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six Stone-lectures

1 minuut leestijd

8

CALVINISM A LIFE SYSTEM.

1

med and

is

avoid

God from

was

and

life.

— The

with Romanism, Here also the papal the mass,

thought:

tiara,

the case

is

the hierarchy,

are but the outcome of one fundamental

etc., viz.,

same

God

that

enters into fellowship with the

creature by means of a mystic middle-link, which

Church;

— not

taken

a

as

stands

betzveen

God and

is

the

mystic organism, but as a

Here the Church

palpable and tangible institution.

visible,

anti-

to originate an entirely

able

also

world of human

peculiar

As

was possessed of an equally far-reaching

Islam

tendency,

the creature, in order

commingling with the creature.

all

its

the only absolute antithesis to

Islam isolates

Paganism.

pode,

the historic names, but in

are

Crescent

nature the

to

Koran

the

Moham-

between the creature and God.

off all contact

and so

the world,

far as

it

was able to adopt the world and to inspire it, Romanism also created a form of its own for human society.

And

now, by the side of and opposite to these three,

Calvinism takes

which

its

equally

is

stand with a fundamental thought

profound.

does not isolate

the creature, as Paganism;

it

the creature, as Islamism

posits

between

God and

;

it

God in God from

does not seek

It

no mediate communion

the creature, as does

Romanism but ;

proclaims the exalted thought that, although standing in

high

majesty

above the creature, God enters

into

God

the

immediate fellozvship with

Holy

Spirit.

Calvinistic

This

is

the

confession of predestination.

of peace

as

even the heart and kernel of the

munion with God, but only counsel

creature,

from

all

in entire

eternity.

There

is

com-

accord with his

Thus there

is

no

grace but such as comes to us immediately from God.

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

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Calvinism - pagina 22

Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 279 Pagina's

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