Monday, October 10, 2011

God’s Mercy and Justice Go Hand in Hand

Since God is infinitely perfect, we cannot limit ourselves
to looking at only one of His attributes while leaving aside the others, which are equally infinite.

If God had only mercy and no justice, He would be missing
something essential to every rational being, which is to act equitably. That would be absurd and would lead to a distorted notion of the Creator.

This is why the same Prophet David underlines God’s infinite justice by saying, “He [The Lord] hath prepared his throne in judgment: And he shall judge the world in equity, he shall judge the people in justice” (Psalm 9:8-10).

And also, “The Lord is just, and hath loved justice” (Psalm 10:8).

Obviously, there can be no contradiction between divine mercy and justice, but only harmony, as the same prophet emphasizes: “Mercy and truth have met each other: justice and peace have kissed” (Psalm 84:11).

Therefore, we must love God’s justice as much as His mercy, as both are attributes of the same infinite God and reflect His boundless wisdom and love.

By Plinio Correa de Oliveira

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