Sunday, March 9, 2014

Calvin, the Non-Inventor

I told you about how many people hate John Calvin, or at least "his" invention, Calvinism. But a careful search of the Patent Office will reveal that Calvin invented nothing.

Then where did he get this notion of the Five Points, and where did the Tulip Doctrines come from? To prove that John was not the great inventor he is supposed to be, I will now reveal where so-called Calvinism, and the Reformed doctrine represented by the tulip came from: the Bible.

I love John, because, though he was not an inventor, he was a wonderful organizer. In the midst of fierce opposition, he revealed and wrote about the subjects often represented by the tulip. They are: Total depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Persistence of the Saints. These are amply verified in the Bible. John did not invent them any more than he invented tulip flowers.

That he and the doctrines he organized are controversial at all, is an illustration of the perversity of man. I thought that would sound better than "pig headedness". When you argue these points, or even mention them, you run into the wrath of wounded human nature. Calvin in hell is a theme used by some.

I really think doctrines are accepted or rejected according to how they please people--how they inflate or deflate the Infinite Ego. God, greater than man, unthinkable!

See The Five Points of Calvinism.

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