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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. THE AUTHORITY OF THE MIRACLE. Is the miracle to command absolutely and without further question the obedience of those in whose sight it is done, or to whom it comes as an adequately attested fact, so that the doer and the doctrine, without any more debate, shall be accepted as from God? It cannot be so, for side by side with the miracles which serve for the furthering of the kingdom of God, runs another line of wonders, counterworks of him, who is ever the ape of the Most High, who has still his caricatures of the holiest; and who knows that in no way can he so realize his character of Satan, or the Hinderer, aa by offering that which shall either be accepted instead of the true, or, being discovered false, shall bring the true into like discredit with itself. For that it is meant in Scripture to attribute real wonders to him there is to me no manner of doubt. They are " lying wonders," (2 Thess. ii. 9,) not because in themselves frauds and illusions, but because they are wrought to support the kingdom of lies. Thus I cannot doubt that, according to the intention of Gerhard (Loc. Theott., loc. 23, c. 11, $ 274): Antichrist! miracula dicuntur mendacia, . . . non tarn ratione forma, quasi omnia futura sint falsa et adparentia duntaxat, quam ratione finis, quia scilicet ad confirmationem mendacii erunt directa. Chrysostom, who at first expkins the passage in the other way, that they are "lying" quoad formam, (oWei/ dXt|8e's, dd vpos dtrdrrii,-rd Trdvra,) yet afterwards suggests the correcter explanation, fjlu- euoYieWs, T] eh tyevfo? ayoucri. Augustine (De Civ. Dei, 1. 20, c. 10,) does not absolutely determine for either, observing that the event must decide. According to Aquinas they will only be relative wonders (Summ. Theol., p. 1, qu. 114, art. 4): Dajmon...
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