Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Man Must Fear God

God is the supreme lord and master, the ruler of heaven and earth. He keeps all things in existence by that omnipotent power where- with He created them. He is present every- where by His immensity. He sees all things, even the most hidden thoughts of men.

Up to the present God has given us all we are and have, while the future is entirely in His keeping. He may punish us any moment if we disregard His law and offend against His divine majesty. To evil escapes the Master of life and death. If He does not punish the sinner in this life, God is eternal and can afford to wait. Sooner or later He will summon every one before His judgment by death. He will then condemn the unrepentant sinner to eternal perdition, and, at the end of the world, overwhelm him with public confusion.

Truly does St. Paul therefore say: “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Heb. x. 31). Hence the Savior exhorts us to '' fear Him that can destroy both soul and body in hell '' (Matt. x. 28).

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