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among Mankind, is an Argument againft ei-
ther his Omnipotence, or his Goodnefs. For
the Atheift might as well urge, that if God
cannot cure the difeafed; there is an end
of his Almighty Power : and if he will
not, it is want of Mercy and Compaffion in him.
The fame Anfwer will ferve both Objections :
and it is fo very obvious (as I have fully mown
you,) that one wou'd think the moil thought-
lefs Infidel cou'd not over-look it.

M. I will not pretend to reply to your fe-
veral _Anfwers in the fame order that you men-
tion'd them \ but muft fpeak of Things as they
come into my Mind. Of the good or ill Dif-

pofitions



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pofitions of the difeafed at Bethefda we can SECT. m.
fay nothing. They were probably as well dif- V-~v~s^
pofed as the lame Man whom Jefus cured,
without his having made any Application to him.
I grant that he might have healed them after-
wards : but there is no Reafon to fuppofe
that he did ; or St John wou'd have told
us fo, for his Mailer's honour

N. You will excufe my interrupting you one
Moment to put you in mind of what I ihou'd
have mentioned before i that in the very next
Chapter, Saint John tells us, that when Jefus ch. vi. \, 2 .
went over the Sea of Galilee (or Lake of Gen-
mfareth) a great Multitude followed him, becaufe
theyfaw bis Miracles which he did on them that
were difeafed. His Words are eV/ T&V d&tvxv-
TUV ; the very fame term that he ufed in the
foregoing Chapter, concerning thofe at the
Pool of Bethefda : fo that in both places it
might (and fhou'd) have been render'd
infirm^ or impotent Folk. Now if any of
the Miracles that the Multitude faw, were
wrought at Jerufalem, as feems probable ;
it is as likely that they mou'd be done upon
the infirm (or difeafed} Perfons at Bethefda,
as on any other.

M. This is all Conjecture. As to your o-
ther Anfwer, that when Jefus cured the lame
Man, he might leave the other difeafed to
be cured by bathing in the Pool j all I mall
fay is, that they were little obliged to him for
his kindnefs. It wou'd have mown more Hu-
manity and Compaflion to have healed them
all at the fame time ; and not to let them
wait, we know not ho\y long, for a Cure.

N. The trial of their Patience for a while
might conduce more to their true Welfare and

Hap-



is8 A Conference upon

SECT. II I. Happinefs, than an immediate Cure. For, if
t-'OPO they were vicious, the continuance of their
Affliction might help to reform them. And
if they were good ; their Patience, Submiflion
to the divine Will, and other Virtues wou'd be
the more improved and confirm'd. Befides,
fmce they had all a fair Profpect of being
cured by bathing in the Pool, and perhaps
very foon too ; this was a fufficient Reafon for
our Saviour's declining to work Miracles
merely to haften thofe Cures which they might
be fure of obtaining in a natural way.
Difc.s-p.ye. M. The Evoxgelifts Matthew, Mark, and
Luke tell fuch Storys of Jefus' & healing Power^
as wou'd incline us to think he cured all
wherever he came. They fay he healed all
manner of Difeafes among the People : and they
mention particular Times and Places where
all the difeafed were healed by him. Which
Aflertions imply that his healing Power was
moft extenfive. But this Story in St. John
confutes and confounds all. He no-where
talks of Jefus's healing of many ; nor of all
manner of Difeafes ; much lefs of all that were
difeafed : which if it be not like a Contradiction
to the other Evangelifts., is fome Diminution of
their Authority ; and enough to make us
fufpect that they ftretch't much in Praife
of their Matter > and faid more to his Ho-
nour than was ftrictly true.

