To Know Yourself Truly is to First Know You are a Foul Worm

One theologian spoke rightly when he said:

“Even though we may flourish, and even though before other people we have a certain beautiful luster, and even though it seems that we have something which gives us value, we are poor swine and there is nothing but rottenness and infection in us; God considers us abominable and we are damned and lost before him; the angels have contempt for us; all creatures detest and curse us and cry out for vengeance against us since we pollute them; because there is such corruption in human beings that the heavens and the earth are bound to be infected by them until God changes them” (J. Calvin, CO, 51:351).

But was Calvin speaking of the whole human, flesh and inward part, or strictly of the inward part left to itself?


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