The Independent Happiness of God

Because it is evident, by both Scripture and reason, that God is infinitely, eternally, unchangeably, and independently glorious and happy: that he cannot be profited by or receive anything from the creature; or be the subject of any sufferings or diminution of his glory and felicity from any other being. The notion of God creating the world, in order to receive anything properly from the creature, is not only contrary to the nature of God, but inconsistent with the notion of creation; which implies a being receiving its existence and all that belongs to it out of nothing. And this implies the most perfect, absolute, and universal derivation and dependence. Now, if the creature receives its ALL from God, entirely and perfectly, how is it possible that it should have any thing to add to God, to make him any respect more than he was before, and so the Creator become dependent on the creature?

Jonathan Edwards, The End for Which God Created the World



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