Chapter VIII.—Christians confess
their faith in God.
And reckon ye that it is for your sakes we have
been saying these things; for it is in our power, when we are examined,
to deny that we are Christians; but we would not live by telling a lie.
For, impelled by the desire of the eternal and
pure life, we seek the abode that is with God, the Father and Creator of
all, and hasten to confess our faith, persuaded and convinced as we are
that they who have proved to God17801780 by
their works that they followed Him, and loved to abide with Him where
there is no sin to cause disturbance, can obtain these things. This,
then, to speak shortly, is what we expect and have learned from Christ,
and teach. And Plato, in like manner, used to
say that Rhadamanthus and Minos would punish the wicked who came before
them; and we say that the same thing will be done, but at the hand of
Christ, and upon the wicked in the same bodies united again to their
spirits which are now to undergo everlasting punishment; and not only, as
Plato said, for a period of a thousand years. And if any one say that
this is incredible or impossible, this error of ours is one which
concerns ourselves only, and no other person, so long as you cannot
convict us of doing any harm.