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Published On: Wed, Aug 7th, 2013

Peter – The man with purpose (Part XII)

Peter – The man with purpose (Part XII)

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Generation:

[gn_pullquote align=”left”]we neither see anything superfluous nor anything wanting in man, nor in woman anything deficient or in excess, who will not, from all these things, acknowledge the operation of reason, and the wisdom of the Creator?[/gn_pullquote]

“Moreover, the female form, and the cavity of the womb, most suitable for receiving, and cherishing, and vivifying the germ, who does not believe that it has been made as it is by reason and foresight?—because in that part alone of her body the female differs from the male, in which the fœtus being placed, is kept and cherished.  And again the male differs from the female only in that part of his body in which is the power of injecting seed and propagating mankind.  And in this there is a great proof of providence, from the necessary difference of members; but more in this, where, under a likeness of form there is found to be diversity of use and variety of office.  For males and females equally have teats, but only those of the female are filled with milk; that, as soon as they have brought forth, the infant may find nourishment suited to him.  But if we see the members in man arranged with such method, that in all the rest there is seen to be similarity of form, and a difference only in those in which their use requires a difference, and we neither see anything superfluous nor anything wanting in man, nor in woman anything deficient or in excess, who will not, from all these things, acknowledge the operation of reason, and the wisdom of the Creator?

Correspondences in Creation:

“With this agrees also the reasonable difference of other animals, and each one being suited to its own use and service.  This also is testified by the variety of trees and the diversity of herbs, varying both in form and in juices.  This also is asserted by the change of seasons, distinguished into four periods, and the circle closing the year with certain hours, days, months, and not deviating from the appointed reckoning by a single hour.  Hence, in short, the age of the world itself is reckoned by a certain and fixed account, and a definite number of years.

Time of Making the World:

[gn_pullquote align=”right”]But those who speak of nature instead of God, and declare that all things were made by nature, do not perceive the mistake of the name which they use.[/gn_pullquote]

“But you will say, when was the world made?  And why so late?  This you might have objected, though it had been made sooner.  For you might say, Why not also before this?  And so, going back through unmeasured ages, you might still ask, And why not sooner?  But we are not now discussing this, why it was not made sooner; but whether it was made at all.  For if it is manifest that it was made, it is necessarily the work of a powerful and supreme Artificer; and if this is evident, it must be left to the choice and judgment of the wise Artificer when He should please to make it; unless indeed you think that all this wisdom, which has constructed the immense fabric of the world, and has given to the several objects their forms and kinds, assigning to them a habit not only in accordance with beauty, but also most convenient and necessary for their future uses,—unless, I say, you think that this alone has escaped it, that it should choose a convenient season for so magnificent a work of creation.  He has doubtless a certain reason and evident causes why, and when, and how He made the world; but it were not proper that these should be disclosed to those who are reluctant to inquire into and understand the things which are placed before their eyes, and which testify of His providence.  For those things which are kept in secret, and are hidden within the senses of Wisdom, as in a royal treasury, are laid open to none but those who have learned of Him, with whom these things are sealed and laid up.  It is God, therefore, who made all things, and Himself was made by none.  But those who speak of nature instead of God, and declare that all things were made by nature, do not perceive the mistake of the name which they use.  For if they think that nature is irrational, it is most foolish to suppose that a rational creature can proceed from an irrational creator.  But if it is Reason—that is, Logos by which it appears that all things were made, they change the name without purpose, when they make statements concerning the reason of the Creator.  If you have anything to say to these things, my father, say on.”

A Contest of Hospitality:

[gn_pullquote align=”left”]We are not so foolish and impious as not to bestow the things which are necessary for bodily uses upon him to whom we have committed so precious words.[/gn_pullquote]

When Niceta had thus spoken, the old man answered:  “You indeed, my son, have conducted your argument wisely and vigorously; so much so, that I do not think the subject of providence could be better treated.  But as it is now late, I wish to say some things to-morrow in answer to what you have argued; and if on these you can satisfy me, I shall confess myself a debtor to your favour.”  And when the old man said this, Peter rose up.  Then one of those present, a chief man of the Laodiceans, requested of Peter and us that he might give the old man other clothes instead of the mean and torn ones that he wore. This man Peter and we embraced; and praising him for his honourable and excellent intention, said:  “We are not so foolish and impious as not to bestow the things which are necessary for bodily uses upon him to whom we have committed so precious words; and we hope that he will willingly receive them, as a father from his sons, and also we trust that he will share with us our house and our living.”  While we said this, and that chief man of the city strove to take the old man away from us with the greatest urgency and with many blandishments, while we the more eagerly strove to keep him with us, all the people cried out that it should rather be done as the old man himself pleased; and when silence was obtained, the old man, with an oath, said:  “To-day I shall stay with no one, nor take anything from any one, lest the choice of the one should prove the sorrow of the other; afterwards these things may be, if so it seem right.”

Arrangements for To-Morrow:

And when the old man had said this, Peter said to the chief man of the city:  “Since you have shown your good-will in our presence, it is not right that you should go away sorrowful; but we will accept from you favour for favour.  Show us your house, and make it ready, so that the discussion which is to be to-morrow may be held there, and that any who wish to be present to hear it may be admitted.”  When the chief man of the city heard this, he rejoiced greatly; and all the people also heard it gladly.  And when the crowds had dispersed, he pointed out his house; and the old man also was preparing to depart.  But I commanded one of my attendants to follow the old man secretly, and find out where he stayed.  And when we returned to our lodging, we told our brethren all our dealings with the old man; and so, as usual, we supped and went to sleep.

Abad of Jesus Christ,

  Stulo Robinson.S.

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