I read a quote yesterday by Marcus Aurelius:
“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but…will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”
Except that, that wasn’t written by Marcus Aurelius. As things on the internet so often go, it was a mistranslation of his *actual* quote, which was:
“Now departure from the world of men is nothing to fear, if gods exist: because they would not involve you in any harm. If they do not exist, or if they have no care for humankind, then what is life to me in a world devoid of gods, or devoid of providence? But they do exist, and they do care for humankind: and they have put it absolutely in man’s power to avoid falling into the true kinds of harm.”
This led into study of the ‘Atheist’s Wager’, which, in a wordy, pedantic, scientific-classifying kind of way, said the same thing. (Such deep and esoteric thinkers, these atheists!) *end sarcasm here*
Aristotle says, ‘Knowing yourself is the beginning of wisdom.’
And, ‘Happiness is the meaning of and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.’
Plato referred to God as the ‘nous’.
Interestingly, our Bible study group has been studying this word in depth. Nous- it means the intellect. Look in your Strong’s concordance and find how many times it is referenced. It is used for ‘mind’ and ‘understanding’.
These men were philosophers. The word is Greek for ‘love of wisdom’. But not God’s wisdom, rather for the wisdom of man.
The Scripture describes them thusly, ‘Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.’ 2 Tim 3:7
Even in the case of ‘nous’, it is not human intellect or understanding, rather Luke 24:45 tells us Who it originates with:
“Then opened He their understanding (nous),that they might understand the Scriptures.”
1 Corinthians 2:16 “But we (the elect) have the mind (nous) of Christ.’
1 Corinthians 2:5 tells us, “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”
1 Corinthians 3:19 ‘For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.’
1 Corinthians 1:25 ‘Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.’
I’ve been told before- B.L.U.F (Bottom Line Up Front). I’m getting there!
Let’s deal with this impotent god of these philos-sophos.
Epicurus wrote a lofty statement that posed the age-old question, ‘Why does God allow evil?’
You foolish, brute beasts!
Isaiah 45:7 ‘I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.’
These philos-sophos have not the mind of Christ. No matter the depth, the width, the height of the wisdom of man- they know not the depth of God. It has pleased the Creator to leave the wise men in darkness, and to send strong delusion to the masses to go after the pied-piper, goddess Sofia.
As Paris Reidhead once preached in his scathing sermon, ‘Ten Shekels and A Shirt’: ‘All of a sudden, God reigns in Heaven for the happiness of man.’ (https://youtu.be/x28SNNWPTxM)
Quick! Someone tweet this to Aurelius!
Isaiah 46:10 ‘Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.’
To Aristotle, you know the truth now, don’t ya, bruh? No doubt begging for that sip of water across a chasm FIXED. I say to you:
‘The FEAR of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.’ Prov. 9:10
To those of you serving this impotent god, who is wringing his hands, trying to get you to ‘accept’ him, waiting for you to pray to activate his deity, I say you are going after the gods of Rome, of Greece, of Persia, and of Babylon. The Beast. And you have been given over to that belief.
There is no “Beast” coming. It is here. And those not ekklectos (called out), have already received its mark. They do the will of their father, the Devil.
Revelation 13:3 “And all the world wondered (marveled,admired) after the beast.”
This beast says, “Fulfill self, (g)od wants you happy, unity, coexist, DO WHAT THOU WILT.”
And all the world….wondered….. after the beast.
The God of Scripture? O, let Him show you:
Deut 32:29 “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of My hand.”
Ecclesiastes 3:14 “I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before Him.”
1 Thes 3:3 “That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.”
James 1:2 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.”
1 Peter 4:12-13 “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”
2 Corinthians 1:5 “For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.”
Galatians 6:17 “From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”
Luke 6:22 “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.”
1 Peter 4:14 “If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.”
You will be hated. You will be lonely. You will suffer. You will look like a moron.
And you, little clay pot, don’t get an opinion.