say that part of God was changed into it, when there took place that breathing forth by God. Healthy doctrine likewise rejects this, because the spirit of man itself is at times in error and at times thinks wisely; thus it proclaims that it is mutable, and it is in no way permissible to believe this of the nature of God. 56. But there cannot be a greater sign of pride than that the human soul says that it is what God is, while it still groans under such great burdens of vice and unhappiness.
The Meaning of the Paradise of Delights
12. Now let us look at man's happiness which is signified by the name of paradise. Men usually find delightful rest in meadows, and the light rises for our corporeal senses from the east and then climbs the heaven which is a body higher and more excellent than our body. Hence, these words also express figuratively the spiritual delights that the happy life contains, and the garden is planted in the east. We should understand that our spiritual joys are signified by every tree beautiful to the gaze of the intelligence and good for the food which is not corrupted and by which the happy souls are fed. For the Lord also says, "Work for the food which is not corrupted." 57. Such is every idea which is the food of the soul. 58. He set the light of wisdom to the east in Eden, that is, in____________________