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

Blogging the Institutes | 1.17.1 | Providence Summarized

People are very prone to indulge their minds with foolish thinking. It becomes almost impossible for people who do not believe in God's providence to avoid entangling themselves in perplexing difficulties. Therefore, let's begin to looking at the purpose of why Scripture teaches that all things are divinely ordained. We need to see that, first, … Continue reading Blogging the Institutes | 1.17.1 | Providence Summarized

Blogging the Institutes | 1.16.9 | Importance Distinctions When Thinking about Providence

It's really hard for our minds to grasp the full depth of God's providence. Therefore, breaking things down a bit with distinctions can be helpful for us to understand what's going on. While all things are ordered by God's counsel, they appear to us as being by chance or fortune. They appear this way not … Continue reading Blogging the Institutes | 1.16.9 | Importance Distinctions When Thinking about Providence

Blogging the Institutes | 1.16.8 | Wrong Views of Providence

Some criticize my view of providence, claiming that it same view as the Stoics concerning fate. The same charge was brought against Augustine. I am unwilling to argue about words. I don't use the term "Fate" because it belongs to a class of arguments that Paul tells us to shun—opposing arguments (1 Timothy 6:20). Moreover, … Continue reading Blogging the Institutes | 1.16.8 | Wrong Views of Providence

Blogging the Institutes | 1.16.7 | God’s Providence in the History of Israel

God's providence is also on display in the history of Israel. The text tells us that God uses particular events as an examples of his providence. For example, God causes a south wind to blow and brought the Israelites a plentiful supply of birds (Exodus 19:13). When God wanted Jonah to be thrown into the … Continue reading Blogging the Institutes | 1.16.7 | God’s Providence in the History of Israel

Blogging the Institutes | 1.16.6 | God’s Providence Over People

Since we know that God made the world primarily for humanity, we must also look view God's providence through his care for humanity as well. The prophet Jeremiah says, "I know, O Lord, that a man’s way is not in himself, Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps" (Jeremiah 10:23). Solomon also … Continue reading Blogging the Institutes | 1.16.6 | God’s Providence Over People

Blogging the Institutes | 1.16.5 | God’s Providence Extends Over All Things

God put everything that exists into motion. God also puts into motion everything which looks like it comes about spontaneously or moves according to a "built in" impulse from nature, like day and night, summer and winter. God has assigned certain laws to govern the movement of these things so that they are consistent day … Continue reading Blogging the Institutes | 1.16.5 | God’s Providence Extends Over All Things

Blogging the Institutes | 1.16.4 | Definition of Providence

"Blogging the Institutes" is my on-going attempt to paraphrase John Calvin's work, the Institutes of the Christian Religion. You can find out more about the series in the Introduction. For all the posts in this series, check out the Master List.  Definition of Providence Let's remember what providence is. It does not mean that God just sits idle … Continue reading Blogging the Institutes | 1.16.4 | Definition of Providence