Franklin on Saving Grace

Benjamin Franklin on saving grace -- "You will see in this my notion of good works, that I am far from expecting (as you suppose) that I shall ever merit Heaven by them. By heaven we understand a state of happiness, infinite in degree, and eternal in duration: I can do nothing to deserve such rewards: he that for giving a draught of water to a thirsty person, should expect to be paid with a good plantation, would be modest in his demands, compar'd with those who think they deserve heaven for the little good they do on earth. Even the mix'd imperfect pleasures we enjoy in this world, are rather from God's goodness than our merit; how much more such happiness of heaven." (Autobiography, p. 248, from his essays and letters)? Copyright 2002 Steve Miller - All Rights Reserved

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