For if all things had come into being in this automatic fashion, instead of being the outcome of Mind, though they existed, they would all be uniform and without distinction. For Athanasius, it's not simply that Christ took on a human body so that such a human body could be used as an arbitrary means for atonement. So then, men having thus become brutalized, and deceit thus clouding every place, and hiding the of the , what was God to do? He has persuaded not only those close at hand, but literally the entire world to worship one and the same Lord and through Him the Father. For these reasons, then, with death holding greater sway and corruption remaining fast against human beings, the race of humans was perishing, and the human being, made rational and in the image, was disappearing, and the work made by God was being obliterated. I highly recommend reading this if you like to think, and if you like to be challenged. Athanasius, accordingly, withdrew from to in Mysia, where he celebrated the Easter festival of the year 344.
And, in short, who persuaded men of barbarous countries and men in various places to lay aside their , and to mind peace, if it be not the Faith of Christ and the Sign of the Cross? Or when have the oracles among the Greeks, and everywhere, ceased and become empty, save when the Saviour has manifested Himself upon earth? Were they drawn to evil spirits? For better were they not made, than once made, left to neglect and ruin. But slow down a bit. But repentance would neither have preserved the consistency of God, for he again would not have remained true if human beings were not held fast by death, nor does repentance recall human beings from what is natural, but merely halts sins. But now Christ alone is worshipped, as One and the Same among all peoples everywhere; and what the feebleness of idols could not do, namely, convince even those dwelling close at hand, He has effected. But these things are said of Him, because the actual body which ate, was born, and suffered, belonged to none other but to the Lord: and because, having become man, it was proper for these things to be predicated of Him as man, to show Him to have a body in , and not in seeming. The insubordinate impostors are shown up by his presence, and men, seeing the real king, forsake those who previously misled them.
For which of the righteous men and , and patriarchs, recorded in the , ever had his corporal birth of a only? In like manner it cannot be absurd if, ordering as He does the whole, and giving life to all things, and having willed to make Himself through men, He has used as His instrument a body to manifest the and of the Father. For being Himself mighty, and Artificer of everything, He prepares the body in the Virgin as a temple unto Himself, and makes it His very own as an instrument, in it manifested, and in it dwelling. Forbes writes that when the Patriarch Alexander was on his death-bed he called Athanasius, who fled fearing he would be constrained to be made Bishop. For thus man, enclosed on every side by the works of creation and everywherein heaven, in Hades, in men and on the earth, beholding the unfolded Godhead of the Word, is no longer deceived concerning God, but worships Christ alone, and through Him rightly knows the Father. Regrettably, I can't reply to every letter, but I greatly appreciate your feedback — especially notifications about typographical errors and inappropriate ads. It summarizes orthodox Christian teaching regarding the person and work of Christ.
Now let such an one be told that this too was unbefitting the Lord. And how could His disciples have had boldness in speaking of the resurrection unless they could state it as a fact that He had first died? Do these texts prove his case? But how was He to do it? His first act was to convene a council which reaffirmed the terms of the. He sent expensive presents if he were to accept the Arian position, which Liberius refused. For it is a fact that the more unbelievers pour scorn on Him, so much the more does He make His Godhead evident. Christ alone, using common speech and through the agency of men not clever with their tongues, has convinced whole assemblies of people all the world over to despise death, and to take heed to the things that do not die, to look past the things of time and gaze on things eternal, to think nothing of earthly glory and to aspire only to immortality.
Athanasius is counted as one of the four great Eastern in the. He invited Athanasius and his playfellows to prepare for clerical careers. It is his glory that he did not move with the times; it is his reward that he now remains when those times, as all times do, have moved away. You will be thought a Papist when you are actually reproducing Bunyan, a Pantheist when you are quoting Aquinas, and so forth. They will not flatter us in the errors we are already committing; and their own errors, being now open and palpable, will not endanger us. Thus do they vainly speculate. For this He was both born and appeared as Man, and died, and rose again, dulling and casting into the shade the works of all former men by His own, that in whatever direction the bias of men might be, from thence He might recall them, and teach them of His own Father, as He Himself says: I came to save and to find that which was lost.
