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Where does the wickedness come from (in man), that he should fall away from his Creator? Well, lest we should think it comes from the act of creation itself (making God responsible), God put His own stamp of approval on what He Himself created, because the Lord had declared (in Genesis 1:31) that, ‘Everything that He has made was exceedingly good’. So what is left to conclude? We must conclude that it is by his own evil intention, then, that man himself (Adam) corrupted the pure nature that he had received from the Lord, and by his fall, drew all his posterity (all of mankind who descended from him) into destruction. Therefore, we should see the evident cause of condemnation for what it actually is: the corrupt nature of humanity-rather than to seek some hidden and utterly incomprehensible cause in God’s predestination!
— John Calvin

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