I get that proverbs was not originally about Jesus literally. But in any case, the Bishop is talking about Jesus' origination and points to a passage about something or someone being created in order to give the reader a description of the process of His origination.Only if you selectively quote from a larger piece, read out of context, and interpret according to your own faulty theological ideas.
IOW, try again.
OK, I will try again.
The context is about trying to understand what it means that Jesus was begotten before all ages. I go in trying to avoid presuppositions about the passage's theology. The goal is to see who or what it suggests was "created".
Here is how the article begins:
Before the Ages of All Ages
The Glorious Feast of the Holy Nativity commemorates the birth of the Infant Child, Jesus, who was in existence before all the ages. His being before all beginnings verifies the Lord Jesus Christ's omniscience, His perpetual "I am" from everlasting to everlasting. Micah the prophet proclaimed: "'But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.'" (Micah 5:2).
It is important to understand that the Glorious Nativity ushered to our world, Christ the Child who existed before all the creations and all the ages; before the sun, moon, and stars were created.
Justin Martyr (C. 160) explains before the ages of all ages means that the Lord Jesus Christ existed from the beginning of all things. "The Lord created me the beginning of His ways for His works. From everlasting He established me in the beginning; before He formed the earth...You perceive that the Scripture has declared that this Offspring was begotten by the Father before all things created. Now, everyone will admit that He who is begotten is numerically distinct from Him who begets."
1. Justin Martyr is said to be talking about how Christ "existed from the beginning".
The next sentence is a quote by Justin Martyr that speaks of "me" being created "the beginning of His ways". Then it says that this "me" was established "in the beginning".
2. Regardless of who the "Me" is, note that "Me" is created "from everlasting" and before the earth. Might it be referring to something that was created before "Creation"?
3. The next sentence then talks about this Offspring coming into being before all things created. Might that have something to do with "Me", who is created before the earth?
4. Is there a relationship between the two sentences about the creation of "me" before the earth and the sentences that come before or after it, which both talk about Christ and when He existed "from the beginning"?
5. After citing from Proverbs about the creation of "Me", Justin concludes about this verse: "the Scripture has declared that this Offspring was begotten by the Father". Since the Scripture in question is the passage from Proverbs about "Me", doesn't Justin mean that the passage about creation is a passage about God begetting Offspring?
6. Considering the possibility that "Me" actually refers to God's Wisdom or Holy Spirit as you said, would you say God "created" the Holy Spirit, even though it was from everlasting? For what it's worth, we say the Spirit proceeds from the Father.In conclusion,
I still think that the passage is written so that it sounds like "Me" who is created is Christ. However, I think the passage's direct meaning is about Wisdom. And seeing that later in the article the author associates Wisdom with the Spirit- and you pointed in this direction in your reply, it is confusing what it would mean about Wisdom being created.
Anyway, I am basically defending my past use of the word "created". I do not think it is a very good word to use, and agree with you and Salpy about that. The term we use is "beget", although it seems to me that some other things could be said, like originate.
In any case, I wish you the best.