This video is mean to segue into "Drug Addiction Expressed As Dance, A Horror Film" (which should not be viewed on a work or public computer.)
- A Handbook For Gay Teenage Males And Their Parents (1)
- Ab Workout Abdominal Sculpting with Clayton (1)
- Abdominal Workout In Bed (1)
- Adele Someone Like You Sung By A Guy For A Guy (1)
- Amtrak Coast Starlight to my new home in San Luis Obispo (1)
- Attempt to Beach Run at Grover Beach (1)
- Blessing of the Wind (1)
- Blessing Upon A Gay Civil Union (1)
- Bonnie Tyler versus BabyPinkstar Total Eclipse of The Heart Headbanging Ab Workout (1)
- Brin Londo Timber Wolf Legion of Super Heroes Cosplay Anaheim Wondercon (3)
- Christmas Carols With A Castrati (1)
- Clayton Dancing and Painting to Club Music (1)
- Clayton dancing to Bonnie Tyler's Making Love Out of Nothing At All instrumental (1)
- Clayton Painting While Singing This Old House by Loretta Lynn (1)
- Clayton Singing You Can't Be A Beacon If Your Light Don't Shine (1)
- Clayton Wields A Chainsaw To The Music of Dottie West (1)
- Clothing and Your Relationship with God (1)
- Drug Addiction Expressed As Dance (1)
- Encouragement for Jonathan Rhys Meyers (1)
- Error of Saint Matthew's 60 Year Old Church in Tulsa Oklahoma (1)
- Even In The Darkest Hours (1)
- False Advertising at Gold's Gym Charlottesville (1)
- Farewell To The Legion of Super Heroes (1)
- Final Telephone Call Of A Drug Addict To His Daughter (1)
- For David A Collection of Love Letters (1)
- For David The Video Collection (6)
- Funshine Bear Song (1)
- Gay Love Can Be Very Beautiful (1)
- Gay Marriage Proposal Legion of Super Heroes Style (1)
- Gay Teenage Wasteland The Most Banned Book for Teens (4)
- God Exists (1)
- God Never Intended The Salvation of A Soul To Be Akin To Becoming A Frat Boy (1)
- He Who Gets Slapped Monologues (2)
- Holding To Your Light In The Face of Adversity (1)
- Homophobic Wrestlers (2)
- Humanitarian Bible (10)
- Humanitarian Bible and Discipline (1)
- Humanitarian Bible and Excommunication (1)
- Humanitarian Bible and Material Possessions (1)
- Introduction to my new book Gay Teenage Wasteland Young Adult Fiction Gay (1)
- Jesse McCartney Shake gay karaoke version (1)
- Jesus Christ Not Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1)
- Kiss Me Nate The Gay Taming of The Shrew (1)
- Kitties of the Undead Zombie Cats (1)
- Last Call Of A Drug Addict To His Daughter (1)
- Learning To Sing (2)
- Lessons from The Book of Isaiah (1)
- Love Yourself Is My Message To Gay Christians and Gay Mormons (1)
- Meditation Combined with Strength Training (2)
- Men of My Life (2)
- My Battle With Dental Floss Stuck In My Teeth (1)
- My Former Life As A Woman (7)
- My Last Day in Charlottesville As Evidence of a Minimalist Life (1)
- No Sex Please We're British (3)
- Photos of Clayton Kinnelon Greiman (5)
- Radiating Joy Is Real (1)
- Scars Surviving Molestation (1)
- Siding My Home With Portsmouth Cedar Shake Lighthouse Red Siding (1)
- Sort of Working Out to Austin and Ally (1)
- Swaying to All Time Love by Will Young (1)
- Swim Brief Chef (31)
- The Book of Revelations and The Day of Judgment (1)
- The Catholic Church and Its Condemnation of Nuns (1)
- The Circus of Mankind with art by Ozzy Longoria (1)
- The Danger To Your Soul In Following The Crowd and The Mob Spirit (1)
- The Hidden Usage of Lavare Lavender Bath Soap (1)
- The Infernal One Of A Kind Haier Washer Dryer (1)
- The Pure Joy of Dancing To That's What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction (1)
- The Yard Cross I Built As A Reminder To Live Each Day In The Spirit of Christ (1)
- Theatrical Roles (2)
- Thoughts on Sexual Intercourse (1)
- Tour of Clayton's Home (1)
- View from my studio apartment in San Luis Obispo (1)
- Working Out While Staying At A Hotel (1)
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
This video is mean to segue into "Drug Addiction Expressed As Dance, A Horror Film" (which should not be viewed on a work or public computer.)
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
The Kindle version of my book, "Gay Teenage Wasteland Library Edition" will be priced at a penny a page during the height of the holiday buying season!
Monday, October 14, 2013
My religion is Christian Universalist; I view God as a prism, prevalent in all faiths (provided they are based on kindness and devoid of intolerance or extremism). I believe Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and a host of other denominations will stand together in Paradise. God is Kindness; God is Benevolence. No matter if we call our deity Christ, Allah, or Vishnu, they are each the same. It is how we tear one another apart as human being that separates us from them. For more on my beliefs, you can read (for only 99 cents) a bible I have assembled from many faiths entitled, "The Humanitarian Bible".
Friday, October 11, 2013
The story of a gay male who can't even pay another guy to wrestle him. Part 1 of the video can be found here:
When I wrote of homophobic wrestlers in "Gay Teenage Wasteland Library Edition", I never imagined there were so many of them in reality. The book can be purchased here:
Sterling Harden was on a homophobic roll. He had: arranged for his teammates to kidnap Jacob, checked out a Victorian-era book on how pedophiles spoke, and paid a visit to the veterinarian.
"I need horse tranquilizers! My prized mare has been hit by a drunk driving a tractor, and she's lying on the earth neighing for me to end her suffering!"
Sterling was weeping, calling forth tears by imagining existence without carnal intercourse. The near fatal overdose of steroids he had consumed proved an immeasurable aid to his acting ability. The veterinarian was so taken aback she handed over a syringe of Ketamine just to get him out of the office.
"One gay brother left to off! Jensen is an athlete; I used to be proud of that distinction; there was some saving grace for his manhood. Now, I know there are homosexuals everywhere, even in the hallowed halls of jocks. I bet there's one in the backseat, just waiting to jump on my junk!"
At a stoplight, Sterling glanced ferociously behind him to make certain no gays were in the vehicle. He then got out of the car and lorded over his trunk with a tire iron.
"I know there's a homosexual in there! Prepare to be destroyed!"
The traffic light had turned green. "Get in the car and drive, you lunatic! We've got an Ice Capade to attend!"
Sterling turned on the vehicle, a school bus packed with a scout master and his troop of Boy Scouts.
"Sodomites! Uranians! I'll never surrender my penis to you!"
An eight year old Scout produced a ray gun and blasted Sterling's tricked out ride.
"My Escalade! My rims! My condoms! My porno mags!" All of it had been done in, disintegrated to dust.
As the van passed unheeded, the sharp shooter educated. "Fast fact, hellatio fellatio, we citizens of Saturn don't take kindly to being branded Uranians. Now how about I do the human race a real favor and aim my advanced disintegration weaponry at your dick?"
Sterling fled, and the scouts from Saturn frolicked on to obtain their ice skating fix.
If Darren Young were gay and not signed with the WWE, he would have a very difficult time getting anyone to wrestle him. Believe me, I'm a gay male who wanted to do an entertainment wrestling vid and could not even pay an actor or layman to film with me. Homophobia, even in California in the 21st century, is still so sadly prevalent.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Saturday, August 3, 2013
A black and blue meal. Fitting for a book that leaves its readers the same.
"Gay Teenage Wasteland", the most graphic depiction of teen sexuality ever written!
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Although Paul Levitz is primarily mentioned in this video, there is no excluding Jim Shooter, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Mark Waid, Keith Giffen, Geoff Johns, and a host of other writers who have brought "The Legion" into all our lives over the decades.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Our modern world is oftentimes a sphere of horrors; yet, God is above all, and God will deliver those who hold to their faith when it seems there is no longer a god in which to believe.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
A video for all who hate and believe gay men exist only for sex. I have been celibate since October 28, 2005, the majority of that span in wait for a man I loved dearly. While I realize now he never shall return, that does not diminish the depth of my feelings for him.
Monday, May 27, 2013
From "Kiss Me, Nate" The Gay "Taming of The Shrew".
Monday, May 20, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
In my opinion, the definitive version of "Total Eclipse of The Heart". Purchase the MP3 here: http://www.amazon.com/Total-Eclipse-of-the-Heart/dp/B0010CMGSG/
1st Important note: The song played in my video is NOT the remix version.
2nd important note: I have built my way up to tossing around twenty-five pound weights. Do not attempt this video in any form without consulting a physician or personal trainer. YouTube is for visual entertainment, not for mimicking. :o)
Sunday, May 5, 2013
"Gay Teenage Wasteland" On sale at this Amazon.com URL!
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Graphic scenes from "No Sex Please, We're British" evidencing what pornography and prostitution can do to the existence of a man. I portrayed Brian Runnicles (the molested). The production occurred at Play On Theatre in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
While my Brin Londo/Timber Wolf portrayal needs some work, it's a gushy video, and I hope it makes my viewers smile.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Feels like false advertising calling myself The Swim Brief Chef without a swim brief; however, The Semi-Naked Chef just sounds too pornographic.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
It's called "The Humanitarian Bible", and it can be read free on this blog.
If the blog version is an incovenient read, a Kindle version can be purchased for 99 cents from Amazon at this url:
Paperbacks are available from Amazon at this URL:
Monday, February 18, 2013
Monday, January 7, 2013
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Thursday, December 27, 2012
First, utilize proper hygiene when preparing food for other people; folks aren't too keen eating brownies after the chef's fingers have laundered the front of a filled Speedo. As for the Harry Styles references, they're in good fun and meant to be light-hearted joshing for a gent who isn't so fond of the pants. Harry, we're thankful; really we are.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
"Instead of a costly robe, I will be contented, like John, with a coarse garment. Bread and water shall be to me instead of a costly table, and if I have therewith a few vegetables, I will thank God for them." Johann Comenius "German Educational Reformers: Memoirs of Eminent Teachers and Educators with Contributions to The History of Education in Germany." 1878
Saturday, November 24, 2012
It's not one of the better concoction that I've crafted, but it's more nutritionally sound than canned Cranberry sauce.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
All aspects of longing seem so much more innocent in our youth. As adults, the rationalization of intercourse is made unrealistic and foolhardy by sexually transmitted diseases. A green and white Speedo and California sun-streaked hair, once the epitome of desire, melds with the lesson of age and emerges as a dreamscape phantasm.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Free in its entirety on this blog; if you want to publish an E-Book version for 99 cents, here is the link:
Paperback editions can be purchased here:
The Humanitarian Bible
A Bible In The Spirit of Christ For Everyone Regardless of Gender, Sexuality, Race, or Faith
Edited by Clayton Kinnelon Greiman
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.
“The NIV and “New International Version” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by International Bible Society. Use of either trademark requires the permission of International Bible Society.
