," said Atkins; "but with what facecan I say anything to my wife of all this, when she will tell meimmediately it cannot be true?" - "Not true!" said I; "what do youmean by that?" - "Why, sir," said he, "she will tell me it cannotbe true that this God I shall tell her of can be just, or canpunish or reward, since I am not punished and sent to the devil,that have been such a wicked creature as she knows I have been,even to her, and to everybody else; and that I should be sufferedto live, that have been always acting so contrary to what I musttell her is good, and to what I ought to have done." - "Why, truly,Atkins," said I, "I am afraid thou speakest too much truth;" andwith that I informed the clergyman of what Atkins had said, for hewas impatient to know. "Oh," said the priest, "tell him there isone thing will make him the best minister in the world to his wife,and that is repentance; for none teach repentance like truepenitents. He wants nothing but to repent, and then he will be somuch the better qualified to instruct his wife; he will then beable to tell her that there is not only a God, and that He is thejust rewarder of good and evil, but that He is a merciful Being,and with infinite goodness and long-suffering forbears to punishthose that offend; waiting to be gracious, and willing not thedeath of a sinner, but rather that he should return and live; andeven reserves damnation to the general day of retribution; that itis a clear evidence of God and of a future state that righteous menreceive not their reward, or wicked men their punishment, till theycome into another world; and this will lead him to teach his wifethe doctrine of the resurrection and of the last judgment. Let himbut repent himself, he will be an excellent preacher of repentanceto his wife."必赢彩票I repeated all this to Atkins, who looked very serious all thewhile, and, as we could easily perceive, was more than ordinarilyaffected with it; when being eager, and hardly suffering me to makean end, "I know all this, master," says he, "and a great deal more;but I have not the impudence to talk thus to my wife, when God andmy conscience know, and my wife will be an undeniable evidenceagainst me, that I have lived as if I had never heard of a God orfuture state, or anything about it; and to talk of my repenting,alas!" (and with that he fetched a deep sigh, and I could see thatthe tears stood in his eyes) "tis past all that with me." - "Pastit, Atkins?" said I: "what dost thou mean by that?" - "I know wellenough what I mean," says he; "I mean tis too late, and that istoo true."
必赢彩票I told the clergyman, word for word, what he said, and thisaffectionate man could not refrain from tears; but, recoveringhimself, said to me, "Ask him but one question. Is he easy that itis too late; or is he troubled, and wishes it were not so?" I putthe question fairly to Atkins; and he answered with a great deal ofpassion, "How could any man be easy in a condition that mustcertainly end in eternal destruction? that he was far from beingeasy; but that, on the contrary, he believed it would one time orother ruin him." - "What do you mean by that?" said I. - "Why," hesaid, "he believed he should one time or other cut his throat, toput an end to the terror of it."必赢详情