“The only fountain of happiness” by Jonathan Edwards

“Some make gods of their pleasures. Some choose Mammon for their god. Some make gods of their own supposed excellencies, or the outward advantages they have above their neighbors. Some choose one thing for their god, and others another. But men can be happy in no other God, but the God of Israel. He is the only fountain of happiness.

Other gods can’t help in calamity; nor can any of them afford what the poor empty soul stands in need of. Let men adore those other gods never so much, and call upon them never so earnestly, and serve them never so diligently, they will nevertheless remain poor, wretched, unsatisfied, undone creatures. All other people are miserable but that people whose God is the Lord.”

–Jonathan Edwards, “Ruth’s Resolution,” Sermons and Discourses: 1734-1738, in The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 19, Ed. M. X. Lesser (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001), 311-2.

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