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    But God, who is the beginning of all things, is not to be regarded as a composite being, lest perchance there should be found to exist elements prior to the beginning itself, out of which everything is composed, whatever that be which is called composite.
    — Origen
    tags: god 
     
    The soul has neither beginning nor end [They] come into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of their previous lives
    — Origen
    tags: live  world  soul  victory 
     
    Free will is the power of choosing good and evil.
    — Origen
    tags: evil  power 
     
    For if the mystery concealed of old is made manifest to the Apostles through the prophetic writings, and if the prophets, being wise men, understood what proceeded from their own mouths, then the prophets knew what was made manifest to the Apostles.
    — Origen
    tags: men  mystery  wise  writing 
     
    When anyone prays, the angels that minister to God and watch over mankind gather round about him and join with him in prayer.
    — Origen
    tags: mankind  god  prayer  angel  pray 
     
    Seeing there are many who think they hold the opinions of Christ, and yet some of these think differently from their predecessors, yet as the teaching of the Church, transmitted in orderly succession from the apostles, and remaining in the Churches to the present day, is still preserved, that alone is to be accepted as truth which differs in no respect from ecclesiastical and apostolica tradition.
    — Origen
    The discussion of prayer is so great that it requires the Father to reveal it, His firstborn Word to teach it, and the Spirit to enable us to think and speak rightly of so great a subject.
    — Origen
    tags: prayer  spirit  father 
     
    When a house is being built which is to be made as strong as possible, the building takes place in fine weather and in calm, so that nothing may hinder the structure from acquiring the needed solidity.
    — Origen
    tags: strong 
     
    The Word of God is like a lamp to guide us.
    — Origen
    tags: god 
     
    Every soul... comes into the world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of its' previous life. Its' place in this world as a vessel appointed to honor or dishonor, is determined by its' previous merits or demerits. Its' work in this world determines its' place in the world which is to follow this.
    — Origen
    tags: work  world  soul  victory  honor 
     
    Conscience is the chamber of justice.
    — Origen
    It is in our power to stretch out our arms and, by doing good in our actions, to seize life and set it in our soul.
    — Origen
    tags: power  action  soul 
     
    What man of sense will agree with the statement that the first, second and third days, in which the evening and morning were named, were without sun, moon and stars? What man is found such an idiot as to suppose that God planted trees in Paradise, in Eden, Like a Husbandman?
    — Origen
    tags: men  moon  god  idiot 
     
    Where there is division, there is sin.
    — Origen
    tags: sin 
     
    What each man honours before all else, what before all things he admires and loves, this for him is God.
    — Origen
    tags: men  god 
     
    Those who believe the Author of Nature to be also the Author of Scripture must expect to find in Scripture the same sorts of difficulties that they find in Nature.
    — Origen
    tags: nature  believe  author 
     
    The human heart is no small thing, for it can embrace so much.
    — Origen
    tags: heart  human 
     
    Now the true soldiers of Christ must always be prepared to do battle for the truth, and must never, so far as lies with them, allow false convictions to creep in.
    — Origen
    tags: truth  lies  true  battle  christ 
     
    The physical voice we use in prayer need not be great nor startling; even should we not lift up any great cry or shout, God will yet hear us.
    — Origen
    tags: god  prayer 
     
    You yourself are even another little world and have within you the sun and the moon and also the stars.
    — Origen
    tags: world  star  moon 
     
    We speak, indeed, of the wrath of God. We do not, however, assert that it indicates any passion on His part, but that it is something which is assumed in order to discipline by stern means those sinners who have committed many and grievous sins.
    — Origen
    tags: discipline  god  sin  passion  sinner 
     
    This also is a part of the Church's teaching, that the world was made and took its beginning at a certain time, and is to be destroyed on account of its wickedness.
    — Origen
    tags: time  world  teaching 
     
    Then, in the next place, we must know that every being which is endowed with reason, and transgresses its statutes and limitations, is undoubtedly involved in sin by swerving from rectitude and justice.
    — Origen
    tags: justice  sin 
     
    Every soul that is born into flesh is soiled by the filth of wickedness and sin. . . . In the Church, baptism is given for the remission of sins, and, according to the usage of the Church, baptism is given even to infants. If there were nothing in infants which required the remission of sins and nothing in them pertinent to forgiveness, the grace of baptism would seem superfluous
    — Origen
    tags: forgiveness  grace  soul  sin  church 
     
    We must believe what is good and true about the prophets, that they were sages, that they did understand what proceeded from their mouths, and that they bore prudence on their lips.
    — Origen
    tags: believe  sage  true 
     
    God puts Christ's enemies as a footstool beneath His feet, for their salvation as well as their destruction.
    — Origen
    Ask, and it shall be given you.
    — Origen
    This also is a part of the teaching of the Church, that there are certain angels of God, and certain good influences, which are His servants in accomplishing the salvation of men.
    — Origen
    We are obliged, therefore, to say that whoever speaks that which is foreign to religion is using many words, while he who speaks the words of truth, even should he go over the whole field and omit nothing, is always speaking the one word.
    — Origen
    tags: truth 
     
    That which is called God's wrath, and anger, is a means of discipline.
    — Origen
    tags: anger  discipline  god 
     
    Those who are wise ambassadors of the word have no other object in view than to free as far as they can their hearers from weak opinions, and to endue them with intelligence.
    — Origen
    As the eye naturally seeks the light and vision, and our body naturally desires food and drink, so our mind is possessed with a becoming and natural desire to become acquainted with the truth of God and the causes of things.
    — Origen
    tags: desires  truth  food  body  eyes  god  mind  vision 
     
    The Scripture, which tells us not to be angry at all, and which says in the thirty-seventh Psalm, Cease from anger, and forsake wrath, and which commands us by the mouth of Paul to put off all these, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication, would not involve God in the same passion from which it would have us to be altogether free.
    — Origen
    If someone considers the prophetic writings with all the diligence and reverence they are worth, while he reads and examines with great care, it is certain that in that very act he will be struck in his mind and senses by some more divine breath and will recognize that the books he reads have not been produced in a human way, but are words of God.
    — Origen
    tags: human  care  divine  god  mind  writing  book  read  worth 
     
    The Church received from the apostles the tradition of giving baptism even to infants. The apostles, to whom were committed the secrets of the divine sacraments, knew there are in everyone innate strains of [original] sin, which must be washed away through water and the Spirit
    — Origen
    tags: secret  giving  divine  water  sin  church  spirit 
     
    This opinion, however, is held by most, that the devil was an angel, and that, having become an apostate, he induced as many of the angels as possible to fall away with himself, and these up to the present time are called his angels.
    — Origen
    tags: time  present  devil  opinion  angel 
     
    For we no longer take up "sword against nation," nor do we "learn war any more," having become children of peace, for the sake of Jesus, who is our leader.
    — Origen
    tags: children  peace  child  jesus  leader  war 
     
    But the Wisdom of God, which is His only-begotten Son, being in all respects incapable of change or alteration, and every good quality in Him being essential, and such as cannot be changed and converted, His glory is therefore declared to be pure and sincere.
    — Origen
    tags: respect  god  wisdom  son  quality 
     
    He who is anxious to attain a true understanding of holy Scripture, will discover the spiritual truths which are spoken by it to those who are called "spiritual," by comparing the meaning of what is addressed to those of weaker mind with what is announced to such as are of acuter understanding, both meanings being frequently found in the same passage by him who is capable of comprehending it.
    — Origen
    You cannot demand military service of Christians any more than you can of priests. We do not go forth as soldiers with the Emperor even if he demands this.
    — Origen
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