The allure of boasting about the sheer number of books one has read is a common pitfall. However, this approach often leads to superficial engagement with the material. True wisdom is not in the quantity, but in the depth of understanding. Resist the temptation to read merely for the sake of competition or to inflate one's perceived intellect. The essence of reading lies in the assimilation and comprehension of ideas, not in accumulating titles under one's belt.
Reformation Theology Blog
The purpose of a creed or confession in Christian theology, particularly from a Reformed perspective, is multifaceted:
Doctrinal Summary: Creeds and confessions provide a concise summary of essential Christian doctrines. They distill the core teachings of the Bible, making it easier for believers to understand and articulate their faith.
Teaching Tool: These documents serve as teaching tools within the church. They help in educating members, especially new believers, about the fundamental beliefs and principles of Christianity.
by John Calvin
“This self-love of ours so blinds us that we make the smallest faults in the world to be akin to heinous and unpardonable sins. We have this evil so deeply rooted in our hearts that if we are told of our duty, it only half moves us.
For this reason, St. Paul sets the example of God before us here. He has forgiven us in His only Son. And without delay He adds our Lord Jesus Christ, who spared not Himself when it was a question of our redemption and salvation.
Thank you for your inquiry. The starting point for us all must be the inherent dilemma of human existence: sin. We are all, by nature, ensnared in the mire of transgression and corruption. Isaiah writes, "We all, like sheep, have gone astray," and Paul solemnly declares, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23). Given our sinfulness, can we, by our own merit, qualify for heaven? The The Bible resoundingly says, "No." Our righteousness, the prophet asserts, is as "filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6).
OR, Directions for Improvement in Grace and Practical Godliness in times of extraordinary Danger.
By Richard Alleine, Author of Vinditiae Pietatis.
LONDON: • Printed for Thomas Cockerill at the Three Legs in the Poultry, 1680.
The proposal made in your letter concerning Prayer has deeply impacted me and has led to some reflections of my own. Despite acknowledging my own inadequacies, I found myself repeatedly returning to these thoughts. I now present the outcome of these reflections for your consideration.