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De Providentia Dei

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This chapter focuses on the providence of God. The providence of God is considered as a two-fold act: The one is eternal, the other is within time. For Christians the very clear witnesses of Scripture ought to be enough, which inculcates this divine teaching more frequently and carefully than any other part, since it teaches that God grants life to all, and breath, and everything. These and similar witnesses prove that the subject-matter of providence is not just the heavenly and incorruptible things - as those people suggested who thought that "thick clouds form a concealing curtain for God" and who reckoned that He did not look down on things below but that "He traversed the pathway of the heavens". The notion that the functioning of divine providence destroys the freedom of the created will is so far from the truth, that the will cannot exist at all without it.

Keywords: Christians; heavens; providence of God; Scripture

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