It must be true, one thinks, that there are people who are unsatisfied for much of their lives, and then they die. One view of such a circumstance is that there will be some sort of divine justice that makes up for all things. But I am reminded of Bob Marley: “Most people think, / Great God will come from the skies, / Take away everything / And make everybody feel high.” In other words, such a simplistic view might be missing the point. God, I imagine, is not a cosmic compensation plan. Not to say I do not believe in divine justice, but as it will not be the case that everyone who does ill to someone else will get exactly what they put out, that there are not balances that must be set right for every single thing that was ever done wrong to you. It might instead be a case of the gift of transcendence that is the main thrust of God’s reward. This is the feature which allowed the Lord to ask, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”. Such might be the true glory that is shown in us. In this way, that we are made to resemble love.
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