Quote On Man’s Righteousness In His Own Sight

So long as we do not look beyond the earth, we are quite pleased with our own righteousness, wisdom, and virtue; we address ourselves in the most flattering terms, and seem only less than demigods. But should we once begin to raise our thoughts to God, and reflect what kind of Being he is, and how absolute the perfection of that righteousness, and wisdom, and virtue, to which, as a standard, we are bound to be conformed, what formerly delighted us by its false show of righteousness will become polluted with the greatest iniquity; what strangely imposed upon us under the name of wisdom will disgust by its extreme folly; and what presented the appearance of virtuous energy will be condemned as the most miserable impotence.

Source:  John Calvin — Institutes of the Christian Religion,  Book 1, Chapter 1

As long as we evaluate ourselves using earthly standards we might think that we are pretty good but the moment we begin to realize that there is a higher standard we begin to see the truth of our situation.  And it is not a pretty sight.

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