Where were you when I laid the earth's foundations? Speak if you have understanding. Job 38:4
God has told you, o mortals, what is good and what is required of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with God. Micah 6:8
O Son of Spirit! The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, (...) By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, (...) Verily justice is My gift to thee of My loving kindness. Set it then before thine eyes. Baha'u'llah, The Hidden Words, 2.
During the war, in one of the camps one evening, three Jews, who before the war were heads of academies, sages, learned men, and who all knew the Talmud by heart, decided that the time had come to do something about it, to indict God. And they conducted a trial. (...) They sat on the bed one evening and the began the trial, the trial of God, with all arguments for and against. It lasted a couple of days. It was very serious, very dramatic. There was a certain gravity, a certain solemnity in every word they uttered because they knew that whatever they say has an impact, whatever they say is being heard. And I remember that after many days the verdict came. And the verdict was: "Guilty." But, then, the head of the tribunal simply said: "Now let's go and pray." The story told in a film interview by Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World's Wisdom, P.223-4.
(...) this earth is a vast schoolhouse, and the law of reincarnation is the justice that brings each man here again and again until he has learned all life's lessons. Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.140.
(...) it is the Lord who changes each heart; we must not at all ascribe to ourselves the power to do good. The only one who does good is God. It is His world. Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.175.
He who exploits another man, near or distant, offends God and will pay for it sooner or later. All men are sons of the same God, all bear within them the same God. He who wishes to serve God must serve man - and in the first instance. man in the humblest, poorest, most degraded form. Vivekananda, quoted in: Nikhilananda, Vivekananda, A Biography, P.173.
Reaping unwillingly the wickedness we deliberately sow, we should marvel at God's justice. St. Mark the Ascetic (4th Century C.E.), quoted in: The Philokalia, Vol. I., P.118.
Once you recognize that the Lord's judgments 'are in all the earth' (1 Chr. 16:14), then everything that happens to you will teach you knowledge of God. St. Mark the Ascetic (4th Century C.E.), quoted in: The Philokalia, Vol. I., P.130.
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