The Humanitarian Bible conceived and compiled by Clayton Kinnelon Greiman, his words copyright 2012
Introduction to The Humanitarian Bible
“The religion which Christ meant to found was a religion of the Spirit, a life of purity and holiness, of faith and love, a Church from which no one is excommunicated except by himself, a brotherhood of men and women who find nothing hateful except hypocrisy, hard-heartedness, and calculating worldliness. Some people have called it a feeble religion, which glorifies weakness and littleness as such. There could not be a greater mistake. It is a heroic religion; but it has its own standard of values; it has broken down all man-made barriers by ignoring them; and, by making the perfection of the divine life the standard of measurement, has made all differences except moral ones sink into insignificance. This religion is a permanent acquisition of the human race; it is a treasure which we can never surrender.” William Ralph Inge “Living Philosophies” 1931.
In my youth, The Bible was problematic and alienating. The foremost reason was I had been instructed the King James Version with its archaic language was the true Bible and all other translations were blasphemous. Secondarily, I was gay, had never made the choice to be gay, and could not conceive of why God would graft a sexuality that was purportedly abhorrent.
As an adult, I returned to The Bible via The New International Version. The language was clearer, more concise; yet, it was still problematic in the text contradicted itself as to God’s commands for our existence. Then, one passage found in Jeremiah 8:8 altered my perception forever. “How can you say, ‘We are wise, for we have the law of The Lord’, when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?”
The text of The Bible had been falsified and amended by its transcribers.
As an example given by George Herbert Palmer, “I am told that Jesus was hungry as he walked across the plain. He saw a fig tree in the distance and came to it, expecting something to eat. Not finding anything, he cursed the fig tree.
The story is out of character for him and for me. It is the petulance of a boy over things that work against him, a temper of mind that I try to avoid.”
Buried beneath the manipulation of the text, there lies the will of Our Creator and the teachings of Christ. I have read The New International version, and have selected some passages which feature recurring themes of self-discipline, justice, kindness, love, and faith. Added to the text is the wisdom of notable human beings, whom I sense have uttered words worthy of Christ’s Grace and God’s favor.
The Humanitarian Bible strives to be a marriage of all faiths; this is for reason that Christ is ubiquitous throughout the world; righteousness and kindness are His rarely gleaned, yet universally harvestable, traits. Practice them, and a Christian, though perhaps unaware, you shall be.
As Jean-Jacques Rousseau so eloquently stated in “Emile”, “Whatever decision you come to, remember that the real duties of religion are independent of human institutions; that a righteous heart is the true temple of the Godhead; that in every land, in every sect, to love God above all things and to love our neighbor as ourself is the whole law; remember there is no religion which absolves us from our moral duties; that these alone are really essential, that the service of the heart is the first of these duties, and that without faith there is no such thing as true virtue.”
The Humanitarian Bible On Kindness And Being A Beacon of Light To The World
The bedrock of The Humanitarian Bible is the virtue of kindness and the practice of benevolence to all human beings regardless of gender, sexuality, disability, or race. Kindness is the purest form of religion, for kindness brings forth Light. Be good to your brethren, those who share the earth with you. We are equals, not one of us better than another.
“There is a destiny that makes us brothers; none goes his way alone. All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.” Edwin Markham
We each must strive to be a Light unto this world. Every morning upon arising, pray ego, anger, and spiritual darkness be kept at bay. The moment any among us believes we have transcended the reach of temptation is when we have stepped beyond humility (which God requires of us) and into Ego.
The struggle for salvation does not end until the soul has moved beyond the flesh. The flesh is the house of Darkness; the soul is the house of Light. Whilst we live as mortal beings, we cannot help but be prey to darkness. We must be ever vigilant to keep it from infecting our pure Spirit.
“The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth.” Albert Einstein “Living Philosophies” 1931
“Cheerfulness is a magnet that draws friends and all good things. Cheerful people are as welcome as the sunshine, for they carry joy and gladness everywhere. Cheerfulness is a social obligation. No one has a right to carry his ‘blues’, resulting, perhaps, from a little insignificant cause, such as a change in the weather, a disappointment in a cherished plan, or a headache, into other people’s lives.
To do so is selfishness. Cheerfulness and sadness are both contagious. If we suffer from an attack of the ‘blues’, we must be careful not to infect others. Never show unhappiness for fear of passing it on.” Estelle Avery Sharpe “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
“The basis of good citizenship is a realization of brotherhood, not as a theory, but as a truth, and this in turn depends on a living faith in the one Father of the human family. Establish this consciousness and we have secured the only rational explanation of life, duty, and destiny. Living will take on new purpose and meaning, and love and devotion will not be limited by the narrow walls of home. Establish this consciousness and the problem of teaching citizenship will have been solved; we shall then have realized the highest object of all moral and church teaching, and the heart of all Bible teaching.” May Engstrom Hoss “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
“Every member of the human family stands related to the Maker in exactly the same way; in reality there is no favoritism here. If one has cause to congratulate himself, that chance has placed him in exceptionally happy circumstances, and his obligation to the less fortunate is thereby increased.” May Engstrom Hoss “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
“The social minister is he who in his dealings with his fellow men is just, benevolent, and courteous; both help and receiving help, in friendly spirit; ready at any time to encourage—that is ‘to put heart into’—a brother man, a most generous and sympathetic service, though the act may be trivial or the words few. The social minister keeps in good heart himself, looking on the bright side and making a bright side for others to look at. The most preoccupied worker can at least radiate this kindly light; it is worthwhile to be a golden-leafed maple in a cloudy day.” Agnes H. Morton “Foundation Stones of Success, One’s Self and Others” 1910
“It lies within the power of the least favored amongst us to find a happy inner life by being gentle and just and generous. We should learn to look on our fellows without envy or malice or futile regret, the things which most militate against true happiness. Remember that happiness is as contagious as gloom. It should be the first duty of those who are happy to let others know of their gladness. Never forget that those who bring happiness to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. And, more often than not, the opportunity lies over your shoulder!” Maurice Maeterlinck “The Will To Think: A Treasury of Ideas and Ideals From The Pages of Think” 1957
“Let us keep that joy of loving Jesus in our hearts, and share that joy with all we come in touch with. That radiating joy is real, for we have no reason not to be happy because we have Christ with us. Christ in our hearts, Christ in the poor that we meet, Christ in the smile that we give and in the smile that we receive." Mother Teresa “Love, a Fruit Always in Season: Daily Meditations by Mother Teresa” 1987 Edited by Dorothy S. Hunt
For one who strives to live by the principles of The Humanitarian Bible, a smile is the foundation and mainstay of your language with your fellow human beings.
John 12:46 “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness.”
John 8:12 “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 3:19-21 “This is the verdict. Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”
John 1:5 “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Psalm 112:4 “Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.”
“If the room is dark, do you go about beating your chest and crying, “It is dark, dark, dark!”? No, the only way to get the light is to strike a light, and then the darkness goes. The only way to realize the light above you is to strike the spiritual light within you, and the darkness of sin and impurity will flee away.” Swami Vivekananda “The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, vol. 1” 1972
Psalm 68:3 “May the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.”
Psalm 34:5 “Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”
Commandments of the Humanitarian Bible
“Do not injure any being; not injuring any being is virtue; injuring any being is sin.” Swami Vivekananda quoting a Sanskrit aphorism “The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda” vol. 1, 1972.
“Side with truth before it is popular to side with it. Side with God and humanity and human hope just as fast as you can see what is best for humanity, what promises the most for human life.” Minot Savage “Foundation Stones of Success vol. 3 Conversational Lessons On Social Ethics” 1910
“Dare to do right! Dare to be true! Other men’s failures can never save you. Stand by your conscience, your honor, your faith; stand like a hero, and battle till death.” George L. Taylor “Poems With Power To Strengthen The Soul” 1907
“Let us repeat this day and night, and say, ‘Nothing for me, no matter whether the thing is good, bad, or indifferent, I do not care for it. I sacrifice all unto Thee.’
Day and night let us renounce our seeming self until it becomes a habit with us to do so, until it gets into the blood, the nerves, and the brain, and the whole body is every moment obedient to this idea of self-renunciation.
Go then into the midst of the battlefield with the roaring cannon and the din of war, and you will find yourself at peace.” Swami Vivekananda “The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, vol. 1” 1972
“Cultivate the spirit that is willing to lose, battling for what ought to be, rather than to win for what is. Praise the man who loses in the people’s interest, rather than the one who has the prestige of winning regardless of whether what he wins is for or against the people. The true Americanism is that success is an unrighteous cause is worse than defeat.” Estelle Avery Sharpe “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
“Teach the fatherhood of God, and practice and teach the brotherhood of man; and this not in a perfunctory way. Show what the Father’s large household stands for—love, truth, and justice—and that out of these will grow all the virtues we can name.” May Engstrom Hoss “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
“When you find good in yourself, steadfastly approve it; when you find evil in yourself, hate it as something loathsome.” Hsun Tzu “Basic Writings of Mo Tzu, Hsun Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu” translated by Burton Watson 1967
“Do not answer a man whose questions are gross. Do not question a man whose answers are gross. Do not listen to a man whose theories are gross. Do not argue with a contentious man.” Hsun Tzu “Basic Writings of Mo Tzu, Hsun Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu” translated by Burton Watson 1967
“Leave your evil words and imitate the good words of the Son of Heaven; leave your evil actions and imitate the good actions of the Son of Heaven!” Mo Tzu “Basic Writings of Mo Tzu, Hsun Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu” translated by Burton Watson 1967
“Rejoice, young people, that so much of life is before you; when old age comes, one cannot change established facts nor obliterate unhappy memories. But you can start today to control the memories that are in the making. To this end, first of all be mindful that politeness is to do and say the kindest thing in the kindest way; and be mindful even more not to do or say inconsiderate things that it will grieve your own heart to remember hereafter. It is astonishing how many undesirable things one may avoid doing or saying with a little forethought.” Agnes H. Morton “Foundation Stones of Success, One’s Self and Others” 1910
“No matter how you feel about it in the transient present, let impulse wait on judgment; avoid the error (so often committed by the inexperienced) of accepting magnetic fascination as a guarantee of enduring congeniality. The two qualities have nothing in common; they are seldom found in combination. Be wise; guard your self-respect by your reserve for the sake of the hoped for happy future. If the choice is permanent, it will bide its time. Was ever mutual loyalty weakened by mutual respect? The lover’s devotion that cannot stand the test of conventional probation surely will not stand the test of a lifetime.” Advice on choosing a spouse by Agnes. H. Morton “Foundation Stones of Success, One’s Self and Others” 1910
“In everything take heed to thyself what thou doest, and what thou sayest; and direct all thy purpose to this, that thou please Me alone, and desire or seek nothing apart from Me.” Thomas Kempis “The Imitation of Christ” Harvard Classics, volume 7 edited by Charles Eliot 1910
“Strive thou like a good soldier; and if sometimes thou fail through weakness, put on thy strength more bravely than before, trusting in My more abundant grace, and take thou much heed of vain confidence and pride. Because of it many are led into error, and sometimes fall into blindness well-night irremediable.
