德 – virtue

the chinese character is made from an older character meaning moral and , step: moral steps. It is most commonly translated as virtue.

The old character is made from straight and heart xīn: to be moral means to have a heart which is not crooked (Weiger 10).

Franklyn Sills explains with the old American phrase “by power of the virtue vested in me” (e.g. President Jefferson Davis, 1775. In other words, this virtue proceeds from an inner power. The character suggests that this power is related to an inner moral authority. This is the authority manifested by Jesus:

They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes
(Mark 1:22)

This power is something that we respond to instinctively, because it has nothing to do with coercement. The authority is given to Jesus by God – the heavenly mandate.
For the rest of us, is something that may be increased. Daoist Master Moy Lin-Shin with his dying words exhorted us to accumulate virtue.

The effect of this virtue?

They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching – with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.
Mark 1:27

Advertisements

~ by scalambra on September 4, 2009.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: