I came across this line and for whatever reason, I…

I came across this line and for whatever reason, I am bothered by it.

“And I will say further, that if there exists in a man faith in God joined to a life of purity and moral elevation, it is not so much the believing in God that makes him good, as the being good, thanks to God, that makes him believe in Him. Goodness is the best source of spiritual clear-sightedness.” – Miguel De Unamun in The Tragic Sense of Life

Of course, there is a lot to say about goodness. To me the problem is that the pre-determination (“that makes him believe in Him”) and the subject of goodness implies some kind of free will. Normally, I’d read it, agree, disagree, appreciate it or forget about it, but this one has made itself one of those “splinters”. So, I find myself picking at it and frustrated.


  1. Let me see if I am understanding this quote…this guy is saying that our goodness makes us believe in God?

    What about the whole idea that our righteousness is as filthy rags or that without the moving of the Holy Spirit in our lives nobody seeks after God.

    Personally, I think this guy has it backwards. I believe it is our inherent evilness that makes us realize there is a God and that we are in desperate need of Saviour. Isn’t that the whole point of the Gospel?

  2. I can appreciate being moved or inspired by God’s grace. But as I have been thinking about this quote, it makes me feel more manipulated rather then being compelled.

    Many ways to look at salvation. Yes, natural law and common goodness, and such things are a part of grace, and yes, confroted by my sins and selfish heart can also lead me to His redemption, but I just cannot be pursauded that it is for-ordained.

    Good to see you JH

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