An Exhortation to Martyrdom, Prayer, and Selected Works by Origen

By Origen

Listed below are the real and influential writings of a Christian mystic and early father of the Church. Origen (c. 185-254) used to be born in Alexandria and lived in the course of the turbulent years through the cave in of the Roman Empire.

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Let us then say to them the verse from Proverbs, "My son, honor the Lord, and you will prevail. Fear no one else but Him" (Prov. 7:1 LXX). XXII. And what Solomon says in Ecclesiastes is also useful for the subject under discussion, "I praised all who have died more than the living, who are alive till now" (Eccles. 4:2). Who would so rightly be praised as the person who died of his own accord, wel- 54 55 ORIGEN coming death for his religion? This is what Eleazar was like, who welcoming death with honor rather than life with pollution went up to the rack of his own accord (2 Macc.

And everyone who has left brothers or sisters or parents or children or lands or houses, for my name's sake, will receive a manifold reward and inherit eternal life" (Mt. 19:27 -29). Because of these words, if I possessed on earth as much as you have or even more, I should pray that I might become a martyr to God in Christ so that I might receive "manifold," or, as Mark says, "a hundred-fold," which is much more than the few things we leave behind if we are called to martyrdom, since they are multiplied by one hundred.

You, therefore, who have given the measure of confessing me and have filled up the measure of your confession (cf. Mt. 23:32), will get back from me the measure of my confession shaken together, pressed down, running over; and it will be given into your lap (cf. Lk. 6:38). " XI. We may consider in the following way how the measure of confession is either filled up or not filled up and found lacking. Suppose that during the whole time of our testing and temptation we do not give place in our hearts to the devil (cf.

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