Let’s call this one The Brotherhood of the Lord.
Rule 1. Give your heart and soul to the Brotherhood.
Rule 2. Separate yourself from you family. They’ll just be a drag on you. They won’t understand you’ve found the Truth.
Rule 3. Treat other Brothers and Sisters as your family instead. Put them first.
Rule 4. Be prepared to die for your Brotherhood family. It’s not too much to ask.
Rule 5. Renounce your ego! You can’t enter fully into Truth until you let go of self.
Rule 6. Don’t criticise your brothers and sisters, specially not the leadership. The leaders know better than you; you are mere sheep and little children.
Rule 7. Sell everything you own; you won’t need it now. Give what you make to the poorest members of the group.
Rule 8. Listen to your leaders. They will tell you secrets about life that no-one outside the Brotherhood can possibly understand.
Rule 9. Don’t stop believing: if you’re obedient to the cult, your sins will be forgiven and you will live forever.
Rule 10. Be prepared: God is coming real soon to rescue you from this wicked world and elevate you to a place of glory
Or, as Jesus put it:
Rule 1. Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple (Luke 14.33). No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God. (Luke 9.62).
Rule 2. If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple (Luke 14.26).
Rule 3. Who is my mother and who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Behold my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven, he is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12.48-50).
Rule 4. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15.13).
Rule 5. If anyone wants to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it. But whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Luke 9.23).
Rule 6. Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven (Luke 6.37). Anyone who is angry with his brother without a cause will be subject to punishment. And whoever says to his brother ‘Raka!’ will be subject to the Council. And whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be subject to hell fire (Matthew 5.22). Unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18.3).
Rule 7. Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me (Mark 10.21).
Rule 8. This is why I speak to the crowds in parables: although they see, they don’t really see; and although they hear, they don’t really hear or understand (Matthew 13.13)
Rule 9. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish (John 10.27-28)
Rule 10. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted (Matthew 23.12). I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. (John 11.25-26).
1. How many Christians today do all the things demanded by Jesus?
2. Who decided he said these things? Did Jesus say them – or was it the cult that arose in his name who put them retrospectively in his mouth?