Chap. LXXIII.—The Hope of Safety is in the Religion and Worship of God.
Wherefore, since all these things are true and certain, in harmony with the predicted announcement of the prophets, since
Trismegistus and Hystaspes and the Sibyls have foretold the same things, it cannot be doubted that all hope of life and salvation is placed in the religion of God
alone. Therefore, unless a man shall have received Christ, whom God has sent, and is about to send for our redemption, unless
he shall have known the Supreme God through Christ, unless he shall have kept His commandments and law, he will fall into
those punishments of which we have spoken. Therefore frail things must be despised, that we may gain those which are substantial;
earthly things must be scorned, that we may be honoured with heavenly things; temporal things must be shunned, that we may
reach those which are eternal. Let every one train himself to justice, mould himself to self-restraint, prepare himself for
the contest, equip himself for virtue, that if by any chance an adversary shall wage war, he may be driven from that which
is upright and good by no force, no terror, and no tortures, may give16081608
himself up to no senseless fictions, but in his uprightness acknowledge the true and only God, may cast away pleasures, by
the attractions of which the lofty soul is depressed to the earth, may hold fast innocency, may be of service to as many as
possible, may gain for himself incorruptible treasures by good works, that he may be able, with God for his judge, to gain
for the merits of his virtue either the crown of faith, or the reward of immortality.