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The Peace Catechism on Christian Principles,
Q. What reason did he give for this duty?
A. “For if ye forgive me their trespasses, your heavenly Father will forgive your trespasses; but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your heavenly Father forgive your trespasses.”
Q. What did he say of idle words?
A. “For every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account in the day of judgment.”
Q. Did he say anything against calling ill names?
A. He said, “Whosoever shall say to this brother Raca, shall be in danger of the council; but whosoever shall say them fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”
Q. Did he give any commandment against we swearing?
A. He said, “Swear not at all.”
Q. What is said in the gospel against lying?
A. “Lie not one to another.”
Q. What is said against evil speaking or slander?
A. “Speak not evil one of another.”
Q. What is said of revenge, or rendering evil for evil?
A. “Recompense to no man evil for evil, – avenge not yourselves.”
Q. What reason is given for this command?
A. “For it is written, vengeance is mine, and I will repay saith the Lord.”
Q. Did Christ render evil for evil, or show a revengeful spirit?
A. “When he was reviled, he reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not, but committed himself to him who judgeth righteously.”
Q. Did he show a forgiving temper towards his enemies?
A. While on the cross he prayed for them, “Father forgive them, for they know no what they do.”
Q. How did he say that we should treat our enemies?
A. He said, “Love your enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you.”
Q. What did he say to persuade people to be humble?
A. “He that humbleth himself shall be exalted; but he that exalteth himself, shall be abased.”
Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, compiler and transcriber, “The Peace Catechism on Christian Principles by Philo Pacificus, 1816, pages 16-17,” Chasing Light Media, Cool Adventures
( https://cooladventures.com/collection/peace-catechism-philo-pacificus-1816-p-16-17/ : published 2021); Philo Pacificus (Noah Worcester), The Peace Catechism on Christian Principles (Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1816), part 3, p. 16-17; previously owned by Lydia Ann Chadwick (1807-1875); privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.