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    For some are in the habit of carrying about the name in wicked guile, while they still practice things unworthy of God. You must flee these as you would wild beasts. For they are ravening dogs, who bite secretly, against whom you must be on your guard, since they are men who can scarcely be cured.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: men  wild  dog  god 
     
    In like manner, everyone who has received from God the power of distinguishing and yet follows an unskillful pastor and receives a false opinion for the truth shall be punished ... Be not deceived: if any man follows him who separates from the truth, he shall not inherit the kingdom of God; and if any man does not stand aloof from the preacher of falsehood he shall be condemned to Hell.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: truth  men  power  hell  opinion  god 
     
    Being come together in the same place, let there be one prayer, one supplication, one mind, one hope, in love and in joy undefiled. There is one Jesus Christ, than Whom nothing is more excellent. Therefore all should run together as into one temple of God, as to one altar, as to one Jesus Christ, who came forth from the Father, and is with and has gone to one.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: joy  gone  god  jesus  prayer  christ  mind  hope  father 
     
    Take care, then, to be firmly grounded in the teachings of the Lord and his apostles so that you may prosper in all your doings both in body and in soul, in faith and in love, in the Son, and in the Father and in the Spirit, in the beginning and in the end, along with your most worthy bishop and his spiritual crown, your presbyters, and with the deacons, who are men of God.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: men  soul  body  care  god  spiritual  faith  teaching  spirit  father  son 
     
    Let no man's place, or dignity, or riches, puff him up; and let no man's low condition or poverty abase him. For the chief points are faith towards God, hope towards Christ, the enjoyment of those good things for which we look, and love towards God and our neighbor.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: poverty  dignity  god  faith  christ  hope 
     
    I no longer take pleasure in perishable food or in the delights of this world. I want only God's bread, which is the Flesh of Jesus Christ, formed of the seed of David, and for drink I crave His Blood which is love that cannot perish.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: world  food  pleasure  blood  god  jesus  christ 
     
    It is better for me to die in behalf of Jesus Christ, than to reign over all the ends of the earth.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: earth  die  jesus  christ 
     
    Do everything as if He were dwelling in us. Thus we shall be His temples and He will be within us as our God - as He actually is.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: god 
     
    It is impossible for a man to be freed from the habit of sin before he hates it, just as it is impossible to receive forgiveness before confessing his trespasses...
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    It is not that I want merely to be called a Christian, but actually to be one. Yes, if I prove to be one, then I can have the name.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: christian 
     
    But look at the men who have those perverted notions about the grace of Jesus Christ which has come down to us, and see how contrary to the mind of God they are. . . . They even abstain from the Eucharist and from the public prayers, because they will not admit that the Eucharist is the self-same body of our Savior Jesus Christ which flesh suffered for our sins, and which the Father of His goodness raised up again.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: men  grace  body  goodness  god  jesus  prayer  sin  christ  mind  father 
     
    No earthly pleasures, no kingdoms of this world can benefit me in any way. I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire. Do not talk about Jesus Christ as long as you love this world.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: jesus  church  christ 
     
    Christianity is greatest when it is hated by the world.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    I am writing to all the Churches and I enjoin all, that I am dying willingly for God's sake, if only you do not prevent it. I beg you, do not do me an untimely kindness. Allow me to be eaten by the beasts, which are my way of reaching to God. I am God's wheat, and I am to be ground by the teeth of wild beasts, so that I may become the pure bread of Christ.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: kindness  dying  wild  god  church  christ  writing 
     
    It is better to be silent and be real than to talk and not be real.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: real 
     
    Now do I begin to be a disciple of Christ, and care for nothing in this world, that so I may find Jesus. Let fire, or the cross, or wild beasts, or the breaking of my bones, or the cutting of me to pieces, or the shattering of my whole body, yea, all the tortures of the devil - let them all come upon me, only let me enjoy my God.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: world  body  fire  devil  wild  care  god  jesus  disciple  christ 
     
