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, . The Epistle TO Diognetus. CHAPTER 1 Since I see, most excellent Diognetus , that thou art exceedingly anxious to understand the religion of the Christians.
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Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus
Translated by Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson. They live in their own countries as though they were only passing through. For who that is rightly taught and begotten by the loving Word, would not seek to learn accurately the things which have been clearly shown diogneots the Word to His disciplesto whom the Word being manifested has revealed them, speaking plainly [to them], not understood indeed by the unbelieving, but conversing with the discipleswho, being esteemed faithful by Him, acquired a knowledge of the mysteries of the Father?
Having therefore convinced us in the former time that our nature was unable to attain to life, and having now revealed the Saviour who is able to save even those things which it was [formerly] impossible to save, by both these facts He desired to lead us to trust in His kindness, to esteem Him our Nourisher, Father, Teacher, Counsellor, Healer, our Wisdom, Light, Honour, Glory, Power, and Life, so that diognteos should not be anxious concerning clothing and food.
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Help us improve this article! In the 11th chapter “Mathetes” presents himself as “having been a disciple of Apostles I come forward as a diognefos of the Gentiles, ministering worthily to them” placing himself in a class with authoritative figures like John the Presbyter. By no means, but under the influence of clemency and meekness.
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But in gentleness [and] meekness has He sent Him, as a king might send his son who is a king. Let any one of you suffer such indignities!
Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus
For what other thing was capable of covering our sins than His righteousness? Wikisource has original text related to this article: Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. A stone, however, readily bears it, seeing it is insensible.
He can, if God willeth it. Was not every one of them, before they were formed by the arts of these [workmen] into the shape of these [gods], each in its own way diogjetos to change? Discuss this text on the Early Dkognetos forum. He can, if he is willing. 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 diogjetos.
And He has manifested Himself through faithto which alone it is given to behold God. The course of conduct which they follow has not been devised by any speculation or deliberation of inquisitive men; nor do they, like some, proclaim themselves the advocates of any merely human doctrines.
Obedient to the laws, they yet live on a level that transcends the law. When you have read and carefully listened to these things, you shall know what God bestows on such as rightly love Him, being made [as you are] a paradise of delight, presenting in yourselves a tree bearing all kinds of produce and flourishing well, being adorned with various fruits.
The soul dwells in the body, yet is not of the body; and Christians dwell in the world, yet are not of the world. He was aware, then, of all things in His own mindalong with His Son, according to the relation subsisting between them. The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus Greek: I am not sure if there is evidence to resolve the question.
They are in want of all things, and yet they abound in all things. Let your heart be your wisdom; and let your life be true knowledge inwardly received. And marvel not that a man can be an imitator of God.
From a letter to Diognetus: The Christian in the world
But if any one of these theories be worthy of approbation, every one of the rest of created things might also be declared to be God. But those who imagine that, by means of blood, and the smoke of sacrifices and burnt-offerings, they offer sacrifices [acceptable] to Him, and that by such honours they show Him respect, — these, by supposing that they can give anything to Him who needs nothing, appear to me in no respect to differ from those who studiously confer the same honour on things destitute diognetoa sense, and which therefore are unable to enjoy such honours.
Father of all holiness, guide our hearts to you. They are put to death, and yet they are endued with life.
Are they not all corruptible? And if you love Him, you will be an imitator of His kindness. Come, then, after you have freed yourself from all prejudices possessing your mindand laid aside what you have been accustomed to, as something apt to deceive you, and being made, as if from the beginning, a new man, inasmuch as, doignetos to your own confession, you are to be the hearer of a new [system of] doctrine; come and contemplate, not with your eyes only, but with your understanding, the substance and the form of those whom you declare and deem to diogneetos gods.
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