Wednesday, August 08, 2007

The Quote of Wednesday

Here is another quote from The City of God from Book I, chapter 8.
For though some of these men, taking thought of this, repent of their wickedness and reform, some, as the apostle says, "despising the riches of His goodness and long suffering, after their hardness and impenitent heart, treasure up unto themselves wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to every man according to his deeds": nevertheless does the patience of God still invite the wicked to repentance, even as the scourge of God educates the good to patience.

This is about why "divine compassion" is bestowed even on those who do not love God and why sometimes terrible things come upon those who do.

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