"Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeks and intermeddles with all wisdom.” - Proverbs 18:1.

          This is one of verses in the Scripture that is used to justify and even encourage the idea of the benefit of seclusion oneself in a monastery or other place to absent and protect yourself from the negative and detrimental effects of the world around us.  From out of these verses has come the practice of giving your life and attention to the denial of social world so that you can “give yourself” to God and to contemplation and prayer.  Now, while the general thought there might seem good, that is NOT what the Lord Jesus meant when, during the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5) he spoke of the various “blessed” ideas(9 of them)  in the Sermon.

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