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[James 1:19-27; Mark 10:17-27] Someone turned to the Lord with a question: Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? What necessitated this question? Were there no scriptures? Was the law not read every Satur day for everyone? There was every thing —both Scripture and its inter preters; but in society difference of opinion went around and muddled everyone. The Pharisees said one thing, the Sadducees another, the Essenes, their own thing, the Samar itans their own. In Galilee, perhaps even pagan teachings were heard, and each put forth their own with a tone of conviction. Anyone who was zealous for salvation naturally came to the question: What should I do? What should I follow, that my soul not be destroyed? Our situa tion now is very similar those times. What teachings are not going a round our schools, in society, and in literature! For the indifferent it is nothing; but they for whom every teaching is not the same cannot but seek an answer to the question, “What should I do?” So what is the solution? The one the Saviour gave: Believe and live as God command ed, and do not listen to people’s talk; let them talk. The talk of scientists is like rumours and fashion: today they say one thing, tomorrow an other. But you should heed only God’s word, which abides unto the ages. What the Lord commanded no philosophizing can revoke. Every thing must be done, and cannot be put off. The judgment indeed will be according to the word of the Lord, and not according to our philoso phizing.
Saint Theophan the Recluse