Friday, October 30, 2009

Just Laugh at His Stupidity

In Calvin's Institutes, Book 4, Ch. 14, Sect. 4, Calvin continues his discussion of sacraments.  In doing so, he speaks of how outward signs that God has ordained render more certain to man the truth of God's promises.  The rainbow, for example, is set forth as one such sign of God's covenant faithfulness to never again destroy the world by flood.  In the course of this discussion, there is this marvelous statement that speaks to the naturalism of our day (and the naturalists who hold to it) just as it spoke to the naturalism of Calvin's own. 

Calvin on rainbows and naturalists:
If any philosopher, to mock the simplicity of our faith, contends that such variety of colors naturally arises from rays reflected upon a cloud opposite, let us admit it, but laugh at his stupidity in failing to recognize God as the lord and governor of nature, who according to his will uses all the elements to serve his glory.
So how ought we to respond to the naturalists of our day who stupidly speak of rainbows oh so scientifically, as though they are disproving the existence and providence of God?

"We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5).


Cory Gerdts said...

In my mind, there may be no better argument (aside from Scripture) of the Calvinist viewpoint than examples such as this. I am with Calvin in being proverbially smacked upside the head with God's use of the "elements to serve his glory" in nature such as the rainbow (or countless other wonders such as DNA).
Considering many other smart people (many - well most - smarter than me) see the exact opposite - namely, total lack of work by any god - confirms that intelligence and/or scientific insight cannot be responsible for, or even get one closer to achieving salvation.
Only the gifts of faith and grace, granted undeservedly by God to me through His election can bring me salvation, my disposition to see his glory in nature...

and that smack upside the head.

Jeff Wencel said...

Amen, Cory. Good point about the inadequacy of nature for converting the soul.

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