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Published On: Wed, Aug 14th, 2013

Peter – The man with purpose (Part XIII)

Peter – The man with purpose (Part XIII)

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“The Form of Sound Words, Which Ye Have Heard of Me”:

But on the following day Peter arose early and called us, and we went together to the secret place in which we had been on the previous day, for the purpose of prayer.  And when, after prayer, we were coming thence to the appointed place, he exhorted us by the way, saying: “Hear me, most beloved fellow-servants:  It is good that everyone of you, according to his ability, contribute to the advantage of those who are approaching to the faith of our religion; and therefore do not shrink from instructing the ignorant, and teaching according to the wisdom which has been bestowed upon you by the providence of God, yet so that you only join the eloquence of your discourse with those things which you have heard from me, and which have been committed to you.  But do not speak anything which is your own, and which has not been committed to you, though it may seem to yourselves to be true; but hold forth those things, as I have said, which I myself have received from the true Prophet, and have delivered to you, although they may seem to be less full of authority.  For thus it often happens that men turn away from the truth, while they believe that they have found out, by their own thoughts, a form of truth more true and powerful.”

The Chief Man’s House:

To these counsels of Peter we willingly assented, saying to him that we should do nothing but what was pleasing to him.  Then said he:  “That you may therefore be exercised without danger, each of you conduct the discussion in my presence, one succeeding another, and each one elucidating his own questions.  Now, then, as Niceta discoursed sufficiently yesterday, let Aquila conduct the discussion to-day; and after Aquila, Clement; and then I, if the case shall require it, will add something.”  Meantime, while we were talking in this way, we came to the house; and the master of the house welcomed us, and led us to a certain apartment, arranged after the manner of a theatre, and beautifully built.  There we found great crowds waiting for us, who had come during the night and amongst them the old man who had argued with us yesterday.  Therefore we entered, having Peter in the midst of us, looking about if we could see the old man anywhere; and when Peter saw him hiding in the midst of the crowd, he called him to him, saying:  “Since you possess a soul more enlightened than most, why do you hide yourself, and conceal yourself in modesty?  Rather come hither, and propound your sentiments.”

Genesis:

“If, therefore, it can be shown that mind and reason created all things, it follows that those things which come after are also managed by reason and providence.  But if unintelligent and blind nature produces all things, the reason of judgment is undoubtedly overthrown; and there is no ground to expect either punishment of sin or reward of well-doing where there is no judge.  Since, then, the whole matter depends upon this, and hangs by this head, do not take it amiss, if I wish this to be discussed and handled somewhat more fully.  For in this the first gate, as it were, is shut towards all things which are propounded, and therefore I wish first of all to have it opened to me.  Now therefore hear what my doctrine is; and if any one of you pleases, let him reply to me:  for I shall not be ashamed to learn, if I hear that which is true, and to assent to him who speaks rightly.  The discourse, then, which you delivered yesterday, which asserted that all things consist by art, and measure, and reason, does not fully persuade me that it is mind and reason that has made the world; for I have many things which I can show to consist by competent measure, and form, and species, and which yet were not made by mind and reason.  Then, besides, I see that many things are done in the world without arrangement, consequence, or justice, and that nothing can be done without the course of Genesis.  This I shall in the sequel prove most clearly from my own case.”

Abad of Jesus Christ,

  Stulo Robinson.S.

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