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ISBN-10: 0809121980

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Listed here are the $64000 and influential writings of a Christian mystic and early father of the Church. Origen (c. 185-254) was once born in Alexandria and lived in the course of the turbulent years through the cave in of the Roman Empire.

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For deafness toward impious words is noble when we despair of correcting those who speak of baser things. IX. And in times when we are called upon to meet adversity it is useful for us to understand what God wishes to teach by saying "I the Lord your God am jealous" (Ex. 20:5). I think that it is like a bridegroom who gives all his attention to the bride so that she will bring all she is to live devotedly with the bridegroom and keep herself in every way from mingling with anyone other than the bridegroom.

1:12). XXVIII. We can also learn from this what martyrdom is like and how much confidence toward God it produces. Since a saint is generous and wishes to respond to the benefits that pave overtaken him from God, he searches out what he can do for the Lord in return for everything he has obtained from Him. And he finds that nothing else can be given to God from a person of high purpose that will so balance His benefits as perfection in martyrdom. " (Ps. 116:12). And a reference to his solution of the perplexity about what he 59 ORIGEN AN EXHORTATION TO MARTYRDOM should give back to the Lord for everything he has received from Him may be found in the words, "I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord" (Ps.

So I will stir them to jealousy with those who are no people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. For a fire is kindled by my anger, and it will burn to the depths of Hades" (Deut. 32:21-22). X. Even though it is not for Himself that the bridegroom turns His betrothed away from all defilement, since He is wise and without passion, nevertheless, for her sake, when He sees her defilement and filth, He will do everything He can to heal her and to turn her back, addressing her as a free agent with words exhorting her away from fornication.

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