Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Origen: seducers?

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    Feast of Edward the Confessor, 1066
    Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.
    —John 12:42-43 (NIV)
    Seducers we, they say; but they lead men astray. Oh, what a noble seduction ours, that men should change from dissolute to sober living—or towards it; to justice from injustice—or tending that way; to wisdom from being foolish—or becoming such; and from cowardice, meanness and timidity, show courage and fortitude, not least in this struggle for the sake of our religion.
    ... Origen (185?-254?), Contra Celsum, in After the Apostles, John Foster, SCM Press, 1951, p. 121 (see the book)
    See also John 12:42-43, Deut. 31:6; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; Eph. 2:1-2; 4:22-23; 5:8; Col. 3:5-7; Tit. 3:3-6; 1 Pet. 4:2-3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, keep me from being overcome by human judgment.
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