I would like to share some writings from our early Fathers pertaining to the ways of the man. These writings are from “A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs“, Bercot, W. David. The author of this book has compiled this dictionary of more than 700 topics discussed by the early church Fathers from the Ante Nicene Fathers which is a collection of collection of books in 10 volumes on most of the early Christian writings. You can read this collection online for free: http://www.ccel.org/fathers.html or you can even purchase the set for under $200 on Amazon.
” From the very beginning, this was inculcated as a precept of Jesus among His hearers: men are to despise the life that is eagerly sought after by the multitude, and are to be earnest in living the life that resembles that of God (Origen 248 AD).”
“Whoever, then, prefers the life of the soul must despise the life of the body. He will in no other way be able to strive after that which is highest, unless he will have despised the things that are lowest (Lactantius 304-313 AD).”
“Are we not, in like manner, commended to put away from us all immodesty? On this ground, again, we are excluded from the theater, which is immodesty’s own peculiar abode. …The very harlots, too, victims of the public lust, are brought upon the stage… Let the Senate, let all ranks, blush for very shame! Is it right to look on what it is disgraceful to do? How is it that the things that defile a man in going out of his mouth, are not regarded as doing so when they go in his eyes and ears (Tertullian 197 AD).”
“The Christian man has nothing to do with any woman but his own wife. A Christian with grace-healed eyes is sightless in this matter. He is mentally blind against the assaults of passion (Tertullian 197 AD).”
“Buying as they do, a single dress at the price of ten thousand talents, they prove themselves to be of less use and less value than cloth (Clement of Alexandria 195).”
“The one peaceful and trustworthy tranquility, the one solid, firm, and constant security is this: for a man to withdraw from this whirlpool of a distracting world and to lift his eyes from earth to heaven, anchored on the ground of the harbor of salvation… he who is actually greater than the world can crave nothing or desire nothing from the world. How stable, how free from all shocks is that safeguard. how heavenly to be loosed from the snares of this entangling world and to be purged from the earthly dregs and be fitted for the light of eternal immortality (Cyprian 250 AD).”
“I will then see whether you will rise (at the resurrection) with your ceruse and rouge and saffron – and in all that parade of headgear. I will then see whether it will be women thus decked out whom the angels carry up to meet Christ in the air! If these things are now good, and of God they will then also present themselves to the rising bodies (Tertullian 198).”