February 17th, 2012

On The Spirit In Which Sacred Writing Should be Read

62. But when the student of the Holy Scriptures, prepared in the way I have indicated, shall enter upon his investigations, let him constantly meditate upon that saying of the apostle's, "Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth." ,,,.. (T)here is nothing.... Christ more clearly teaches us than (this):: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." To whom is it light but to the meek and lowly in heart, whom knowledge does not puff up, but charity edifieth?  ..; (B)eing rooted and grounded in love, we may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height...... (of) ... "the love of Christ which passeth knowledge," who is equal to the Father, by whom all things, were made, "that we may be filled with all the fullness of God." --Augustine

iOn Christian Doctrine, in Four Books - Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Well, there it is.  I had to cut away about 500 words of text to get to it, but there it is.  Whatever the author of a sacred writing (including Augustine) may have intended.  It should be read only in the light of charity and compassion.
My respect for Augustine and Confucius is growing as i look with more compassion on these two men.  (and yes, they were handicapped by their gender, but if they had been women we probably never would have heard of them.)