The Two Ways

There are two ways of teaching and authority, the one of light and the other of darkness. There is, however, a great difference between these two ways. Over one are stationed the light-bringing angels of God, but over the other are the angels of satan. [God] is truly the Lord for ever and ever, but [Satan] is prince of the time of iniquity.

The Way of Light

The way of light, then, is as follows. If anyone wants to arrive at the place appointed for us, he must be zealous in his works. Thus, the following is the knowledge given to us for the purpose of walking in this way: You will love the One who created you, and you will glorify the One who redeemed you from death. You will be single-hearted and rich in spirit. You will not join those who walk in the way of death. You will hate doing what is displeasing to God. You will hate all hypocrisy, and you will not abandon the commandments of the Lord. You will not exalt yourself, but you will be of a lowly mind [in everything]. You will not honor yourself. You will not listen to malicious advice against your neighbor. You will not allow arrogance in yourself. You will not commit fornication; you will not commit adultery; you will not corrupt youth. You will not allow the word of God to issue from your lips with any kind of impurity. You will not show partiality when you reprove anyone for transgression. You will be meek, and you will be peaceful. You will tremble at the words you hear. You will not dwell on negative reports about your brother. You shall not waver in regard to whether something shall happen or not. You will not take the name of the Lord in vain. You will love your neighbor as much as yourself. You will not kill a child by procuring an abortion, nor will you destroy it after it is born. You will not withhold your hand from your son or your daughter, but from their infancy you will teach theme the fear of the Lord. You will not envy what belongs to your neighbor, nor will you be greedy. You will not share the mindset of the haughty, but you will be counted among the righteous and the lowly. Receive the troubles that come your way as blessings [knowing that nothing happens without God]. You will not be double-minded or two-faced, for a double tongue is a snare of death. With modesty and fear you will be subject to the Lord and to bosses as the image of God. . .

The Way of Darkness

The way of darkness is crooked and full of cursing, for it is the way of eternal death with punishment. In this way ar the things that destroy the soul, such as idolatry, overconfidence, the arrogance of power, hypocrisy, a divided soul, adultery, murder, pillage, haughtiness, transgression, deceit, malice, self-sufficiency, poisoning, magic, greed, lack of the fear of God. [In the way of darkness] are those who persecute the good, those who hate truth, those who love falsehood, those who don’t know the reward of righetousness, those who do not cling to what is good, those who do watch over the widow and orphan with just judgment, and those who do not pay attention to the fear of God, resulting in wickedness. Gentleness and patience are far from such. [In the way of darkness] are people who love vanity, seek reward, don’t pity the needy, will not work with the one who is overcome by their toil; those who are prone to speaking evil, who don’t know the One that made them, who are murderers of children and destroyers of the workmanship of God, who turn away from the one in need, who oppress the unsuccessful, who are advocates of the rich, who are unjust judges of the poor, and who are transgressors in every way.

It is good, therefore, that the one who has learned the judgments of the Lord, as many as have been written, should walk in them. For the one who keeps these shall be glorified in the kingdom of God, but he who chooses other things shall be destroyed with his works.

For this reason there will be a resurrection; for this reason a retribution.