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Offline Pelly

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Did the Greek fathers err?
« on: February 24, 2013, 12:24:55 PM »
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  • According to Wikipedia, the Greek fathers believed in the evil eye.
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    The Greek Fathers accepted the traditional belief in the evil eye, but attributed it to the Devil and envy.

    Is it true? If it is true, then did they err?

    Offline Sigismund

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    Did the Greek fathers err?
    « Reply #1 on: February 24, 2013, 12:39:49 PM »
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  • The Fathers were not immune to the scientific misapprehensions of the day.  Even if they did err on this, it was hardly a matter of doctrine.  They didn't know that disease was caused by germs.  That is no reason to call them into question theologically.
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    Did the Greek fathers err?
    « Reply #2 on: February 24, 2013, 09:28:12 PM »
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  • The "evil eye" is not about eye disease. It's metaphysical. It has a spiritual root.

    Do they mean before 1054 AD? The Greek schism wasn't formal before then. Which Greek Fathers?

    There are dangers out there, and the evil eye is one of them. If you discover an evil eye or are around one, you'll want to get away from it.


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    Did the Greek fathers err?
    « Reply #3 on: February 26, 2013, 01:30:47 AM »
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  • What makes you think the evil eye isn't real?

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    Shin

    'Flores apparuerunt in terra nostra. . . Fulcite me floribus.' (The flowers appear on the earth. . . stay me up with flowers. Sg 2:12,5)'-

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    Did the Greek fathers err?
    « Reply #4 on: February 26, 2013, 03:32:53 AM »
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  • Whether it's real or not, the deadliness of envy would be expected to inspire such beliefs.



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    Did the Greek fathers err?
    « Reply #5 on: February 26, 2013, 10:46:17 PM »
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  • Quote from: shin
    What makes you think the evil eye isn't real?



    Methinks the evil eye is real and darksome.

    Luke 11:34-36 The light of thy body is thy eye. If thy eye be single, thy whole body will be lightsome: but if it be evil, thy body also will be darksome. Lucerna corporis tui est oculus tuus, si oculus tuus fuerit simplex totum corpus tuum lucidum erit, si autem nequam fuerit etiam corpus tuum tenebrosum erit.

    Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. Vide ergo ne lumen quod in te est tenebrae sint.

    If then thy whole body be lightsome, having no part of darkness: the whole shall be lightsome and, as a bright lamp, shall enlighten thee. Si ergo corpus tuum totum lucidum fuerit, non habens aliquam partem tenebrarum, erit lucidum totum et sicut lucerna fulgoris inluminabit te .

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    Did the Greek fathers err?
    « Reply #6 on: February 27, 2013, 08:03:29 AM »
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