Monday, May 15, 2006

what Christians are about (2 of 4)

"They do not worship idols [made] in the image of man; and whatsoever they would not that others should do to them, they do not do to others; and of the food that is consecrated to idols they do not eat, for they are pure. And their oppressors they appease and make their friends. They do good to their enemies. Their women are pure and virgins do not offer their wombs; and their men exercise self-control from every unlawful union, and especially from impurity; their wives similarly exercise self-control, for they cling to the great hope of the world to come. If they have bondmen and bondwomen or children, they persuade them to become Christians so that they might be friends, and when they have become such, they call them brethren without distinction. They do not worship strange gods." - Aristides, a Greek Christian who died in 134 A.D.
(source: Inheriting Wisdom: Readings for Today from Ancient Christian Writers by Everett Ferguson, p.209-210)