31 January 2011

Clarity, charity, verity

But anyone who understands in the Scriptures something other than that intended by them is deceived, although they do not lie. However, as I began to explain, if he is deceived in an interpretation which builds up charity, which is the end of the commandments, he is deceived in the same way as a man who leaves a road by mistake but passes through a field to the same place toward which the road itself leads. But he is to be corrected and shown that it is more useful not to leave the road, lest the habit of deviating force him to take a crossroad or a perverse way.

Augustine, On Christian Doctrine XXXVI.41

1 comment:

lisa said...

So true.
It's hard to find friends willing to suffer correcting me lovingly though.
They are more precious than rubies.