"But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account therof in the day of judgment."—Matt. 12:36. "For all these things, God will bring thee into judgment."— Ecc. 11:19. "God will bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil."— Ecc. 12:14.
Now if every act, and word, and thought whether good or evil, is judged, and so punished or rewarded, it is plain enough that judgment must follow hand in hand with conduct, and cannot be deferred. And it is plain enough that the endless future cannot be determined by the last hours of life. The Biblical language of a throne and a day of judgment are figurative descriptions of the unfailing decisions of the great judge who "every morning doth bring his judgment to light,"—Zeph. 3:5; and who never fails to bring upon each one for his good, just what he deserves; so that God's judgments "are more to be desired than fine gold, and are sweeter to the taste than honey and the honey-comb," of all who perceive their beneficent purpose. With these expositions of the nature and character of the Divine judgments, we are prepared to consider the texts that are usually quoted to teach a fearful day of judgment after death, to be followed by unending doom.
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