His disciples questioned him, and said to him, “Do you want us to fast? How shall we pray? Shall we give alms? What diet shall we observe?”
Jesus said to them, “If you fast, it shall serve you no purpose, lest that you lose your bellies. Should you become as the righteous, you will give rise to that which is wrong for yourselves; and if you pray, you will be condemned for your stupidity, for there is no god to hear you, and you will do harm to your spirits. The Force of the Earth has no ears for men, and hears not his mumblings.
“Furthermore, do not tell lies that are evil or unnecessary, and do not do what you hate unless it is necessary, for all things are plain in the sight of the inner man. For nothing hidden will not become manifest, and nothing covered will remain without being uncovered. That which you see is without harm, and that which you see not is a danger to you.
“When you go into any land and walk about in the districts, if they receive you, eat what they will set before you, and heal the sick among them as far as you can. For what goes into your mouth will not defile you; but that which issues from your mouth,”it is that which will defile you. Men have two ears and one mouth: hear therefore twice that of which you speak, and so shall you become wise and do most good.”
(Chapter: The Writings of Didymus Judas Thomas)