Let this run of the proud, who foolishly lift themselves up, be to thee for a warning and continual exhortation to humility.” Thomas Kempis “The Imitation of Christ” Harvard Classics, volume 7 edited by Charles Eliot 1910
“Never desire to be specially praised or loved, because this belongeth to God alone, who hath none like unto Himself.” Thomas Kempis “The Imitation of Christ” Harvard Classics, volume 7 edited by Charles Eliot 1910
“Struggle Godward! Light must come.” Swami Vivekananda “Treasury of Philosophy” edited by Dagobert Runes 1955
“Honor thy parents and thy nearest kin. Of others make the virtuous thy friend; yield to their gentle words, their timely acts; nor for a petty fault take back thy love. Know this for truth, and learn to conquer these: thy belly first, sloth, luxury, and rage. Do nothing base with others or alone, and, above all things, thine own self respect. Next practice justice in thy word and deed and learn to act unreasonably in naught. Let no man’s word or deed seduce thee to do or say anything not to thy best good. First think, then act; lest foolish be thy deed. Learn that which is right, and sweet will be thy life. When first thou dost from soothing sleep uprise, hasten about thy day’s intended work; nor suffer sleep to fall on thy soft lids till thrice thou hast each act of the day recalled: ‘How have I sinned? What done? What duty missed?’ Go through them first to last; and, if they seem evil, reproach thyself; if good, rejoice. Toil at and practice this; this must thou love; this to the Path of Heavenly Virtue leads.” Pythagoras “Treasury of Philosophy” edited by Dagobert Runes 1955
I John 3:18 “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
James 1:22 “Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror, and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”
James 1:19-20 “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
John 15:12-15 “My command is this; love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this—to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are My friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from My Father I have made known to you”
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you—love one another. As I have loved you, love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
“Love of one’s fellowmen should not be a doctrine, an article of faith, a matter of intellectual conviction, or a thesis supported by arguments. The love of mankind which requires reasons is no true love. This love should be perfectly natural, as natural for man as for the birds to flap their wings. Love among men should be a final, absolute fact.” Lin Yutang “The Importance of Living” 1937
“One does not need great art and skillful eloquence to prove that Christians ought to tolerate each other—nay, even to regards all men as brothers. Why, you say, is the Turk, the Chinese, or the Jew my brother? Assuredly, are we not all children of the same Father, creatures of the same God?” Voltaire “Introduction to Contemporary Civilization In The West, Volume 1” 1960
“Behind everything the same Divinity exists, and out of this comes the basis of morality. Do not injure another. Love everyone as your own self, because the whole universe is one. In injuring another, I am injuring myself; in loving another, I am loving myself.” Swami Vivekananda “The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda vol. 1” 1972
John 3:6-8 “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
Luke 14:12-14 “Then Jesus said to his host, ‘When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’”
Luke 8:19-21 “Now Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see Him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd.
Someone told him, ‘Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see You.’ He replied, ‘My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s Word and put it into practice.’”
“Every time the faulty behavior of someone else strikes you unpleasantly, let it remind you to search out and amend some defect in your own behavior or bearing that may possibly strike someone else unpleasantly. For by the faults of others wise men learn how to correct their own.” Agnes H. Morton “Foundation Stones of Success, One’s Self and Others” 1910
Luke 6:27-28 “But to you who are listening I say: love your enemies; do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you; pray for those who mistreat you.”
Luke 3:11 “John answered, ‘the man who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone with food should do the same.”
Mark 14:38 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Mark 11:25 “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
Matthew 10:28 “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Matthew 10:14 “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.”
Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Matthew 7:12 “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
“Deal not unjustly with others, and ye shall not be dealt with unjustly.” Mohammed “The Koran”
Matthew 7:1-2 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Matthew 6:31-34 “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own.”
“Do not long for the past; do not fret over the future, and do not allow your mind to be disturbed by anxiety or miserliness.” Hsun Tzu “Basic Writing of Mo Tzu, Hsun Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu” translated by Burton Watson 1967
“There are two things one should not worry over: things one can help and things one cannot help.” Estelle Avery Sharpe “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you; do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
Matthew 6:5-14 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not in to temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory. Forever and ever. Amen.’”
Matthew 6:1-2 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So, when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets to be honored by others. Truly I tell you they have received their reward in full.”
For whatever good work we may do, let us not claim any praise or benefit. It is the Lord’s; give up the fruits unto Him.” Swami Vivekananda “The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda vol. 1” 1972
“He, who is in want of witnesses in order to be good, has neither virtue nor religion.” Johann Lavater “Aphorisms on Man” 1794
Haggai 1:7 “This is what the Lord Almighty says, ‘Give careful thought to your ways.’”
Zephaniah 2:3 “Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what He commands. Seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger.”
“Seek after the good, and with much toil shall ye find it; the evil turns up of itself without your seeking it.” Democritus of Abdera “Treasury of Philosophy” edited by Dagobert Runes 1955
Hosea 10:12 “Sow righteousness for yourselves; reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes and showers His righteousness on you.”
Ezekiel 18:31 “’Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel?”
Isaiah 60:1 “Arise; shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.”
Isaiah 56:1-2 “This is what the Lord says, ‘Maintain justice and do what is right, for My salvation is close at hand and My righteousness will soon be revealed. Blessed is the one who does this—the person who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it, and keeps their hands from doing any evil.’”
Isaiah 43:18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”
Isaiah 1:16-17 “Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of My sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice; defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the orphan; plead the case of the widow.”
Proverbs 25:21-22 “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.”
Proverbs 25:17 “Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—too much of you, and they will hate you.”
Proverbs 24:29 “Do not say, ‘I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for they did.”
Proverbs 24:17-18 “Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them.”
Proverbs 23:23 “Buy the truth and do not sell it—wisdom, instruction, and insight as well.”
Proverbs 20:22 “Do not say ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’ Wait for the Lord, and He will avenge you.”
Proverbs 4:20-27 “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to My words. Do not let them out of your sight; keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”
Proverbs 4:13-15 “Hold on to instruction; do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life. Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it; do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.”
Proverbs 4:4-8 “Then He taught me, and He said to me, ‘Take hold of My words with all your heart; keep My commands and you will live. Get wisdom; get understanding; do not forget My words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore, get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.”
Proverbs 3:27-32 “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back later, and I’ll give it to you’—when you now have it with you.
Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you. Do not accuse anyone for no reason—when they have done you no harm. Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways, for the Lord detests the perverse but takes the upright into His confidence.”
Proverbs 3:21-22 “My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight; preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.”
Proverbs 3:1-7 “My son, do not forget My teaching, but keep My commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck; write them on the table of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.”
Proverbs 2:2-6 “My son, if you accept My words and store up My commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of The Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
Proverbs 1:10-16 “My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them. If they say, ‘Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for innocent blood; let’s ambush some harmless soul; let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder; cast lost with us; we will all share the loot’—my son, do not go along with them; do not set foot on their paths; for their feet rush into evil; they are swift to shed blood.”
Psalm 146:3-4 “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.”
Psalm 100 “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through generations.”
Psalm 82 3-4 “Defend the weak and fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
Psalm 37:27-“Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever.”
Psalm 37:5-13 “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.
The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them, but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for He knows their day is coming.”
Job 22:21-22 “Submit to God and be at peace with Him; in this way prosperity will come to you. Accept instruction from His mouth and lay up His words in your heart.”
I Samuel 2:3 “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows, and by Him deeds are weighed.”
Deuteronomy 24:14-15 “Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns. Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty of sin.”
Deuteronomy 23:19 “Do not charge your brother interest, whether on money or food or anything else that may earn interest.”
Deuteronomy 10:12-13 “And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?”
Deuteronomy 6:16 “Do not put the Lord your God to the test as you did at Massah.”
Deuteronomy 6:5 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
Deuteronomy 4:19 “And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.”
Leviticus 19:35 “Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight, or quantity.”
Leviticus 19:32 “Stand up in the presence of the aged; show respect for the elderly, and revere your God. I am the Lord.”
Leviticus 19:31 “Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.”
Leviticus 19:18 “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.”
Leviticus 19:16 “Do not go about spreading slander among your people. Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the Lord.”
Leviticus 19:14 “Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the Lord.”
Leviticus 19:13 “Do not defraud or rob your neighbor. Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight.”
Leviticus 19:11 “Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.”
Leviticus 18:17-18 (paraphrased) “Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter (or any of the woman’s close relations: dad, mom, sibling, grandchild, aunt/uncle, or daughter/son in law).
Leviticus 18:6-16 (paraphrased) “No one is to approach any close relative (dad, mom, sibling, grandchild, aunt/uncle, or daughter/son in law) to have sexual relations. I am the Lord.”
Exodus 23:4-5 “If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to return it. If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure to help them with it.”
Exodus 20:14 “You shall not commit adultery.”
Exodus 20:13 “You shall not murder.”
Exodus 20:12 “Honor your parents, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
The Code of Conduct of The Humanitarian Bible
The Humanitarian Bible views elements of The Old Testament Law as God’s edict of discipline, which the modern world would do well to adopt. Belief in The Law is not negated with a belief in Christ; we honor Christ through self-discipline, as well as faith. Too many say, “I am Christian,” yet live an existence of wantonness, profanity, and indulgence in the trappings of the world. If a human being truly reveres Christ, they must exist as a mirror of His principles.
“On earth as it is in heaven” are words of guidance. If you wouldn’t do it, say it, or be party to it in the sight of God, you shouldn’t be doing, saying, or partaking of it in the sight of man.
A follower of The Humanitarian Bible prays to be meek in Spirit, to be humble before God, to never let darkness take their soul, and to keep the tongue (i.e. human Ego) from leading one down a path of calamity.
Over each meal, we say the traditional Christian thanks of “God is good; God is great, and we thank you for this food. By Your hands, we are fed; give us Lord our daily bread. Amen.” This keeps us humble in Spirit and mindful we should be thankful to our Creator for all the blessings of our existence.
“For some most flagrant and wicked desires are allowed free play at present by the secret judgment of God, and are reserved to the public and final judgment.” Saint Augustine “The City of God”
“Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition; by that sin fell the angels. How can man, then, the image of his Maker, hope to win by it? Love thyself last; cherish those hearts that hate thee. Corruption wins not more than honesty. Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace, to silence envious tongues. Be just, and fear not. Let all the ends thou aim’st at be thy country’s, thy God’s, and truth’s; then if thou fall’st, O Cromwell, thou fall’st a blessed martyr!” William Shakespeare “Henry VIII”
“The law of the harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit; sow a habit, and you reap a character; sow a character, and you reap a destiny.” George Boardman
“Any action that makes us go Godward is a good action, and is our duty; any action that makes us go downward is evil, and is not our duty.” Swami Vivekananda “The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda” volume 1, 1972
“If you really want to judge the character of a man, look not at his great performances. Every fool may become a hero at one time or another. Watch a man do his most common actions; those are indeed the things which tell you the real character of a great man. Great occasions rouse even the lowest of human beings to some kind of greatness, but he alone is the really great man whose character is great always, the same wherever he be.” Swami Vivekananda “The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda” vol. 1 1972
“To be good and to do good—that is the whole of religion.” Swami Vivekananda “Swami Vivekananda On Himself” 1960
“Courtesy is due to all: regardless of ethnicity, rich or poor, child or adult, sinner or saint, because of the common brotherhood, because we must do as we would be done by, because we ourselves are gentlemen and gentlewomen, and because of the principles America stands for—equality and fraternity. As someone aptly remarks, show courtesy to all, not because they are gentlemen, but because you are one.” Estelle Avery Sharpe “Foundation Stone of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
“The reason and conscience having come to a decision, there must be courage to stand by it. For it takes courage to be laughed at and ridiculed and scorned.
