The Second Chapter
Having a Humble Opinion of Self
EVERY man naturally desires knowledge2; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars.3 He who knows himself well becomes mean in his own eyes and is not happy when praised by men.
If I knew all things in the world and had not charity, what would it profit me before God Who will judge me by my deeds?
Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself about other things than those which lead to salvation is very unwise. [ more ]
- Imitation of Christ – Christian Classics Ethereal Library. 2016. Imitation of Christ – Christian Classics Ethereal Library. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/kempis/imitation.ONE.2.html. [Accessed 21 October 2016].