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represented asIncredible, because they cannot account for such Difficulties as oppose themselves to it; whilst others have endeavour'd to cancel the Belief of it, in it's Proper sense, by this Suggestion, that the Re-union of the same Body to the Soul is not Necessary to constitute the fame Man, and is no where taught in Holy Scripture.
First, 'tis urged, that though we can readily assent to the Resurrection of our Saviour's Body, which still remain’d Uncorrupted and Entiše; yet it cannot be so easily conceived, that Our Bodies should be Restored, when they have formany ages lain dissolved in the dust of the earth; when they have gone through many changes; when they have been a prey to the Beasts of the field, and perhaps to other men. But if we do seriously consider the meaning of Almighty Power, and stedfastly believe it to be a Divine Attribute, all these Doubts must of necessity vanilh. God Almighty cán in an Infinite variety of instances Effect what our narrow capacities cannot Coinprehend. Why then should it be thought
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a thing Incredible, that God jould raise the dead? It must be acknowledged, that he, who can make the Body out of nothing, can certainly collect it's scatter'd Particles, after all the changes they have gone through, and range them into their former order, and in conjunction with the Soul constitute them the same man. Whilst therefore our knowledge of God's Almighty Power convinceth us of the Possibility of the Resurrection, we ought firmly to believe the Certainty of it, because it is deliver'd in those Scriptures which are undeniably prov'd to be the Word of God. We are exprefly taught, that it shall be, and plainly capable of apprehending that it may be: For Omnipotence is exclusive of all Difficulties, and admits of no Bounds but Contradiction; and That is no way chargeable upon this Article, notwithstanding the trivial Arguments brought to prove it, which have been so often and so fully answer’d, that I think it needless to mention them, and shall therefore go on to those objections, wherein it is suggested, That the Re-union of the same Body to
the the Soul is not Necessary to constitute the fame Man, and is no where taught in Holy Scripture.
The Principal Abetter of this opinion hath informed us, * that we may be able without any difficulty to conceive the same person at the Resurrection, though in a Body not exactly in make or parts the same which he had here, the fame consciousness going along with the Soul that inhabits it. But because he had taken notice, that of every one will always have a liberty to Speak, as be pleaseth, and to apply what articulate sounds to what Ideas he thinks fit, and therefore those, who have not maturely weighed his curious remarks about Affe Eled Obfcurity, and all his other instructions concerning the Abuse of words, might be apt to Imagine, that by the same person, in a Body, at the Resurrection nothing less could be understood than the fame Man; that he might prevent fuch an Unreasonable construction of his words he further observes, that I the foul a
* Mr. Locke's Ef. concerning Hum. Und. B. 2. ch. 27. Seet. 15. Ibid. # Ibid.
lone in the change of Bodies, would
fame Man in the Resurrection, that · hath before lived upon earth, must confist of the same Soul and the fame Body. For though Consciousness do go along with the Soul, and though the Identity of Person be supposed and Implied in the Identity of Man; yet 'tis peculiarly requisite to the Identity of Man, that the same Soul be united to the same Body, because to the Identity of every Compound Being an Union of the same Essential parts is required.
But, II. 25 · But this Author in his last Controverfial Letter to a Learned Bishop, wherein he treats of this subject, hath observed, * that it would be hard to determine, if that should be demanded, what greater Congruity the Soul hath, with any particles of matter, which were once vitally united to it, but are now so no longer; than it bath with particles of matter, which it was never united to. But the Determination of this question will not be thought so extremely Difficult by any one, who is willing to be determin’d by the Common consent of Mankind, and by the Holy Scriptures.
Though Matter be in it self void of Sensation; yet when it is formed into a Humane Body and united to the Soul, it is not only endued with Sense, but becomes the Source of certain Propensions and Appetites, which are in Scripture represented as t warring against the Law of the mind, and bringing men into Captivity to the law of fin; And therefore we are said, as with the mind to serve the
* 3d. Letter to Bp. Stillingfleet. p. 177. t Rom. vii. 23.