ACT 2: 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
ACT 2: 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
Monasticism is Christian, not
Catholic. Hermits, then monastics, were in existence long before the
Orthodox/Catholic Church began to take shape. Most prophets lived
reclusively in the desert; and all the greats of the early books were
called to seclusion by God, so that he may speak to them.
Try to stay in a room for 30 days just praying, reading the bible,
eating and drinking with measure and fasting, and find out what a great
experience this is.
Mar 10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way,
there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master,
what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
Mar 10:19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit
adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness,
Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
Mar 10:20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.
Mar 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said
unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou
hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and
come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Luk 9:23 And he said to
them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take
up his cross daily, and follow me.
Luk 9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
DENY THYSELF AND FOLLOW ME
Do this to the very meaning of the quote, on your own, and you've got a Hermit. Do this to the very meaning of the quote, with a number of others, and you got what we know as a 'Monastery' a 'Convent'.
Monasteries are not
necessarily composed of monks or nuns but, before the Catholic church
started to exploit monasticism there were many Christians living such a
life, just as God-obeying Christians.
The Early Christian's (not
church) adapted the 'Monk/Nun'. They take vows of
Celibacy, Poverty, and Obedience.
The latter should be 'Obedience to the law of God' not the perversions
of men as is so often the case in monasteries. But 'The Monk /
Nun' in principle does not contradict Christ, as their way of live does
not contradict the doctrine of Christ.
So, man or woman living in
these places we know as monasteries, need not be Monks and Nuns, but
they can be Christians living a life of obedience to God and, if not
married or engaged, they commit no adultery or fornication
(sexual intercourse with engaged or married persons) of course.
During the early years of Christianity, this was prevalent,
before the Commercial Church with all their money started to build
monastic orders and overwhelmed the originals: for many are called but few are chosen!
discarded monasticism; mainly through the following of Martin Luther
who ditched this practice as his experiences with monasticism were not
at all pleasing amid the corruption and murders. So it is not
monasticism but the people/churches running the orders that are the
offenders. Because the Catholic church allowed them to develop into
virtual brothels does not declare them unsound in sound hands.
Search monastic history and
read about the perversions that ruled the houses: priest (so-called)
demanding sex in return for forgiveness of sin! And yes, people
were as stupid as to grant them it! Until near the end of the
first millennium, people had enough and destroyed many of the
so-called holy orders. Though the orders returned after the 11th
century, they were no lesser corrupt than their predecessors, and soon
the people and governors turned upon them again, plundered them, taking
their lands, belongings and properties.
It must be understood that,
unlike Benedict's statement that the most valiant of monks are those
who live in monastic orders, the most valiant of monks, in fact, are
those who follow the law of God and walk in the commandments, no matter
what kind of monk they are.
A Catholic contortion of a Christian invention.
This is the overseer of the governing rule of the monastery. He is
elected by the group, and is the dominant figure whom will sit at a
separate table, receive an apartment, or live in a house away from the
monastery; at all times subduing the monks to the rule, as thus they
have chosen to serve God. In the old days this was often in
humiliation, suffering abuses designed by men ( a clear
misinterpretation of peters: "to subject your self to every evil of
men" ) this quote, no doubt, refers to evil that by chance may come
upon you, not you voluntarily walking into evils concocted by men. And
then Peter also thought them what Jesus taught him: "that all must be
Subduction and Sado-masochism
were really brought to live in monasteries: monks were punished,
whipped, ordered to chastise them selves etc., for the perverse joys of
others...and themselves, if they were, or became masochists.
Many people joined these
orders to indulge in their fetish and perversions as the base of the
entry rules was and still is: "if one calls 3 times at the door, let
him in". Many of these persons would happily call six times to
Benedict of Nursia, by no
means held an apartment in the monastery he was invited to run, but
lived on equal foot with the monks, (though he had a separate room and
sat at a separate table); neither did he had any other privilege than
administrator of his rule (which in fact is not a
privilege). So, though Benedictines go by the name, their
ancient brothers, having failed to kill Benedict with poison,
today they have little more than nothing in common with this man.
BUT ONE WAY TO OBTAIN HOLINESS
One thing should be clear to
all people: no man obtains holiness by separating himself from women,
for it is not that women defile man, but man defile themselves.
Man and woman he made them, to live in love together.
Christ: "it's not what goes into a man that defiles a man, but it's that which comes out of a man that defiles a man."
DENY THYSELF AND FOLLOW ME
So, though we are not told to
become Monks and neither are we told to join Holy Orders, we are told
to deny our selves for Christ. So, wherever in Christianity we
are going to make our home - as Minister, Disciple, Monastic etc.
we must obey this order to deny our self to an acceptable extent to
God. To deny ourselves luxuries and some things of the earth
while we fornicate even with our eyes, is not acceptable to God.
But first and foremost we must understand that to deny ourselves to an
acceptable extent is to follow the 12 commandments of God, (in which
90% of the repentance process is contained) and repent and baptise in
the name of Jesus Christ: for upon this stands the entire Gospel of
Jesus Christ who said: "Transgression against one of the commandments
is transgression against all of the commandments.