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Evangelical Counsels

Unlike the Ten Commandments, which Christians see as obligatory ethical guidelines, the evangelical counsels are regarded as voluntary counsels for those who wish to go beyond the minimum stipulated in the biblical commandments. Failure to obey the counsels is therefore not regarded as sinful. Derived from the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels, they are often followed by members of religious orders, such as monks and friars. The three evangelical counsels are chastity, obedience, and what else? More...
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The difference between a precept and a counsel lies in this, that the precept is a matter of necessity while the counsel is left to the free choice of the person to whom it is proposed. It is fitting, therefore, that the New Law, which is a law of liberty, should contain counsels of this kind, which would have been out of place in the Old Law, which was a law of servitude. The precepts of the New Law have for their scope the ordinance of those matters which are essential for the obtaining of life eternal — the gift which it is the special object of the New Law to place within the reach of its followers. But the counsels show the means by which that same end may be reached yet more certainly and expeditiously. Man is, in this life, placed between the good things of this world and the good things of eternity, in such a way that the more he inclines to the first the more he alienates himself from the second. A man who is wholly given up to this world, finding in it the end and object of his existence, loses altogether the goods of eternity, of which he has no appreciation. So in like manner, the man who is wholly detached from this world, and whose thoughts are wholly bent on the realities of the world above, is taking the shortest way to obtain possession of that on which his heart is fixed. The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light, but the case is reversed if a larger view be taken.

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Unlike the Ten Commandments, which Christians see as obligatory ethical guidelines, the evangelical counsels are regarded as voluntary counsels for those who wish to go beyond the minimum stipulated in the biblical commandments. Failure to obey the counsels is therefore not regarded as sinful. Derived from the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels, they are often followed by members of religious orders, such as monks and friars.
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