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2/15/07

Theophilus of Antioch...

From Theophilus of Antioch, (c.180-185), Book II, chapter XXVI:

And God showed great kindness to man in this, that He did not suffer him to remain in sin for ever; but, as it were, by a kind of banishment, cast him out of Paradise, in order that, having by punishment expiated, within an appointed time, the sin, and having been disciplined, he should afterwards be restored. ...For just as a vessel, when on being fashioned it has some flaw, is remoulded or remade, that it may become new and entire; so also it happens to man by death. For somehow or other he is broken up, that he may rise in the resurrection whole; I mean spotless, and righteous, and immortal. And as to God's calling, and saying, 'Where art thou, Adam?' God did this, not as if ignorant of this; but, being long-suffering, He gave him an opportunity of repentance and confession.


window from the Cathedral of Chartres"Adam and Eve Expelled from the Garden"
window from the Cathedral of Chartres

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G.K. Chesterton...

"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people."