Examine what is said, not who speaks. Arabian Proverb
Guard against the prestige of great names; see that your judgements are your own; and do not shrink from disagreement; no trusting without testing.
John Dalberg Acton (1834-1902)
People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead.-James Baldwin (1924-1987) US novelist, essayist
Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves. -- Nathaniel Branden
What more impiety can he avow
Whose heart rebelleth at God's judgment dread?
Dante, THE DIVINE COMEDY, translation by Lawrence Binyon, Copyright 1947 Viking Press Inferno, Canto XX, Lines 7-30
You may juggle human laws, you may fool with human courts, but there is a judgment to come, and from it there is no appeal.--Orin Philip Gifford (1847- ) Mead, Frank S. (1965), The Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Westwood, NJ: Revell).
If God doesn't bring judgment on America soon, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. ... Ruth Graham
Hagar, to invisible celestial power as his boat sinks: "WHY ME?"
Invisible celestial power: "WHY NOT?" From Hagar the Horrible
[Dr. Johnson to a Quaker:] Oh, let us not be found, when our Master calls us, ripping the lace off our waistcoats, but the spirit of contention from our souls and tongues. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
The belief in some being who can be the judge of all human matters is a very comfortable one -- all wrongs will be righted and all rights will be rewarded.
Eli Khamarov "The Old Working Model"
There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way."
C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) The Great Divorce
Nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world.~Abraham Lincoln, Proclamation ( March 30 1863)
I'm armed with more than complete steel,-- The justice of my quarrel.
Christopher Marlowe. 1565-1593 Lust's Dominion. Act iii. Sc. 4.
As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities.=George Mason, Debates in the Federal Convention, Wednesday, August 22, 1787 Jonathan Elliot, Debates on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Vol. 5, p. 458
I can hardly recollect a single plan of mine, of which I have not since seen reason to be satisfied, that had it taken place in season and circumstance just as I proposed, it would, humanly speaking, have proved my ruin; or at least it would have deprived me of the greater good the Lord had designed for me. We judge of things by their present appearances, but the Lord sees them in their consequences, if we could do so likewise we should be perfectly of His mind; but as we cannot, it is an unspeakable mercy that He will manage for us, whether we are pleased with His management or not; and it is spoken of as one of his heaviest judgements, when He gives any person or people up to the way of their own hearts, and to walk after their own counsels. John Newton
Jesus will judge us not only for what we did, but also for what we could have done and didn't. GEORGE OTIS
There is no outward constitution nor frame of things in government or nations, but it is subject to a dissolution, and may receive it, and that in a way of judgement. Dr. Owen's Sermon on 2 Peter iii. 11. Works, folio, 1721.
The most tremendous judgement of God in this world is the hardening of the hearts of men. John Owen
It is with our judgments as with our watches: no two go just alike, yet each believes his own.
Alexander Pope (1688-1744) In "Instant Quotation Dictionary," by Donald O. Bolander, 1979
We must, furthermore, protest the notion of manifest destiny that permits our nation to do anything it chooses. For if we insist on alking down this road, than at some point--as God is God, the God in whose eyes there is real good and real evil--we who have trampled so completely on all of God's amazing gifts to this country are going to wake up and find that He cars very much what we do. We must not suppose that we are playing only intellectual and political games. If God exists, and if He judges good and evil, then we must realize that those who trample on His great gifts will one day know His judgment. The scriptures bear solemn witness to this. Our nation is not immune."- Francis A. Schaeffer, _Who Is For Peace?_ by Francis A. Schaeffer, Vladimir Bukovsky, and James Hitchcock.p. 19
The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions. --Aiden Wilson Tozer (1897-1963)