Let us now go further and investigate the unbelief and the ridicule with which Jews and Gentiles respectively regard these same facts. But the Lord is not weak, but is the Power of and and Very Life. But men alone, having rejected what was , then devised things of nought instead of the , and have ascribed the due to , and their of Him, to and men in the shape of stones. Athanasius defends the incarnation of Christ against the derision of 4th century non-believers. And thus, taking from ours that which is like, since all were liable to the corruption of death, delivering it over to death on behalf of all, he offered it to the Father, doing this in his love for human beings, so that, on the one hand, with all dying in him the law concerning corruption in human beings might be undone its power being fully expended in the lordly body and no longer having any ground against similar human beings , and, on the other hand, that as human beings had turned towards corruption he might turn them again to incorruptibility and give them life from death, by making the body his own and by the grace of the resurrection banishing death from them as straw from the fire.
But if this demonstration of the Resurrection seem to any one insufficient, let him be assured of what is said even from what takes place before his eyes. And, just for a while, look at our own world through the eyes of Athanasius. For we were the purpose of his embodiment, and for our salvation he so loved human beings as to come to be and appear in a human body. Conflict with and Arianism as well as successive Roman emperors shaped Athanasius' career. Or if a man has sunk to the waters , and thinks that they are — as the , for instance, reverence the water — he may see its nature changed by Him, and learn that the Lord is Creator of the waters. Well, if they themselves really love the truth, they will agree with us that this involved no unfittingness at all.
For this reason, therefore, He assumed a body capable of death, in order that it, through belonging to the Word Who is above all, might become in dying a sufficient exchange for all, and, itself remaining incorruptible through His indwelling, might thereafter put an end to corruption for all others as well, by the grace of the resurrection. Cessation of pagan oracles, etc. Mortal therefore His Body must be; corruptible, His Body could not be. To demand repentance of men for their transgression? For the is living and active, and works day by day, and brings about the of all. Sin causes death and that is the problem.
We cannot, I admit, appropriate all its confidence today. Or is it like a dead man to be pricking the of , so that they deny their hereditary and bow before the teaching of Christ? The artist does not throw away the panel, but the subject of the portrait has to come and sit for it again, and then the likeness is re-drawn on the same material. That condemnation has come to an end; and now that, by the grace of the resurrection, corruption has been banished and done away, we are loosed from our mortal bodies in God's good time for each, so that we may obtain thereby a better resurrection. For if it is the , let them say when he was hid, afterward to appear again. The weakness, rather than the goodness, of God is made known by neglect, if, after creating, he abandoned his own work to be corrupted, rather than if he had not created the human being in the beginning. For whose death ever drove out? Three ways thus lay open to them, by which they might obtain the knowledge of God. There is a lot of books that Christians sho Am I giving this extra stars because it was written in the 4th century and thus, getting some sort of extra credit for a very readable translation? For who, seeing a body proceeding forth from a Virgin alone without man, can fail to infer that He Who appears in it is Maker and Lord of other bodies also? To allow to false gods the worship He made us to render to Himself? Indeed, there have been many former unbelievers and deriders who, after they became believers, so scorned death as even themselves to become martyrs for Christ's sake.
Has any man's teaching, in any place or at any time, ever prevailed everywhere as one and the same, from one end of the earth to the other, so that his worship has fairly flown through every land? But Athanasius seems to have divined what was preparing in secret against him. For this is exactly what is written: Cursed is he that hangs on a tree. There shall come forth a Man from among his seed, and he shall rule over many peoples. Athansius explains that humans fell into death, through sin, because of the deception of the devil. He came to heal and to teach suffering men. What I found most striking about this little work is clear Athanasius is. On these grounds, then, of reason and of principle, we will fairly silence the Gentiles in their turn.