N. Tho' St. John does not fay in exprefs
Terms that Jefus healed many ; yet he declares
this in equivalent Expreflions. For we not only
' rii 47 ' ^ nc * * n k* s Gofpel, that Jefus did many Mi-
ch. "V/' rades j and many good Works ; by which mi-
ch. vi. 2. racitlous Cures are evidently meant : but he
'tells us that a great Multitude followed Jefus,

bccaufc



Our SAVIOUR^ Miracles, t 2 9

becaufe they faw his Miracles which he did on Seer. IIL
them that were difeafed. Now firtce in St.
John's Gofpel, the doing many good Works
manifeftly fignifys the doing many Miracles
upon the difeafed ; ^that is, the healing of many ;
(for thefe are all equivalent Expreflions ;) to
affirm that St. John in #0 ^/tfr<? of his Gofpel
talks of Jefus's healing of many^ is a dire<5t
Contradiction to the Evangelift* and faying,
in other Words, that he no-where talks of
Cbrift's doing many good Works ; or wonderful
Cures, or Miracles upon the difeafed. His not
taking particular Notice of many miracu-
lous Cures recorded by the other Evangelifts^
can be no Diminution of their Authority ; be-
caufe, from the whole Tenor of his Gofpel,
it manifeftly appears that his main view in
compofmg it was to fupply fome of their Omif-
fions ; and to relate fuch Things chiefly as
they had not mentioned. Silence when one
is obliged, or expected, to fpeak in defence
of the Truth, is generally fuppofed to imply
confent. And St. John's, filence as to the
Facts recorded by the other Euangelifts is fo
far from being like a Contradiction to them, Wf
(as Mr. W. pretends ;) that it plainly implys his fl
confent to their Teftimony, and an Approba-
tion of what they fay.

M. I think it looks very fufpicious at leaft
that the other Evangelifts fhou'd reprefent Jefus
as curing all Perfons wherever he came : while
on the other hand St. John though he fpeaks
of & great Multitude of impotent Folk at Bethefda,
fhou'd tell us only of his curing one lame Man
among them; Jtfus cannot be fuppofed to
heal many in any place, much lefs all manner
of Difeafes -, or he had never let fuch a Multi-
K tude



i^o A Conference up on

SECT. III. tudc of poor Wretches pafs without the Exer-
oi^^ 01 cife of his Power and Pity on them. Some
p. C P -good Reafon then mult be given for Jefus's
conduct here ; and fuch a one as will adjuft
it to the reports of the other EvangeKftt ;
or Infidels will think that either they ro-
manced for the honour of their Mafter > or
that St. John in fpite told this Story to the
Degradation of him.

N. I have faid enough to vindicate the
Conduct of Jefus in curing only the impotent
Man at Bethefda - y even fuppofing he did not
afterwards heal the reft. And to adjuil St.
John's Account of this matter with what the
other Evangelifts fay of his curing all manner
of Difcafes ; I need only obferve tha* they do
not afTert that he always cured all the fick or
diftrefs't wherever he came ; but only that he
- healed all that were brought to him ; and are
therefore fuppofed to have apply'd themfelves
to him for relief. Such he never rejected. He
fometimes cured others indeed, who did not
feem to expect or defire it. But their good
Difpofitions, or their deplorable State, might
recommend them as proper Objects of his
abundant Goodnefs : or other weighty Rcafons
might render their miraculous Cure peculiarly
fit and necefTary. St Matthew and St. Mark
Mar. vi. ;. tell us that Jefus cou'd do no mighty Work
in his-own Country, becaufe of their unbe-
lief; except his laying his Hands on a few
^ftck People, and healing them. So that thefe
Evangelijh do not reprefent Jefus as exercifmg
his miraculous Power, at all times, and in
every place, alike. And on the other hand St.
John does not fay that any of thofe who arc
fuppofed to have lain at the Pool of Betbefda,

defired



Our SAVIOUR'^ Miracles.

defired his Afiiftance, and weredeny'd it. But
he mentions the many Miracles, the many good
Wvrks, or miraculous Cures, he wrought upon
the dijeafed. So that there is not the leaft
appearance of any Contradiction or Difagree-
ment betwixt St. John, and the other Evan-
gelifts. His no,t faying in exprefs Words that
Jefus healed all manner of Difeafes and Infirmitys
among the People, can no more lefferi the Au-
thority of the other Evangelifts ; than his ta-
king no Notice of the many particular Mira-
cles, and wonderful Cures, that they relate. On
the contrary, fince he wou'd have been obliged
to declare the Truth, in cafe they tad any-
way fwerved from it ; his filence, and not
contradicting their Account of Things, is in
effect giving his Approbation, and additional
Teftimony to all that they fay.

T. Dinner is upon the Table, Gentlemen.

M. It is very well. I wou'd rather dine,
than difpute ac prefent.




K 2 SECT.



