Johannes Oecolampadius: creation does not imply a change in God

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Among other arguments, they say that matter is ingenerable [i.e., cannot arise from nothing]. But who among Christians could accept this? They insist that Aristotle proves it. But Scripture clearly shows that God made the heavens without any change to himself. Even if creation commenced with the beginning of the world, still the creation itself caused no change in God. What God decreed at some point within himself, this he began at some time to carry out. Not that God himself had a new operation, but that the things he had previously decreed within himself began to exist by his own will, for he had that purpose from eternity. Moreover [the idea] that there is any ungenerated motion is also rejected by us. He who is the originator of heaven and of earth is also the originator of motion and time. Besides, we do not make God liable to time or created things. As he is incorporeal, so he is above all things. It is suitable for Christians to think worthily about God.

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