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GILBERT WEST, Esq.
N a late conversation we had together
upon the subject of the Christian religion, I told you, that besides all the proofs of it which may be drawn from the prophecies of the Old Testament, from the neceffary connection it has with the whole system of the Jewih religion, from the miracles of Christ, and from the evidence given of his resurrection by all the other Apostles; I thought the Conversion and the Apostleship of St. Paul alone, duly considered, was of itself a demonstration fufficient to prove Christianity to be a Divine Revelation.
As you seemed to think that so compendious a proof might be of use to convince those unbelievers that will not attend to a longer series of arguments, I have thrown together the reasons upon which I support that propofition.
In the 26th chapter of the Aets of the Apostles, writ by a cotemporary author, and a companion of St. Paul in preaching the Gospel, as appears by the book itself, ch. xx. ver. 6, 13, 14. xxvii. 1. &c. St. Paul is said to have given himself this account of his conversion and preaching, to King Agrippa and Festus the Roman governor: ‘My manner of life from my youth,
which was, at the first, among mine own .nation at Jerufalem, know all the Jews, · which knew me from the beginning (if
they would testify) that after the strictest - fect of our religion, I lived a pharisee.
And now I stand and am judged for the
hope of the promise made by God unto ( our fathers : unto which promise our • twelve tribes, instantly serving God day i and night, hope to
come ; for which hope's sake, King. Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews. Why should it be thought
a thing a thing incredible with you, that God • should raise the dead? I verily thought (with myfelf, that I ought to do many
things contrary to the name of Jesus of • Nazareth. Which things I also did in
Jerusalem, and many of the saints did I “ Thut up in prison, having received autho
rity from the chief priests ;" and when they " were put to death, l'gave my voice against « them. And I punished. them oft in every
synagogue, and compelled them to blar• pheme, and being exceedingly mad against " them, I'persecuted them even unto strange « cities. Whereupon as I went to Damafcus“ • with authority and commiffion from the * chief priests, at mid-day, 0 King, I' saw • in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about * me, and them which journeyed with me.
And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me; and
saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, 6 why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And I 6. said, Who art thou, Lord ? And he said, "I am Jefus whom thou persecutest. But 6- rise, stand upon thy feet; for I have ap