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What Calvin Says About God and Creation

The doctrine of God, writes Gregg Singer, is central to John Calvin, "simply because it is central to the Scriptures which reveal Him. If Lutheranism found its center in the problem of man's salvation, Calvinism, on the other hand, looks primarily to the glory of God as its focal point: man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever" (John Calvin: His Roots And Fruits, p.11).

Singer is correct. Calvin, in a letter (reply) to Cardinal Sadolet, writes that a man's thoughts must never be confined to matters regarding himself; rather, the prime motive of man's existence is to be found in a "zeal to illustrate the glory of God. For we are born first of all for God, and not for ourselves. As all things flowed from Him, and subsist in Him ... they ought to be referred to Him" (Selected Works Of John Calvin, edited by Beveridge and Bonnet, Vol. I, p. 33).