Wednesday, July 13, 2011

compassion and the "utter overthrow of Trinitarian theology"...

This from "The Unitarian Handbook of Scriptural Illustrations and Expositions" compiled by Robert Spears, and published in 1862. I would maybe have a little more compassion for the Trinitarians but still a nifty statement of Scriptural Unitarianism...

"God is love, good to all, the Father of us all; not the God of the Jews only, but also the God of the Gentiles; exercising loving kindness and tender mercy, the Father of mercy, from -whom every good and perfect gift cometh, kind unto the unthankful and the evil, great in goodness and rich in mercy, whose mercy is everlasting and whose compassions fail not, merciful and gracious, always ready to forgive." So the divine page glows with his goodness and love. How degrading, therefore, are the views inculcated in the name of Christianity by many of the churches; limiting his compassion to a few of his creatures, representing his pardoning mercy as purchased by the blood of his Son, making mortal nan more just than God, and a finite being more benevolent than his Maker. This section of Scriptural passages which might have been greatly increased, sets forth the Unitarian faith in the attributes of God, to the utter overthrow of Trinitarian theology.
God, A God Of Tender Mercy And Loving Kindness.— *' The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long suffering and abundant in goodness and truth: keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin."—Ex. xxxiv. 7. "The 'Lord is long suffering and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression."—Numb. xiv. 18. "Thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness."—-Neh. ix. 17. "Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy loving kindnesses; for they have been ever of old."— Psalm xxv. 6. "How excellent is thy loving kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings."—Psalm xxxvi. 7. "Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord: let thy loving kindness and thy truth continually preserve me."—Psalm xl. 11. "Hear me, O Lord; for thy loving kindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies."—Psalm lxix. 16. "But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering and plenteous in mercy and truth."—Psalm lxxxvi. 15. "The Lord is gracious and full of compassion."—Psalm cxi. 4. "The earth, O Lord, is full of thy- mercy."—Psalm cxix. 64. "Thou art good, and doest good."—Psalm cxix. 68. "Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord."—Psalm cxix. 156. "The Lord is gracious and full of compassion: slow to anger, and of great mercy."—Psalm cxlv. 8. "The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works."—Psalm cxlv. 9. "That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven, for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."—Matt. v. 45. "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him."—Matt. vii. 11."


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