Moshe speaks – Justice (defined) – Men have corrupted the justice of God – Councilors
of justice: mercy, understanding and compassion – First law of Heaven is not obedience,
but love – Preachers have made Heaven a prison – The justice of God compared to the
justice of men – Results of choosing the justice of men – Results of choosing the
justice of God – “Injustice is the father of many sorrows” – Feeding the justice
of men with fear, anger and hate – Words of Noaeya – A gentle resistance towards
hurtful laws – Be not silent nor blindly obey – “Fear not the laws which men do make”
1 These are the words which Moshe spoke before the assembly of many believers, and
there was placed round about the mercy seat of God all manner of recording devices.
2 For those which were appointed by the assembly to preside over the lovers of God
desired to keep record of all which Moshe might speak and reveal concerning the justice
which comes from God.
3 And Moshe, being filled with compassion and tenderness for those which were gathered,
spoke, saying: “Come, my children, and sit you by, and I will speak of that justice
which moves and stirs, to shine brightly forth from out of the heart of God.
4 Set aside the burdens of your days, and be you still and filled with peace; that
you might restore again the soul within.
5 To be yourselves refreshed and enlivened by the spirit of heavenly things; which
things would even now well up within your very heart, to carry you away upon the
tender flood; to return you to God from whence you come, to become yourselves in
this very moment as one with God forever.
6 Let the heart rejoice and in your soul be filled with praise, letting go such
philosophies as men might teach; to embrace instead the wisdom which comes from God,
setting aside your own selves also, whereby you might see in the mind the likeness
of your God.
7 That you might know for yourselves the things of greatest worth; to become yourselves
in like manner even as the Father and Mother which do wait upon you, desiring themselves
to lift you higher still, to fill you up with light and joy and godly wisdom.
8 If then you would know the soul of God, to keep within your heart the justice
which dwells in Heaven, to become yourself just and filled with mercy, then give
heed and likewise do.
9 For it is written already among you that justice is the heart of God made manifest
in the affairs of men and women, being itself dressed in mercy and forgiveness, being
always the power which would uplift the fallen, or reclaim and restore to goodness
the one which is made corrupt through the harshness of life.
10 Being itself empowered of God through holiness, to heal the wounded heart, and
to renew and refresh even all who should repent to turn again to God.
11 Yet in this life have men corrupted the justice of God, to fill the earth with
many sorrows, of which there seem no end; hedging up against you round about, such
laws as would but weary the heart and soul together.
12 Proclaiming without surcease through the preachers of the day that the first
law of Heaven is obedience only, declaring always that the house of God is a house
of order; to make God most like themselves, to become in Heaven both a lawyer and
a judge filled with harsh demands.
13 Giving rise among this whole assembly some great debate concerning both the law
and justice together; having themselves already corrupted and perverted the ways
of justice whereby they themselves might be advantaged.
14 For this I tell you for your learning, that in the true justice of God is there
found both recompense and equity, giving to every man and every woman a fair and
just reward, even according to the desires of your own heart.
15 Which desires do manifest themselves daily in the things you seek to do; revealing
by your own actions the desires of your truer heart, being undeceived by such words
as you might speak.
16 For the justice of God has many councilors, which councilors are mercy and understanding
and compassion; which things would cause that justice should seek through every means
to restore and to heal, being anxious to forgive all who would turn aside from the
doing of evil, to turn again to God.
17 Know then that God shall not judge alone by the seeing of the eyes, or the hearing
of the ears; but looks instead upon the inward heart of every man and every woman,
to see if there be found any good thing.
18 For this must you, yourselves, most rightly know that the first law of Heaven
is not obedience but love instead; for those who love as God does love, even these
have no need of the law, to be themselves compelled in the doing of good, but do
themselves the goodly thing for the sake of love only.
19 For it is not through the law of many commandments that God would coerce that
we should seek the greater portion, but through love and godly wisdom only; becoming
ourselves, if we should choose, both well instructed and deeply learned in the things
which come from God; making of our life a prayer and a song which we would offer
up with joyful hands.
