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to be meek or not to be meek

Updated on September 8, 2009

Isn't it strange how the exact same words can have opposing meanings by different viewpoints?.

Question is it better to be meek or not to be meek?

For example the words - "The meek shall inherit the Earth"

To some it means - "Be meek and the Earth is where you will stay."

To others it's meaning could be - "Refuse to be meek and Earth is where you will abide.

Assuming that either if you are not meek you will be taken elsewhere where life is not as pleasent as it is on Earth.or just the opposite,you will be taken somewhere more pleaseant than the Earth.Where would that be?

It's all a matter of perception of wheather life on Earth is worth living or not and wheather your being meek ,meaning meek in body or spirit? If body then that must be refering to your brain,if spirit,that would be refering to your soul.If you believe in incarnation then you will be getting a new body.

So what is your take on The meek and it's meaning?


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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      I agree. Thomas Aquinas explained the theory of righteous anger quite well, which has remained the standard ever since. Being meek doesn't mean you never get angry. Even patience has its limits. :)

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      someonewhoknows 8 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      James I agree meek means humble and patient,but there is one time in the bible where Jesus Christ overturns the tables of the money changers in the temple of worship.That's not meek as it's defined.It appears there are even times when Jesus Christ is provoked to the point of anger.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      The meaning of "meek" has changed since Shakespearean times when the King James Version was translated in Elizabethan English. At that time it meant to be "humble and patient in spite of being provoked." As Christ was.

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      someonewhoknows 8 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      Thank you Don for starting the comments out on a positive note.I tend to agree with you that being meek in a positive sense means to come from a point of strength in your belief that whatever happens we should stand up for what we believe is right without forcing your view on anyone but just putting it out there for everyone to see and decide for themselves.

      jayb23 I respect your view and understand where your coming from.I still think you can be meek and still come from a point of strength within that allows you to be meek outwardly knowing that whatever energy you put into the world comes back to you sooner or later for you to deal with.Do you see what I mean?

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      jayb23 8 years ago from India

      As you have rightly pointed out its the perception which matters. For me, meek is one who is weak, again thats my perception.

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      Don White 8 years ago

      In a spiritual context, meek is the only way to go. Meek actually means strong, did you know that? Christ cautions us to be meek when he says the meek will inherit the Kingdom of God. I don't at all think to be meek is to go around with your head buried in your chest, afraid of your every move. But just the contrary. Meek means to believe in Jesus Christ, to emulate him, to be kind and live an exemplary life helping others, and not a bombastic life always gathering attention to oneself. Good question to have everyone comment on. Thanks for your blog. Don