“And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled” 1 Peter 3:13-15 .

“Thus when a man does not injure himself, he cannot possibly be hurt by another: for I will not cease harping constantly upon this saying. For if captivity, and bondage, and loneliness and loss of country and all kindred and death, and burning, and a great savage tyrant could not do any damage to the innate virtue of the three children captives, bondmen, strangers though they were in a foreign land, but the enemy’s assault became rather an occasion of greater confidence: what shall be able to harm the temperate man? There is nothing, even should he have the whole world in arms against him.” St John Chrysostom