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God’s lisp

God is often described in the Bible using anthropomorphisms. For example although God is Spirit, the Bible attributes to Him arms, hands, and fingers. John Calvin said that God is so far beyond us that he must lisp to communicate with us through such examples.

For who even of slight intelligence does not understand that …

God is wont in a measure to “lisp” in speaking to us?

Thus such forms of speaking

do not so much express clearly what God is like

as accommodate the knowledge of him to our slight capacity.

To do this he must descend far beneath his loftiness.

John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book I:13:1.

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