Jesus was born two thousand years ago in Judea and even in his
youthful years astonished many scholars and holy men with his
understanding and discourse upon religious matters.
It was only when in his thirties that Jesus began a period of
teaching upon which the various forms of Christianity are
After Jesus' death several disciples made written records
based upon his life and teachings and continued to spread the
faith that they had been taught by Jesus. These written records,
and also later documents such as Epistles or letters written by
these disciples to faith communities they were attempting to
nurture, are contained in the New Testament of the Holy Bible.
The New Testament is divided up into several books amongst which
are the Gospels of St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, and St. John,
and also the Epistles of St. Paul, St John, and St. James.
Alongside a number of selections from the New Testament that
are about to be presented are several quotations from the - Of
the Imitation of Christ - the second most widely read Christian
publication after the Bible itself.
Disdain for material things
Some have Me in their mouths, but little in their
There are others who, being enlightened in their understanding
and purified in their affection, always breathe after things
eternal, are unwilling to hear of earthly things, and grieve to
be subject to the necessities of nature; and such as these
perceive what the Spirit of Truth speaketh in them.
For it teacheth them to despise the things of the earth and to
love heavenly things; to disregard the world, and all the day and
night to aspire after heaven.
Thomas a Kempis
Of the Imitation of Christ Bk. 3 Ch. 4 v. 4
Distrust of Intellect
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain
deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the
world, and not after Christ.
If thou reliest more upon thine own reason or industry than
upon the virtue that subjects to Jesus Christ, thou wilt seldom
and hardly become an enlightened man; for God wishes us to be
perfectly subject to Himself, and to transcend all reason by
Thomas a Kempis
Of the Imitation of Christ Bk. 1 Ch. 4 v. 13
Yearning for Divine Edification
Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not
the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that
come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even
the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our
glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they
known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as
it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have
entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared
for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his
Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things
of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit
of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man,
but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of
the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the
things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we
speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which
the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with
spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the
Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he
know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 2: 6-14
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that
loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
1 John 4:7-8
Purity of heart
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my
presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own
salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in
you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things
without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and
harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a
crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the
Philippians 2: 12-15
Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even
Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
And whomsoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that
shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Matthew 23: 10 -12
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear,
slow to speak, and slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh
not the righteousness of God.
Epistle of James 1: 19 -20
Communion with God
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I
in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may
believe that thou has sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me
I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in
them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and
that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved
them, as thou hast loved me.
John 17: 21 -23
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