Website owner: James Miller
There are two ways: 1. The natural way 2. Another way that we will call "the unnatural way". The Natural Way. The way we are naturally inclined to go, the easy way, the way of following our natural inclinations. It is the way of impulsiveness, impetuousness, self- indulgence, self-gratification, selfishness, pride, vanity, dishonesty, deceit, impatience, self-will, anger, malice, envy, jealousy, hatred, vengeance, laziness, overindulgence, gluttony, prodigality, promiscuity, pleasure seeking, etc. It is the way in which if you desire to do it, you just do it. Want, wish, desire, impulse and natural inclination rule. Want, wish, impulse and desire, unwilling to be restrained by reason, sense or conscience, decide action and behavior. Reason, sense and conscience is ignored, overruled, or just not heard. The Unnatural Way. The way of self-restraint, self-denial, self-control; the way of following mind, intellect, reason, sense, judgment, moral knowledge, conscience, moral principle, religious or moral teaching; the way of prudence, wisdom, reflection, thought, forethought, unselfishness, kindness, benevolence, humility, honesty, truthfulness, caution, patience, industry, thrift, perseverance, diligence. It is the hard way, a way that doesn't come naturally. It is a way that is learned, acquired, built up through practice and cultivation, a way that is instilled and created. It is a way of inhibitions -- for reason, sense and conscience place inhibiting, restraining or regulating effects on thought, action and conduct. It is a way of self-imposed habits and discipline, a way that arises out of an understanding of life and truth that comes through fear of God, knowledge of Biblical teaching, thought, reflection, and observation (of life and people); a way that arises out of a love of God, virtue, goodness and truth and the pursuit of those things. In almost all ways the two ways are opposites. For in the later way impulsiveness is replaced by thought, care and caution; self-gratification is replaced by self-denial and self-restraint; laziness is replaced by industriousness; prodigality is replaced by thrift; dishonesty is replaced by honesty; pride is replaced by humility; overindulgence is replaced by temperance; etc. In the later way our mind causes us to go against natural inclination and do that which is contrary to our natural inclination; it subjects all our behavior and conduct to restraint and discipline. The natural way is the low way. It is the way Christian scripture refers to as the way of "the natural man", "the way of the world". It is the way Christian teaching says leads to hell. The "unnatural way" is the high way. It is the way taught by Christ, by Christian scripture. It is the way of the "reborn", the true Christian. Oct 2004 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
On Self-sufficient Country Living, Homesteading
Principles for Living Life
Topically Arranged Proverbs, Precepts, Quotations. Common Sayings. Poor Richard's Almanac.
America has lost her way
The really big sins
Theory on the Formation of Character
You are what you eat
People are like radio tuners --- they pick out and listen to one wavelength and ignore the rest
Cause of Character Traits --- According to Aristotle
These things go together
We are what we eat --- living under the discipline of a diet
Avoiding problems and trouble in life
Role of habit in formation of character
The True Christian
What is true Christianity?
Personal attributes of the true Christian
What determines a person's character?
Love of God and love of virtue are closely united
Walking a solitary road
Intellectual disparities among people and the power in good habits
Tools of Satan. Tactics and Tricks used by the Devil.
On responding to wrongs
Real Christian Faith
The Natural Way -- The Unnatural Way
Wisdom, Reason and Virtue are closely related
Knowledge is one thing, wisdom is another
My views on Christianity in America
The most important thing in life is understanding
Sizing up people
We are all examples --- for good or for bad
Television --- spiritual poison
The Prime Mover that decides "What We Are"
Where do our outlooks, attitudes and values come from?
Sin is serious business. The punishment for it is real. Hell is real.
Self-imposed discipline and regimentation
Achieving happiness in life --- a matter of the right strategies
Self-control, self-restraint, self-discipline basic to so much in life
We are our habits
What creates moral character?