“Let them praise the name of Jehovah; for He commanded, and they were created” (Psalm 148:5).
The universal atonement heretic, John Calvin writes on this passage:
“He says emphatically — for He Himself created, intimating that the world is not eternal, as wicked men conjecture, nor made by a concourse of atoms, but that this fair order of things which we see, suddenly sprang forth upon the commandment of God.”
“It may appear to the casual observer that a few years ago someone gave a signal and a new wave of militant atheists began publishing books like crazy. These books contain many or most of the standard arguments against God, but something is different. The zeal, militancy, and the underlying sense of panic indicate some kind of sea of change in the relationship between believers and unbelievers.
I believe it is necessary to answer the challenges, but it is also necessary to resist the temptation to be shrill in response. The issues are important, but no sense getting really worked up over it. If we were all sitting on a used car lot, and one of the F-250 trucks began questioning the existence of Henry Ford, we would all think it was a serious situation, but that is not the same thing as thinking it a serious question” (Douglas Wilson, God Is).
God the Holy Spirit speaks through the Psalmist:
“He who planted the ear, shall He not hear? He who formed the eye, shall He not see? He who chastises the nations, shall He not punish, He who teaches man knowledge? Jehovah knows the thoughts of man, that they are a mist. Blessed is the man You chasten, O Jehovah, You teach him out of Your Law; to give him rest from troubled days, until the pit is dug for the wicked” (Psalm 94:9-13).
Calvinists who believe that God has a permissive will or decree lack the spiritual sight, sense, and sound mind to “see” that their partially-sovereign idol does not truly see because he does not truly decree.