A Conference up on



SECT. IV.

SKCT.JV. T. TT'M afraid Mr. M. we fliall fcarcc be

*x"Vw J^ a bie to g O thro' all the Six Difeourfes to-
Day. As yet we have difpatch't but three of
them.

M. The Objections in the three laft are
ftronger too than thofe we have now con-
fider'd , and will afford more Scope for Ar-
gument and Debate.

N. Let us not lofe time then , but proceed
to cxamin the Miracle that Jtftts wrought

John n. on t he Man that was born Blind.

Dire. 4. p. 4. jtf t As far as one may guefs by the Evan-
gelical Hiftory, Blindnefs was the Diftemper
ihztjefus frequently exercifed his Power upon :
and there is no doubt to be made, but he healed
many of one Wcaknefs, and Defecl or other
in their Eyes. But whether he wrought any
Miracle upon any he is fuppofed to have cured
is uncertain. Unlefs we knew that the fore or
blind Eyes he cured were abfolutely out of
the reach of Art and Nature , Infidels will
imagin, and fuggeft, that he was only Mafter
of a good Ointment for fore Eyes ; and be-
ing fuccefsful in the ufe of it, ignorant Peo-
ple wou'd needs think he wrought Miracles.

Dif.4.p.f. N. But I hope you will grant that " if
" Jefus at any time ufed no Medicines ; but
*' only with a Word of his Mouth cured the
" Blind i and they inftantly recovered their
" Sight, as the Word was fpoken; in fuch
<c Cafes there muft have been a real and great

" Miracle ;



Our SAVIOUR'/ Miracles. i $ ^

*' Miracle; let the Blindnefs, or Imperfecti- SRCT.TV.
" on of their Sight before be of what kind ^-OT^
*' or degree foever ; and whether curable
4t by Art or not ". ,

M. I grant that to cure Blindnefs in a
Moment without the ufe of any Medicine,
or other Means, is a miraculous Work.

N. Well: St. Luke fays that Jefus gave ch. vii.i.
Sight to feveral blind Perfons, in Prefence of
the two Difciples whom John the Baptift
fent to him. And St. Matthew tells us that Ch - 34-'
Jefus cured two blind Men without the ufe
of any means. He only touch* t their Eyes;
and immediately they received Sight.

M. I don't like that touching of their Eyes:
there is fomething in it looks fufpicious. How
do we know but by that touch he anointed their
Eyes with fome Balfam or other Medicine
that he fecretly concealed in his Hands ?

N. Whatever Diftempers Jefus cured, he
commonly laid his Hands on the difeafed, or
touch' t them : and fometimes he touch 1 7 the
Part affected: which was only a natural
Motion of the Hand, ufed as a fign of his
conferring upon them the bleffing of Health.
This motion was fo habitual to him, that he
even touch* 7 the Bier when he raifed the Widow Luk. vii. 14.
of Nain's Son : and lifted up his Hands when ch.xxiv.yc.
he blefs't his Difciples at his Afcenfion. No
Motion cou'd be more natural ; nor any Sign
more fignificant of his miraculous Power,
than his touching the Sick, or laying his Hand
upon them. And there is no more Reafon to
fancy that, in touching the Eyes of the blind Men,
he anointed them with any thing i than to
fuppofe that he anointed Malcbus's Ear when Luk. xxii.
he healed it with a touch i or Peter's Mother- ft '
in-law, when he touch' 7 her Hand? and cured Matt, rm-
K 3 her "'



1 3 4 ^ Conference upon

SECT. IV. her of a Fever : or that he befmear'd the
J^V^ Leper when he touch* t him, andfaid, I will;
4- be tkou clean : upon which his Leprofy imme-

diately departed. Seeing in thefe, and many
other Inftances, he manifeftly fhowed a divine
Power ; and cured the moft grievous dif-
orders in a Moment, without the ufe of any
means j what can be more abfurd than to fup-
pofe that he wou'd in any Cafe have recourfe
to fecret Tricks, and underhand Practices ?
Befides, I appeal to the moft skilful in Phy-
fick and Surgery, whether there be any Bal-
fam, or Medicine whatever that will cure
natural Blindnefs, the very Moment it is ap-
ply'd to the Eyes : and whether fuch an in-
ftantaneous Cure is not to be reckoned mi-
raculous, whatever Medicine you may fuppofe
to be fo apply *d.

