Today, many Reformed Christians retain traditional beliefs in the devil and in angels. For many, angels seem either uncomfortably pre-modern, or simply have no relevance to their belief system, and the devil is just a symbol of evil. Surveys show that increasing numbers believe in angels (and heaven) but reject belief in the devil (and hell). Still others have a belief in angels but, perhaps without being aware of it, instill them with qualities more in line with New Age religious movements than with those of traditional Christianity.
1. Why did Calvin view God as all-powerful? What did this imply about daily life?
2. Why did Calvin use the imagery of God as a loving father?
3. Why does predestination monopolize the thoughts of many familiar with Calvin? Is this fair? Explain.
4. How does scripture shape a Presbyterian’s understanding of God? Why is the Trinity essential to the Presbyterian understanding of God?
5. Do Reformed Christians believe in angels? Explain.