Every Man Has His Own God

August 20, 2010 at 8:43 am | Posted in False teaching, Theology | Leave a comment

Here is a profound thought I read this morning:

Every individual mind being a kind of labyrinth, it is no wonder, not only that each nation has adopted a variety of fictions, but that almost every man has had his own god.  To the darkness of ignorance have been added presumption and wantonness, and hence there is scarcely an individual to be found without some idol or phantom as a substitute for Deity.  Like water gushing forth from a large and copious spring, immense crowds of gods have issued from the human mind, every man giving himself full license, and devising some peculiar form of divinity, to meet his own views.

                        –John Calvin, Institutes (1, 5, 12)

It was written almost 500 years ago and describes the world of that day, but it is so relevant today.   The false teachers of our day fall into what this describes as “devising a deity to meet their own views,” and all of us, as he says, have our own gods.  Let’s return to the God revealed in the Bible rather than one of our own making.

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