Sep 9, 2021
Christians … love all men, and are persecuted by all. They are unknown and condemned; they are put to death, and restored to life.
They are poor, yet make many rich; they are in lack of all things, and yet abound in all; they are dishonored, and yet in their very dishonor are glorified.
They are evil spoken of, and yet are justified; they are reviled, and bless; they are insulted, and repay the insult with honor; they do good, yet are punished as evil-doers.
When punished, they rejoice as if quickened into life.
They are assailed by the Jews as foreigners, and are persecuted by the Greeks; yet those who hate them are unable to assign any reason for their hatred.
Don't you see them exposed to wild beasts for the purpose of persuading them to deny the Lord, yet they are not overcome?
Don't you see that the more of them that are punished, the greater the number of the rest becomes? This does not seem to be the work of man.
This is the power of God. These are the evidences of his appearance.
When you despise that which is considered to be death here,
then you shall fear what is truly death,
which is reserved for those who shall be condemned to the eternal fire,
which shall afflict to the end those that are committed to it.
Then shall you admire those who for righteousness'
sake endure the fire that is but for a moment, and you shall count them happy when you understand that fire.
Diognetus, AD 80 - 200