Worshiping a Figment of Your Heart

The quote below is from my morning devotion time today and serves as a constant reminder to myself to check my vanity and to check my pride and to humbly submit myself to Scripture.  To come under it rather than at it.

Indeed, vanity joined with pride can be detected in the fact that, in seeking God, miserable men do not rise above themselves as they should, but measure him by the yardstick of their own carnal stupidity, and neglect sound investigation; thus out of curiosity they fly off into empty speculations. They therefore apprehend God as he offers himself, but imagine him as they have fashioned him in their own presumption. When this gulf opens, in whatever direction they move their feet, they cannot but plunge headlong into ruin. Indeed, whatever they afterward attempt by way of worship or service of God, they cannot bring as tribute to him, for they are worshiping not God but a figment and a dream of their own heart.
-John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 1.4.1

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~ by toddbumgarner on January 15, 2009 6:01 am.

One Response to “Worshiping a Figment of Your Heart”

  1. […] a figment of our own heart Posted on January 21, 2009 by bkingr Todd Bumgarner posted a quote from John Calvin a few days ago that has been echoing in my […]

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