The Christians in the world. “Christians are indistinguishable from other men either by nationality, language or customs. They do not inhabit. This type of writing is also called an apologetics letter or an apology. Although neither author nor recipient is known for certain, the Letter to Diognetus purports . Letter to Diognetus, an early Christian apologetic work probably dating from the 2nd or 3rd century ad. It is often included with the works of the Apostolic Fathers, .

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But when our wickedness had reached its height, and it had been clearly shown that its reward, punishment and death, was impending over us; and when the time had come which God had epistl appointed for manifesting His own kindness and power, how the one love of God, through exceeding regard for men, did not regard us with hatred, nor thrust us away, nor remember our iniquity against us, but showed great long-suffering, and bore with us, He Himself took on Him the burden of our iniquities, He gave His own Son as a ransom for us, the holy One for transgressors, the blameless One for the wicked, the righteous One for the unrighteous, the incorruptible One for the corruptible, the immortal One for them that are mortal.

Those who imagine that they if offering sacrifices to him with blood and the smoke of sacrifices and burnt offerings, and who think that by such “honors” they are showing him respect—well, these people who suppose that they can give anything to the One who stands in need of nothing appear to me to be no different than those who studiously confer the same honor on things that are destitute of feeling and therefore incapable of enjoying such honors.

In this way you will see, while you are still on earth, that God in the heavens rules. He teaches through whom he wants and whenever he pleases. On the other hand, if they have no sense, you prove it by worshipping them with blood and the smoke of sacrifices. But those who imagine that, by means of blood, and the smoke of sacrifices and burnt-offerings, they offer sacrifices [acceptable] to Him, and that by such honours they show Him respect, — these, diognetuw supposing that they can give anything to Him who needs nothing, appear to me in no respect to differ from those who studiously confer the same honour on things destitute of sense, and which therefore are unable to enjoy such honours.


Aren’t they all made with fire and with iron tools? The immortal soul dwells in a mortal tabernacle, and Christians live as travelers doognetus perishable bodies, looking for an imperishable home in the heavens. They are dishonored, and yet in their very dishonor they are glorified; they are spoken ill of and yet are justified; they are reviled but bless; od are insulted and repay the insult with honor; they do good, yet are punished as evildoers; when punished, they rejoice as if raised from the dead.

It’s the one who, in whatever way he really is superior, is prepared to help anyone who might be deficient. Is not a sixth earthenware, in no degree more valuable than that which is formed for the humblest purposes? They pass their days upon earth, but they are citizens of heaven. Wikisource has original text related to this article: Christians are not distinguished from other men by country, language, nor by the customs which they observe.

The Word is seen in the Letter to Diognetus as guiding those who teach.

Letter to Diognetus

For what other thing was capable of covering our sins than His righteousness? Please help support the mission of New Advent and get the full contents of this website as an instant download. The early Christians were not afraid to take on the foolishness of idol worship, as the Letter to Diognetus does here.

The Jews, then, if they abstain from the kind of service above described, and deem it proper to worship one God as being Lord of all, [are right]; but if they offer Him worship in the way which we have described, they greatly err.

As calling us He sent Him, not as vengefully pursuing us; as loving us He sent Him, not as judging us. Dioghetus is why he sent the Word, so that he might be shown to the world. Are they not without life? For what other thing was capable of covering our sins than His righteousness?

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Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. This is He who, being from everlasting, is today called the Son; through whom the Church is enriched, and gracewidely spread, increases in the saintsfurnishing understanding, revealing mysteriesannouncing times, rejoicing over the faithfulgiving to those that seek, by whom the limits of faith are fpistle broken through, nor the boundaries set by the fathers passed over.


They live in their own countries, but they do so as those who are just passing through.

Epistle to Diognetus – Wikiquote

And as for observing months and day, who would deem it a part of divine worship to wait for the stars and moon to make appointments fpistle God according to whatever tendencies they have? Truly, the words which are written are not without significance. It’s no wonder, then, that a century later, Tertullian would describe the Romans as epiatle at the Christians with statements like “Behold how the love one another” and “How they are even ready to lay down their lives for one another!

Was not every one of them, before they were formed by the arts of these [workmen] into the shape of these [gods], each in its own way subject to change? A stone, however, readily endures it because it has no feeling. Is not a third wood, and that already rotten? Not so in the early churches. Only a few are well known—men like Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates as well as Pythagoras and Euclid of geometry fame.

Nor truly are those words without significance which are written, how God from the beginning planted the tree of life in the midst of paradise, revealing through knowledge the way to life, and when those who were first formed did not use this [knowledge] properly, they were, through the fraud of the Serpent, stripped naked. He can, if he is willing. Translated by Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson. As a king sends his son, who is also a king, so he sent him.

The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus

Apparently, this author was unfamiliar with the Scriptures, so he doesn’t address them. Among us you will find uneducated persons, craftsmen, and old women, who, if they are unable in words to prove the benefit of our doctrine, yet by their deeds exhibit the benefit arising from their persuasion of its truth.

They live in poverty, but enrich many; they are totally destitute, but possess an abundance of od.