instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

A marginal post

Video meliora, proboque; Deteriora sequor writes:
Concerning the salvation question, (which became especially onerous since the age of the Occamists when the sovereignty of God became more the focus than the goodness of God), perhaps it can be said we are like Peter walking on the water. If we take our glance off Christ and think of the danger of the crashing waves (i.e. hell) we fail. If we take our glance off Christ and think of how easy this is we fail. We can only succeed if we love him and we can only love him when we are looking at Him.
True enough. However, and as much as I don't like to take anything away from a swipe at the Occamists, I will make a small note in the margin to the effect that it is the sovereignty of God (properly understood) that proves His goodness. Since He is sovereign, He is bound by nothing outside Himself; no necessity imposes itself upon Him that is not Himself, so the good that He does us can have no other source than His goodness.