The Christians in the world. “Christians are indistinguishable from other men either by nationality, language or customs. They do not inhabit. This type of writing is also called an apologetics letter or an apology. Although neither author nor recipient is known for certain, the Letter to Diognetus purports . Letter to Diognetus, an early Christian apologetic work probably dating from the 2nd or 3rd century ad. It is often included with the works of the Apostolic Fathers, .
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The author prefers, rather, to refer to the “son” as “the Word. Please buy the CD to support the site, view it without ads, and get bonus stuff! For the One that made heaven and earth and everything in them, and who gives us everything we need, certainly does not require any epjstle those things which he himself bestows on the very ones who are thinking to diogjetus them to him! For, as I said, this was no mere earthly invention which was delivered to them, nor is it a mere human system of opinion, which they judge it right to preserve so carefully, nor has a dispensation of mere human mysteries been committed to them, but truly God Himself, who is almighty, the Creator of all things, and invisible, has sent from heaven, and placed among men, [Him who is] the truth, and the holy and incomprehensible Word, and has firmly established Him in their hearts.
And to glory in the circumcision of the flesh as a proof of election, and as if, on account of it, they were specially beloved by God — how is it not a subject of ridicule? The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus Greek: To men he sent him.
To glory in the circumcision of the flesh as a proof of election—as though because of it they are diognetu loved by God—how can this not be a subject of ridicule? You have so carefully and earnestly asked your questions about them: All unattributed images on this site are either mine or known to be in the public domain.
Epistle to Diognetus
Not a single human being will put up with that kind of treatment unless he’s forced to, and it’s because he’s endowed with sense and reason. They knew that you could purify your soul by obeying the Truth 1 Pet. Would not those things which are now vessels, formed of the same materials, become like to such, if they met with the same artificers? You will consider them happy when you know that fire. For this reason ye hate the Christians, because they do not deem these to be gods.
The soul loves the flesh that hates it, and [loves also] the members; Christians likewise love those that hate them. This is the power of God. This page was last edited on 16 Septemberat In Protestant usage, apologetics can be distinguished from polemics, in which the beliefs of a particular Christian church are defended.
But as to their scrupulosity concerning food, and their superstition as respects the Sabbathsand their boasting about circumcisionand their fancies about fasting and the new moons, which are utterly ridiculous and unworthy of notice — I do not think that you require to learn anything from me.
The invisible soul is guarded by the visible body. He has shown himself through faith, which is the only thing to which it has been granted to behold God. Both the person addressed and the author of the work are unknown, although at one time the apologist Justin Martyr was erroneously considered the author.
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I can see that you deeply desire to learn eipstle Christians worship their God. These quotes address that topic. As calling us He sent Him, not as vengefully pursuing us; as loving epitle He sent Him, not as judging us. Afterwards, though, when he revealed and laid open, through his beloved Son, the things which have been prepared from the beginning, he conferred every blessing on us at once! This [messenger] He sent to them.
Then he took the burden of our iniquities on himself. He declares, “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” [ 1 Cor. Diognetus was the name of a tutor of the emperor Marcus Aurelius who admired him for his freedom from superstition and sound educational advice.
Only a few are well known—men like Plato, Aristotle, and Rpistle as well as Pythagoras and Euclid of geometry fame. There were many, however, and most of those simply studied whatever they could get their hands on and developed their own philosophical systems and academic ideas. As the visible body contains the invisible soul, so Christians are seen living in the world, but their religious life remains unseen.
Letter to Diognetus
Christians did not want to be like the philosophers who “speak against vices that they themselves live in” [ Minucius Felix ]. And do not wonder that a man may become an imitator of God. Is not one of them a stone similar to that on which we tread? And do not wonder that a man may become an imitator of God. When our wickedness had reached its height, when it had been clearly shown that the its reward, punishment and death, was hanging over our heads, and when the time had come which had appointed for manifesting his own kindness and power, then the one love God, out of exceptional care for mankind, did not regard us with hatred, nor thrust us away, nor remember our iniquity against us.
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Christians love all men, but all men persecute them. But when our wickedness had reached its height, and it had been clearly shown that its reward, punishment and death, was impending over us; and when the time had come which God had before appointed for manifesting His own kindness and power, how the one love of God, through exceeding regard for men, did not regard us with hatred, nor thrust us away, nor remember our iniquity against us, but showed great long-suffering, and bore with us, He Himself took on Him the burden of our iniquities, He gave His own Son as a ransom for us, the holy One for transgressors, the blameless One for the wicked, the righteous One for the unrighteous, the incorruptible One for the corruptible, the immortal One for them that are mortal.
Certainly you do not show [by your conduct] that he [your God] is possessed of sense.
This is why he sent the Word, so that he might be shown to the world. The apostle understood the significance of this, and he criticizes the knowledge which we let influence our lives without true doctrine. Are they not destitute of feeling?
Letter to Diognetus
Are they not all blind? It is very hard to find a better introduction to late 1st century Christianity than the Letter to Diognetus. Some of them said diogntus fire was God. O benefits beyond any expectation!