Frequently asked questions
Before getting started learning the Christian teachings of virtue...
Why learn the teachings of virtue?
In short, to do God's will, glorify God with your life, and be who God wills you to be. Between the wide extremes of vice (sinfulness) and the narrow ways of virtue (holiness), are all the degrees of character. But many people are so fixated on where they make the wrong turns, they never get on with making the right turns. Virtue gives you the tools to gain victory over your vices and rightfully align the character-qualities of your soul with the will of God.
Does virtue teach we are saved by works or grace?
Grace—through faith in Jesus Christ. Amen! This is why in the teachings of Christian virtue, “faith” is the first of the 7 chiefly virtues. It all starts with faith! However, that doesn’t mean we do not cooperate with grace, concern ourselves with pursuing a virtuous life, and defending against sin and vice. In fact, it’s the opposite! As the faithful, we are called to do and pursue God’s will. Scripture has made it abundantly clear—we have free will to choose good or evil, right or wrong, virtue or vice. For we are called not to be who the world wills us to be, not to be who our sinful desires will us to be, but to be who God wills us to be. God does not will for us to be of the vices of pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony, or lust; but of the virtues of faith, hope, charity, prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. But God has given us free will. We must will it. Even Jesus Himself said, “I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him that sent me” (John 6:38). Thus, the virtuous one pursues a virtuous life NOT for their own sake, but for God’s sake; for God is not glorified by our works, but by our willful submission to, and union with, His divine will—unlocking the power of the Holy Spirit within us, to work through us.
What denominations do these teachings apply to?
The Christian teachings of virtue are founded in, and inspired by, the Word of God (The Holy Bible) and therefore apply to any Christian believer in Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior, the Holy Trinity, and all the truths God has revealed in Scripture—of which all Christian denominations share (Catholic, Protestant, Lutheran, Non-Denominational, and so forth). That said, even non-believers can find great value in the teachings of virtue with regard to developing their character and how to live a virtuous life—and, in the process, hopefully, find Christ!
How long does it take to learn each teaching?
As fast as 10 minutes! Each teaching includes a 90-second video and reading; plus, related Scripture, quotes, and a free lesson plan to guide group discussion or personal reflection.
Are the teachings of virtue founded in Scripture?
Yes! While the teachings of virtue have been illuminated and expanded upon by many saints, philosophers, theologians, and difference makers throughout time—they are all founded in Scripture and centered in Christ and God's will.
What Bible translation is referrenced?
Many different Bible translations are referenced and clearly cited throughout the teachings; this also includes some translations which encompass the deuterocanonical books.
What are the deuterocanonical books?
The deuterocanonical books (also known as books of the Apocrypha) are not included in all Bible translations and include the books of Tobias, Judith, Baruch, Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus), Wisdom, and First and Second Machabees. However, these seven books were included in the original Bible (and continue to be to this day) and even the original King James Version when it was first published in 1611–and continued to be included in King James until well into the 1800s when some Biblical scholars started to exclude them, determining, some 1800 years later, they were not inspired text. Thus, today, many are unaware that these books were once a part of their own Bibles—therefore, not realizing that some of the words of Christ and Paul are either quotes from or illusions to the deuterocanonical books. It is obvious that Christ and Paul were familiar with these books. When the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in the late 1950s, parts of these deuterocanonical books were found among the other ancient manuscripts, inspiring some Biblical scholars to have a renewed interest in the deuterocanonical books. These books give much advice on living a virtuous life including lessons about wisdom, justice, courage, moderation, humility, guiding children, choosing friends, and much more. They warn against sins of the world, gossip, lies, people with wondering eyes, and disordered souls. Whether you believe these books are inspired or not, does not change the fact there is much wisdom to be gained from them…as the old saying goes, “any book that inspires you to be a better person is a good book.”
What is the best way to start learning?
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