Considerations of the existence of God and of the immortality of the soul, with the recompences of the future state for the cure of infidelity, the hectick evil of the times
Bates, William, 1625-1699.

Chap. 10. pag. 181.

The moral Arguments for the Souls Immortality. The restless desire of the Soul to an intellectual eternal hap∣piness, argues it survives the Body. The lower order of Creatures obtain their perfection here. It reflects upon Nature, if the more noble fails of its end. That wicked men would choose annihilation, rather than eternal tor∣ments, is no proof against Mans natural desire of Immortality. The ne∣cessity of a future state of Recompen∣ces for moral actions, proves the Soul to be immortal. The Wisdom of God, as Governour of the World, requires there be Rewards and Punishments an∣next to his Laws. Eternal Rewards are only powerful to make men obedi∣ent to them in this corrupt state. Hu∣mane Page  [unnumbered] Laws are no sufficient security of Vertue, and restraint from Vice.