Friday, October 26, 2012

A Voice from the Past - Calvin

But while believers, even those of them who are endued with more excellent graces, obtain in the present life only the first-fruits, and, as it were, a foretaste of the Spirit, nothing better remains to them than, under a consciousness of their weakness, to confine themselves anxiously within the limits of the word of God, lest, in following their own sense too far, they forthwith stray from the right path, being left without that Spirit, by whose teaching alone truth is discerned from falsehood.

John Calvin, 1509-1564, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book 4, Chapter VIII, 11 (translated by Henry Beveridge, Wm. Eerdmans Publishing, 1975, p. 397)

Is this the correct attitude toward these things? How can we be sure we are listening to the Spirit?


  1. When Jesus belched, farted and squatted over a hole to shit, did it stink like us regular folks? Or did it have it's own unique "Son of God" smell?

    And when Jesus couldn't hold one in, did he blame it on the donkey? Or Judas? Or Mary Magdalene?

    1. It is the Christian belief that in Jesus Christ God became a man with all that pertains to humanity other then sin. I fail to see what this proves other than your own crudity.