June 25, 2011

Tertullian was a Truthful Man

I'm a quotations type gal, I love simple truths with profound meaning....  Tertullian as some real beauties.  My absolute favorite in referring to Christians is:

Look how they love one another and how they are ready to die for each other.

Other great ones....

He who lives only to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.
(too funny!)

You are the doorway of the devil.

We are equally forbidden to wish ill, to do ill, to speak ill, to think ill of all men. The thing we must not do to an emperor, we must not do to any one else.

The Son of God was crucified: I am not ashamed--because it is shameful.

The Son of God died: it is immediately credible--because it is silly.
He was buried, and rose again: it is certain--because it is impossible.

Indeed for us murder is forbidden once and for all, so it is not permitted even to destroy what is conceived in the womb. To prohibit the birth of a child is only a faster way to murder; it makes little difference whether one destroys a life already born or prevents it from coming to birth. It is a human being, who is to be a human being, for the whole fruit is already present in the seed.

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