Irenicum, to the lovers of truth and peace heart-divisions opened in the causes and evils of them : with cautions that we may not be hurt by them, and endeavours to heal them
Burroughs, Jeremiah, 1599-1646.

The thirteenth joyning Principle.

If I must needs erre, considering what our condition is here in this world, I will rather erre by too much gentlenesse and mild∣nesse, then by too much rigour and severity.

MAns nature is more propense to rigour,* then to lenity; but the account of overmuch lenity is easier then of too much rigour. Men who are of harsh, sowre spirits themselves, are ready to think that God is so too. As the Lacedaemonians because they were of a warlike disposition, they represented their Gods all armed. But God is love: there is anger and hatred in God as well as love: but God is never said to be anger or hatred, no not justice it self; but he loves that expression of himself to the children of men, God is love. If God intended that all things amongst men, either in Church or Common-wealth, should be carryed with strictnesse of justice, he would rather have gover∣ned his Church and the World by Angels, who have right ap∣prehensions of justice, who are themselves perfect, altogether free from those evils that are to be punished, then by men, whose apprehensions of justice are exceeding weak, unconstant, par∣tiall, as often false as true, and have much of that evill in them∣selves that they judge in others.