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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As loving us he sent him, not as judging us. Yes, he always had that type of character, still does, and always will—kind and good, free from anger, true, and the only one who is good. Addressing the issue of knowledge and its role in the Christian life was a common subject among 2nd century writers. Do you not see that the more of them are punished, the greater becomes the number of the rest? Don’t you mock and insult them ever more when you worship things that are made of stone and clay without appointing anyone to guard them, but the ones made of silver and gold you lock up at night and appoint guards for them during the day so that they won’t be stolen?
To sum up all in one word–what the soul is in the body, that are Christians in the world. The soul, though immortal, has a mortal dwelling place; and Christians also live for a time amidst perishable things, while awaiting the freedom from change and decay that will be theirs in heaven.
Isn’t it much rather a demonstration of foolishness to let the changing of the seasons determine whether you are festive or mourning?
How does the Word of God grow and multiply? This is He who, being from everlasting, is to-day called the Son; through whom the Church is enriched, and grace, widely spread, increases in the saints.
For he who thinks he knows anything without true knowledgeand such as is witnessed to by life, knows nothing, but is deceived by the Serpent, as not loving life.
Are they not without life? But if, on the other hand, they are destitute of sense, you convict them of this fact, while you worship them with blood and the smoke of sacrifices.
These are the evidences of his appearance. For diogneyus this place the tree of knowledge and the tree of life have been planted; but it is not the tree of knowledge that diognftus is disobedience that proves destructive.
When you have attained this knowledge, can you imagine what kind of joy you will be filled with? He is the only early Christian writer not to do so. Well, there you have it. And as to their observing months and days, as if waiting upon the stars and the moon, and their distributing, according to their own tendencies, the appointments of God, and the vicissitudes of the seasons, some for festivities, and others for mourning,–who would deem this a part of divine worship, and not much rather a manifestation of folly?
This is He who was from the beginning, who appeared as if new, and was found old, and yet who is ever born afresh in the hearts of the saints. In this way they acquired a knowledge of the mysteries of the Father.
You see, happiness is not found by ruling over neighbors or by trying to hold onto a superiority over those that are weaker. 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.
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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. Read those two Scriptures I just gave you, and then read Exodus from chapter 20 the delivery of the 10 commandments forward, and see if you don’t agree with the argument of the early Christians, which is not only diiognetus in the Letter to Diognetus, but is consistent and repeated throughout the 2nd century writings.
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!
Do you accept of the diiognetus and silly doctrines of those who are deemed trustworthy philosophers? The Jewsthen, if they abstain from the kind of service above described, and deem it proper to worship one God as being Lord of all, [are right]; but if they offer Him worship in the way which we have described, they greatly err.
Letter to Diognetus
The early Christians were not afraid to take on the foolishness of idol worship, as the Letter to Diognetus does here. As far as their meticulous attention to food, their superstition in regard to the Sabbaths, their boasting about circumcision, and their whims about fasting and the new moons—which are diognetux ridiculous and unworthy of attention—I don’t think you need to learn anything from me.
They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh.
Then Eve will not be corrupted but trusted as a virgin. On diogneetus contrary, the imitator of God is the one who takes his neighbor’s burden on himself. They have a common table, but not a common bed. Instead, they inhabit both Greek and barbarian cities, however things have fallen to each of them.
Epistle to Diognetus
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For in this place the tree of knowledge and the tree of life have been planted; but it is not the tree of knowledge that destroys — it is disobedience that proves destructive.
Knowledge and Life I’m not sure I completely agree with the Letter to Diognetus’ assessment of the tree of knowledge in the garden, but arguing with him is not what I’m here to do. In fact, if you’re reading this site and are edified in any way by it, then you are benefitting from diognteus they worked to gain over 18 centuries ago.
Bearing this tree and displaying its fruit, thou shalt always gather in those things which are desired by God, which the Serpent cannot reach, and to which deception does not approach; nor is Eve then corrupted, but is trusted as a virgin; and salvation is manifested, and the Apostles are filled with understanding, and the Passover of the Lord advances, and the choirs are gathered together, and are arranged in proper order, and the Word rejoices in teaching the saints,–by whom the Father is glorified: But after He revealed and laid epstle, through His beloved Son, the things which had been prepared from the beginning, He conferred every blessing all at once upon us, so that we should both share in His benefits, and see and be active [in His service].