The Apology of Aristides on Behalf of the Christians: From a Syriac Ms. Preserved on Mount Sinai, Volume 1

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The University Press, 1891 - Apologetics - 118 pages

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Page 9 - God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
Page 34 - And if any righteous person of their number passes away from the world they rejoice and give thanks to God and they follow his body as if he were moving from one place to another : and when a child is born to any one of them they praise God, and if again it chance to die in its infancy, they praise God mightily, as for one who has passed through the world without sins.
Page 32 - His fellow- : from whom they have received those commandments which they have engraved on their minds, which they keep in the hope and expectation of the world to come ; so that on this account they do not commit adultery, nor fornication ; they do not bear false witness ; they do not deny a deposit...
Page 23 - For lo ! we see him, that by the necessity of another he is moved and turned and runs his course ; and he proceeds from degree to degree, rising and setting every day, in order that he may warm the shoots of plants and shrubs, and may bring forth in the air which is mingled with him every herb which is on the earth, And in calculation the sun has a part with the rest of the stars in his course, and although he is one in his nature, he is mixed with many parts, according to the advantage of the needs...
Page 20 - ... reckon the beginning of their religion from Jesus Christ, who is named the Son of God most High ; and it is said that God came down from heaven, and from a Hebrew virgin took and clad Himself with flesh, and in a daughter of man there dwelt the Son of God. This is taught from that Л Gospel which a little while ago was spoken among them as being preached ; wherein if ye also will read, ye will comprehend the power that is upon it.
Page 32 - God, but in the methods of their actions their service is to angels and not to God, in that they observe sabbaths and new moons and the passover and the great fast, and the fast, and circumcision, and cleanness of meats : which things not even thus have they perfectly observed.
Page 24 - Barbarians, in that they have introduced many gods that are made ; and some of them they have represented as male and some of them as female ; and in such a way that some of their gods were found to be adulterers and murderers, and jealous and envious, and angry and passionate, and murderers of fathers, and thieves and plunderers. And they say that some of them were lame and maimed ; and some of them wizards, and some of them utterly mad ; and some of them played on harps; and some of them wandered...
Page 33 - God : but when one of their poor 20 passes away from the world, and any of them sees him, then he provides for his burial according to his ability ; and if they hear that any of their number is imprisoned or oppressed for the name of their Messiah, all of them provide for his needs, and if it is possible that he may be delivered, they deliver him.
Page 34 - As men who know God, they ask from Him petitions which are proper for Him to give and for them to receive : and thus they accomplish the course of their lives. And because they acknowledge the goodnesses of God towards them, lo ! on account of them there flows forth the beauty that is in the world.

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