Evaluating the hot testomony with the Tao Te Ching, Taoism’s so much sacred e-book, Jesus and Lao Tzu finds a shocking set of examples within which those non secular masters element their fans within the related course. With over ninety parallel sayings, readers locate clean figuring out and new views the following, because the usual teachings are provided facet via facet. The ebook additionally indicates how those shared truths go beyond conventional non secular obstacles.

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Let anyone with ears to hear listen! LUKE 8:5–8 26 Lao Tzu When the wisest people hear of the Tao they try hard to live in accordance with it. When average people hear of the Tao they give it thought now and again. When foolish people hear of the Tao they break into laughter. If they didn’t laugh, it wouldn’t be the Tao. TA O T E C H I N G 4 1 27 Je sus Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. LUKE 11:9 28 Lao Tzu The spirit of the valley never dies.

Materialistic concerns, almost by definition, are a spiritual danger because they impede the deepening and leavening necessary for cultivating an inner life. To Lao Tzu wealth, more than anything else, was a burden—a source of anxiety and a time-consuming diversion from far more important matters. “When gold and jade fill your hall, you will not be able to keep them safe,” he flatly declares. To Jesus, wealth was a pernicious distraction. ” he pointedly asks. Both saw wealth for the delusion it is and condemned it vociferously.

They saw clearly the negative, stunting effects of materialism on human lives and repudiated it as a sort of disease. Materialistic concerns, almost by definition, are a spiritual danger because they impede the deepening and leavening necessary for cultivating an inner life. To Lao Tzu wealth, more than anything else, was a burden—a source of anxiety and a time-consuming diversion from far more important matters. “When gold and jade fill your hall, you will not be able to keep them safe,” he flatly declares.

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