G.C. Berkouwer (1903-1996): The confession of Providence as sustenance dethrones all creaturely self-sufficiency

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“The confession [of Providence – Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 10] sees all things as being indebted for their existence to the preserving act of God; let God cease to act and the universe would cease to exist. With this concept of sustenance the confession at once opposes every claimant to absoluteness in this world – gods and idols, and any who would autonomously and sovereignly pretend to a self-sufficient existence. There is no self-containment in this world, no nature or substance which can exist apart from God through inherent power of being. The confession of Providence as sustenance dethrones all creaturely self-sufficiency, all assumptive independence.”

– G.C. Berkouwer (1903-1996), Studies in Dogmatics: The Providence of God, p. 50-51

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