M. We have nothing to do at prefent with
your two blind Men whom Jefus cured by
a touch only. We are to examin the Cure of
Blindnefs that he wrought by the means of
an Eye-falve made of Dirt and Spittle.

N. I mentioned the other, becaufe you

faid it was uncertain whether Jefus ever

wrought a Miracle in curing any-one that

was Blind. And feeing thefe two mention'd

by St. Matthew were (according to Mr. /-^Vs

Difc.4- p. Conceffion) miraculoufly cured-, there is no

* Reafon to doubt but the Cure of the Man

that was lorn Blind, was equally miraculous.

Wfc. 4. p. M. Sir William Read, tho' no Scholar, nor

of acquired Abilitys in Phyfick and Surgery,

yet cured his thoufands of fore or blind Eyes ;

and many of them too to the Surprize and

Aftonifhment of profefs't Surgeons and Phy-

ficians. And you cannot prove that Jefus

cured



Our SAVIOUR V Miracles.

cured v/orfe or more difficult Diftempers in
the Eyes.

N. But neither Sir William Reid, nor any
other Cculift, ever pretended to cure Blind-
nefs, v ithout the ufe of proper Inftruments,
or Medicines.

M. Nor did ft/us in the Cafe before us.
For he ufed a peculiar Ointment ; and pre-
fcribed bathing in order to cure the blind
Man. And tho' he recover'd his Sight upon
it, this might happen without a Miracle.
OurSurgeons with their Ointments and Wafh-
ings can cure fore and blind Eyes of one fort
or other : and here Jefus did no more.

7V. If the means he ufed were not natural,
nor any-way proper to cure Blindnefs ; what-
ever the defign of them was (which mall
afterwards be confider'd,) the Application of
fuch improper and ineffectual means can no
more leflen the miraculous Cure, than if he
had ufed no means at all.

M. Let us keep to fome Method in our In- circ. 4 . p .
quiry. There are two Exceptions againft the 7>
Miraculoufnefs of this Cure : firft, we know
nothing of the Nature of this poor Man's
Blindnefs : and then Jefus ufed human means
in curing it. Now unlefs we knew what v/as the
defect of the Man's Eyes ; and whether it was
curable by Art, itisimpoilible to determin whe-
ther there was a Miracle wrought in curing him.
N. , Whatever was the defect of the Man's
Eyes, or the Nature of his Blindnefs, it feems
to have been of the worft fort ; feeing he was
Blind from his Birth : and his Cafe was in
thofe Days reckoned incurable : For, as he *
told the Pharifees^fmcethe World began, it was joh. ia-s*.
not heard that any Man open'd the Eyes of one
that was born Blind.

K 4 M. Tho'



1 3 6 A Conference uf on

SECT. IV. jVf. Tho* he was born blind, Time, Nature,

t/^Y^J and Art might give him relief. Nature wilt
not only by degrees work the Cure itfelf :
but the feafonable help of a good Oculift
will foon expedite it, tho* in time of Infancy

pifc. 4. p. he cou'd be of no ufe. And who knows but
that this might be the Cafe of this blind Man ;
whofe cure Jefus by his Art did only haften
and help forward. There is Ground enough
to fufpecl that it was not a divine Power
which healed the Man , or Jefus had never
prepared and order'd an Ointment and Warn
for him.

N. While you doubt of his acting by a divine
Power in this Cafe, you grant in effect: that he
was indued with a fupernatural or divine
Knowledge : for, without this, he cou'd not
certainly know the internal Frame of the
Man's Body, and the Texture and Confti-
tution of his Eyes ; what fteps Nature had
taken towards working the Cure by herfelf -,
and what means were proper to haften and
help it forward. If he had fuch a. fupernatu-
ral Knowledge as this, it will be as good a
Proof of his having it from God, and act-
ing by a divine Commifiion, as any Miracle
whatever.

jbid M. Without inquiring into the Nature of

the Man's Blindnefs ; Til grant that if Jefus
had cured him in a Moment, without the
ufe of any means ; it wou'd have been a
real Miracle. But his ufe of Warning, and
Ointments abfolutely fpoils the Credit of the
Miracle : for we ought not to afcribe that
% Cure to the immediate Hand and Power of
God, which Balfam and Medicines are apply'd
to produce.

