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  • « Doctrine of God- Herman Bavnick | Main | Complete Sovereignty in One Verse »

    The Providence of God by Paul Helm

    Pg. 53-58

    In Calvin’s eyes the movement of direction is from God to mankind, and not vice versa. Furthermore, because such language is an act of accommodation it is also an act of grace. Divine revelation is evangelical in motive and manner, as well as in content.

    But does this not reduce much of language of scripture to a mere teaching tool, a concession to those who of weak capacity (as thinkers as different as Philo and John Locke have maintained)? While this may be our initial reaction, behind what may seem psychological or epistemological economy on God’s part, there lies a logical point of some importance.

    What then lies behind Calvin’s view? He recognizes that it is because God whishes people to respond to him that he must represent himself to them as one to whom response is possible, and as one who is responsive, who acts in space and time in reaction to human actions in space and time. Only such an understanding is possible to provide for that divine human interaction which at the heart of biblical religion.

    God is portrayed in scripture as separate from his creation, as self-sufficient, and as bringing into being a creation which is distinct from himself. On the other hand, God is also shown anthropomorphic ways, and his actions and character are also likened to non-human animals and to animate things. The reason for such portrayals is both pragmatic and logical: the need to represent God to human beings in ways which do not pander to the natural, sinful torpor and sluggishness of the human mind.

    Posted by Marco on May 27, 2014 01:04 PM

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