20 Neither think you likewise that Heaven is a house of order, for such are the
prisons which men have made; but know you deeply well instead that Heaven is the
house of joy and glory and shining light.
21 For the preachers of the day have made of Heaven a prison house, filled to overflowing
with many laws and many judges; each being filled with wrath and fear and punishments
of every kind.
22 Pretending among themselves to hold the keys to the greater glory, while yet
they are empty and filled with prattle, proclaiming with doleful vigor that except
you obey them first, you cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
23 Speaking only of the law and punishment, for they have no mercy; declaring always
the law of obedience, for they have no love; shouting from the rooftops the need
for order; for they know not God or heavenly things but fear only.
24 Being themselves compelled and driven by all manner of greed and envy and anger
and hate, which things are of our own making.
25 Seeing in others what lurks within them also, being anxious to bear down upon
every man and every woman whereby they might lift themselves above you; creating
through sophistries, such illusions as might prove the rightness of what they do.
26 Observe you well and see for yourselves: For the justice which comes from God
is superior above every other, being itself rooted deeply in mercy, understanding
and compassion, being of itself the healer and restorer of every child which comes
27 While yet the justice of men you have seen for yourselves already, being itself
harsh and filled with punishments, being itself rooted in wrath, vengeance, anger
and hate, becoming itself the fount of many sorrows.
28 Becoming through its harshness the oppressor and destroyer of those which would
transgress the laws of men; to break in pieces the heart and soul of those imprisoned
to make of them a scourge and a heartache; casting them again and again upon the
innocent and unsuspecting, creating in their wake even greater and greater crimes.
29 Choose then the justice which you would serve, to hold it in your soul and spirit
whereby it might guide you; for whichsoever of these you choose, even it shall shape
and fashion the very heart within you.
30 For if you should choose the justice of men, then shall you be fashioned of wrath
and judgment, anger and hate, greed and envy; dispensing unto the weak and fallen
and disadvantaged the vial of all your vengeance, filled with endless retribution.
31 To be yourselves seized hold of by all manner of harshness and cold disdain,
even till you yourselves are swallowed up in the darkness of your own making, being
yourselves weighed down by many sorrows.
32 For the justice of men is seldom justice, but injustice only, having as its hurtful
offspring both guilt and shame, both anger and hate, both revenge and constant revilings;
which things do continually rise up in such societies as you would make, to afflict
and haunt you without surcease.
33 But if you choose the justice of God, to speak it from the heart, to lift the
hands in blessings and not with curses, then shall you be filled with healing, becoming
yourselves the redeemer of those which fall.
34 For in the justice of God do you set aside the hurtful passions which make ruin
the soul of every man and every woman who should fall by the way, to become yourselves
instead filled with redemption and healing grace; making of your life and the life
of many others, even as a light which cannot be hid.
35 Know then that if your judgments be rooted in anger or hate, or if they be born
of envy and greed, then is there no justice within you, but revenge and bitterness
only; causing that you should separate yourself from God, to fill your heart with
36 For injustice is the father of many sorrows, instilling into the hearts of many
a great and heavy burden; for the justice of men is founded on fear and deep foreboding,
being empty itself of love and mercy, healing and redemption; being unable to make
as whole again the one which falls from grace.
37 Consider then and ponder deeply well, for whensoever you should see in the justice
of men the wrath of retribution; then is the justice of men made as vengeance only;
filled with loathing and contempt; seeking by some cruel and harsh endeavor to break
in pieces the one which sins, to crush them underfoot.
38 Why then will you permit this dark imposter to move and breathe and make havoc
the spirit which dwells within you; causing that you yourselves should stand divided
because of such laws and justice which come from those who rule?
39 Becoming in your heart and mind unsettled and filled with uncertainty concerning
the way which you should go, being anxious now that the light of God should shine
within you, to chase away the gloom, and to reveal as clear and sweetly pure the
path which you might walk.
40 Hear then and be you wise, for such injustices as come from man through the administering
of the law, even this is made to live because you, yourselves, do fear it; to be
itself fed continually by even your own anger and hate, filled with great resentments.
41 Causing that you should struggle within the very soul between the darkness and
the light, provoking again and again without surcease the lesser portion.
