Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Donne: God's justice

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
    There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.
    —Ecclesiastes 7:20 (NIV)
    Never propose to thyself such a God, as thou wert not bound to imitate: thou mistakest God, if thou make him to be any such thing, or make him to do any such thing, as thou in thy proportion shouldst not be, or shouldst not do. And shouldst thou curse any man that had never offended, never transgrest, never trespassed thee? Can God have done so? ... Will God curse man, before man have sinned?
    ... John Donne (1573-1631), Works of John Donne, vol. IV, London: John W. Parker, 1839, Sermon CVII, p. 458 (see the book)
    See also Eccl. 7:20; Isa. 64:6; 65:20; Jer. 4:22; Matt. 9:9-13; Rom. 1:28; 3:10-12; Eph. 2:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I acknowledge that I am justly condemned for my sin.
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