True religion consists
of these two elements: pious doctrines and virtuous actions. Neither
does God accept doctrines apart from good works, nor are works, when
divorced from godly doctrine, accepted by God.
What does it profit a man to be an
expert theologian, if he is intemperate, impious, lazy and an
The knowledge of doctrine is a
precious possession, indeed. The Greeks, by their smooth tongue, led
men astray like the honey from the lips of a harlot. The
Circumcision sect deceives their disciples using divine Scriptures
which they twist by false interpretation.
"Take care that no one lead
you astray." This is the reason for catechetical instruction,
an introduction for spiritual children who still feed on milk. Let
this be an instruction for the young and a review for the mature.
St. Cyril of Alexandria, 349 A.D.
(His Catechesis is the most celebrated catechism that has come down
to us from the early Church.)