The only people who believe are those who had been appointed to eternal life. God only grants the gift of faith to those who are predestined to salvation. He chose us, and to those he has he gives the power to believe.
— John Calvin
I beg every devout Christian not to despise the simplicity of language and the stories found in the Old Testament. He should remember that, however, simple the Old Testament may seem, it contains the words, works, judgments and actions of God himself. Indeed the simplicity makes fools of the wise and the clever, and allows the poor and simple to see the ways of God. Therefore submit your thoughts and feelings to the stories you read, and let yourself be carried like a child to God.
— Martin Luther