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ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus
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Chapter V.—Their dangerous errors.

Some ignorantly10031003    Or, “foolishly.” deny Him, or rather have been denied by Him, being the advocates of death rather than of the truth. These persons neither have the prophets persuaded, nor the law of Moses, nor the Gospel even to this day, nor the sufferings we have individually endured. For they think also the same thing regarding us.10041004    i.e., As they imagine Christ to have suffered only in appearance, so they believe that we suffer in vain. For what does any one profit me, if he commends me, but blasphemes my Lord, not confessing that He was [truly] possessed of a body?10051005    Literally, “a flesh-bearer.” But he who does not acknowledge this, has in fact altogether denied Him, being enveloped in death.10061006    Literally, “a death-bearer.” I have not, however, thought good to write the names of such persons, inasmuch as they are unbelievers. Yea, far be it from me to make any mention of them, until they repent and return to [a true belief in] Christ’s passion, which is our resurrection.

Some have ignorantly denied Him, and advocate falsehood rather than the truth. These persons neither have the prophecies persuaded, nor the law of Moses, nor the Gospel even to this day, nor the sufferings we have individually endured. For they think also the same thing regarding us. For what does it profit, if any one commends me, but blasphemes my Lord, not owning Him to be God incarnate?10071007    Literally, “a flesh-bearer.” He that does not confess this, has in fact altogether denied Him, being enveloped in death. I have not, however, thought good to write the names of such persons, inasmuch as they are unbelievers; and far be it from me to make any mention of them, until they repent.


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