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Neither should asceticism be identified with mysticism.For although genuine mysticism can not exist without asceticism, the reverse is not true. Asceticism is ethical ; mysticism, largely intellectual.
In the New Dispensation the binding force of the Commandments continued, but the practice of virtue took on another aspect, in as much as the dominant motive presented to man for the service of God was not fear, but love, though fear was no means eliminated.Some of these commandments are positive; others, negative.The negative precepts, "thou shalt not kill", "thou shalt not commit adultery ", etc., imply the repression of the lower appetites, and consequently call for penance and mortification ; but they intend also, and effect, the cultivation of the virtues which are opposed to the things forbidden.They develop meekness, gentleness, self-control, patience, continence, chastity, justice, honesty, brotherly love, which are positive in their character, magnanimity, liberality, etc.; while the first three which are positive in their character, "thou shall adore thy God ", etc., bring into vigorous and constant exercise the virtues of faith, hope, charity, religion, reverence and prayer.Finally the fourth insists on obedience, respect for authority, observance of law, filial piety, and the like.