by Stephen Whitney

To the Glory of God Alone
Stephen Whitney
Romans 11:33-36

Anthony Collins, who lived in the 1700's, was a Justice of the Peace an English writer who became a well-know deist. Deists believed in the existence of God but reject revealed religion based on the Scriptures, instead basing their belief on physical nature, human reason and personal experience.

They rejected supernal events such as prophecy and miracles and instead believed that God does not interfere with human life and the laws of the universe he created. They believe God created the world and then has let it go like we would wind up an alarm clock and let it wind down on its own without interfering with it.

Deism became prominent in England and the United States in the 1600 and 1700's. It was most prominent among those raised as Christians who found thy could not believe in the trinity, the divinity of Jesus, miracles, or the inerrancy of Scripture, but who did believe that there was one God.

One day when he was out walking he crossed paths with a commoner. ''Where are you going?'' he asked. ''To church, sir.'' ''What are you going to do there?'' ''To worship God, sir.''

Collins asked, ''Is your God a great or little God?'' ''He is both, sir.'' ''How can he be both?'' ''He is so great, sir, that the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him; and so little that He can dwell in
my heart'' the man replied.

Collins later declared that this simple answer had more effect on his mind than all the volumes he had ever read about God, and all the lectures he had ever heard.

God is greater than our mind can imagine. We cannot figure him out through our own reasoning because he is immortal and invisible so we cannot comprehend him or see him. Pink wrote, ''The foundation of all true knowledge of God must be a clear mental apprehension of his perfections as revealed in Scripture.''

At the close of Romans 11 Paul breaks into a doxology to exalt the wisdom of God in bringing salvation to both ...

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