Blogging the Institutes | 1.17.5 | God Uses Evil, but is Not Stained with Evil

Some people class past events as belonging to simple providence. They believe that whatever happened in the past, whether theft or adultery or murder happened without God's intervention. Therefore, they ask, "Why should the thief be punished for robbing a person for whom the Lord chose to punish with poverty? Why should the murderer be … Continue reading Blogging the Institutes | 1.17.5 | God Uses Evil, but is Not Stained with Evil

Blogging the Institutes | 1.17.4 | Providence Does Not Rule Not Human Choice

Regarding future event, king Solomon easily reconciles human choice with divine providence. While Solomon derides anyone who would presume to do anything without God, as if they were not ruled by his hand, he also says, "A man's heart devises his ways but the Lord directs his steps" (Prov 16:9). What Solomon means is that … Continue reading Blogging the Institutes | 1.17.4 | Providence Does Not Rule Not Human Choice

Blogging the Institutes | 1.17.3 | Providence Is not a Cover for our Own Sin

People who have learned of God's providence will neither grumble against God for adversity nor blame him for their own wickedness as Homer's Agamemnon does, "Blame not me, but Jupiter and fate!" On the other hand, they not be like the youth in Plautus who slip into despair as if they lives are hurried away … Continue reading Blogging the Institutes | 1.17.3 | Providence Is not a Cover for our Own Sin

Blogging the Institutes | 1.17.2| Providence Denied by Some, but Proved by Scripture

Only those who worship God with reverence will make good use of the doctrine of God's providence. That's why so many people rage against the doctrine, even though they give more weight to their own reasoning ability that to God. Some people criticize us for believing that God's revealed will can be known from the … Continue reading Blogging the Institutes | 1.17.2| Providence Denied by Some, but Proved by Scripture