The Demonstrations of Aphrahat A.D. 337 and 345.
§6. Consider and observe, my hearer, that if God had given a hope to Sodom and to her fellows, He would not have overthrown them with fire and brimstone, the sign of the last day of the world, but would have delivered them over to one of the kingdoms to be chastised.
As it is written that when Jeremiah caused the nations and kingdoms to drink the cup of wrath, he said concerning each one of the cities, that after they shall drink the cup, I will turn back the captivity of Elam, of Tyre, of Zidon, of the children of Ammon, and of Moab , and of Edom. Concerning each one of these kingdoms he said:-In the last days I well turn back her captivity.
Now we see that Tyre was inhabited, and was opulent after she had wandered seventy years, and after she had received the reward of her harlotries and after she had committed fornication with all kingdoms.
And she took the harp , and played it sweetly, and multiplied her music .
And also the region of Elam is inhabited and opulent. And with regard to Babylon Jeremiah said:-
Babylon shall fall, and shall not rise. And lo! unto this day does it continue in desolation, and will do so for ever. And also about Jerusalem he said:-
The virgin of Israel shall fall, and shall not rise again. She is forsaken upon the ground and there is none to raise her up. For if the prophecy is true which Jeremiah spoke about Babylon, also that about Jerusalem is true and worthy of faith. And Isaiah said unto Jerusalem:-I will not again be wroth with thee, nor will I reprove thee. Of a truth He will not again be wrath with her, nor will He reprove her for ever; for that which is in desolation He will not reprove, nor will she provoke him to wrath.
§19. Now thus is faith; when a man believes in God the Lord of all, Who made the heavens and the earth and the seas and all that is in them; and He made Adam in His image;
<font color="#FFFFFF">......and He gave the Law to Moses;
......He sent of His Spirit upon the prophets;
......He sent moreover His Christ into the world.
Furthermore that a man should believe in the resurrection of the dead;
......and should furthermore also believe in the sacrament of baptism.
This is the faith of the Church of God.
......And (it is necessary) that a man should separate himself
......from the observance of hours and Sabbaths and moons and seasons,
......and divinations and sorceries and Chaldaean arts and magic,
...... from fornication and from festive music, from vain doctrines,
..........which are instruments of the Evil One,
.......... from the blandishment of honeyed words,
..........from blasphemy and from adultery.
And that a man should not bear false witness, and that a man should not speak with double tongue. These then are the works of the faith which is based on the true Stone which is Christ, on Whom the whole building is reared up.
§20. Furthermore, my beloved, there is much besides in the Holy Books about faith. But these few things out of the much have I written to recall them to thy love that thou mayest know and make known and believe" and also be believed.
And when thou hast read and learned the works of faith,
......thou mayest be made like unto that tilled land upon which the good seed fell,
......and produced fruit a hundred-fold and sixty-fold and thirty-fold.
......And when thou comest to thy Lord,
..........He may call thee a good servant and prudent and faithful,
..........who on account of His faith, that abounded, is to enter into the Kingdom of his Lord.
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