    It is right, therefore, that we not just be called Christians, but that we actually be Christians.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: right  christian 
     
    Take heed often to come together to give thanks to God and show forth His praise. For when you assemble frequently in the same place, the powers of Satan are destroyed, and the destruction at which he aims is prevented by the unity of your faith.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    Do not have Jesus Christ on your lips, and the world in your heart.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: heart  world  jesus  christ 
     
    We recognize a tree by its fruit, and we ought to be able to recognize a Christian by his action. The fruit of faith should be evident in our lives, for being a Christian is more than making sound professions of faith. It should reveal itself in practical and visible ways. Indeed it is better to keep quiet about our beliefs, and live them out, than to talk eloquently about what we believe, but fail to live by it.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    Christianity is not a matter of persuading people of particular ideas, but of inviting them to share in the greatness of Christ. So pray that I may never fall into the trap of impressing people with clever speech, but instead I may learn to speak with humility, desiring only to impress people with Christ himself.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    Only let it be in the name of Jesus Christ, that I may suffer together with Him! I endure everything because He Himself, Who is perfect man, empowers me.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: men  jesus  christ 
     
    Let us therefore be of a reverent spirit, and fear the long-suffering of God, that it tend not to our condemnation.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: fear  god  spirit 
     
    As for me, my charter is Jesus Christ, the inviolable charter is His cross and His death and resurrection, and faith through Him.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: death  jesus  faith  christ 
     
    [Jesus] was born and baptized that by his suffering he might purify the water.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: suffering  water 
     
    May nothing entice me till I happily make my way to Jesus Christ! Fire, cross, struggles with wild beasts, wrenching of bones, mangling of limbs - let them come to me, provided only I make my way to Jesus Christ.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: fire  struggle  wild  jesus  christ 
     
    Let not then any one deceive you, as indeed you are not deceived, inasmuch as you are wholly devoted to God.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: god 
     
    Be obedient to the bishop and to one another, as Jesus Christ was in the flesh to the Father, and the apostles to Christ and to the Father and to the Spirit, so that there may be unity in flesh and in spirit.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: jesus  christ  spirit  father 
     
    Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: present  church 
     
    Our task is not one of producing persuasive propaganda; Christianity shows its greatness when it is hated by the world.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    Now I begin to be a disciple. I care for nothing, of visible or invisible things, so that I may but win Christ. Let fire and the cross, let the companies of wild beasts, let breaking of bones and tearing of limbs, let the grinding of the whole body, and all the malice of the devil, come upon me; be it so, only may I win Christ Jesus!
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: body  fire  devil  wild  care  disciple  christ  company 
     
    Be careful, therefore, to take part only in the one Eucharist; for there is only one Flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ and one cup to unite us with His Blood.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: blood  jesus  christ 
     
    It is outrageous to utter the name of Jesus Christ and live in Judaism.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: live  jesus  christ 
     
    I hunger for the bread of God, the flesh of Jesus Christ ...; I long to drink of his blood, the gift of unending love.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: hunger  gift  blood  god  jesus  christ 
     
    For Faith is the beginning and the end is love, and God is the two of them brought into unity. After these comes whatever else makes up a Christian gentleman.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: god  christian  faith 
     
    A Christian is not his own master, since all his time belongs to God.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: time  master  god  christian 
     
    Your accord and harmonious love is a hymn to Jesus Christ...in perfect harmony, and taking your pitch from God, you may sing in unison and in one voice to the Father through Jesus Christ.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: harmony  god  jesus  christ  father 
     
    Wherever the bishop shall appear, let the multitude of also be, just as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the catholic [i.e., universal] church. It is not lawful either to baptize or to celebrate a love feast without the bishop, but whatever he approves of, that is also pleasing to God.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: god  jesus  church  christ 
     
    Now I begin to be a disciple. Let fire and cross, flocks of beasts, broken bones, dismemberment come upon me, so long as I attain to Jesus Christ.
    — Ignatius of Antioch
    tags: fire  broken  jesus  disciple  christ 
     
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