Not to do as others do in matters of games and amusements, of dress, of trips, of expenditures, etc., that takes courage; that takes will; for there is never wanting a dog to bark at you, as the old proverb goes.” Estelle Avery Sharpe “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
“It is not the shackles on the wrist but the shackles on the mind that constitute a slave. Compare him who does not use his reason to the beasts who have no reason. Point out that responsibility cannot be delegated to others. Weakness of will may hide itself behind ‘they all do it,’ but the penalty is not deceived; it seeks and falls on the individual.” Estelle Avery Sharpe “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
“If one’s own reason declares the object of the popular enthusiasm right and necessary for oneself, then should the will, no mental contagion, advocate is adoption.
If it does not meet a real need of oneself, no matter how harmless it may be, the contagion should be resisted.” Estelle Avery Sharpe “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
"Of all sanctions today that rule conduct, that of 'they all do it' is most despotic. It is a worse slave-master than he who manacles the hands and feet because it puts fetters on the mind, the noblest part of man, and degrades him to the level of sheep, which blindly follow their leader." Estelle Avery Sharpe “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
“Every privilege has its corresponding responsibility, and this is especially true of the supreme privilege of divine sonship. The Father’s plan for the great family is to be studied and followed. It is evident that the individual is expected to strive for his own highest development.
To reach a strong individuality, to fill his place well, he must learn self-mastery, to hold himself in with a tight rein; he must overcome fear of obstacles and dare to undertake what comes to him as his work; he must learn to depend on himself and not look to others if he is to fill his place in life’s plan; he is not to be distracted by this and that; his thoughts must be kept pure and invigorating for healthy growth and action. In short terms, the individual must develop self-control, courage, self-reliance, perseverance, and all around his life he must keep the atmosphere of pure thoughts.” May Engstrom Hoss “Foundation Stones of Success, Building Character Part 1" 1910
“The learning of the gentleman enters his ear, clings to his mind, spreads through his four limbs, and manifests itself in his actions. His smallest word, his slightest movement can serve as a model.” Hsun Tzu “The Basic Writings of Mo Tzu, Hsun Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu” translated by Burton Watson 1967
“When proper standards prevail in the world, to dare to bring your own conduct into accord with them; when the way of the former kings prevails, to dare to follow its dictates; to refuse to bow before the ruler of a disordered age; to accept poverty and hardship if they are in the cause of benevolent action; to reject wealth and eminence if they are not consonant with benevolent action; if the world recognizes you, to share in the world’s joys; if the world does not recognize you, to stand alone and without fear: this is superior valor.” Hsun Tzu “The Basic Writings of Mo Tzu, Hsun Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu” translated by Burton Watson 1967
“To be refined in purpose, rich in virtuous action, and clear in understanding; to live in the present and remember the past—these are things which are within your own power. Therefore the gentleman cherishes what is within his power and does not long for what is within the power of Heaven alone.
The petty man, however, puts aside what is within his power and longs for what is within the power of Heaven. Because the gentleman cherishes what is within his power and does not long for what is within Heaven’s power, he goes forward day by day. Because the petty man sets aside what is within his power and longs for what is within Heaven’s power, he goes backward day by day.” Hsun Tzu “The Basic Writings of Mo Tzu, Hsun Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu” translated by Burton Watson 1967
“The gentlemen trains his eyes so that they desire only to see what is right, his ears so that they desire to hear only what is right, his mind so that it desires to think only what is right. When he has truly learned to love what is right, his eyes will take greater pleasure in it than in the five colors; his ears will take greater pleasure than in the five sounds; his mouth will take greater pleasure than in the five flavors; and his mind will feel keener delight than in the possession of the world. When he has reached this stage, he cannot be swayed by the masses; he cannot be moved by the world.
He follows this one thing in life; he follows it in death. This is what is called constancy of virtue. He who has such constancy of virtue can order himself, and, having ordered himself, he can then respond to others.
He who can order himself and respond to others—this is what is called the complete man. It is the characteristic of heaven to manifest brightness, of earth to manifest breadth, and of the gentleman to value completeness.” Hsun Tzu “The Basic Writings of Mo Tzu, Hsun Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu” translated by Burton Watson 1967
“No sound is too faint to be heard, no action too well concealed to be known. When there are precious stones under the mountain, the grass and trees have a special sheen; where pearls grow in a pool, the banks are never parched. Do good and see if it does not pile up.” Hsun Tzu “The Basic Writings of Mo Tzu, Hsun Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu” translated by Burton Watson 1967
“If wood is pressed against a straightening board, it can be made straight; if metal is put to the grindstone, it can be sharpened; and if the gentlemen studies widely and each day examines himself, his wisdom will become clear and his conduct be without fault.” Hsun Tzu “The Basic Writings of Mo Tzu, Hsun Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu” translated by Burton Watson 1967
“It is the business of the benevolent man to seek to promote what is beneficial to the world, to eliminate what is harmful, and to provide a model for the world.” Mo Tzu “The Basic Writings of Mo Tzu, Hsun Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu” translated by Burton Watson 1967
“The more you realize your own identity, the more clearly you see your own limitations, measured not by small comparisons with this, that, or the other person, but in relation to the universe. A noble humility characterizes the greatest souls; while, in contrast, self-conceit often fills what would else be a vacuum.” Agnes H. Morton “Foundation Stones of Success, One’s Self and Others”
“The dominant characteristic of the personality of Jesus was a limitless love for all men, and especially for the lowly and miserable and those who were steeped in sin. And the dominant characteristic of His teaching was that this universal and limitless love was the most beautiful thing in life and that God would reward those who practiced it with His own love and with the eternal bliss that would issue from it. The test of a limitless or absolute love is that it be given to those who, either by the injuries that they have done to us or by their own general ugliness and wickedness would seem to have no claim upon us. To love all sinners, to forgive our enemies, to return good for evil, and to realize that by so doing or, by trying so to do, we can share the eternal life of God—this, I think, is the central thought found in the teaching of Jesus and vividly exemplified in his compassionate life and terrible death.”
William Pepperell Montague “Great Visions of Philosophy: Varieties of Speculative Thought in the West from the Greeks to Bergson” 1950
“Of the beauty of this universe, the clever artistry of the myriad things of this creation, the mystery of the stars, the grandeur of heaven, and the dignity of the human soul he is equally aware. But that again suffices for him. He accepts death as he accepts pain and suffering and weighs them against the gift of life and the fresh country breeze and the clear mountain moon and he does no complain. He regards bending to the will of heaven as the truly religious and pious attitude and calls it ‘living in the Tao.’ If the Creator of things wants him to die at seventy, he gladly dies at seventy. He also believes that ‘heaven’s way always goes round’ and that there is no permanent injustice in this world. He does not ask for more.” Lin Yutang-(written in defense of a man becoming a pagan, but his defense would also equate with a man becoming a Christian) “The Importance of Living” 1937
“Many love to listen to the world rather than to God; they follow after the desires of the flesh more readily than after the good pleasure of God. The world promiseth things that are temporal and small, and it is served with great eagerness. I promise things that are great and eternal, and the hearts of mortals are slow to stir. For a little reward men make a long journey; for eternal life many will scarce lift a foot once from the ground.” Thomas Kempis “The Imitation of Christ” Harvard Classics, volume 7 edited by Charles Eliot” 1910
“Jesus hath many lovers of His heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of His cross. He hath many seekers of comfort, but few of tribulation. He findeth many companions of His table, but few of His fasting. All desire to rejoice with Him; few are willing to undergo anything for His sake.” Thomas Kempis “The Imitation of Christ” Harvard Classics, volume 7 edited by Charles Eliot 1910
“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity, save to love God, and Him only to serve. That is the highest form of wisdom, to cast the world behind us, and to reach forward to the heavenly kingdom. It is vanity then to seek after, and to trust in, the riches that shall perish. It is vanity, too, to covet honors, and to lift up ourselves on high. It is vanity to follow the desires of the flesh and be led by them, for this shall bring misery at the last. It is vanity to desire a long life, and to have little care for a good life. It is vanity to take thought only for the life which now is, and not to look forward to the things which shall be hereafter. It is vanity to love that which quickly passeth away, and not to hasten where eternal joy abideth.” Thomas Kempis “The Imitation of Christ” Harvard Classics, volume 7 edited by Charles Eliot 1910
“Speak the truth and do the right; the one thing that really matters is to do one’s duty in this world; and when we forget ourselves we are really working for ourselves.” Jean Jacques Rousseau “Emile”
“’Thy will be done.’ Every moment the traitor mind rebels against the words; yet, they must be said again and again if we are to conquer the lower self. We cannot serve a traitor and yet be saved.” Swami Vivekananda “The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda vol. 1” 1972
“The main effect of work done for others is to purify ourselves. By means of the constant effort to do good to others, we are trying to forget ourselves; this forgetfulness of self is the one great lesson we have to learn in life.” Swami Vivekananda “The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda” vol. 1 1972
“He who shunneth not small faults falleth little by little into greater.” Jean Jacques Rousseau “Emile”
“Strength of body is nobility in beasts of burden; strength of character is nobility in men.” Democritus of Abdera “Source Book in Ancient Philosophy” edited by Charles Bakewell 1907
“Men must have corrupted nature a little, for they were not born wolves, and they have become wolves.” Voltaire “Candide”
“He is blessed who is assured that the animal is dying out in him day by day, and the Divine Being established.” Henry Thoreau “Treasury of Philosophy” edited by Dagobert Runes 1955
“He has not a little of the devil in him who prays and bites.” Johann Lavater “Aphorisms on Man” 1794
“In man there is something of the pig, the dog, the devil, and the saint. The pig is the appetite, which is repulsive not for its form but for its lust and its gluttony. The dog is passion, which barks and bites, causing injury to others. The devil is the attribute which instigates these former two, embellishing them and bedimming the sight of reason, which is the divine attribute.
When a man fails to obey the dictates of reason, these three other attributes prevail over him and cause his ruin.” Abu Hamed Muhammad al-Ghazzali “Treasury of Philosophy” edited by Dagobert Runes 1955
“The more honesty a man has, the less he affects the air of a saint. The affectation of sanctity is a blotch on the face of piety.” Johann Lavater “Treasury of Wisdom, Wit and Humor, Odd Comparisons and Proverbs.” 1881
I John 2:15-16 “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”
James 4:4 “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”
“Sometimes when one is drunk with this earth, one’s spirit seems so light that he thinks he is in heaven. But actually he seldom rises six feet above the ground.” Lin Yutang “The Importance of Living” 1937
James 2:14, 18-22 “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.”
