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上传者: unsinnlos 2010-02-01 评分1 评论0 下载210 收藏0 阅读量262 暂无简介 简介 举报

简介:本文档为《效仿基督pdf》,可适用于学术研究领域,主题内容包含THEIMITATIONOFCHRISTTHEIMITATIONOFCHRISTbyThomasaKempisTranslatedbyRevWill符等。

THEIMITATIONOFCHRISTTHEIMITATIONOFCHRISTbyThomasaKempisTranslatedbyRevWilliamBenhamTHEIMITATIONOFCHRISTINTRODUCTORYNOTEThetreatise"OftheImitationofChrist"appearstohavebeenoriginallywritteninLatinearlyinthefifteenthcenturyItsexactdateanditsauthorshiparestillamatterofdebateManuscriptsoftheLatinversionsurviveinconsiderablenumbersalloverWesternEurope,andthey,withthevastlistoftranslationsandofprintededitions,testifytoitsalmostunparalleledpopularityOnescribeattributesittoStBernardofClairvauxbutthefactthatiscontainsaquotationfromStFrancisofAssisi,whowasbornthirtyyearsafterthedeathofStBernard,disposesofthistheoryInEnglandthereexistmanymanuscriptsofthefirstthreebooks,called"MusicaEcclesiastica,"frequentlyascribedtotheEnglishmysticWalterHiltonButHiltonseemstohavediedin,andthereisnoevidenceoftheexistenceoftheworkbeforeManymanuscriptsscatteredthroughoutEuropeascribethebooktoJeanleCharlierdeGerson,thegreatChancelloroftheUniversityofParis,whowasaleadingfigureintheChurchintheearlierpartofthefifteenthcenturyThemostprobableauthor,however,especiallywhentheinternalevidenceisconsidered,isThomasHaemmerlein,knownalsoasThomasaKempis,fromhisnativetownofKempen,neartheRhine,aboutfortymilesnorthofCologneHaemmerlein,whowasborninor,wasamemberoftheorderoftheBrothersofCommonLife,andspentthelastseventyyearsofhislifeatMountStAgnes,amonasteryofAugustiniancanonsinthedioceseofUtrechtHerehediedonJuly,,afteranuneventfullifespentincopyingmanuscripts,reading,andcomposing,andinthepeacefulroutineofmonasticpietyWiththeexceptionoftheBible,noChristianwritinghashadsowideavogueorsosustainedapopularityasthisAndyet,inonesense,itishardlyanoriginalworkatallItsstructureitoweslargelytothewritingsofthemedievalmystics,anditsideasandphrasesareamosaicfromtheBibleandtheFathersoftheearlyChurchButtheseelementsareTHEIMITATIONOFCHRISTinterwovenwithsuchdelicateskillandareligiousfeelingatoncesoardentandsosoundthatitpromisestoremain,whatithasbeenforfivehundredyears,thesupremecallandguidetospiritualaspirationTHEIMITATIONOFCHRISTCHAPTEROftheimitationofChrist,andofcontemptoftheworldandallitsvanitiesHethatfollowethmeshallnotwalkindarkness(),saiththeLordTherearethewordsofChristandtheyteachushowfarwemustimitateHislifeandcharacter,ifweseektrueillumination,anddeliverancefromallblindnessofheartLetitbeourmostearneststudy,therefore,todwelluponthelifeofJesusChristHisteachingsurpassethallteachingofholymen,andsuchashaveHisSpiritfindthereinthehiddenmanna()Buttherearemanywho,thoughtheyfrequentlyheartheGospel,yetfeelbutlittlelongingafterit,becausetheyhavenotthemindofChristHe,therefore,thatwillfullyandwithtruewisdomunderstandthewordsofChrist,lethimstrivetoconformhiswholelifetothatmindofChristWhatdothitprofittheetoenterintodeepdiscussionconcerningtheHolyTrinity,ifthoulackhumility,andbethusdispleasingtotheTrinityForverilyitisnotdeepwordsthatmakeamanholyanduprightitisagoodlifewhichmakethamandeartoGodIhadratherfeelcontritionthanbeskilfulinthedefinitionthereofIfthouknowestthewholeBible,andthesayingsofallthephilosophers