Here in this apocraphyl text there is a passage about drugs I find interesting. In fact they used to call coffe the Devils Cup until a Pope blessed it and gave it a place in the church. The original coffee houses were condemned considering coffee an intoxicating drink of the devil. I think this speaks of opium and just about any drug like cocaine or the indian drugs. And yet the modern controversial marijuana
The EPISTLE of IGNATIUS to the EPHESIANS.
1 Exhorts them to prayer; to be unblameable. 5 To be careful of salvation; 11 frequent in public devotion; 13 and to live in charity.
PRAY also without ceasing for other men: for there is hope of repentance in them, that they may attain unto God. Let them therefore at least be instructed by your works, if they will be no other way.
2 Be ye mild at their anger; humble at their boasting; to their blasphemies return your prayers: to their error, your 4 firmness in the faith: when they are cruel, be ye gentle; not endeavouring to imitate their ways.
(3 Let us be their brethren in all kindness and moderation, but let us be followers of the Lord; 5 for who was ever more unjustly used? More destitute? More despised?)
4 That so no herb of the devil may be found in you: but ye may remain in all holiness and sobriety 6 both of body and spirit, in Christ Jesus.
5 The last times 7 are come upon us: let us therefore be very reverent and fear the long-suffering of God, that it be not to us e unto condemnation.
6 For let us either fear the wrath that is to come, or let us love the grace 8 that we at present enjoy: that 9 by the one, or other, of these we may be found in Christ Jesus, unto true life.
7 10 Besides him, let nothing 11 be worthy of you; 12 for whom also I bear about these bonds, those spiritual jewels, in which I would to God that I might arise through your prayers.
8 Of which I entreat you to make me always partaker, that I may be found in the lot of the Christians of Ephesus, who have always 13 agreed with the Apostles, 14 through the power of Jesus Christ.
9 ¶ I know both who I am, and to whom I write; I, a person condemned: ye, such as have obtained mercy: I, exposed to danger; ye, confirmed against danger.
10 Ye are the passage of those that are killed for God; the companions of Paul in the mysteries of the Gospel; the Holy, the 15 martyr, the deservedly most happy Paul: at whose feet may I be found, when I shall have attained unto God; who 16 throughout all his epistle, makes mention of you in Christ Jesus.
11 Let it be your care therefore to come more fully together, to the praise and glory of God. For when ye meet fully together in the same place, the powers of
the devil are destroyed, and his 1 mischief is dissolved by the 2 unity of their faith.
12 And indeed, nothing is better than peace, by which all war both 3 spiritual and earthly is abolished.
13 Of all which nothing is hid from you, if ye have perfect faith and charity in Christ Jesus, which are the beginning and end of life.
14 For the beginning is faith; the end is charity. And these two 4joined together, are of God: but all other things which concern a holy life are the consequences of these.
15 No man professing a true faith, sinneth; neither does he who has charity hate any.
16 5 The tree is made manifest by its fruit; so they who profess themselves to be Christians 6 are known by what they do.
17 For Christianity is not the work of an outward profession; but shows itself in the power of faith, if a man be found faithful unto the end.
18 It is better for a man to hold his peace, and be; 7 than to say he is a Christian and not to be.
19 It is good to teach; 8 if what he says he does likewise.
20 There is therefore one master who spake, and it was done; and even those things which he did without speaking, are worthy of the Father.
21 He that possesses the word of Jesus is truly able to hear his very silence, that he may be perfect; 9 and both do according to what he speaks, and be known by those things of which he is silent.
22 There is nothing hid from God, but even our secrets are nigh unto him.
23 Let us therefore do all things, as becomes those who have 10 God dwelling in them; that we may be his temples, and he may be our God: as also he is, and will manifest himself before our faces, by those things 11 for which we justly love him.
1 To have a care for the Gospel. 9 The virginity of Mary, the incarnation, and the death of Christ, were hid front the Devil. 11 How the birth of Christ was revealed. 16 Exhorts to unity.
BE not deceived, my brethren: those that 12 corrupt families inherit adultery, shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
2 If therefore they who do this according to the flesh, 13 have suffered death; how much more shall he die, who by his wicked doctrine corrupts the faith of God, for which Christ was crucified?
3 14 He that is thus defiled, shall depart into unquenchable fire, and so also shall he that 15 hearkens to him.
4 For this cause did the Lord 16 suffer the ointment to be poured on his head; that he might breathe the breath of immortality unto his church.
5 Be not ye therefore anointed with the evil savour of the doctrine of the prince of this world: let him not take you captive from the life that is set before you.
6 And why are we not all
wise, seeing we have receive the knowledge of God, which is Jesus Christ? Why 1 do we suffer ourselves foolishly to perish; 2 not considering the gift which the Lord has truly sent to us?
7 3 Let my life be sacrificed for the doctrine of the cross; which is indeed a scandal to the unbelievers, but to us is salvation and life eternal.
8 4 Where is the wise man? Where is the disputer? Where is the boasting of those who are called wise?
9 For our God Jesus Christ was according to the dispensation of God 5 conceived in the womb of Mary, of the seed of David, 6 by the Holy Ghost; 7 he was born and baptized, that through his passion he might purify water, to the washing away of sin.
10 Now the Virginity of Mary, and he who was born of her, was kept in secret from the prince of this world; as was also the death of our Lord: three of the 8 mysteries the most spoken of throughout the world, yet done in 9 secret by God.
11 How then was our Saviour manifested to the world? A star shone in heaven beyond all the other stars, and its light was inexpressible, and its novelty struck terror into men's minds. All the rest of the stars, together with the sun and moon, were the chorus to this star; but that sent out its light exceedingly above them all.
12 And men 10 began to be troubled to think whence this 11 new star came so unlike to 12 all the others.
13 Hence all the power of magic became dissolved; and every bond of wickedness was 13 destroyed: men's ignorance was taken away; and the old kingdom abolished; God himself 14 appearing in the form of a man, for the renewal of eternal life.
14 From thence began what God had prepared: from thenceforth things were disturbed; forasmuch as he designed to abolish death.
15 But if Jesus Christ shall give me grace through your prayers, and it be his will, I purpose in a second epistle which
I will suddenly write unto you to manifest to you more fully the dispensation of which I have now begun to speak, unto the new man, which is Jesus Christ; both in his faith, and charity; in his suffering, and in his resurrection.
16 Especially if the Lord shall 15 make known unto me, that ye all by name come together in common in one faith, and in one Jesus Christ; who was of the race of David according to the flesh; the Son of man, and Son of God; 16 obeying your bishop and the presbytery with an entire 17 affection; breaking one and the same bread, which is the medicine of immortality; our antidote that we should not die, but live forever in Christ Jesus.
17 My soul be for yours, and theirs whom ye have sent to the glory of God, even unto Smyrna; from whence also I write to you; giving thanks unto the Lord and loving Polycarp even as I do you. Remember me, as Jesus Christ does remember you.
18 Pray for the church which is in Syria, from whence I am carried bound to Rome; being the least of all the faithful which are there, as I have been thought worthy to be found to the glory of God.
19 Fare ye well in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ, our common Hope. Amen.