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  • Print publication year: 2010
  • Online publication date: April 2011
  • First published in: 1871

REPLIES OF THE PATRIARCH NICON PART I P. 1-189

Summary

In your preface it is written: ‘Our Lord Jesus Christ has said, “I am the way, and the life, and the truth,” &c.’

Reply. Why do ye begin from truth? Ye have written all that ye have written without regard to truth, as shall be shown farther on. But know that ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abideth not in the truth, for there is no truth inhim. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own, for he is a liar, and the father of lies. Tell me, Simeon, what scriptures bid thee to bear witness against me of things that thou knowest not? though the Lord says,‘Judge not, that ye be not judged ; for with whatever judgment ye judge ye shall be judged’ (Matt, vii. 1). ‘Judge not, and ye shall not be judged; condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned’ (Luke vi. 37). ‘Therefore judge not before the time, until the Lord come to bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and to make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall every man have praise of God’ (1 Cor. iv. 1-5). Thou oughtest, 0 Simeon, first to have corrected thyself of whatever sins [thou hast to correct]: as the Lord says, ‘Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how sayest thou to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye, and behold a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite ; first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye’ (Matt. vii. 3-6).