An Exhortation to Martyrdom, Prayer, and Selected Works by Origen

By Origen

Listed below are the real and influential writings of a Christian mystic and early father of the Church. Origen (c. 185-254) used to be born in Alexandria and lived in the course of the turbulent years throughout the cave in of the Roman Empire.

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62 63 ORIGEN XXXIV. Let us also observe that it is not in His addresses to the many that prophecies of martyrdom are made, but in those to the apostles. For first it is said, "These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, 'Go nowhere among the Gentiles,' and the rest" (Mt. 10:5). Then there is added, "Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles.

43:10 LXX). And notice that this commandment is given not to Jesus' servants but to His friends (cf. In. 15: 15), "Do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do" (Lk. 12:4). Therefore, the One to be feared is "Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell" (Mt. 10:28). For He alone "after He has killed" has "power to cast into hell" (Lie 12:5). " We may suppose that ):10 matter who else has the hairs of his head numbered, the verse is obviously true of those who are cut off for Jesus.

VI. Suppose, however, that the One who says, "You shall not make for yourself a graven image or any likeness, and the rest" (Ex. "2 Then perhaps the person who really believes in idols worships them; but the one 2. tics, th~t m~r~yr­ dom is a matter of indifference. He does not deny the importance of the mner dispositIOn, but chapters 5 and 7 demonstrate that he believes the argument does not go far enough. Cf. 66 and Chadwick's note. ls an accommodating temper, so that he may seem to be rehgIOus lIke most other people, does not worship idols but only bows down to them.

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