James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
Luke 14:11 “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
“Be honest and humble; learn how to be ignorant, then you will never deceive yourself or others.” Jean Jacques Rousseau “Emile”
“Emptiness, unity, and stillness—these are the qualities of great and pure enlightenment.” Hsun Tzu “The Basic Writings of Mo Tzu, Hsun Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu” translated by Burton Watson 1967
Luke 9:60-62 “Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’ Still another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.’ Jesus replied, ‘No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.’”
Luke 9:23 “Then Jesus said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.’”
Luke 6:49 “The one who hears My words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?”
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 9:41 “Truly I tell you; anyone who gives you a cup of water in My name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose their reward.”
“If you wish to help a man, never think what that man’s attitude should be towards you. If you want to do a great or a good work, do not trouble to think what the result will be.” Swami Vivekananda “The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda” volume 1, 1972.
“It is the most difficult thing in this world to work and not care for the result, to help a man and never think that he ought to be grateful, to do some good work and at the same time never look to see whether it brings you name or fame, or nothing at all. Even the most arrant coward becomes brave when the world praises him. A fool can do heroic deeds when the approbation of society is upon him, but for a man to constantly do good without caring for the approbation of his fellow men is indeed the highest sacrifice man can perform.” Swami Vivekananda “The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda” volume 1, 1972.
Mark 8:38 “If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when He comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
Mark 7:21-23 “It is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”
Mark 7:8-9 “You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men. You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions.”
Matthew 19:30 “But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.”
“If thou wilt know and learn anything with profit, love to be thyself unknown and to be counted for nothing. That is the highest and most profitable lesson, when a man truly knoweth and judgeth lowly of himself.
It is no harm to thee if thou place thyself below all others; but it is great harm if thou place thyself above even one.” Thomas Kempis “The Imitation of Christ” Harvard Classics, volume 7 edited by Charles Eliot 1910.
Matthew 19:9 “I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”
Matthew 6:14-15 “If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Matthew 5:5-12 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Micah 7:7 “But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord; I wait for God My savior; my God will hear me.”
Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Micah 3:11“Her leaders judge for a bride; her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money.”
Micah 2:11 “If a liar and deceiver comes and says, ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’ he would be just the prophet for this people!”
Hosea 4:1-2 “Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites, because the Lord has a charge to bring against you who live in the land. There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land. There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds and bloodshed follows bloodshed.”
Ezekiel 18:7-9 “‘He does not oppress anyone, but returns what he took in pledge for a loan. He does not commit robbery but gives his food to the hungry and provides clothing for the naked. He does not lend to them at interest or take a profit from them. He withholds his hand from doing wrong and judges fairly between two parties.
He follows My decrees and faithfully keeps My laws. That man is righteous; he will surely live,’ declares the Sovereign Lord.”
Lamentations 3:24-26 “I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.’ The Lord is good to those who hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord”
Jeremiah 7:9-10 “Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears My Name, and say, ‘We are safe’-safe to do all these detestable things?”
Isaiah 59:3-4 “For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken falsely, and your tongue mutters wicked things.
No one calls for justice; no one pleads his case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments; they utter lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.”
Isaiah 5:22-23 “Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks, who acquit the guilty for a bride, but deny justice to the innocent.”
Isaiah 5:11 “Woe to those who rise early in the morning to run after their drinks, who stay up late at night till they are inflamed with wine.”
Proverbs 28:13 “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
Proverbs 23:31-32 “Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.”
Proverbs 23:20-21 “Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.”
Proverbs 22:24-25 “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person; do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.”
Proverbs 22:9 “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.”
Proverbs 20:3 “It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.”
Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.”
Proverbs 16:18-19 “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.”
“A man without self-control is like a barrel without hoops and tumbles to pieces.” Henry Ward Beecher “Foundations Stones of Success, Character Building, Part 1” 1910
“Make allowances for frailties of temper in other people while striving to give them little need to make allowances for you.” Agnes H. Morton “Foundation Stones of Success, One’s Self and Others” 1910
Proverbs 16:5-6 “The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.”
Proverbs 12:26 “The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.”
Proverbs 12:16 “Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.”
Proverbs 8:13 “To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.”
Proverbs 6:16-19 “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”
Proverbs 5:1-6 “My son, pay attention to My wisdom; turn your ear to My words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edge sword.
Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.”
Proverbs 3:13-15 “Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.”
Proverbs 2:12-20 “Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.
Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words, who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God. Surely her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead. None who go to her return or attain the paths of life. Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.”
Proverbs 2:1-5 “My son, if you accept My words and store up My commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”
Psalm 111:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding. To Him belongs eternal praise.”
Psalm 101:3-4 “I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it. The perverse of heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with what is evil.”
Psalm 28:3-5 “Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who do evil, who speak cordially with their neighbors but harbor malice in their hearts.
Repay them for their deeds and for their evil work; repay them for what their hands have done and bring back on them what they deserve. Because they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord and what His hands have done, He will tear them down and never build them up again.”
Psalm 24:3-4 “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear falsely.”
Psalm 1:1-2 “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night.”
Job 31:5-30 “If I have walked with falsehood or my foot has hurried after deceit, let God weigh me in honest scales, and He will know that I am blameless. If my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has been led by my eyes, or if my hands have been defiled, then may others eat what I have sown and may my crops be uprooted. If my heart has been entice by a woman, or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door, then may my wife grind another man’s grain, and may other men sleep with her. For that would have been wicked, a sin to be judged. It is a fire that burns to Destruction; it would have uprooted my harvest. If I have denied justice to any of my servants, whether male or female, when they had a grievance against me, what will I do when God confronts me? What will I answer when called to account? Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One form us both within our mothers? If I have denied the desires of the poor or let the eyes of the widow grow weary, if I have kept my bread to myself, not sharing it with the orphan, but from my youth I reared them as a parent would, and from my birth I guided the widow—if I have seen anyone perishing for lack of clothing or the needy without garments, and their hearts did not bless me for warming them with the fleece from my sheep, if I have raised my hand against the orphan, knowing that I had influence in court, then let my arm fall from the shoulder; let it be broken off at the joint.
For I dreaded destruction from God, and for fear of His splendor I could not do such things. If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’ if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained, if I have regarded the sun in its radiance or the moon moving in splendor, so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand offered them a kiss of homage, then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high. If I have rejoiced at my enemy’s misfortune or gloated over the trouble that came to him—I have not allowed my mouth to sin by invoking a curse against their life.”
Job 29:11-17 “Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me, because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the orphan who had none to assist them. I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.
I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a parent to the needy; I took up the case of the stranger. I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims from their teeth.”
Job 27:6 “I will maintain my innocence and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me so long as I live.”
Job 11:13-17 “Yet if you devote your heart to Him and stretch out your hands to Him, if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear. You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning.”
2 Chronicles 15:2 “He went out to meet Asa and said to him, ‘Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”
I Chronicles 10:13-14 “Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David, son of Jesse.”
II Kings 22:19 “‘Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people—that they would become a curse and laid waste, and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I have also heard you,’ declares the Lord.”
I Samuel 15:22-23 “But Samuel replied, ‘Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the Word of the Lord, He has rejected you as king.’”
The Humanitarian Bible On The Language We Should and Should Not Use
Language is the vehicle of much darkness in our world. It is astounding a family can be standing at a crosswalk and become the unsolicited audience of a car radio blaring profanity of a sexually explicit nature. The founders of our nation could not have imagined ‘freedom of speech’ to be interpreted as the unregulated promulgation of filth. From their earliest years, our children become sieves to the basest concepts of adulthood; in turn, they shall become a morally bankrupt generation.
We should each strive to be a model soul before our Creator: to not use swear words or foul language, to not attend world events or listen to music or other media where such language is present. The human voice is the channel of Ego; silence is its nullifier.
Whenever possible, those who follow the doctrine of The Humanitarian Bible should refrain from speaking and should speak only in times of prayer, when addressed by others, when their voice might aid a being in distress, or when, in open discourse, they feel the need to praise their Creator.
The term ‘civil liberties; must be abolished and replaced with the term ‘civil responsibilities’. The foremost of these responsibilities is to make America great. The first of these ‘liberties’ that must become a ‘responsibility’ is freedom of speech. It is astounding a family can be standing at a crosswalk and become the unsolicited audience of a car radio blaring profanity of a sexually explicit nature. The founders of our nation could not have imagined ‘freedom of speech’ to be interpreted as the unregulated promulgation of filth. From their earliest years, our children become sieves to the basest concepts of adulthood; in turn, they shall become a morally bankrupt generation.
In my utopia, as forged of Old Testament principle, if the owner of car was blaring profanity, the car would be seized and sold, with the proceeds going to the betterment of the community; never again would the offender be permitted to drive.
Unchecked freedom of speech has not made America great but has instead destroyed its core principles.
“Indulgence in coarse, vulgar speech is evidence of a diseased mind. He who revels in vulgar talk, obscene stories, and nastiness of speech is, probably, more or less unbalanced.” Estelle Avery Sharpe “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building, Part 1” 1910
“One day there was a football match between the boys of one of the Edinburgh schools and a team from another city. During the first part of the game, the strangers used bad language. Mr. Drummond’s boys determined that this should be stopped; but to stop it required a great deal of courage, for it was an unheard of thing to do, and they were doubtful as to the best way to go about it.
Should one of their number remonstrate with the offenders, they would simply laugh him to scorn as a prig. Finally, it was decided that what one might not do they could all do as a body. So, at half time, the Edinburgh lads all together marched up to their visitors, and one quietly told them that either the swearing or the game must be stopped and, further, if the game was called off, the school would never again play a match with this visiting team. The announcement was received at first with incredulous amazement, but the Edinburgh lads quickly convinced their opponents that they were in dead earnest—and they had their way.” Estelle Avery Sharpe “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building, Part 1” 1910
“Veracity means a correspondence between words and the facts as one knows them. Truthfulness is a correspondence between thoughts and realities.
To be veracious, one need only to give utterance to what he believes; to speak truth, it is necessary that his beliefs harmonize with facts as they really are.” Estelle Avery Sharpe “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
“Three sieves for words before they leave the lips: Are they true? Are they kind? Are they necessary?” Sufi proverb
“To volunteer information when you have not been asked is called officiousness; to answer two questions when you have been asked only one is garrulity.
Both officiousness and garrulity are to be condemned.” Hsun Tzu “Basic Writings of Mo Tzu, Hsun Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu” translated by Burton Watson 1967
“Avoid as far as thou canst the tumult of men; for talk concerning worldly things, though it be innocently undertaken, is a hindrance, so quickly are we led captive and defiled by vanity.” Thomas Kempis “The Imitation of Christ” Harvard Classics, volume 7 edited by Charles Eliot 1910
James 3:9-10 “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”
James 3:6 “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”
James 1:26 “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.”
Luke 12:3 “What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.”
Matthew 23:8-10 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and He is in heaven. Nor are you to be called ‘instructors,’ for you have one Instructor, the Messiah.”
Matthew 15:11 “What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”
Matthew 15:8 “These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.”
