Looking over the sections of the Institutes for this week, especially on election and predestination got me to thinking how much of Calvin's theology seems to be all about taking what I like to call "The Three Omnis" to their logical extremes.
The three omnis? Of course, I mean omni-presence, omniscience, and omnipotence. For example the doctrine of election logically follows from the fact that God knows all and that God is all powerful. The all seeing God knows ahead of time everything that is going to happen. Additionally, the Lord wills all that is going to happen. No power can compete with the power of God. With these facts in mind, all future events must be pre-ordained. Thus, God must know in advance all who will be saved, and must have willed it. At least this would seem to me to be the logic that would bring us to this conclusion.
Obviously, I did not heed Calvin's advice in the first section of 3.21 of the Institutes. "If anyone with carefree assurance breaks into this place, he will not succeed in satisfying his curiosity and he will enter a labyrinth from which he can find no exit."
Well, these were some of my thoughts going through this section. Indeed, reading 3.21.1 made me first chuckle and then go red in the face. Calvin writes, "Human curiosity renders the discussion of predestination, already somewhat difficult of itself, very confusing and even dangerous. No restraints can hold it back from wandering in forbidden bypaths and thrusting upward to the heights. If allowed, it will leave no secret to God..."
My question is: "Are there certain secrets God keeps, places, we as theological students, should not go?"