credit in the declaration — that the volitions, the acts of God, are always right; but I do not say that his will makes the essential or true distinction between right
. We dare not assume that God, could, by an act of volition, make the right
to be the wrong
, and the wrong
to be the right
--good evil, and evil good!
It is absurd to assume that God can do things that are in themselves contradictory.
Omnipotent, we know, he is; but such things are not the objects of power, any more than things which are
the objects of power, are, in the same sense, the objects of Omniscience.
To affirm that he could make the right
to be the wrong, is as false
as it would be impious to affirm that he would
do it, if he could — false, because, if he can, he has not deposited the truth in that great master-work of his hand, the mind of man; for, by the power of the intuition he has given us, we are assured that the idea is in itself a gross absurdity.
And if this be not decisive of the question, then neither intuition nor the deductions of intuition are of any authority.
Man is the victim of a false guide within!
He may “eat and drink, for to-morrow he dies!”
There will be no more of him; or, what is worse, he is but a link in a chain of sentient beings who are governed by a cruel fate, which regards not the distinctions of right
and he may