Certainly you do not show [by your conduct] that he [your God] is possessed of sense.And as to the fact that Christians are not accustomed to serve such gods, I might easily find many other things to say; but if even what has been said does not seem to any one sufficient, I deem it idle to say anything further. And next, I imagine that you are most desirous of hearing something on this point, that the Christians do not observe the same forms of divine worship as do the Jews.
To sum up all in one word--what the soul is in the body, that are Christians in the world.
The soul is dispersed through all the members of the body, and Christians are scattered through all the cities of the world.
They dwell in their own countries, but simply as sojourners.
As citizens, they share in all things with others, and yet endure all things as if foreigners.
Might not these, which are now worshipped by you, again be made by men vessels similar to others? But not a single human being will, unless compelled to it, endure such treatment, since he is endowed with sense and reason.
For this reason ye hate the Christians, because they do not deem these to be gods.
For, to accept some of those things which have been formed by God for the use of men as properly formed, and to reject others as useless and redundant,--how can this be lawful?
And to speak falsely of God, as if He forbade us to do what is good on the Sabbath-days,--how is not this impious?
The flesh hates the soul, and wars against it, though itself suffering no injury, because it is prevented from enjoying pleasures; the world also hates the Christians, though in nowise injured, because they abjure pleasures.
The soul loves the flesh that hates it, and [loves also] the members; Christians likewise love those that hate them.
They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven.