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apt to imagine great difficulties in the attaining of it, and to magnify them in their fancies beyond reason. As the people of Israel, when they were to enter into Canaan, (which was the type of the kingdom of heaven), represented the inhabitants of the land, whom they were to conquer, more terrible than in truth they were ; reporting to one another, that the land was full of giants, and sons of Anak, men of prodigious flature, and cities walled up to heaven. And this the wife man observes to be the perpetual excuse of the flothful; when they have no mind to a thing, they say, there is a lion in the way; that is, they fancy to themselves dangers and terrors which are not. Thus men who are averse from religion, and have no mind to be at the trouble and pains to get to heaven, are apt to complain of the monstrous and insuperable difficulties of religion, and how hard it is for a man to mortify his lusts, and subdue his appetites, and govern his passions, and to do all those things, which are necessary to bring him to heaven. Well it is acknowledged to be difficult: And is it not so to get an estate, and to rise to any thing in this world 2 The true pains which men take about these things, shew that they are difficult; only when men have a mind to a thing, and their heart is set upon it, they do not stand to complain of the diffi

culty, but buckle to it, and grapple with it. Is religion difficult And what is not so that is good for any thing 2 Is not the law a difficult and crabbed study ? Does it not require great labour, and perpetual drudging to excel in any kind of knowledge, to be master of any art or profession ? In a word, is there any thing in the world worthy the having, that is to be gotten without pains 2 And is eternal life and glory the only slight and inconsiderable thing, that is not worth our care and industry Is it fit that so great a good should be exposed to the faint and idle wishes, to the cheap and lazy endeavours of slothful men 2. For what reason, may, with what conscience, can we bid less for heaven and eternal life, than men are contented to give for the things of this world; things of ad value in comparison, not worthy the to: Qr;

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