N. What-



Our SAVIOUR'.? Miracles. 137

N. Whatever might be the ufe or defign SHCT.IV.
of fpreading Clay and Spittle on the Man's V^f^
Eyes, and directing him to warn hirhfelf in
Siloam , you cannot pretend that thefe were
human means, that had any natural Efficacy Dir c . 4 . P .
in reftoring his Sight. Mr. W. fays that a lc
Balfam of Dirt and Spit tie is fuch an Eye-falve p . ,,.
as for abfurdity, whim, and incongruity was
never equall'd, either in jefl^ or earneft ; and
that it is more like to put out one's Eyes,
than to reftore a blind Man to his Sight.
So that it cou'd not be naturally operative p . .
and cffettvvt of the Man's cure. Now fmce
the means that Jefus ufed on this bccafion, or
rather the Things that he did, were no-way
proper or effectual to reftore the Man's Sight 5
his Cure is ftill as miraculous, as if Jefus
had done nothing to him at all.

M. Why then did he ufc this ftrangc Salve ; out. 4. p.
when for the fake of the Miracle ; and for "
the honour of his-own Power, he fhou'd have
cured the Man with a Word fpeaking ? To
this Quell ion you muft give fuch an An-
fwer as will confift both with the Wifdom,
and the Power of Jefus : elfe you muft either
give up the Miracle ; or make him a vain
infignificant and trifling Agent.

N. To folve this difficulty it wou'd be fuf-
ficient to affign any one Reafon that Jefus
might pojfibly have for fpreading Clay and
Spittle on the blind Man's Eyes ; and order-
ing him to warn or bathe himfelf in the Pool
of Siloam. But I think there are two Reafons
to be given for it. He might do it either to
prepare the Man's Eyes for bearing the Light,
when his Sight Ihou'd be reftored ; or to
flrengthen the Organs of his Sight i and there-
by



8 A Conference upon

TV. by prevent his growing Blind again. His
bathing in Siloam might anfwer the laft of
thefe Intentions : and the fpreading Clay and
Spittle on his Eye-lids, might ferve the o-
ther. It is probable that his Eye-lids were
faften'd together by fome glutinous Sub-
ftance that diftill'd from his Eyes, and was
thicken'd by length of time. And it might
perhaps be to moiften and difiblve that glewy
Subftance ; and to open his Eye-lids, that Jefus
put Clay and Spittle upon them.

M. How do we know but that this was
all that was wanting to reftore the Man to his
Sight ?

N. Becaufe it is impoflible but that fuch an
eafy and natural Experiment, as opening his
Eye-lids, muft have been often try'd, not only
in his Infancy, (when it was obfcrved that
of himfelf he did not open his Eyes ;) but as
he grew up towards Manhood. Nor can
we doubt but the other common Means and
Applications were ufed to reftore his Sight.

M. But why cou'd not Jefus as well have
made one Miracle of all ; and have open'd the
Man's Eye-lids^ and cured all the defects
of his Eyes -at once , without the ufe of any
fuch preparatory, and corroborating means
as you fuppofe him to have ufed ?

N. . Since it is contrary to Wifdom to mul-
tiply Miracles without Neceffity ; or to do
that by a fupernatural Power, which may as
well be effected by common means ; it was
more wife and fit for Jefus to open the Man's
Eye-lids by the help of Clay and Spittle ;
or to ufe any other natural means to pre-
pare his Eyes for the better bearing of the
Light when his Sight Ihou'd be reftored ;

