Monday, November 17, 2008

Thoughts From the Institutes

I've been reading Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion, Volume 1 lately. Books are awesome! I finish one and move on to my next one...well this one's going to be a while! Volume 1 has over 800 pages in it...and then there's volume 2!

Anyway, over the next couple months (or however long it takes), I'm sure to share a thought from time to time. Here's today's thought found on page 65 of John T. McNeill's translation.

"For as rashness and superficiality are joined to ignorance and darkness, scarcely a single person has ever been found who did not fashion for himself an idol or specter in place of God. Surely, just as waters boil up from a vast, full spring, so does an immense crowd of gods flow forth from the human mind, while each one, in wandering about with too much license, wrongly invents this or that about God himself."

How are you doing with regard to creating your own idol in God's place? It sure doesn't take much time or imagination on our part to conjure up our own God, ready to dance to the tune of our wicked fiddle, does it? What's the cure? Scripture and the Holy Spirit...immerse ourselves in Scripture and KNOW OUR GOD WELL!

John 17:3 -And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

If you know Him you are less likely to replace Him! Food for thought...
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