Tag: Marcus Aurelius

Bible, Christianity

Love Your Neighbor and Marus Aurelius

In the passage below, the word “as” can mean ‘as though’ or ‘while.’ This is so in the Hebrew and Greek Old Testament: “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear a …

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Marcus Aurelius on Perception and Reality

“The world is nothing but change. Our life is only perception. (bk IV ch 3)” A great deal of our life is based on fiction which we mistake for reality. We worry about this disaster in the future or we bother over this memory of the past. The fact is that our memory of the …

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Marcus Aurelius, Dallas Willard, and New Testament Salvation

Text Σωτηρία βίου ἕκαστον δἰὅλου αὐτὸ τί ἐστιν ὁρᾶν, τί μὲν αὐτοῦ τὸὑλικόν, τί δὲ τὸ αἰτιῶδες˙ ἐξ ὅλης τῆς ψυχῆς τὰ δίκαια ποιεῖν καὶ τἀληθῆ λέγειν. τί λοιπὸν ἢἀπολαύειν τοῦ ζῆν συνάπτοντα ἄλλο ἐπ ἄλλῳἀγαθόν, ὥστε μηδὲ τὸ βραχύτατον διάστημα ἀπολείπειν;[1] Translation Salvation, which is a life,[2] is to examine each thing entirely [with the …

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What They Think

One of my favorite books is the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. A few days ago I was reading book twelve and was reminded of this: I am often amazed at how each loves himself more than others, but cares more for the opinions of others than of himself. If a God should appear to a man, …