Doctrine of Life #1

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1. I. ALL RELIGION HAS RELATION TO LIFE, AND THE LIFE OF RELIGION IS TO DO GOOD

Every one who has any religion knows and acknowledges that he who lives well will be saved, and that he who lives wickedly will be condemned; for he knows and acknowledges that he who lives well thinks well, not only concerning God but also concerning the neighbour; but not so he who lives wickedly. The life of man is his love; and what a man loves he not Only does willingly but also thinks willingly. The reason, therefore, why it is said that the life [of religion] is to do good is, because the doing of good unites with the thinking of good; and unless they act in unison in a man, they do not form part of his life. But these things will be demonstrated in what follows.

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I. ALL RELIGION HAS RELATION TO LIFE, AND THE LIFE OF RELIGION IS TO DO GOOD 1 II. NO ONE CAN DO GOOD, WHICH IS GOOD, FROM HIMSELF 9 III. SO FAR AS A MAN SHUNS EVILS AS SINS, SO FAR HE DOES WHAT IS GOOD NOT FROM HIMSELF, BUT FROM THE LORD 18 1. IF A MAN WILLS AND DOES WHAT IS GOOD BEFORE HE SHUNS EVILS AS SINS, THE GOOD THINGS WHICH HE WILLS AND DOES ARE NOT GOOD. This is because before that he is not in the Lord, as was said above. 24 2. IF A MAN THINKS AND SPEAKS PIOUS THINGS, AND DOES NOT SHUN EVILS AS SINS, THE PIOUS THINGS [WHICH HE THINKS AND SPEAKS] ARE NOT PIOUS. This is because he is not in the Lord. For example: if he frequently visits places of worship, listens devoutly to the preaching, reads the Word and books of 25 3. IF A MAN HAS MUCH KNOWLEDGE AND MUCH WISDOM, AND DOES NOT SHUN EVILS AS SINS, HE IS NEVERTHELESS NOT WISE. The reason for this is similar to that given before, namely, that he is wise from himself, and not from the Lord. 27 IV. SO FAR AS ANY ONE SHUNS EVILS AS SINS, SO FAR HE LOVES TRUTHS 32 V. SO FAR AS ANY ONE SHUNS EVILS AS SINS, SO FAR HE HAS FAITH, AND IS SPIRITUAL 42 VI. THE DECALOGUE TEACHES WHAT EVILS ARE SINS 53 VII. ALL KINDS OF MURDER, ADULTERY, THEFT, AND FALSE WITNESS, WITH THEIR LUST, ARE EVILS WHICH OUGHT TO BE SHUNNED AS SINS 62 VIII. SO FAR AS ANY ONE SHUNS ALL KINDS OF MURDER AS SINS, SO FAR HE HAS LOVE TOWARDS THE NEIGHBOUR 67 IX. SO FAR AS ANY ONE SHUNS ALL KINDS OF ADULTERY AS SINS, SO FAR HE LOVES CHASTITY 74 X. SO FAR AS ANY ONE SHUNS ALL KINDS OF THEFT AS SINS, SO FAR HE LOVES SINCERITY 80 XI. SO FAR AS ANY ONE SHUNS ALL KINDS OF FALSE WITNESS AS SINS, SO FAR HE LOVES WHAT IS TRUE (veritas) 87 XII. NO ONE CAN SHUN EVILS AS SINS, SO AS TO HOLD THEM INWARDLY IN AVERSION, EXCEPT BY COMBATS AGAINST THEM 92 XIII. MAN OUGHT TO SHUN EVILS AS SINS, AND TO FIGHT AGAINST THEM, AS OF HIMSELF 101 XIV. IF ANY ONE SHUNS EVILS FOR ANY OTHER REASON THAN BECAUSE THEY ARE SINS, HE DOES NOT SHUN THEM, BUT ONLY PREVENTS THEM FROM APPEARING BEFORE THE WORLD 108
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