Meekness vs obsequiousness

Obsequiousness isn’t meekness. Meekness isn’t obsequiousness.

The vices opposed to humility are,

  1. pride: by reason of defect, and
  2. a too great obsequiousness or abjection of oneself, which would be an excess of humility. This might easily be derogatory to a man’s office or holy character; or it might serve only to pamper pride in others, by unworthy flattery, which would occasion their sins of tyranny, arbitrariness, and arrogance.

The virtue of humility may not be practised in any external way which would occasion such vices or acts in others.

Source: New Advent: Catholic Encyclopedia: Humility. Last accessed 21 March 17.

Meekness isn’t letting people walk all over you, as shown in another blog post (Meek in Greek).

Sometimes you have to be strong. Stand tall, defiant. Until we begin to rediscover what humility actually is, we’re going to be in for a lot of headaches. We’re called to be just, not necessarily nice.

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‘It says ‘Allah’ in the Bible!’

It says Allah in the Bible.  I see this claim a lot.

Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic are all Semitic languages. That means they’re all related. Of course there are going to be similarities.

Let’s look at a word. In this case, ‘God’. Suitable.

  • in Germanic languages: Gud, God, Gott, Got
  • in Romance languages: Deus, Dios, Dio, Dieu, Diu, Déu
  • in Slavic languages: Bóg, Bůh, Boh, Bog

They’re related, so they’re similar. It’s the same with Semitic languages. It’s not an unusual concept.

So, of course, “ilah”, “eloh”, “elaha” and so on are going to be quite similar.

Even if words are similar, “Allah” doesn’t mean the same God as in Islam. People used “Allah” before Muhammad “received his “revelations.

This is just grasping at straws. It is almost always by Sunni Muslims.

Blessed Easter

This is an Easter for the West and the East.

Christ is risen! Truly, He is risen!

ܡܫܝܚܐ ܩܡ! ܫܪܝܪܐܝܬ ܩܡ!

המשיח קם! באמת קם!

 

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!

Христос воскрес! Воистину воскрес!

 

Christus resurrexit! Resurrexit vere!

 

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν,
θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας,
καὶ τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι,
ζωὴν χαρισάμενος!

Christ is risen from the dead,
Trampling down death by death,
And upon those in the tombs
Bestowing life!

 

 

Crucem sanctam subiit,
qui infernum confregit,
accinctus est potentia,
surrexit die tertia. Alleluia.

Lapidem quem reprobaverunt
aedeficantes factus est
caput anguli, alleluia.

Translation:

He bore the Holy Cross,
who broke the power of hell;
He was girded with power
He rose again the third day, alleluia

The stone that the architects rejected
became the cornerstone, alleluia.

On this day we celebrate:

  • Life conquering death
  • Truth over falsehood
  • Knowledge over deceit
  • Good over wickedness

 

Have a blessed Easter, everyone.

Meek in Greek

Showing the words used for “meek” in Greek:

Strong’s Concordance
Original Word: πραΰς, πραεῖα, πραΰ
Transliteration: praus
Definition: mild, gentle.

HELPS Word-studies

Cognate: 4239praýs (also listed as 4239a/praupathia in NAS dictionary) – meek

This difficult-to-translate root (pra-) means more than “meek.” Biblical meekness is not weakness but rather refers to exercising God’s strength under His control – i.e. demonstrating power without undue harshness.

[The English term “meek” often lacks this blend – i.e. of gentleness (reserve) and strength.]

Source: BibleHub; Strong’s, 4239

And:
Strong’s Concordance
praos: meek.

Original Word: πρᾷος, α, ον
Transliteration: praos
Definition: mild, gentle, meek, kind.

HELPS Word-studies

Cognate: 4235 práosmeek, i.e. the necessary balance of exercising power and avoiding harshness. See 4236 (praotēs).

Source: BibleHub; Strong’s, 4235

And:
Strong’s Concordance
praotés: meekness.

Original Word: πρᾳότης, τητος, ἡ
Transliteration: praotés
Definition: mildness, gentleness, meekness, kindness.

HELPS Word-studies

4236 praótēs– properly, temperate, displaying the right blend of force and reserve (gentleness). 4236 /praótēs (“strength in gentleness”) avoids unnecessary harshness, yet without compromising or being too slow to use necessary force.

Source: BibleHub; Strong’s, 4236

What we think of as meek isn’t necessarily what Christ meant.

More to come.

Assad, Trump, chemical weapons and missiles?

People accuse Assad of using chemical weapons on people. One can’t use chemical weapons under international law.

But did Assad? I don’t know. I don’t mean to put on a conspiracy hat, but this whole thing feels staged. A false flag, even. I hope not.

President Trump launched 59 tomahawk missiles at a base. No Russians died and I’ve not heard about non-Russians dying.

It was too soon for me to support this. Especially when we don’t know who did it. What if Assad didn’t?

Assad is the only one in that area who protects Christian and Yazidi minorities. I don’t want to see him displaced. I don’t want to see more Christians, Yazidis and more, dying. Especially until we know if he did.

I wonder. Is this posturing? Now Trump, Assad and Putin are likely to meet to discuss what to do.

It showed that Trump is not a “Russian plant” or whatever. Not that anyone with any sense believes that.

I hope this is the case. I don’t want to see Trump going to war. For someone who was non-interventionist for ~30 years, this seems… odd.

Time will tell.

Terrorist Attack, St. Petersburg

Yet another terrorist attack.

At last count, I saw:

  • Eleven dead
  • Forty-five injured
  • One bomb exploded.
  • They stopped another.
  • Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack. Yet.

There is nothing that I can say about this other than I am disgusted by the act. Like any sane person would be. I noticed, though: there was a lot of glee about this attack. From “laugh reacts” on live feeds on Facebook to more.

I saw a lot of glee from SJWs. ‘They deserve it,’ they said, ‘because of how they treat homosexuals.’

So that makes it okay, does it? Huh. I forgot many on the left only virtue signal. They have no sympathy for what happens. I doubt they even care about homosexuals. Or anyone else. They’re just useful right now. But I’m changing topics.

No flag of Russia lit up on European monuments. Yet.

So far nothing:

  • in London
  • on the Eiffel Tower
  • on Brandenburg Gate
  • or even on the Empire State Building

 

Tel Aviv did, though. Bless them.

Right now, nobody has claimed responsibility. Rumours are spreading. Conspiracy theories are everywhere.

My thoughts and prayers for everyone injured or dead:

  • Left or right.
  • Black or white.
  • Gay or straight.
  • Male or female.
  • Young or old.