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But if these promises made to the Jews were in fact true, then the Jewish nation for a long time would already have been, and would still be, the most numerous, the most powerful, the happiest, and the most triumphant of peoples.

They are correct in this, but those pagans only did what our Christ-lovers still do now, who attribute divinity to their Christ.

If meslierr the Apostles had truly seen their master rise gloriously to heaven how could Matthew and John – who would have seen him like the others – have passed over in silence so glorious a mystery, and one so advantageous to their master, given that they reported so many other circumstances of his life and acts that are so much less considerable than this one? But since the time of Constantine human blood has flowed for the establishment of these impostures.

It is claimed that they consist of Jesus and his Apostles divinely curing all sorts of maladies and infirmities so that, when they wanted, they rendered eyesight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, speech to the dumb; that they made the lame walk, that they cured paralytics, that they chased demons from the bodies of the possessed, and they resurrected the dead.

In fact, he derived them from books written by orthodox theologians in the debate between the JesuitsCartesiansand Jansenists. This is because whoever the authors were, suffered and died for writing and living out what they witnessed hardly points to fabrication and mythology.

And how many times has my teetament been afflicted by my not being able to provide you with the succor that I would have wished to provide? Facilitated communication and the strange case of Rom Houben In February the BBC reported that the Belgian man who appeared to be communicating after a year coma wasn’t. Tsstament was a kind of proto communist, and he deplored cruelty towards animals.

Does that make HIM a Christian? For it is perhaps for this very reason that they are most suspect and were even more corrupted by those who obtain advantages from them or who fear that they are not favorable to them, it being common among the authors who transcribe these kinds of histories to add, change, or modify whatever seems to best serve their designs.


But were men not mad and blind to think that they were doing honor to God by rending, killing, and burning His own creatures under the pretext of making sacrifices to Him? Though not a vegetarian, he deplored the prevalent brutality towards farm animals.

Testament: Memoir of the Thoughts and Sentiments of Jean Meslier

But in the doctrine of our Christ-lovers there is something even more ridiculous and absurd, for aside from their saying that one God makes three, and from three they make one, they say that this triple and unique God has neither body nor form nor face; that the first person of this triple and unique God, who they call the Father, engendered on his own a second person they call the Son and who is exactly like his Father, being, like Him, without body, form, or face.

Izzet rated it really liked it Jan 07, If several saints miraculously calmed the cruelty and ferocity of the cruelest beasts, it is said that Orpheus attracted lions, bears, and tigers to himself through the sweetness of his song and the harmony of his instruments and calmed the ferocity of their nature; that he attracted stones and trees, and that even rivers stopped flowing so they could listen to him sing.

These are quite remarkable and timely quotes. However, I am referring to my experience with many Catholic churches certainly, not all that do not teach its members to critically think, engage with Scripture, and engage in community with fellow believers.

If our Christ-lovers make much of their miracles and their prophecies, the same can be found in the religions of the pagans.

Editions ascribed to Meslier frequently include an abstract of his Testament together with Voltaire’s correspondence regarding Meslier.

Despite his modest library and apparent lack of intellectual company, he criticised the many errors and inconsistencies in the Bible well before German theologians got round to it over a century later and over two centuries before Catholics were officially allowed to meslieg Being present at this mortifying recommendation, the lord brought new complaints before the same Archbishop, who made Sieur Meslier come to Donchery, where he was harshly rebuked.

I appreciate the Catholic for the fact that we can jaen stand back, equally aghast at the plague of fundamentalism. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Since it would be foolish to believe in the so-called miracles of paganism, it is no less so to believe in those of Christianity, since they all come from the same erroneous principle.


Joshua May rated it liked it Sep 25, Retrieved from ” https: Is there a more false prophecy? Likewise, I know of NO modern Naturalists who are logical positivists.

If in keeping with this manner of allegorically interpreting all that is said, done, and practiced in that ancient law of the Jews we were then to interpret all the speeches, actions, and adventures of the famous Don Quixote we would certainly find mesleir just as many mysteries and meanings.

G0thamite rated it it was ok Aug 28, They take the others at their word for the most part, or even when they question the motives of the manipulators they see that there must be benefits as there are so many earnest true believers. The barbarians for such is what they were who wrote that atrocious law commanded Lev. I will at least say them upon dying and after my death, and it is in order that they be meslker that I make and write the present Memoire so that it serve as a evidence in support of truth to all those who will see and read it, if they deem it appropriate.

His morality was irreproachable, and he often gave alms. He obtains a copy but deplores the atheism and libertarian communism.

Testament of Jean Meslier by Jean Meslier

He does imply that he believes in a God though. Voltaire hears about this fire ship that they were snatching up for a tesgament. But do not fool yourselves, my dear friends. Should all Catholics believe something?

Their conformity among themselves makes this quite visible. Jesus began to preach and to say: This is the exact summary of the in-folio testament of Jean Meslier. For your heavenly father knows that all meslir these things are necessary. There are true believers who in despiration want to be good but were told that they are not.

According to our Christ-lovers the second and third persons were engendered or produced; they thus had a beginning. On one hand they say he held it the evening of the eve of Passover, that is, the eve of the first day of unleavened bread, as it is said in Exodus We are supported by our members.

To which uncertain and doubtful books one can add several others that have been attributed to other Apostles, like the Acts of St. Ken Pulliam — Encouragement to Doubting Christians. Meskier origins of the French Enlightenmentp. Matthias, jan of St.