Calvin: An End to All Self-Deception

“The gravity of God’s judgment puts an end to all self-deception. This is the truth. Awakened consciences, when they have to do with God’s judgment, recognize this as the only safe haven in which they can securely breathe. For if the stars, which seem so very bright at night, lose their brilliance in the sight of the sun, what do we think will happen even to the rarest innocence of man when it is compared with God’s purity?”

– John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Vol. 1 (p. 758)

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