There Are Two Ways

There are two ways, one of life and one of death, and there is a great difference between these two ways.

So begins The Didache (The Teaching of the Lord to the Gentiles by the Twelve Apostles–pronounce did-a-key), a very early Christian document teaching about discipleship.

“Now this is the way of life: First, you shall love God, who made you. Second, you shall love your neighbor as yourself; but whatever you do not wish to happen to you, do not do to another.”

The teaching continues by describing a person who is humble, not angry; giving not covetous; speaks truthfully; peaceful.

“But the way of death is this: first of all, it is evil and completely cursed; murders, adulteries, lusts, sexual immoralities, thefts, idolatries, magic arts, sorceries, robberies, false testimonies, hypocrisies, duplicity, deceit, pride, malice, stubbornness, greed, abusive language, jealousy, audacity, arrogance, boastfulness.”

And he is just getting started.

Just as when I read John Climacus originally expecting to learn about how to experience God through meditation and learned about overcoming all my evil desires and emotions and how to cultivate the good ones, here I read the teachings about Jesus by the twelve apostles and learn (just as from reading the four Gospels) how to live my life beginning with love–first love God. Not belief. Lots of people believe all manner of things. It’s love. And then spreads from love to everyone we meet along the way.

Is that the missing ingredient in your life?

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