Lightless Labyrinths

A quote by Calvin that applies to all sorts of idolatrous philosophies and religions — from the atheists and agnostics all the way to the Arminians and tolerant Calvinists.

This quote is especially applicable to the Calvinist whose damnable theological journey consists of embracing-and-then-rejecting the non-sovereign “god” of Arminianism, followed up by embracing-and-then-retaining the partially-sovereign “no-god” (cf. Galatians 4:8) of popular and fashionable Calvinism. Said Calvinist is ever learning but never able to acknowledge the TRUTH.

“Hence that immense flood of error with which the whole world is overflowed. Every individual mind being a kind of labyrinth, it is not wonderful, not only that each nation has adopted a variety of fictions, but that almost every man has had his own god. To the darkness of ignorance have been added presumption and wantonness, and hence there is scarcely an individual to be found without some idol or phantom as a substitute for Deity. Like water gushing forth from a large and copious spring, immense crowds of gods have issued from the human mind, every man giving himself full license, and devising some peculiar form of divinity, to meet his own views. It is unnecessary here to attempt a catalogue of the superstitions with which the world was overspread. The thing were endless; and the corruptions themselves, though not a word should be said, furnish abundant evidence of the blindness of the human mind. I say nothing of the rude and illiterate vulgar; but among the philosophers who attempted, by reason and learning, to pierce the heavens, what shameful disagreement! The higher any one was endued with genius, and the more he was polished by science and art, the more specious was the colouring which he gave to his opinions. All these, however, if examined more closely, will be found to be vain show” (John Calvin, Institutes, 1.5.12).