42 Causing that it should rise up in anger within your very heart, to chaff and
offend at every turn, to consume in bitterness the peace which comes from God; to
leave instead a burning waste filled with hurtful passions.
43 If then you would dwell peaceably in the societies of men, to be yourself imbued
by God till you are filled to overflowing with the justice which reigns in Heaven,
then open your ears that you might hear.
44 For in your soul are you made to tremble with great anxieties, and this because
of such laws and injustice as men would make to hold you bound, being themselves
enabled to rule over you because you, yourselves, are fearful.
45 Being yourselves apprehensive because of the law, lest you, yourselves, be imprisoned,
to lose both your rights and liberty; and by this fear are you made resentful and
discontent, hovering between the light and darkness, not certain the way to go.
46 Remember then such words as Noaeya spoke: For the law is made for those who do
not love, being themselves thoughtless and uncaring for any save themselves alone;
becoming themselves hurtful and without regard towards family, friends and neighbors.
47 But if it so be that you do most rightly love, being yourself filled with kind
regard towards every man and every woman, then how can the law offend you, seeing
that even your own love has lifted you far above it.
48 If then you would dwell peaceably, then surrender happily such rights as others
would most hotly claim before the law; removing from your heart the seeds of great
offense; speaking to all about you words of kindness and humility.
49 Thus in standing humbly before the men of law, being yourselves wrapped in kindness
and gentleness always, even then shall those which rule see in you no offense worthy
of reproach and punishment.
50 For the law have you most humbly obeyed already, not because you were compelled
by the law, but by love only and kind regard.
51 Yet, this hear and weigh most carefully within the soul, that you may prove yourselves
the rightful heir of heavenly things, to stand you forth as the mighty men and women
which come from God, to bless the lives of those who live.
52 For even as love would compel that you most humbly keep the laws which men do
make, even so would love compel that you should break in pieces such laws as would
prove themselves hurtful to the children of God.
53 Appointing even your own selves the guardians of life and liberty; not with railing
words and angry heart, but with gentleness and meekness always; electing yourselves
to resist such evil as men would do, while yet you provoke not some greater evil.
54 Standing yourselves in the place of God, being yourself most rightly endowed
from above with wisdom and benevolence and faith, knowing well within your heart
already the justice which comes from God.
55 And in that good and holy place, withstand with words made brave and calm such
hurt as men might do, being yourselves firm and unmovable in doing the things which
prove most right.
56 Yet being yourselves always kind and humble, that by your goodly presence might
those which rule be themselves reminded of still the greater portion, being themselves
the children of God also.
57 Holding up before their eyes both grace and mercy, offering to them a way out
of such evil as they might do; proving yourselves not only the light which shines
in darkness, but also the redeemer of those who sin.
58 Be not silent before such evil as men might do, neither surrender to blind obedience
the moral conscience of your soul; for if the men of law do evil while you, yourselves
prove silent in the knowing of it, then are you made partakers of such evil as men
might do through the laws which they do make.
59 Beware then of those who speak, saying: “Obey those who are appointed over you
and do not bother if it be right or wrong. For if you will obey only, then will God
most surely bless you.”
60 I tell you truly: Whosoever shall speak to you this saying, even that one is
made corrupt and in his heart speaks falsely, being themselves a stranger to God,
being devoid of love and mercy and wisdom.
61 Being eager themselves to corrupt you, even as they are made corrupt and filled
with sin; for blind obedience will make you blind, to cover the soul with darkness.
62 Be not silent, therefore, in the face of evil, neither provoke it with angry
words of condemnation; but stand you calmly forth, being yourselves wrapped round
about in goodness, and with words both strong and gentle, speak well the truth which
comes from God.
63 For you are the children of God above all other things, and not the servants
of the law, for the law should serve you well for the sake of goodness only.
64 Therefore, fear not the laws which men do make, neither stand you fearful and
filled with tremblings before those who would be appointed as officers and judges
65 But in calmness and humility comport yourselves with grace and gentleness, being
in your outward selves both good and wise, but in your inward selves both firm and
strong; for in your heart is the justice of God made real, to fill you up with great