in reply to Re: Re: Religion in the Monastery.
in thread Religion in the Monastery.
I read my Bible while riding the train home after work. Today I read a passage that I think fits in with what you had to say today.
Luke 3:11-14 (KJV)
11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?
13 And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.
14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.
The footnote says: "Personal response to God brings with it practical expression. Meat is food in general. People are not expected to come out of the world (see 1 Cor. 5:10) but to be loyal to their God in the midst of their secular responsibilities." -- The King James Study Bible published by Thomas Nelson Publishers.
And just in case you cannot fully comprehend the King James Version, here is the same passage from the New International Version:
11 John answered, "The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same."
12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized. "Teacher," they asked, "what should we do?"
13 "Don't collect any more than you are required to," he told them. Then some soldiers asked him, "And what should we do?"
14 He replied, "Don't extort money and don't accuse people falsely--be content with your pay."