than



Our SAVIOUR'* Miracles. 139

than to produce the fame effect in a miracu- SECT.IV.-
lous way. For, Reafon required that Jefus
fliou'd exert a fupernatural Power no farther y
nor in other Inftances, than was abfolutely
neceflary. If the Man's Blindnefs confifted
in too great a Tenfion, or Relaxation, either
of the Optick-Nerves, or of any of the Coats
of his Eyes , or in too great a Confidence,
or Fluidity, of the Humours ; or an Inflam-
mation of any of the Coats ; or a Cataract ;
or other unknown diforder ; the inftantaneous
curing of any of thefe defects, required a
miraculous Power. And if feveral fuch de-
fects, that did not depend one upon the o-
ther, were to be cured at the fame time,
without the ufe of natural and proper means ;
repeated or diftinct Acts of divine Power
wou'd be neceflary to produce fuch diftinct
and independent effects. Now fince to reftore
the Man to the free ufe of his Sight, it was ne-
ceflary not only to rectify the inward Dif-
orders and Defects of his Eyes ; but to pre-
pare them by Degrees for their natural Fun-
ctions : Jefus might ufe fome means to open
his Eye-lids -, and perhaps to ftrengthen the
relaxt Mufcles of his Eyes, in order to fit
them for their proper Motions : which might
be one effect of his bathing in the Winter.
Another reafon why Jefus ufed thofe means
I mention'd, might be, becaufe he knew the
original Caufes of the Man's Blindnefs ;
and that when his Sight fhou'd be reftored, it
wou'd foon be impair'd again, if the Tem-
perament of his Blood, and other Humours,
or the Tone of the Solids were not fome-way
alter'd : and therefore he ufed fuch proper
means as, by his fupernatural Knowledge,

he



1 40 A Conference upon

' he forefaw wou'd prevent the return of that
Blindnefs the Man labour'd under : and which
probably cou'd not otherwife be prevented
without a continual Miracle, or rather a Se-
ries of Miracles, to reftrain the natural Courfe
of the Fluids of his Body ; or to alter the
peculiar Texture, or the Tone of the Solids :
one of which, or both, muft at firft have been
the original Caufe of the Man's being Blind
from his Birth. So that, tho* the means
which Jefas ufed cou'd not directly and effec-
tually conduce towards removing his Blind-
nefs (which was of too long {landing to give
way to any natural Method of Cure what-
ever ;) yet they might tend to eftablim and
ftrengthen his Sight when reftored ; and to
prevent the return of his Blindnefs.

M. If Jefus had cured him firft, and then
fent him to bathe in S'tloam -, there might be
fome Reafon to think that the bathing was
defign'd to ftrengthen his recover'd Sight ;
and to prevent the return of his Blindnefs. But
as Matters were managed, we do not know
whether his bathing was prefcribed to confirm
his Cure, or to effeft it.

N. Since his Blindnefs muft have flown ori-
ginally from fome defect, either in the Op tick
Nerves, or in the Coats, or Glands, or Hu-
mours of his Eyes j and that fuch defect a-
gain muft have been occafion'd by the pe-
culiar Conftitution of his Body, or the Tem-
perament of the Blood, Lymph, or other
Fluids , if Jefus had cured him, before the Tone
and Elafticity of the Solids, or the Tempera-
ment of his Blood and Humours, were fome-
way alter' d by bathing , either the Circula-
tion of thefe in their natural Courfe, wou'd

have



Our SAVIOUR'/ Miracles, 1 4 1

have affected and diforder'd the newly recti- SECT. IV.
fy'd Organs of Sight i and again have laid
the foundation of a fecond Blindnefs, be-
fore the Man cou'd get to the place of bathing ;*
(for the fame Caufes operating, will natural-
ly produce the fame effects :) or, to prevent
this, Jefus, if he had cured him before bath-
ing, muft have wrought a Series of Miracles
to hinder the natural effects of the Circulation,
or Secretion of vitiated or difproportion'd
Fluids, in Veffels that were either too fpringy,
or too relax't: which having been the ori-
ginal Caufe of his Blindnefs, wou'd in a very
few Hours perhaps have again produced the
fame effect. For thefe Reafons Jefets wou'd
not cure the Man's Blindnefs till he had
firft ufed fuch proper means as might prepare
his Eyes for bearing the Light eafily, when
his Sight was reft o red ; and prevent the re-
turn of his Blindnefs afterwards.

M. But if bathing cou'd naturally produce
fuch a change as you fuppofe either in the
Solids, or Fluids of the Man's Body, as to
prevent the return of his Blindnefs ; we may
equally fuppofe that the fame alteration by
bathing might remove his Blindnefs without
any Miracle.

N. There is a vaft difference betwixt cu-
ring a Diftemper, (efpecially an inveterate
and chronical diforder-,) and preventing its
coming at firft, or its return when once cured.



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