I came across the following passage in Dan Brown’s fiction, “Inferno”:
[...] their physical being and cosmic importance shrinking to the size of a mere speck in the face of God … an atom in the hands of the Creator.
Until a man is nothing, God can make nothing out of him. Martin Luther had spoken those words in the sixteenth century, but the concept had been part of the mind-set of builders since the earliest examples of religious architecture.
I’m not clear with the meaning of “Until a man is nothing, God can make nothing out of him.”
Does it mean until a man recognizes himself as a being no more than nothing, God cannot help him?
Would you put this line in plain English so that I can understand the gist of the quote?