Chapter XXVIII.—God’s care for men.
For among us the prince of the wicked
spirits is called the serpent, and Satan, and the devil, as you can learn
by looking into our writings. And that he would be sent into the
fire with his host, and the men who follow him, and would be punished for
an endless duration, Christ foretold. For the
reason why God has delayed to do this, is His regard for the human race.
For He foreknows that some are to be saved by repentance, some even that
are perhaps not yet born.18231823 In the beginning He
made the human race with the power of thought and of choosing the truth
and doing right, so that all men are without excuse before God; for they
have been born rational and contemplative. And if any one disbelieves
that God cares for these things,18241824 he
will thereby either insinuate that God does not exist, or he will assert
that though He exists He delights in vice, or exists like a stone, and
that neither virtue nor vice are anything, but only in the opinion of men
these things are reckoned good or evil. And this is the greatest
profanity and wickedness.