- Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12:19
- Thus says the Lord: “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.” Jeremiah 22:3
Without a perfect, just God acting as supreme Judge over all of creation, justice can’t exist. Justice is rooted in objective truth, an objective, moral order. Without such, who is to say that murder or human sacrifice are wrong? After all, one might vehemently argue that the victim was deserving of death. The answer is quite simple-God said it’s wrong, therefore it’s wrong. There must exist a perfect Being from which all goodness stems, for how else can we know what is good?
Trust in God and obey God’s commands. He is the righteous King, the ruler of all, the punisher of evil. If you have been hurt, abused, neglected, or persecuted, He will make it right. He promises good to those who persevere. The English theologian Cardinal Newman once said that if he believed that all the evils and injustices of life throughout history were not to be made right by God in the afterlife, “Why I think I should go mad.” And rightly so.
Richard Wurmbrand said it well in Tortured for Christ:
“The cruelty of atheism is hard to believe when man has no faith in the reward of good or the punishment of evil. There is no reason to be human. There is no restraint from the depths of evil which is in man. The communist torturers often said, “There is no God, no Hereafter, no punishment for evil. We can do what we wish.” I have heard one torturer even say, “I thank God, in whom I don’t believe, that I have lived to this hour when I can express all the evil in my heart.”