The first few paragraphs of this book were brutal. I read and reread them. I felt like a child sometimes grasping to understand a simple idea. But it was well worth trudging through to get to section one.
The notion of God creating the world, in order to receive any thing 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 in any respect more than he was before, and so the Creator become dependent on the creature? –The End for Which God Created the World by Jonathan Edwards
I think this might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.