Monday, October 15, 2007

On the Providence & Being of God

I've just begun reading Stephen Charnock's massive treatise on God called The Existence and Attributes of God (Baker Books, Grand Rapids: 19996). It was written some 154 years ago and will, I'm sure, prove a sumptuous feast on the excellencies of God.

I was taken straight away with something he said in the seventh paragraph of the book:

"Those that deny the providence of God, do in effect deny the being of God; for they strip him of that wisdom, goodness, tenderness, mercy, justice, righteousness, which are the glory of the Deity. And that principle, of a greedy desire to be uncontrolled in their lusts, which induceth men to a denial of Providence, that thereby they might stifle those seeds of fear which infect and embitter their sinful pleasures, may as well lead them to deny that there is any such being as a God. That at one blow, their fears may be dashed all in pieces and dissolved by the removal of the foundation: as men who desire liberty to commit works of darkness, would not have the lights in the house dimmed, but extinguished. What men say against Providence, because they would have no check in their lusts, they may say in their hearts against the existence of God upon the same account; little difference between the dissenting from the one and disowning the other" (page 24).

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