“The gospel, the word of God, faith, Christ, and Holy Spirit- these words are always on their lips. Look at their lives and they speak quite another language.” Desiderius Erasmus “Collected Works of Erasmus” University of Toronto Press. 1992.
Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
Jeremiah 9:23-24 “This is what the Lord says ‘Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know Me, that I am the Lord, who
exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord.”
Ecclesiastes 10:12-13 “Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips. At the beginning their words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness—and fools multiply words.”
Ecclesiastes 5:2 “Do not be quick with your mouth; do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in Heaven, and you are on earth; so let your words be few.”
Proverbs 31:8-9 “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
Proverbs 30:8-9 “Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise I may have too much and disown You and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”
Proverbs 28:23 “Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.”
Proverbs 27:2 “Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth—an outsider, and not your own lips.”
Proverbs 27:1 “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.”
Proverbs 26:4 “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.”
Proverbs 25:15 “Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.”
Proverbs 21:23 “Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.”
Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Proverbs 18:13 “To answer before listening—that is folly and shame.”
Proverbs 17:27-28 “The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”
Proverbs 17:5 “Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.”
Proverbs 13:3 “Those who guards their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.”
Proverbs 12:19 “Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.”
Proverbs 8:7-8 “My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness. All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.”
Psalm 146 1:2 “Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.”
Psalm 141:3-4 “Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies.”
Psalm 61:2 “From the ends of the earth I call to You; I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Psalm 39:1 “I said, ‘I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.’”
Psalm 34:12-14 “Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”
Job 27:3-4 “As long as I have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils, my lips will not speak anything wicked, and my tongue will not utter lies.
Exodus 20:7 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His name.”
Deuteronomy 23:23 “Whatever your lips utter you must be sure to do, because you made your vow freely to the Lord your God with your own mouth.”
The Humanitarian Bible and Returning To A
The concept of returning to a childlike state is crucial to the doctrine of The Humanitarian Bible. As children, we are nearest to God. There is wonder in our eyes; all works of our Creator are accompanied by a sense of awe; nothing is taken for granted. In terms of human interaction, we approach one another with ease and natural openness. There are no agendas, pre-qualifications, or social stratifications.
As adults, we lose these qualities; we shed them because their presence would be symbolic of weakness or lunacy. If one individual if touching the leaves a tree and another comes and questions what they are doing, if the respondent says, “I am feeling God’s presence in the world,” they are viewed as mentally deficient. Yet, if a child were to respond in similar manner, it would be a sign of grace, of a pure devotion to God.
We must cease classifying Kindness, Innocence, and Wonder as anathema to the human condition. Return to childhood and, thereby, return unto God.
“No child is born with a really cold heart, and it is only in proportion as we lose that youthful heart that we lose the inner warmth in ourselves. Somewhere in our adult life, our sentimental nature is killed, strangled, chilled, or atrophied by an unkind surrounding, largely through our own fault in neglecting to keep it alive, or our failure to keep clear of such surroundings.
In the process of learning ‘world experience,’ there is many a violence done to our original nature, when we learn to harden ourselves, to be artificial, and often to be cold-hearted and cruel, so that as one prides oneself upon gaining more and more worldly experiences, his nerves become more and more insensitive and be-numbed.” Lin Yutang “The Importance of Living” 1937
“A great man is he who has not lost the heart of a child.” Mencius “A sourcebook in Chinese Philosophy” edited by Wing-Tsit Chan 1969
Luke 18:17 “Truly I tell you; anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Matthew 18:1-5 “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a little child to Him, and placed the child among them. And He said, ‘Truly, I tell you; unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in My name welcomes Me.”
The Humanitarian Bible and The Corporal Punishment and Rearing of Children
The Humanitarian Bible rejects the scriptural interpretation that God instructs parents to physically assault their children. From personal experience at having been not just spanked, but beaten to the point of blood loss, by a family who cited The Bible as justification, I know the only affect of being beaten in the name of God is a consequent disavowal of the existence of God.
With every assault, The Child (whose preservation is a capstone of Christian teaching) loses Faith and spiritual Light. In beating our children, we engender rage. We condone with reckless implicitness that an assault on another human being is permissible. It never is.
Christ said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me.” He did not state, “Make the little children suffer before they come unto me.”
It is mankind’s most blasphemous perversion of God’s Word to state our loving, merciful Father condones acts of violence against the most defenseless of human beings.
Matthew 18:6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in Me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
Proverbs 22:6 “Start a child off on the way they should go, and when they are old they will not turn from it.”
“Induce the child to act courageously, and he will come to feel courageous. Induce him to smile, and he will come to feel cheerful. Lead him to help his neighbor out of a difficulty, to share his lunch with a poor boy, to help the lame boy up the steps, and he will come in time to feel neighborly. Get him to save, and he will become economical. Do not insist on the feeling, but do insist on the action.” Estelle Avery Sharpe “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building, Part 2” 1910
“Your child must not get what he asks, but what he needs.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau “Emile”
“All through childhood should the injustice and economic mistake of waste be shown apropos of occasions that arise in school, home, or community life. Waste is unsocial. It is the fruit of ill will, not good will, of selfishness, of unwillingness to take trouble. Waste is the sign of an unfraternal spirit. Waste is wicked for three reasons: because of the human energy stored up in anything made by man, because the thing may be of service to someone else, and because it may be made into something that will be of service.” Estelle Avery Sharpe “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building, Part 1” 1910
“If the child lives in a moral atmosphere permeated by the spirit of equality and brotherliness, and is taught simplicity of dress and manner, he will, through the instinct of imitation, follow the example set.” Estelle Avery Sharpe “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building, Part 1” 1910
“It must be impressed upon the child that real authority comes only through reason, not through numbers, that right is determined by conscience and reason, not by custom. He must be taught to doubt and question, to consider seriously every problem presented instead of passively accepting the solution of others on its mere sentimental value.” Estelle Avery Sharpe “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
“Honor is the faithful performance of one’s obligations and, hence, is truth in word and action. All through childhood, the terms ‘honor’ and ‘duty’ should be as frequently used as the word ‘justice’ to make them real, vital standards in the children’s lives.” Estelle Avery Sharpe “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
“The child should be assured over and over again that he has a will, that he can govern his temper if he try hard enough, that he can overcome a difficult if he but make a hard effort, that he can conquer if he will. It rest with yourself to will. Be a man, not a beast. Beasts can’t will. They just drift, the creatures of circumstance. This is one way in which you differ from them; you can will; you can control circumstances. It’s a shame to be a beast when you were created to be a man.” Estelle Avery Sharpe “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
“All education,” says Guyere, “should be directed to this end, to convince the child that he is capable of good and incapable of evil, in order to render him so” and MacCunn adds, “and even to the limits of pious fraud, to convince him that he is capable of better things.” Estelle Avery Sharpe, “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” The book was written in 1910, and the identities of Guyere and MacCunn whom she is quoting seem to be lost to time.
“The term ‘Father’ applied to the Creator without the attributes of fatherhood is a misnomer. The child knows better than this, and he puts his trust in God as naturally as in his earthly parent.
It is safe to say that if the young child is established, in a rational way, in the thought of the vital union of God and himself, he will never for any length of time depart very far from this faith.” May Engstrom Hoss “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
“To these little children I lay stress on school and neighborhood brotherhood. I am trying to establish them in the thought of the relationship of the big human family from these small beginnings. I sometimes make use of a drawing which might represent the nervous system. Some of the branches seem far apart, but we can trace them to the same centre. Then I tell them how important it is that every member be healthy and active, so that the whole family may be what God intended it to be.
I put my thoughts into the simplest language and use familiar illustrations, and it is a pleasure to see how much they are getting to understand. The family, Professor, is to me the ideal of human relations, and I like to extend it to include everyone in this great wide world.” May Engstrom Hoss “Foundations Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
“It does not require a priest or prophet to understand that the child whose faculties are awakened and who is coming into full control of them is in a position to have more confidence in himself and consequently will become a better worker and a happier individual. And this comes back to the basic idea of having faith in God. As children learn how wonderfully they are made and what great things they can accomplish, they learn to reverence and love their Maker, the Giver of all good.” May Engstrom Hoss “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
“It is very important that the mental impression made on the child during their first two years be one of love, obedience and perfect confidence in a higher power. It is easier to teach “God is love” to the child who has known nothing but love from his parents.” Jeannette Winter Hall “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
“They do not possess any inborn ideas. They depend upon their parents for learning, and listen to their parents’ teachings. Now, if you deceive him, it means you teach him the ways of deception. If the mother deceives her son, the son will have no faith in his mother. This is not the way to give teaching to children.” From “The Complete Works of Han Fei Tzu, A Classic of Chinese Legalism, volume 2” translated by W.K. Liao 1959
“Professor Brander Matthews of Columbia University said in a lecture of English Literature: ‘I could go through my classes and pick out, without fear of a mistake, the young men who belong to Reading Families.
No college curriculum, however excellent, can atone for the lack of early Home Education.’ Professor Shaler of Harvard University asserts the belief, founded upon many years of observation, that ‘more young people fail in starting out in life from the lack of good manners than from any other cause.’” Marion Harland in an Introduction to “Foundations Stones of Success, One’s Self and Others” 1910
“By the time he can comprehend the meaning of his mother’s words and pantomime, he should know that he must be civil and gentle in his behavior to those about him. If he screams angrily for food or toy, it should be denied him until he is quiet and good-humored. I have seen seven year-olds who were miniature gentlemen and ladies and, it is well to note for the benefit of those who contend valiantly for the right of a child to develop his or her own individuality, who were happier and healthier for the judicious training exercised by their parent. The divine law of respect for the rights of our fellows cannot be inculcated at too early an age.” Marion Harland in an Introduction to “Foundation Stones of Success, One’s Self and Others” 1910
“The best of parents cannot control the fate of any child, for each one of you is, after all, a free-will agent. The most that parents can do for you is to help you to find yourself. There is no such thing as grafting one person’s character into another person’s identity. What we call ‘influence’ is only the ability to assist someone else to get what we consider the correct angle of observation, so that he may choose a better channel for his own life than he might otherwise have discovered. As the years go by, each one is more and more called upon to use his own judgment; but no one is so wise that he can safely ignore the judgment of his elders.
Your parents have traveled the same highway; they have stumbled over ledges and boulders, tripped by unsuspected trailing undergrowth; they have looked into chasms; they have scaled cliffs; and they stretch a warning hand to point out the perils that you must inevitably face as you follow in the track of the
generations. While they anxiously guide your footsteps, their faces are grave; a pensive look is in their eyes, which you do not quite understand; their reasons you cannot fathom; and their requirements and prohibitions often seem needlessly strict. But rest assured, parents know best; and no others on earth care so deeply and tenderly what becomes of you, and what you become.” Agnes H. Morton “Foundation Stones of Success, One’s Self and Others” 1910
“A son does not inherit his parents’ genius, for genius is individual; but truth, honesty, and courtesy, the characteristics that are the sure demonstration of good principle and good breeding—these are indeed handed down from parent to child. Proverbs 22:6 states, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.’ They will understand that true politeness is kindness delicately expressed; that correct behavior is the outgrowth of moral principle; and that courtesy, though it springs from the heart, is governed by conscience.” Agnes H. Morton “ Foundation Stones of Success, One’s Self and Others” 1910
The Humanitarian Bible on Courts, Rulers, and Crime and Punishment
God’s mandate for humanity is to treat all life with kindness, respect, and dignity. When an individual sins in a willful, deliberate manner, thereby breaking The Humanitarian Covenant, punishment should be swift and severe. However, it is not.
