T W O   W A Y S

There are two ways of teaching

and two wielders of power;

one is of light

and the other is of darkness.

Between those two ways

lies a vast chasm,

because over the one

are posted light-bearing angels

while over the other are Satan's messengers;

and one of these two is the Lord from all eternity,

while the other stands paramount

over this present age of iniquity.

The Way of Life is this:

Thou shalt love first the Lord thy Creator, and secondly

thy neighbor as thyself; and thou shalt do nothing to any

man that thou wouldst not wish to be done to thyself.

What you may learn from these words is to bless them

that curse you, to pray for your enemies, and to fast for

your persecutors.  For where is the merit in loving only

those who return your love?  Even the heathens do as much

as that.

The Way of Death is this:

To begin with, it is evil, and in every way fraught with

condemnation.  In it are murders, adulteries, lusts, forni-

cations, thefts, idolatries, witchcraft, sorceries, robberies,

perjuries, hypocrisies, duplicities, deceit, pride, malice,

self-will, avarice, foul language, jealousy, insolence, ar-

rogance, and boastfulness.  Here are those who perse-

cute good men, hold truth in abhorrence, and love false-

hood; who do not know of the rewards of righteousness,

nor adhere to what is good, nor to just judgment; who lie

awake planning wickedness rather than well-doing.

Gentleness and patience are beyond their conception;

they care for nothing good or useful, and are bent only

on their own advantage, without pity for the poor or feel-

ing for the distressed.  Knowledge of the Creator is not

in them; they make away with their infants and deface God's

image; they turn away the needy and oppress the afflicted;

they aid and abet the rich but arbitrarily condemn the poor;

they are utterly and altogether sunk ininiquity.