Wednesday, May 17, 2006

what Christians are about (4 of 4)

"They observe carefully the precepts of God and live in a holy and just manner, as their Lord commanded them. They give thanks to him every morning and every hour for food, drink and other good things. If any righteous person among them dies, they rejoice and offer thanks and pray concerning that one; and they escort the body as if he were setting out on a journey. When a child is born to one of them, they give thanks to God; and if it should die as an infant, they give thanks the more, because it has departed life sinless. But if anyone should die in sin they weep, since that person goes to punishment." - Aristides, a Greek Christian who died in 134 A.D.
(Source: Inheriting Wisdom: Readings for Today from Ancient Christian Writers by Everett Ferguson, p.210)