of the Jews.
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. The Jews, then,
if they abstain from the kind of service above described, and deem it
proper to worship one God as being Lord of all, [are right]; but if they
offer Him worship in the way which we have described, they greatly err.
For while the Gentiles, by offering such things to those that are
destitute of sense and hearing, furnish an example of madness; they, on
the other hand, by thinking to offer these things to God as if He needed
them, might justly reckon it rather an act of folly than of divine
worship. For He that made heaven and earth, and all that is therein, and
gives to us all the things of which we stand in need, certainly requires
none of those things which He Himself bestows on such as think of
furnishing them to Him. But those who imagine that, by means of blood,
and the smoke of sacrifices and burnt-offerings, they offer sacrifices
[acceptable] to Him, and that by such honours they show Him respect,
—these, by274274 supposing that they can give anything to Him who
stands in need of nothing, appear to me in no respect to differ from
those who studiously confer the same honour on things destitute of sense,
and which therefore are unable to enjoy such honours.