Origin on God Fashioning Men

"In the 3rd century debate on Christians, Celsus said to Origin "When most teachers go forth to teach they cry, 'Come to me, you who are clean and worthy' and they are followed by the highest caliber of people available. But your silly master cries "Come to me, you who are down and beaten by life and so he accumulates around him the rag, tag, and bobtail of humanity." And Origin replied, "Yes, they are the rag, tag, bobtail of humanity. But Jesus does not leave them that way. Out of material you would have been thrown away as useless, he fashions men, giving them back their self-respect, enabling them to stand on their own feet and look God in the eyes. They were broken things. But the Son has set them free."

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