The world has permitted overt sin to be re-christened ‘civil liberty’. Thus, the vast framework of our justice system has become a political, sociological, racial, and economic narrative rather than a means to purge evil from society.
There is no deterrent to prevent criminals from transgressing. The modern day penal system is rehabilitative, not punitive. A lifetime sentence entails eating, exercising, and socializing regularly. Medical care comes at taxpayer expense.
Because everything is granted, people commit crime with the intent of getting caught. Why labor at a profession, pay for housing, or purchase food? Rob from the widow; batter the blind; rape the innocent, and all necessities are provided.
It’s not God’s justice, but instead man’s feckless reimagining of the concept.
If we castrated our rapists/adulterers/child pornographers, murdered our murderers, put drug addicts and drunkards in solitary confinement until cured of their addictions, and jailed those who used foul language, within a generation the extent to which society could be free of crime would be revelatory.
A crucial step towards a crime free society is militarization of high crime areas. The nation’s military, as opposed to nation building in foreign lands, should be deployed to patrol where murders, rapes, thefts, and assaults occur in high frequency.
We must accept that a breach of The Humanitarian Covenant is a breach of man’s innate covenant with God, and a breach of man’s covenant with God is a revocation of his existence upon the earth.
“To be sure, what is stopped by heavy penalties is not necessarily stopped by light penalties; but what is stopped by light penalties is always stopped by heavy penalties. For this reason, where the superior sets up heavy penalties there all culprits disappear. If all culprits disappear, how can the application of heavy penalties be detrimental to the people? In the light of the so called ‘heavy penalties’ what the culprits can gain is slight, but what the superior inflicts is great. As the people never venture a big penalty for the sake of a small gain, malefactions will eventually disappear. However, in the face of the so called ‘light penalties’ what the culprit can gain is great but what the superior inflicts is slight. As the people long for profit and ignore the slight punishment, malefactions will never disappear.
Thus, the early sages had a proverb saying, ‘Nobody stumbles against a mountain, but everybody trips over an ant hill.’ The mountain being large, everyone takes notice of it; the ant hill being small, every disregards it.” The Complete Works of Han Fei Tzu, A Classic of Chinese Legalism, volume 2” translated by W.K. Liao 1959
“On the whole the wicked deeds, repeatedly committed, become a pile. When the pile is mature, the urge to commit further villainy becomes strong. When the urge is strong, it is liable to extend to murder.” The Complete Works of Han Fei Tzu, A Classic of Chinese Legalism, volume 2” translated by W.K. Liao 1959
“When a sage rules the state, he does not depend on people’s doing good of themselves; he sees to it that they are not allowed to do what is bad.
If he depends on people’s doing good of themselves, then within his borders he can count less than ten instances of success. But if he sees to it that they are not allowed to do what is bad, then the whole state can be brought to a uniform level of order.” Han Feizi “Basic Writings” translated by Burton Watson 2003
“For correcting the faults of the high, for rebuking the vices of the low, for suppressing disorders, for deciding against mistakes, for subduing the arrogant, for straightening the crooked, and for unifying the folk-ways of the masses, nothing can match with the law. For warning officials and overawing the people, for rebuking obscenity and danger and for forbidding falsehood and deceit, nothing can match with penalties. If they are strictly administered, no discrimination is made between noble and commoner.” Han Feizi “Basic Writings” translated by Burton Watson 2003
“The best penalties are those which are severe and inescapable, so that the people will fear them.
The best laws are those which are uniform and inflexible, so that the people can understand them.” Han Feizi “Basic Writings” translated by Burton Watson 2003
“There are offenses against individuals, to all appearances trifling, which are capital offenses against the human race. Flay him who can commit them.” Johann Lavater “Aphorisms On Man” 1794
“The great foundation of justice is faithfulness, which consists in being constantly firm to your word, and a conscientious performance of all compacts and bargains.
The vice that is opposite to justice is injustice, of which there are two sorts: the first consists in the actual doing an injury to another; the second, in tamely looking on while he is injured, and not helping and defending him though we are able.” Marcus Cicero “The Orations, vol. 3” 1839
“In the case of worthy able men, promote them without waiting for their turn to come up. In the case of inferior and incompetent men, dismiss them without hesitation. In the case of incorrigibly evil men, punish them without trying to reform them.” Hsun Tzu “Basic Writings of Mo Tzu, Hsun Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu” translated by Burton Watson 1967
“The ancient sage kings, in giving all their thought to honoring the worthy and employing the capable in government, were patterning their actions on the ways of Heaven. For Heaven too shows no discrimination between rich and poor, eminent and humble, near and far, the closely and the distantly related. It promotes and honors the worthy, and demotes and rejects the unworthy.” Mo Tzu “Basic Writings of Mo Tzu, Hsun Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu” translated by Burton Watson 1967
Proverbs 31:9 “Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (NIV 481)
Proverbs 17:15 “Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—the Lord detests them both.” (NIV 484)
Deuteronomy 24:17 “Do not deprive the foreigner or the orphan of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge.” (NIV 502)
Deuteronomy 16:20 “Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
Leviticus 24:17 “Anyone who takes the life of a human being is to be put to death.” (NIV 503)
Leviticus 19:15 “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.” (NIV 504)
Leviticus 5:1 “If anyone sins because they do not speak up when they hear a public charge to testify regarding something they have seen or learned about, they will be held responsible.” (NIV 509)
Exodus 23:6-8 “Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits. Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent.” (NIV 510-512)
Exodus 23:1-3 “Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness. Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, and do not show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit.” (NIV 513-515)
The Humanitarian Bible and Warnings Against Materialism
Followers of The Humanitarian Bible do no pray for material possessions, for assistance in the payment of bills, for success while interviewing for a new job, or for any other earthly endeavor for which we (wrongly) crave success. God gave us our lives, the trees which surround, the air that we breathe. God has been a Provider since our births; we never ask for more than what He has already so graciously bestowed.
To do so is to say to God, “What you have given is not enough,” when we are rich beyond measure with a roof over our heads and food upon our tables.
“Possessions, outward success, publicity, and luxury: to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.” Albert Einstein “Living Philosophies” 1931
“On account of the great extremes of wealth and poverty, simplicity of dress and of living should be urged for the schoolroom. Show that the possession of wealth imposes great obligations, and that one of them is not to hurt the feelings of others. There is no more bitter mortification in the life of a child than that experienced by those who must appear meanly clad in contrast with their richly appareled schoolmates. There is no doubt but that many are really tortured by the evidence of their poverty as revealed in their dress, and the misery of it has driven many from school. It may be false pride, but it exists. The child has not the philosophy of the adult to compensate for the inequalities of fortune. The most profound writers concede the compelling force of dress. Rich dressing and lavish spending seem to hypnotize all those subjects to their influence.
Hence, the obligation not to dress so as to cause misery to one’s brothers. Another evil lies in the effect of example. Elaborate, costly dress of those who can afford it incites others to dress and live beyond their means. Parents who cannot afford it feel compelled to dress their children richly so that they may ‘go with the best.’ The children thus acquire false ideas of what constitutes ‘the best’, and also form extravagant habits of living. Hold that it is just as ignoble to set a bad example in dressing as it in gambling, smoking, or drinking.” Estelle Avery Sharpe “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building, Part 1” 1910
“I see there are dozens or hundreds of I.O.U.’s from people who owe my family money. Some of them are dead and some still living, but in any case there is no hope of their returning the money. I put them together in a pile and make a bonfire of them, and I look up to the sky and see the last trace of smoke disappear.
Ah, is this not happiness?” Quote by Chin Shengt’an in “The Importance of Living” by Lin Yutang 1937
“The sense of existence, stripped of every other affection, is of itself a precious sense of contentment and peace, which alone would suffice to render this existence lovely and sweet, to him who knows to remove from his mind all those terrestrial and sensual impressions which incessantly arise to distract and to trouble our comfort here below.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau “The confessions of J. J. Rousseau: with the Reveries of the Solitary Walker” volume 2 1783
“One shall never envy anyone for a joy he lacks.” Christian Wolff “Treasury of Philosophy” edited by Dagobert Runes 1955
“Mind should not be contaminated with anything; it should stand alone and independent. In its Original State, the mind of man contains no disorder, but gradually and confusedly it is led astray by external things. If one has the proper Spirit, he will immediately rise above things, and will attain the original good. But if one continuously moves away from the Original Mind, he will then become corrupted. When desires are many, what we can preserve of our Original Mind is inevitably little; and conversely, when the desires are few, what we can preserve of our Original Mind is inevitably much.
Those who follow material desires gallop after them without knowing where to stop. Those who follow superficial opinions also gallop after them without knowing where to stop. Therefore, although the Way is near; yet they seek for it afar.” Quote by Lu Hsiang-Shan (a.k.a. Lu Wang) in “The Importance of Living” by Lin Yutang 1937
“Men achieve tranquility through moderation in pleasure and through the symmetry of life. Want and superfluity are apt to upset them and to cause great perturbations in the soul. The souls that are rent by violent conflicts are neither stable nor tranquil.
One should therefore set his mind upon the things that are within his power, and be content with his opportunities, nor let his memory dwell very long on the envied and admired of men, nor idly sit and dream of them. Rather, he should contemplate the lives of those who suffer hardship, and vividly bring to mind their sufferings, so that your own present situation may appear to you important and to be envied, and so that it may no longer be your portion to suffer torture in your soul by your longing for more.
For he who admires those who have, and whom other men deem blest of fortune, and who spends all his time idly dreaming of them, will be forced to be always contriving some new device because of his insatiable desire, until he ends by doing some desperate deed forbidden by the laws. And therefore one ought not to desire other men’s blessings, and one ought not to envy those who have more, but rather, comparing his life with that of those who far worse, and laying to heart their sufferings, deem himself blest of fortune in that he lives and fares so much better than they.” Democritus of Abdera “Treasure of Philosophy edited by Dagobert Runes 1937
“Instead of a costly robe, I will be contented, like John, with a coarse garment. Bread and water shall be to me instead of a costly table, and if I have therewith a few vegetables, I will thank God for them.” Johann Comenius “German Educational Reformers: Memoirs of Eminent Teachers and Educators with Contributions to The History of Education in Germany.” 1878
“You are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau “The Social Contract & Discourses” 1920
Acts 4:32 “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.”
Luke 16:13 “‘No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Luke 12:15 “Then Jesus said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”
Mark 11:15-17 “On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, ‘Is it not written, My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you have made it a den of robbers.’”
Mark 8:36-37 “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”
Matthew 19:23-24 “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Truly, I tell you; it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a need than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Amos 6:6-7 “You drink wine by the bowlful and use the finest lotions, but you do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph. Therefore you will be among the first to go into exile; your feasting and lounging will end.”
