The Shepherd of Hermas presents itself as Hermas of Rome’s account of his visions of Christ in the form of a shepherd. The Muratorian Fragment says that it was written “recently” under the papacy of Pius I, the brother of Hermas, in 140-155 AD. The text can be found here: http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/shepherd.html
On another Forum Thread, I discussed whether the document is an account of real visions or a literary fiction. (https://forums.catholic.com/t/the-shepherd-of-hermas-1st-mid-2nd-century-questions-on-its-authenticity-and-doubting)
(Question) What kind of salvific luxury is the Shepherd talking about in Book III, Similitude VI, Chapter 5, below?:
there are also acts of luxury which save men; for many who do good indulge in luxury, being carried away by their own pleasure: this luxury, however, is beneficial to the servants of God, and gains life for such a man; but the injurious acts of luxury before enumerated bring tortures and punishment upon them; and if they continue in them and do not repent, they bring death upon themselves. (Roberts’ and Donaldson’s translation)
The author elsewhere encourages fasting, and as he mentions in the paragraph above, there is other luxuriousness that he rejects.
Is the paragraph above talking about things like taking a vacation when someone is overstressed from work?
Roberts and Donaldson’s edition has this footnote:
16 [Ps. iv. 6,7,cxix. 14, lxxxiv. 10. Dr. Doddridge’s epigram on Dum Vivimus Vivamus will be brought to mind.]
The verses that he cites in the Psalms say:
There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.
I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.