Monday, April 7, 2014

"City of God" VII.33-35

Chapter 33:
Our faith in Christ reveals the true nature of the deceit of these pagan gods, "From whose most cruel and most impious dominion a man is liberated when he believes on Him who has afforded an example of humility, following which men may rise as great as was that pride by which they fell."

Chapter 34:
Even the pagan leaders understand to some extent the moral evil contained in pagan rites--as evidenced by King Numa's burial of the books he wrote on pagan rites, and the Senate's later order to have them burned after they were discovered.

Chapter 35:
These gods are mere demons who have been given a limited and temporary power (including that of telling the future). We all ought to turn instead to the true religion, Christianity.

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