And of civil government: "Render to Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things which are God's."
Idolatry is condemned, not on account of the persons which are set up for worship, but on account of those its observances, which pertain to demons. "The things which are Cµsar's are to be rendered to Cµsar."
Their specious inquiry concerned the flesh, whether or not it would be subject to marriage after the resurrection; and they assumed the case of a woman who had married seven brothers, so that it was a doubtful point to which of them she should be restored.
of her so many husbands; nor is any (husband) awaiting her to put her to confusion.
for the purpose of raising up seed to his brother; and this may happen repeatedly to the same person, according to that crafty question of the Sadducees;
" On this point we may adduce the words He addresses to the Sadducees, who do not believe the doctrine of the resurrection. "Have you not read," He says,
Sed post resurrectionem, inquit, nec uxorem ducunt, nec hubnut.' "
God; who have restored the honour of their flesh, and who have already dedicated themselves as sons of that (future) age, by slaying in themselves the concupiscence of lust, and that whole (propensity) which could not be admitted within Paradise!
And to those who err by reason of the false scriptures He fitly showed the cause of their error, saying, `Ye do therefore err, not knowing the true things of the Scriptures;
But somewhere also He says, wishing to exhibit the cause of their error more distinctly to them, `On this account ye do err, not knowing the true things of the Scriptures, on which account ye are ignorant also of the power of God.'
Mark 12:25 - NIV, NAB - in Fragments of the Lost Work of Justin on the Resurrection
But is it not absurd to say that these members will exist after the resurrection from the dead, since the Saviour said, "They neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but shall be as the angels in heaven? "
With what consistency do we mount that (future) judgment-seat to pronounce sentence against those whose gifts we (now) seek after? For you too, (women as you are, ) have the self-same angelic nature promised
"But if 'in that age they will neither marry nor be given in marriage, but will be equal to angels,'
Consider however, whether the divine Scriptures do not in many places teach this; as where the Saviour says,
And to those who say that Abraham and Isaac and Jacob are dead, He said, `God is not of the dead, but of the living.'
all the precepts which afterwards sprouted forth when given through Moses; that is, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God from thy whole heart and out of thy whole soul; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself;
For Moses, the faithful servant of God, when he said, "The Lord thy God is one Lord,"
There is then one God and Father, and not two or three; One who is; and there is no other besides Him, the only true [God]. For "the Lord thy God," saith [the Scripture], "is one Lord."
This is the first commandment; land the second is like unto it: Thou shall love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
Mark 12:29 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XI Exhortation to Martyrdom Addressed to Fortunatus
So also the Lord, in His Gospel, makes mention of the first and second commandment, saying, "Hear, O Israel, The Lord thy God is one God; "
"Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord."
But to those who were misled to imagine many gods, as the Scriptures say, He said, `Hear, O Israel; the Lord your God is one Lord.'"
And that we ought to worship God alone, He thus persuaded us: "The greatest commandment is, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shall thou serve, with all thy heart, and with all thy strength, the Lord God that made thee."
who made thee; second, thy neighbour as thyself;
Are we to paint ourselves out that our neighbours may perish? Where, then, is (the command), "Thou shall love thy neighbour as thyself? "
And He says also, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself; "
Accordingly, God's judgment will be more full and complete, because it will be pronounced at the very last, in an eternal irrevocable sentence, both of punishment and of consolation, (on men whose) souls are not to transmigrate into beasts, but are to return into their own proper bodies. And all this once for all, and on "that day, too, of which the Father only knoweth; "
which the law also does appoint: "To love the Lord God with all thy mind, and with all thy soul, who is the one and only God, besides whom there is no other; "
My brethren, shun not only the holding, but even the hearing, of the judgment that bans mercy; for better is mercy than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices.
Mark 12:38 - NIV, NAB - in Archelaus Acts of the Disputation with the Heresiarch Manes
and while devoting great care to the things which were external, they overlooked those which bore upon the salvation of the soul. For they also had respect to "greetings in the market-place,"
and ye be shut out with all your goods beyond the gate of the tower. Wherefore I now say to you who preside over the Church and love the first seats,
because righteous. And although here upon earth he be not honoured with the chief seat,
Mark 12:41 - NIV, NAB - in Archelaus Acts of the Disputation with the Heresiarch Manes
For here I perceive that Jesus also looks on willingly at the gifts of the rich men, when they are put into the treasury.
In the treasury, besides, thou oughtest to give of thy labour, even as that widow whom the Anointed One preferred.
And Christ our Lord and Master, and Searcher of hearts, saw her, and said, Verily I say unto you, that this widow hath cast into the treasury more than they all: for all they have cast in of their abundance, but this woman of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had."
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