Thursday, May 24, 2012
The Shepherd of Hermas: Seventh Mandate
But do fear the works of the devil, because they are evil. When you fear the LORD you will fear the devil's works and not do them, but will have nothing to do with them.
Fear, therefore, is of two kinds. If you want to do something evil, fear the LORD and you will not do it. But on the other hand, if you want to do good, fear the LORD and you will do it. So the fear of the LORD is powerful and great and glorious. Fear the LORD, therefore, and you will live to HIM, and whoever fears the LORD and keeps HIS commandments will live to GOD. ...
...every creature fears the LORD, but not all keep HIS commandments. Life with GOD, therefore, belongs to those who fear HIM and keep HIS commandments, but those who do not keep HIS commandments do not have life in HIM, either. --The Shepherd of Hermas, Mandate 7 (mid second century AD)