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Listed here are the real and influential writings of a Christian mystic and early father of the Church. Origen (c. 185-254) was once born in Alexandria and lived during the turbulent years in the course of the cave in of the Roman Empire.

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If you know yourselves hated and abominated and considered impious, then take up the saying "For this reason the world hates you, because you are not of this world; if you were of this world, the world would love its own" (cf. In. 15:19). By the One in whom you have believed endure to the end many reproaches for Christ and many dangers. Go forward by enduring, because he who endures to the end will be saved (Mt. 10:22). Know that, according to Peter, you will rejoice, "though now for a little while you may have to be grieved by various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1 Pet.

And in another place, "For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when He comes in His glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels" (Lie 9:26). And Mark writes in a similar vein as follows, "For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed, when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels" (Mk. 8:38). Therefore, those who destroy us kill the life of the body; for such is the meaning of "fear not those who kill the body," found in the same words in both Matthew and Luke (Mt.

10. , good and evil. Cf. 27. 53 ORIGEN AN EXHORT A TION TO MARTYRDOM rejoice in evil, will cheer. And it is in no way foolish to see by using Isaiah's words what will be said by those in hell to the ones who have been defeated and have fallen from their heavenly martyrdom. This will make us shudder all the more at the impiety of denying. For this is what I think will be said to the person who has denied, "Hell below is stirred up to meet you; all the giants who ruled the earth have been raised up for you; they raise all the kings of the nations from their thrones.

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