A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 01 eBook

Robert Kerr (writer)
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said, “This is the word of God, to whom much is given, much will be required at his hands; and to whom much is forgiven, he ought the more to love God.  To Manga I would say, that God hath given much; for the power and riches which he enjoys, come not from the idols of the Tuinians, but from the omnipotent God who hath made heaven and earth, in whose hands are all kingdoms and dominions, and who transferreth them from nation to nation for the sins of men; wherefore if he love God, it will go well with him, but if otherwise, God will require all things at his hands, even to the utmost farthing.”  Then they asked if I had been in Heaven, that I should know the commandments of God?  I said no, but that God hath given them from Heaven to holy men, and had at length descended from Heaven to earth to teach us, and that we had those things in the Scriptures, and could judge from their works whether men kept the commandments of God or disobeyed them.  They then asked if I meant to say that Mangu-khan did not keep the commandments of God?  To this I answered, “When I shall have a proper interpreter and am permitted, I shall then recite the commandments of God before Mangu, and he shall be his own judge, whether he hath kept or disobeyed them.”  Upon this, they went and told Mangu, that I said he was an idolater and Tuinian, and kept not the commandments of God.  Next day Mangu sent one of his secretaries, saying, “Ye are here Christians, Mahometans, and Tuinians, wherefore the khan desires that ye will all come together and make comparison of your opinions, that he may know the truth.”  To this I answered, “Blessed be God that hath put this in the heart of the khan; but our Scriptures command the servants of God not to be contentious, but meek unto all.  Wherefore I am ready, without strife or contention, to render a true account of the faith and hope of the Christians to every one who may require to be informed.”  They wrote down my words and brought them to the khan.

Next day, another message came from the khan, desiring again to know on what account I had come to his court; to which I answered, that this might be known from the letters of Bantu.  But they said that these letters were lost, and the khan had forgotten their contents, and would know of me.  Somewhat emboldened by this, I said, “The duty and office of our religion is to preach the gospel unto all.  Wherefore, having heard of the fame of, the Mongals, I desired to come to them; and hearing that Sartach had become a Christian, I directed my journey to him, and my sovereign the king of the French sent him letters containing good words of friendship, testifying what men we were, and requesting we might be permitted to remain with the people of Moal That Sartach had sent us to Baatu, and he had ordered us to Mangu-khan, whom we had entreated and still do entreat to suffer us to stay.”  They wrote all this, and made a report of it to the khan.  On the morrow he sent again that he knew

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