,whatshouldallthisprofittheewithouttheloveandgraceofGodVanityofvanities,allisvanity,savetoloveGod,andHimonlytoserveThatisthehighestwisdom,tocasttheworldbehindus,andtoreachforwardtotheheavenlykingdomItisvanitythentoseekafter,andtotrustin,therichesthatshallperishItisvanity,too,tocovethonours,andtoliftupourselvesonhighItisvanitytofollowthedesiresofthefleshandbeledbythem,forthisshallbringmiseryatthelastItisvanitytodesirealonglife,andtohavelittlecareforagoodlifeItisvanitytotakethoughtonlyforthelifewhichnowis,andnottolookforwardtothethingswhichshallbehereafterItisvanitytolovethatwhichquicklypassethaway,andnottohastenwhereeternaljoyabidethTHEIMITATIONOFCHRISTBeofttimesmindfulofthesaying,()Theeyeisnotsatifiedwithseeing,northeearwithhearingStrive,therefore,toturnawaythyheartfromtheloveofthethingsthatareseen,andtosetituponthethingsthatarenotseenFortheywhofollowaftertheirownfleshlylusts,defiletheconscience,anddestroythegraceofGod()Johnviii()Revelationsii()EcclesiastesiTHEIMITATIONOFCHRISTCHAPTEROfthinkinghumblyofoneselfThereisnaturallyineverymanadesiretoknow,butwhatprofitethknowledgewithoutthefearofGodBetterofasuretyisalowlypeasantwhoservethGod,thanaproudphilosopherwhowatcheththestarsandneglecteththeknowledgeofhimselfHewhoknowethhimselfwellisvileinhisownsightneitherregardethhethepraisesofmenIfIknewallthethingsthatareintheworld,andwerenotincharity,whatshouldithelpmebeforeGod,whoistojudgemeaccordingtomydeedsRestfrominordinatedesireofknowledge,forthereinisfoundmuchdistractionanddeceitThosewhohaveknowledgedesiretoappearlearned,andtobecalledwiseManythingstherearetoknowwhichprofitethlittleornothingtothesoulAndfoolishoutofmeasureinhewhoattendethuponotherthingsratherthanthosewhichservetohissoul'shealthManywordssatisfynotthesoul,butagoodliferefresheththemind,andapureconsciencegivethgreatconfidencetowardsGodThegreaterandmorecompletethyknowledge,themoreseverelyshaltthoubejudged,unlessthouhastlivedholilyThereforebenotliftedupbyanyskillorknowledgethatthouhastbutratherfearconcerningtheknowledgewhichisgiventotheeIfitseemethtotheethatthouknowestmanythings,andunderstandestthemwell,knowalsothattherearemanymorethingswhichthouknowestnotBenothighminded,butratherconfessthineignoranceWhydesirestthoutoliftthyselfaboveanother,whentherearefoundmanymorelearnedandmoreskilledintheScripturethanthouIfthouwiltknowandlearnanythingwithprofit,lovetobethyselfunknownandtobecountedfornothingThatisthehighestandmostprofitablelesson,whenamantrulyknowethandjudgethlowlyofhimselfToaccountnothingofone'sself,andtothinkalwayskindlyandhighlyofothers,thisisgreatandperfectwisdomEvenshouldestthouseethyneighborsinopenlyandgrievously,yetthououghtestnottoreckonthyselfbetterthanhe,forthouknowestnotTHEIMITATIONOFCHRISThowlongthoushaltkeepthineintegrityAllofusareweakandfrailholdthounomanmorefrailthanthyselfTHEIMITATIONOFCHRISTCHAPTEROftheknowledgeoftruthHappyisthemanwhomTruthbyitselfdothteach,notbyfiguresandtransientwords,butasitisinitself()Ourownjudgementandfeelingsoftendeceiveus,andwediscernbutlittleofthetruthWhatdothitprofittoargueabouthiddenanddarkthings,concerningwhichweshallnotbeevenreprovedinthejudgement,becauseweknewthemnotOh,grievousfolly,toneglectthethingswhichareprofitableandnecessary,andtogiveourmindstothingswhicharecuriousandhurtful!Havingeyes,weseenotAndwhathavewetodowithtalkaboutgenusandspecies!HetowhomtheEternalWordspeakethisfreefrommultipliedquestioningsFromthisOneWordareallthings,andallthingsspeakofHimandthisistheBeginningwhichalsospeakethtous()NomanwithoutHimunderstandethorrightlyjudgethThemantowhomallthingsareone,whobringethallthingstoone,whoseethallthingsinone,heisabletoremainsteadfastofspirit,andatrestinGodOGod,whoarttheTruth,makemeonewithTheeineverlastingloveItweariethmeoftentimestoreadandlistentomanythingsinTheeisallthatIwishforanddesireLetallthedoctorsholdtheirpeaceletallcreationkeepsilencebeforeThee:speakThoualonetomeThemoreamanhathunityandsimplicityinhimself,themorethingsandthedeeperthingsheunderstandethandthatwithoutlabour,becausehereceiveththelightofunderstandingfromaboveThespiritwhichispure,sincere,andsteadfast,isnotdistractedthoughithathmanyworkstodo,becauseitdothallthingstothehonourofGod,andstrivethtobefreefromallthoughtsofselfseekingWhoissofullofhindranceandannoyancetotheeasthineownundisciplinedheartAmanwhoisgoodanddevoutarrangethbeforehandwithinhisownhearttheworkswhichhehathtodoabroadandsoisnotdrawnawaybythedesiresofhisevilwill,butsubjectetheverythingtothejudgementofrightreasonTHEIMITATIONOFCHRISTWhohathaharderbattletofightthanhewhostrivethforselfmasteryAndthisshouldbeourendeavour,eventomasterself,andthusdailytogrowstrongerthanself,andgoonuntoperfectionAllperfectionhathsomeimperfectionjoinedtoitinthislife,andallourpowerofsightisnotwithoutsomedarknessAlowlyknowledgeofthyselfisasurerwaytoGodthanthedeepsearchingofman'slearningNotthatlearningistobeblamed,northetakingaccountofanythingthatisgoodbutagoodconscienceandaholylifeisbetterthanallAndbecausemanyseekknowledgeratherthangoodliving,thereforetheygoastray,andbearlittleornofruitOiftheywouldgivethatdiligencetotherootingoutofviceandtheplantingofvirtuewhichtheygiveuntovainquestioningstherehadnotbeensomanyevildoingsandstumblingblocksamongthelaity,norsuchilllivingamonghousesofreligionOfasurety,attheDayofJudgementitwillbedemandedofus,notwhatwehaveread,butwhatwehavedonenothowwellwehavespoken,buthowholilywehavelivedTellme,wherenowareallthosemastersandteachers,whomthouknowestwell,whilsttheywereyetwithyou,andflourishedinlearningTheirstallsarenowfilledbyothers,whoperhapsneverhaveonethoughtconcerningthemWhilsttheylivedtheyseemedtobesomewhat,butnownoonespeaksofthemOhhowquicklypasseththegloryoftheworldaway!Wouldthattheirlifeandknowledgehadagreedtogether!ForthenwouldtheyhavereadandinquireduntogoodpurposeHowmanyperishthroughemptylearninginthisworld,whocarelittleforservingGodAndbecausetheylovetobegreatmorethantobehumble,thereforethey"havebecomevainintheirimaginations"Heonlyistrulygreat,whohathgreatcharityHeistrulygreatwhodeemethhimselfsmall,andcountethallheightofhonourasnothingHeisthetrulywiseman,whocountethallearthlythingsasdungthathemaywinChristAndheisthetrulylearnedman,whodoeththewillofGod,andforsakethhisownwill()PsalmxcivNumbersxii()Johnviii(Vulg)THEIMITATIONOFCHRISTCHAPTEROfprudenceinactionWemustnottrusteverywordofothersorfeelingwithinourselves,butcautiouslyandpatientlytrythematter,whetheritbeofGodUnhappilywearesoweakthatwefinditeasiertobelieveandspeakevilofothers,ratherthangoodButtheythatareperfect,donotgivereadyheedtoeverynewsbearer,fortheyknowman'sweaknessthatitispronetoevilandunstableinwordsThisisgreatwisdom,nottobehastyinaction,orstubborninourownopinionsApartofthiswisdomalsoisnottobelieveeverywordwehear,nortotellothersallthatwehear,eventhoughwebelieveitTakecounselwithamanwhoiswiseandofagoodconscienceandseektobeinstructedbyonebetterthanthyself,ratherthanfollowthineowninventionsAgoodlifemakethamanwisetowardGod,andgivethhimexperienceinmanythingsThemorehumbleamanisinhimself,andthemoreobedienttowardsGod,thewiserwillhebeinallthings,andthemoreshallhissoulbeatpeaceTHEIMITATIONOFCHRISTCHAPTEROfthereadingofHolyScripturesItisTruthwhichwemustlookforinHolyWrit,notcunningofwordsAllScriptureoughttobereadinthespiritinwhichitwaswrittenWemustratherseekforwhatisprofitableinScripture,thanforwhatministerethtosubtletyindiscourseThereforeweoughttoreadbookswhicharedevotionalandsimple,aswellasthosewhicharedeepanddifficultAndletnottheweightofthewriterbeastumblingblocktothee,whetherhebeoflittleormuchlearning,butlettheloveofthepureTruthdrawtheetoreadAsknot,whohathsaidthisorthatbutlooktowhathesaysMenpassaway,butthetruthoftheLordendurethforeverWithoutrespectofpersonsGodspeakethtousindiversmannersOurowncuriosityoftenhinderethusinthereadingsofholywritings,whenweseektounderstandanddiscuss,whereweshouldpasssimplyonIfthouwouldstprofitbythyreading,readhumbly,simply,honestly,andnotdesiringtowinacharacterforlearningAskfreely,andhearinsilencethewordsofholymennorbedispleasedatthehardsayingsofoldermenthanthou,fortheyarenotutteredwithoutcauseTHEIMITATIONOFCHRISTCHAPTEROfinordinateaffectionsWhensoeveramandesirethaughtabovemeasure,immediatelyhebecomethrestlessTheproudandtheavariciousmanareneveratrestwhilethepoorandlowlyofheartabideinthemultitudeofpeaceThemanwhoisnotyetwhollydeadtoself,issoontempted,andisovercomeinsmallandtriflingmattersItishardforhimwhoisweakinspirit,andstillinpartcarnalandinclinedtothepleasuresofsense,towithdrawhimselfaltogetherfromearthlydesiresAndtherefore,whenhewithdrawethhimselffromthese,heisoftensad,andeasilyangeredtooifanyopposehiswillButif,ontheotherhand,heyieldtohisinclination,immediatelyheisweigheddownbythecondemnationofhisconscienceforthathehathfollowedhisowndesire,andyetinnowayattainedthepeacewhichhehopedforFortruepeaceofheartistobefoundinresistingpassion,notinyieldingtoitAndthereforethereisnopeaceintheheartofamanwhoiscarnal,norinhimwhoisgivenuptothethingsthatarewithouthim,butonlyinhimwhoisferventtowardsGodandlivingthelifeoftheSpiritTHEIMITATIONOFCHRISTCHAPTEROffleeingfromvainhopeandprideVainisthelifeofthatmanwhoputtethhistrustinmenorinanycreatedThingBenotashamedtobetheservantofothersfortheloveofJesusChrist,andtobereckonedpoorinthislifeRestnotuponthyself,butbuildthyhopeinGodDowhatliethinthypower,andGodwillhelpthygoodintentTrustnotinthylearning,norintheclevernessofanythatlives,butrathertrustinthefavourofGod,whoresisteththeproudandgivethgracetothehumbleBoastnotthyselfinthyrichesifthouhastthem,norinthyfriendsiftheybepowerful,butinGod,whogivethallthings,andinadditiontoallthingsdesirethtogiveevenHimselfBenotliftedupbecauseofthystrengthorbeautyofbody,forwithonlyaslightsicknessitwillfailandwitherawayBenotvainofthyskilfulnessorability,lestthoudispleaseGod,fromwhomcometheverygoodgiftwhichwehaveCountnotthyselfbetterthanothers,lestperchancethouappearworseinthesightofGod,whoknowethwhatisinmanBenotproudofthygoodworks,forGod'sjudgmentsareofanothersortthanthejudgmentsofman,andwhatpleasethmanisofttimesdispleasingtoHimIfthouhastanygood,believethatothershavemore,andsothoumayestpreservethyhumilityItisnoharmtotheeifthouplacethyselfbelowallothersbutitisgreatharmifthouplacethyselfaboveevenonePeaceiseverwiththehumbleman,butintheheartoftheproudthereisenvyandcontinualwrathTHEIMITATIONOFCHRISTCHAPTEROfthedangeroftoomuchfamiliarityOpennotthinehearttoeveryman,butdealwithonewhoiswiseandfearethGodBeseldomwiththeyoungandwithstrangersBenotaflattereroftherichnorwillinglyseekthesocietyofthegreatLetthycompanybethehumbleandsimple,thedevoutandthegentle,andletthydiscoursebeconcerningthingswhichedifyBenotfamiliarwithanywoman,butcommendallgoodwomenalikeuntoGodChooseforthycompanionsGodandHisAngelsonly,andfleefromthenoticeofmenWemustloveallmen,butnotmakeclosecompanionsofallItsometimesfallethoutthatonewhoisunknowntousishighlyregardedthroughgoodreportofhim,whoseactualpersonisneverthelessunpleasingtothosewhobeholditWesometimesthinktopleaseothersbyourintimacy,andforthwithdispleasethemthemorebythefaultinessofcharacterwhichtheyperceiveinusTHEIMITATIONOFCHRISTCHAPTEROfobedienceandsubjectionItisverilyagreatthingtoliveinobedience,tobeunderauthority,andnottobeatourowndisposalFarsaferisittoliveinsubjectionthaninaplaceofauthorityManyareinobediencefromnecessityratherthanfromlovethesetakeitamiss,andrepineforsmallcauseNorwilltheygainfreedomofspirit,unlesswithalltheirhearttheysubmitthemselvesfortheloveofGodThoughthourunhitherandthither,thouwiltnotfindpeace,saveinhumblesubjectiontotheauthorityofhimwhoissetovertheeFanciesaboutplacesandchangeofthemhavedeceivedmanyTrueitisthateverymanwillinglyfollowethhisownbent,andisthemoreinclinedtothosewhoagreewithhimButifChristisamongstus,thenitisnecessarythatwesometimesyieldupourownopinionforthesakeofpeaceWhoissowiseastohaveperfectknowledgeofallthingsThereforetrustnottoomuchtothineownopinion,butbereadyalsotoheartheopinionsofothersThoughthineownopinionbegood,yetiffortheloveofGodthouforegoestit,andfollowestthatofanother,thoushaltthemoreprofittherebyOfttimesIhaveheardthatitissafertohearkenandtoreceivecounselthantogiveitItmayalsocometopassthateachopinionmaybegoodbuttorefusetohearkentootherswhenreasonoroccasionrequirethit,isamarkofprideorwilfulnessTHEIMITATIONOFCHRISTCHAPTEROfthedangerofsuperfluityofwordsAvoidasfarasthoucanstthetumultofmenfortalkconcerningworldlythings,thoughitbeinnocentlyundertaken,isahindrance,soquicklyareweledcaptiveanddefiledbyvanityManyatimeIwishthatIhadheldmypeace,andhadnotgoneamongstmenButwhydowetalkandgossipsocontinually,seeingthatwesorarelyresumeoursilencewithoutsomehurtdonetoourconscienceWeliketalkingsomuchbecausewehopebyourconversationstogainsomemutualcomfort,andbecauseweseektorefreshourweariedspiritsbyvarietyofthoughtsAndweverywillinglytalkandthinkofthosethingswhichweloveordesire,orelseofthosewhichwemostdislikeButalas!itisoftentonopurposeandinvainForthisoutwardconsolationisnosmallhindrancetotheinnercomfortwhichcomethfromGodThereforemustwewatchandpraythattimepassnotidly

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