Amos 6:4 “You lie on beds inlaid with ivory and lounge on your couches. You dine on choice lambs and fattened calves.”
Isaiah 5:8-9 “Woe to you who add house to house and join field to field till no space is left and you live alone in the land. The Lord Almighty has declared in my hearing: ‘Surely the great houses will become desolate, the fine mansions left without occupants.’”
Micah 2:2 “They covet fields and seize them; they crave houses and take them. They defraud people of their homes; they rob them of their inheritance.”
Proverbs 22:16 “One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.”
Proverbs 22:1 “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”
Proverbs 8:10-11 “Choose My instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.”
“Spiritual knowledge is the only thing that can destroy our miseries forever; any other knowledge satisfies wants only for a time. It is only with the knowledge of the Spirit that the faculty of want is annihilated forever.” Swami Vivekananda “The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda” volume 1, 1972.
Psalm 49:16-17 “Do not be overawed when others grows rich, when the splendor of their house increases; for they will take nothing with them when they die; their splendor will not descend with them.”
Psalm 37:16 “Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.”
Job 36:18 “Be careful that no one entices you by riches; do not let a large bribe turn you aside.”
Exodus 22:25 “If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest.”
Why Bad Events Occur In The Lives Of The Righteous and Words of Encouragement For Remaining Strong in the Face of Adversity
In Genesis 22:1, it is written “God tested Abraham”. When one decides to follow the path of righteousness, understand God is a sieve. He will allow only the purest to traverse the way to Heaven. Children of God should rejoice at tribulation; to suffer on earth is to have the hand of God upon you. The manner in which a blacksmith hones a blade is the manner in which God hones a soul. Joseph in Pharaoh’s jail and the trials of Job are examples of God allowing His children to suffer so they become better men.
“They will not refuse the discipline of this temporal life, in which they are schooled for life eternal; nor will they lament their experience of it, for the good things of earth they use as pilgrims who are not detained by them, and its ills either prove or improve them.” Saint Augustine “The City of God”
“He can be present unperceived and be absent without moving; when He exposes us to adversities, it is either to prove our perfections or correct our imperfections.; and in return for our patient endurance of the sufferings of time, He reserves for us an everlasting reward.” Saint Augustine “The City of God”
“It is easy enough to be pleasant when life flows by like a song, but the man worthwhile is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is trouble, and it always comes with the years, and the smile that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through tears. It is easy enough to be prudent when nothing tempts you to stray, when without or within no voice of sin is luring your soul away; but it’s only a negative virtue until it is tried by fire, and the life that is worth the honor on earth is the one that resists desire.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox “An Erring Woman’s Love” 1892
“You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what’s that? Come up with a smiling face. It’s nothing against you to fall down flat, but to lie there, that’s disgrace.” Edmund Vance Cook “Best Loved Poems of American People” edited by Hazel Felleman 1936
“You can cry when in pain or you can show the strength of your will by smiling. Your will can make you endure pain like a hero, or, if it be weak, like a coward.” Estelle Avery Sharpe “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
“In considering how faith in God and humanity has influenced individuals, my mind at once turned to my mother. Hers was a child-like, unquestioning faith, but it stood the test of the severest trials. A large family of dependent children to support on a very meager income was not by any means her hardest experience.
When I think of her as she was left in her widowhood, without the preparation of the women of today to battle with adverse circumstances, and then consider how she rose above every trial, calm and loving, with unbroken trust in God and humanity, I can appreciate what faith meant to her and how she came to leave such a deep impression on her children and all who knew her best.” May Engstrom Hoss “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building Part 1” 1910
“As a fire testeth iron, so doth temptation the upright man. Oftentimes we know not what strength we have; but temptation revealeth to us what we are. I have never found any man so religious and godly, but that he felt sometimes a withdrawal of the Divine favor, and lack of fervor. No saint was ever so filled with rapture, so enlightened, but that sooner or later he was tempted. For he is not worthy of the great vision of God, who, for God’s sake, hath not been exercised by some temptation.” Thomas Kempis “The Imitation of Christ” Harvard Classics, volume 7 edited by Charles Eliot 1910
“Christ was willing to suffer and be despised, and darest thou complain of any? Christ had adversaries and gainsayers, and dost thou wish to have all men thy friends and benefactors? Whence shall thy patience attain her crown if no adversity befall thee? The devil sleepeth not; thy flesh is not yet dead; therefore, cease thou not to make thyself ready unto the battle, for enemies stand on thy right hand on thy left, and they are never at rest.” Thomas Kempis “The Imitation of Christ” Harvard Classics, volume 7 edited by Charles Eliot 1910
James 1:2-3 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
John 16:32-33 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet, I am not alone, for my Father is with me. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 15:18-19 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
John 1:5 “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Luke 21:16-17 “You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.”
Matthew 10:22 “You will be hated by everyone because of Me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
Amos 3:6 “When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the Lord caused it?”
Hosea 6:1 “Come; let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces, but He will heal us; He has injured us, but He will bind up our wounds.”
Daniel 11:35 “Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified, and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.”
Lamentations 3:38-40 “Is it not from the mouth of Most High that both calamities and good things come? Why should the living complain when punished for their sins? Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.”
Isaiah 60:15 “Although you have been forsaken and hated, with no one travelling through, I will make you the everlasting pride and the joy of all generations.”
Isaiah 57:1-2 “The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.”
Isaiah 48:10 “See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.”
Proverbs 20:30 “Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.”
Proverbs 13:18 “Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored.”
Proverbs 3:11-12 “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent His rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He chastens everyone He accepts as His child.”
Psalm 126:5-6 “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.”
Psalm 34:19 “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.”
Psalm 30:5 “For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
Psalm 26:2-3 “Test me, O Lord, and try me; examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of Your unfailing love and have lived in reliance of Your faithfulness.”
Job 8:20-22 “Surely God does not reject one who is blameless or strengthen the hands of evildoers. He will yet fill your mouth will laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. Your enemies will be clothed in shame, and the tents of the wicked will be no more.”
Job 5:17-18 “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For He wounds, but He also binds up; He injures, but His hands also heal.”
Job 4:3-6 “Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands. Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees. But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed. Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope?”
Job 2:9-10 “Job’s wife said to him, ‘Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!’ He replied, ‘You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?’ In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.”
Job 1:20-22 “At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.’ In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.”
2 Chronicles 32:31 “But when envoys were sent by the rulers of Babylon to ask Hezekiah about the miraculous sign that had occurred in the land, God left him to test him and to know everything that was in his heart.”
Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.”
Genesis 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
The Nature of God
“To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms—this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness.” Albert Einstein “Living Philosophies” 1931
“Realization of the beauty of the world leads to reverence for its Creator. The budding shrubs in the spring, the radiant trees in the autumn, the carols of birds, the beauty of the clouds, of the heavens at night, of the stars in their opal setting at sunset, the glorious tingling freshness of the early dawn, the loveliness of the flowers, the majesty of the woods—all these should witness to the child that every day is holy-day, that God is constantly present, manifesting Himself to all who will see.” Estelle Avery Sharpe “Foundation Stones of Success, Character Building, Part 2” 1910
“Sri Ramakrishna once told me that not one in twenty million in this world believe in God. I asked him why, and he told me, ‘Suppose there is a thief in this room and he gets to know that there is a mass of gold in the next room, and only a very thin partition between the rooms, what will be the condition of that thief?’
I answered, ‘he will not be able to sleep at all. His brain will be actively thinking of some means of getting at the gold and he will think of nothing else.’
Then he replied, ‘Do you believe that a man could believe in God and not go mad with Him? If a man sincerely believes that there is that immense, infinite mine of bliss, and that it can be reached, would not that man go mad in his struggles to reach it?” Swami Vivekananda “On Himself” 1960
John 3:16 (traditional) “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Jeremiah 17:10 “I, the Lord, search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”
Proverbs 16:9 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
Proverbs 16:4 “The Lord works out everything to its proper end—even the wicked for a day of disaster.”
Psalm 147:4-6 “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit. The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.”
Psalm 90:4 “A thousand years in Your sight are like a day that has just gone by or like a watch in the night.”
Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters; He restores my soul. He guides in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Job 34 11-12 “He repays everyone for what they have done; he brings upon them what their conduct deserves. It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.”
Job 33:14-18 “For God does speak—now one way, now another—though no one perceives it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds, He may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, to turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride, to preserve them from the pit, their lives from crossing the river.”
1 King 19: 11-12 “The Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake, came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, came a gentle whisper.”
I Samuel 16:7 “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
The Humanitarian Bible and The Day of Judgment
“Blessed is he that has always the hour of his death before his eyes, and every day prepares himself to die. In the morning, think that thou mayest not live till night; and when evening comes, presume not to promise thyself the next morning. Be therefore always prepared, and live in such a manner, that death may never find thee unprepared. The present time is very precious. Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation. The time will come, when thou wilt wish for one day or hour to amend; and I know not whether thou wilt obtain it. Learn now to die to the world, that thou mayest then begin to live with Christ.” Thomas Kempis “The Imitation of Christ” Harvard Classics, Volume 7 edited by Charles Eliot, 1910
“In this supreme moment all worldly distinctions fall away, and the naked soul stands before eternity with naught save the pure essence of its deeds to rely upon.
All souls are equal before God, so far as mere worldly eminence is concerned. Their inequality rests solely upon the degree that they have realized the eternal will by their own choice.” William Torrey Harris “The Spiritual Sense of Dante's "Divina Commedia” 1889
“When the great Day of Judgment for nations shall come, it will be said to that people, ‘What has thou done with thy soul? There is neither sign nor trace of it to be seen. The enjoyments of the brute have been everything to thee. Thou hast loved the mire—go; wallow in the mire.’ And that people who, rising above mere material good, have placed their affections on the true good; who, to obtain that true good, have spared no labor, no fatigue, no sacrifice, shall hear this word: ‘For those who have a soul, there is the recompense of souls. Because thou hast loved justice and liberty before all things, come and possess forever liberty and justice.’” Robert Lamennais “Words of a Believer” 1893
“In all that thou doest, remember the end, and how thou wilt stand before a strict Judge, from whom nothing is hid, who is not bribed with gifts, nor accepts excuses, but will judge righteous judgment.” Thomas Kempis “The Imitation of Christ” Harvard Classics, Volume 7 edited by Charles Eliot, 1910
Luke 21:34-36 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
Luke 3:9 “The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown in to the fire.”
Matthew 13:49-50 “This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Matthew 12:36-37 “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Zechariah 13:8-9 “‘In the whole land,’ declares the Lord, ‘two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be left in it. This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on My name, and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people’, and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’”
Obadiah 1:15 “The day of the Lord is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.”
Isaiah 29:20-21 “The ruthless will vanish; the mockers will disappear, and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down—those who with a word make someone out to be guilty, who ensnare the defender in court and with false testimony deprive the innocent of justice.”
Psalm 96:11-13 “Let the heavens rejoice; let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for He comes; He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His faithfulness.”