« FöregåendeFortsätt »
THE TWELVE FRUITS OF THE HOLY GHOST.
Charity, Patience, Mildness, Modesty, Joy, Forbearance, Fidelity, Moderation, Peace, Goodness, Kindness, and Chastity.
THE SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY. To give counsel to the doubtful — To instruct the ignorant.
To admonish sinners-To comfort the afflicted. To forgive offences To bear patiently the
To pray for the living and the dead.
THE CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY.
To feed the hungry-To give drink to the thirsty.
To clothe the naked -To shelter the houseless. To visit the sick-To protect the innocent, and To bury the dead.
THE FOUR SAYINGS OF OUR SAVIOUR ON THE CROSS.
1. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
2. To the penitent: This day shalt thou be with me in Paradise.
3. To his mother: Woman behold thy son. And to his disciple: Behold thy mother.
4. Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
THE EIGHT BEATITUDES.
1. Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
2. Blessed are the meek; for they shall obtain the land.
3. Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.
4. Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice; for they shall be filled.
5. Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.
6. Blessed are the pure in heart; shall see God.
7. Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.
8. Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
NINE WAYS OF BEING ACCESSORY TO ANOTHER'S SIN.
By counsel - By consent
By provocation By praise or flattery - By concealment - By partaking- By silence-By defence of ill done.
THREE EMINENT GOOD WORKS. Mercy, Prayer, and Kindness.
FOUR LAST THINGS TO BE REMEMBERED. Death, Judgment, Punishment, and Heaven.
SEARSARIAN OR CHRISTIAN ARTICLES.
1. THERE is but one living, true, and Almighty God. The great Spirit of the Universe-Supreme and everlasting-without body, parts, or passions The Creator and Preserver of all things, visible and invisible; and from this Godhead there are three beings in union: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
2. The Father (4óyos) in the beginning, moved upon the face of the waters, made this world and every living thing upon it, and formed man after his own image.
3. The Son (Zon) proceeding from the Father, by the will of the Father took man's nature, whereof is Christ, who suffered, was cruci
fied, dead, and buried, yielding his body a living sacrifice, that man through his teaching and testament might inherit eternal life.
4. The Holy Ghost (IIvεvua) proceeding from the Father, by the promise of the Son, for man's comfort and guide, by whose inspiration evil is overcome, and the way of salvation made manifest.
5. The sacred Scriptures contain all things necessary to salvation; so that whatever is not read therein, nor can be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man that it should be believed as an article of faith, or thought requisite or necessary to salvation.
6. The living and true God is immutable, benevolent, and just; He has neither wants nor wishes, neither variableness nor shadow of turning; but the Old Testament is not contrary to the New, for both in the Old and the New Testament everlasting life is offered to mankind through Christ.
7. Original sin standeth in the following of Adam, and is the imperfection and corruption of the material nature of every man naturally engendered of the offspring of Adam, whereby man is of his own nature inclined to evil, so that the flesh lusteth always contrary to the spirit.
8. Good works done before the inspiration of the Spirit are to be accounted favorably, and are pleasing and acceptable to Christ, and forasmuch as they spring of faith, they make men meet to obtain the kingdom of heaven.
9. Predestination to life eternal is the everlasting purpose of the great Spirit of Goodness, decreed by the Almighty Ruler of the Universe before the world began. Wherefore our Heavenly Father, in accordance with this decree, has promised to deliver finally from condemnation those who believe in Christ, and to bring them by Christ to enjoy the life to come.
10. Man may be saved by the law or sect which he professeth, so that he be diligent to frame his life according to that law, and in conformity to his conscience, following the spirit of the Gospel by the light which is in him. But the Holy Scripture doth set out to us the name and precepts of Jesus Christ, whereby men shall be saved.
11. Sacraments ordained of Christ are badges or tokens of Christian men's profession, and of God's good will towards them, by which they are quickened, strengthened, and confirmed in their faith.
12. There are two sacraments ordained of Christ in the Gospel — Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
Baptism is not only a sign of profession, and mark of difference whereby Christian men are known, but it is also a sign of the promises of the forgiveness of sins, and of our adoption by the Holy Ghost, whereby faith is confirmed, and grace increased by virtue of prayer.
13. The Lord's Supper is not only a sign of the love which Christians ought to have among