The lessons of the Didache
I have been meaning to contact you for some time to ask if you've ever read an early Christian work called The Didache. I figure your site name is a reference to Didact from HALO but after reading Ghost Rider and your thoughts on Christianity I wanted to pass it along in case you had not. It's a little red pill in its own right. [Didact's note: that's a serious understatement.] I grew up Baptist but left the church years ago. I stick with my faith for the very reason you stated in the post: it seems the closest. It puts a stop to a lot of things man stumbled over in four previous ages....
Churchianity is a blight on God's Word. [Didact's note: Yep. Same guy.] There are very few church oriented people with whom I can have a good discussion about faith or God. All of my male Christian friends seem to be more like indentured servants than husbands. I can't abide it much. They think I avoid them because I am a loner. But they're friends so that isn't the case.
There is no better cure for the insidious rot of Churchianity than actually, y'know, reading the source material. The odd thing about Churchians is that they seem to interpret Scripture in the manner that they think it should be interpreted, rather than in terms of what the source material actually says. This allows them to perform the most astonishing contortions of reason and logic.
It's a lot like the way Muslims can read the Koran and argue that Islam is a religion of "peace" because it promises that after the world is subjugated through fire and steel, it will be peaceful.
But I digress.
But then, right after the first section, the real point of the text begins to come out, and the bits that Churchians keep forgetting come to light in powerful free verse.
If you read the Didache- I mean, really read it for what it is- you'll notice that it essentially expands upon the Ten Commandments, and breaks down into the same basic themes:
- Be humble, be patient, be good to those who have earned goodness;
- Do not lie, cheat, steal, murder; do not commit sodomy, pederasty, perjury, or adultery;
- Let your words be backed by deeds, never be a hypocrite, and walk with humility before the Lord;
- Be a bringer of peace and happiness, not discord and rancour;
- Start the day off right, and be thankful for that which is good and green in your life;
- Never listen to false prophets*;
- Share what you have with those who have earned it, those who are good, those who keep the Word;
- Above all, respect yourself, respect your teachers and parents, and respect the Lord.
* No, Tempest, not you- that guy.