motion to others in endless succession. The air itself is one vast library, in whose pages are forever written all that man has said or even whispered. There, in their mutable but unerring characters, mixed with the earliest as well as the latest sighs of mortality, stand forever recorded vows unredeemed, promises unfulfilled, perpetuating in the united movements of each particle the testimony of man?s changeful will.?
(c) Single acts and words, therefore, are to be brought into the judgment only as indications of the moral condition of the soul. This manifestation of all hearts will vindicate not only God?s past dealings but also his determination of future destinies.
<401236> Matthew 12:36 ? ?And I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment?;
<421202> Luke 12:2, 8, 9 ? ?there is nothing covered up that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known? . Every one who shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: but he that denieth me in the presence of men shall be denied the presence of the angels of God?; <430318>John 3:18 ? ?He that believeth on him is not judged: he that believeth not hath been judged already, because he hath not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God?; <470510>2 Corinthians 5:10 ? ?for we must all he made manifest [not, ?must all appear,? as in Authorized Version] before the judgment seat of Christ.?
Even the human judge, in passing sentence, commonly endeavors so to set forth the guilt of the criminal that he shall see his doom to be just. So God will awaken the consciences of the lost and lead them to pass judgment on themselves. Each lost soul can say as Byron?s Manfred said to the fiend that tortured his closing hour, ?I have not been thy dupe, nor am thy prey, But was my own destroyer.? Thus God?s final judgment will be only the culmination of a process of natural selection, by which the unfit are eliminated and the fit are caused to survive.
O. J. Smith, The Essential Verity of Religion: ?Belief in the immortality of the soul and belief in the accountability of the soul are fundamental beliefs in all religion. The origin of the belief in immortality is found in the fact that justice can be established in human affairs only upon the theory that the soul of man is immortal. The belief that man is accountable for his actions eternally is based upon the conviction that justice should and will be enforced. The central verity in religion therefore, is eternal justice. The sense of justice makes us men. Religion has no miraculous origin; it is born with the awakening of man?s moral sense. Friendship and love are based on reciprocity, which is justice.
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