Calvin Fridays: Hell is for Curious People

The Curious Alsatian (7050653483)

“Men leave the works of God, even those which He has done for our redemption (which is a work exceeding all length, breadth, and height), and wish to inquire why God has made such an effort to create the world, since it is still less than seven thousand years since the world was created. But let us note that before God created the world, He appointed hell to put such curious people in.”- John Calvin, Third Sermon on the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.'”- Acts 1:7

Who says John Calvin does’t have a sense of humor? Perhaps this is what we should tell our children when they simply won’t stop their incessant probing. “You know, little Susy, God created hell for overly curious kids.” I think, though, Calvin is probably more serious about this than i think. The point he is making is simple. We cannot know all things, and many of us, myself included, preoccupy our time with useless questions. Why? Why? Why? Like a small child, we want to force ourselves into the depths of God’s infinite being, hoping to grasp and understand. This is, in a way, an indicator of our pride, our desire to be Him, our desire to overthrow. It is true that questions can be good. But we tread on shaky ground when our questions turn hostile, when our questions want to know All. For in that moment, we aspire to God status. The truth is He is infinite. We are finite. We want to probe deeper, travel farther, when we simply cannot for lack of quality. Our qualities do not allow us to go deep! We are not God. But God has revealed things to us. He has shown us what will do, what will suffice.

It is enough to know He created all things.
It is enough to know that He sustains all things.
It is enough to know that He loves His people.
It is enough to know that without a saving act, we will be punished according to our rebellion.
It is enough to know that God loves His people.
It is enough to know that God has provided a way for His people to be utterly saved.
It is enough to know that Jesus Christ is God’s Son, the only way to True Life.
It is enough to know that Jesus is enough.
It is enough to know that the Spirit is within His people, working in them to conform them to God’s image.
It is enough to know that God works all things for the good of His people.
It is enough to know our futures are certain.

Surely these things do not necessarily sum up the entirety of God’s written word. But His Word is enough. What He has revealed to us is will do. If we simply contemplated His revealed Word, we would contemplate for all eternity. It is enough to know these things today. It will suffice. It is enough.

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