Calvin has been put on a pedestal by some. It should be understood by anyone that knows the God that created everything, that no man except Jesus should be viewed as a hero. Calvin especially should not be viewed as a hero, because he paints a picture of an unfair God. The more one learns about the one true God the more it becomes obvious that our Father would not be unfair to anyone. Perfect justice demands perfect fairness or it is not just at all.
I have found that most people do not understand the very basics of the Word of God. I suppose that is the result of listening to others and believing what they say without carefully comparing it to Scripture. Look what God recommends that any student do. (Acts 17:11 NIV) “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”
Paul had even worked miracles and yet it is said that those who doubted him were of more noble character than those who did not. Be noble of character and doubt what I say, but do not stop with me. Doubt what any man says about Scripture, no matter his or her position in the Church. What man in the Church could be more important than Paul? Compare everything, everyday to Scripture to see if what anyone said is true.
OK, so what did Calvin say that does not agree with Scripture? Many things, but I will show you just one basic thing today: more later.
Calvin said that the original sin was imputed to all mankind, but the truth is Calvin didn’t even know what the original sin was. Most teachers teach that the original sin, or first sin happened when Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and most students, not being Bereans just accept what is said, because it sounds right. Student, it is time to get more noble.
First, notice that the tree is called “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”. God told them that when they ate from it they would surely die. They did not have the knowledge of good and evil, and they did not until they ate from the tree, in other words they did not know right from wrong and because they didn’t know God did not condemn them and they lived. But when they knew God did condemn them, what could be fairer than that? “O” it would only be fairer if God had warned them and of course He did!
When they ate from the tree and acquired the knowledge of good and evil, they hid from God. When God called to Adam, “Where are you”? Adam didn’t say ‘We hid from you because we disobeyed you by eating from the tree in the middle of the garden. He said “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked”.
If you think about what I said it is clear that Adam had already sinned by being naked before God. (Gen 2:25 NIV) “The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” They should have felt shame because they were sinning. Though it was a sin to disobey God by eating from the tree it was not the first sin.
The first sin is being uncovered before God. It is the unforgivable sin and the whole Word of God is about the Spiritual covering that God made, how and where to find it, and how to put it on. And of course when the need for it is understood, and it is found, only a fool would not put it on.
Adam was free to eat from the tree and free not to. God only warned Adam and Eve. He did not make either eat or not eat, but when they did, and yes He knew they would, He condemned them both. He did not condemn one and not the other. It would not have been fair or just to condemn one and not the other for the same thing.
Calvin’s exegesis is dangerous because he comes close to truth like the serpent did in Genesis when he said (Gen 3:4 NIV) “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” It probably seemed to Adam and Eve that the serpent was right because they did not immediately die and they did both know good and evil.
Calvin said the first sin was imputed to all mankind and he was right in that all mankind need a covering for their sin, but that covering is for their own sin and not the knowledge of sin and not the sin of Adam or anyone else. The knowledge of sin is what allows us to understand that we need the covering. The knowledge of sin comes from the Law and just as everyone shares the same breath of life that God breathed into Adam we also share the knowledge of good and evil. No one will be able to claim ignorance of the Law at the end of time.
Calvin claims God chooses some to be saved and others not to be, but God says it is sin that separates man from Him. If Calvin would be right then God would be unjust to those who will not be allowed to don the Covering that God made. If I am right it is the man that condemns himself and God is not guilty of anything unjust: and rest assured I am right, God is not guilty of anything unjust.
Calvin claims that when a child dies it is condemned, but if the child has yet to sin it needs no covering. And just like Adam and Eve, if the child does not yet understand even though it has sinned, it will not be condemned.
I have more to say, but that is enough for now. Be like a Berean and test what I said against Scripture to see if what I said was true. Be wise and do not test it against what Calvin said or even worse what some man said that Calvin said.