The Commands of Christ Make Up Christian
We must know and obey all the commands of
Christ because a minor disobedience is like a crack in a building; the
damage can slowly go all the way to the whole structure, making the
spiritual edifice defective.
Today, we are surrounded by countless
teachers claiming to teach the Christian way of life. Know that there is
only one way; the rest are false. And how can we detect the true way from
the false? The true way consists in obedience to all the commands of Christ;
the false way has additions, but more often subtractions, from many commands
Christ commanded the Apostles to teach ALL
the commands. We must know all, otherwise, we will not be able to detect
which is true and which is false.
St. Francis de Sales warned: "Many
Christians tend to paint Christian Life according to their own fancies. One
prays at midnight but his heart is full of hatred. Another lives soberly,
not drinking and smoking but lies about his neighbor. Another gives
materially to the less fortunate but shows no kindness to the same. Another
helps in church but is arrogant towards his servants. Yet all of these
believe they are living the Christian Life.
St. Francis continues by saying that most
Christians are, in fact, living a way of life that is nothing more than a
caricature or illusion of Christian Life.