Thursday, September 21, 2017

On The One Who Knows God

"The one who know God eats, drinks and marries, not as ends in themselves, but simply as necessary things.  I include marriage in this list only to the extent the Word dictates and only as it is suitable. For having become perfect, the one who knows God has the apostles as examples.  One is not really proven to be a man by the choice of a single life.  But one who has been disciplined by marriage, the raising of children, and the care of his household surpasses other men.  When he cares for his household without pleasure or pain, he becomes inseparable from God's love.  For he has withstood all temptations arising through children, wife, servants and possessions.  But he that has no family is free of temptation to a large degree." -Clement of Alexandria, The One Who Knows God


  1. Hmm. Interesting ideas; and good. Not sure about the last line, though if you know God, I think it would indeed be true.

    Thank you for this post.

  2. Sorry, Linda, I should have made it more clear. The One Who Knows God is actually the name of the work written by Clement of Alexandria. I like the quote a great deal because of what it says about marriage.


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