Discourse on Metaphysics

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Author: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz  | Date: 1826

XXXVII: Jesus Christ has revealed to men the mystery

and the admirable laws of the kingdom of heaven,

and the greatness of the supreme happiness which God

has prepared for those who love him

The ancient philosophers knew very little of these important truths. Jesus Christ alone has expressed them divinely well, and in a way so clear and simple that the dullest minds have understood them. His gospel has entirely changed the face of human affairs. It has brought us to know the kingdom of heaven, or that perfect republic of spirits which deserves to be called the city of God. He it is who has discovered to us its wonderful laws. He alone has made us see how much God loves us and with what care everything that concerns us has been provided for; how God, inasmuch as he cares for the sparrows, will not neglect reasoning beings, who are infinitely more dear to him; how all the hairs of our heads are numbered; how heaven and earth may pass away but the word of God and that which belongs to the means of our salvation will not pass away; how God has more regard for the least one among intelligent souls than for the whole machinery of the world; how we ought not to fear those who are able to destroy the body but are unable to destroy the soul, since God alone can render the soul happy or unhappy; and how the souls of the righteous are protected by his hand against all the upheavals of the universe, since God alone is able to act upon them; how none of our acts are forgotten; how everything is to be accounted for; even careless words and even a spoonful of water which is well used; in fact how everything must result in the greatest welfare of the good, for then shall the righteous become like suns and neither our sense nor our minds have ever tasted of anything approaching the joys which God has laid up for those that love him.

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Chicago: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, "XXXVII: Jesus Christ Has Revealed to Men the Mystery," Discourse on Metaphysics Original Sources, accessed August 9, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3WYM6DU27T8LUUU.

MLA: Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm. "XXXVII: Jesus Christ Has Revealed to Men the Mystery." Discourse on Metaphysics, Original Sources. 9 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3WYM6DU27T8LUUU.

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