tktt: Has God The Right To Forgive?

“Enq:  Does it make the Christian happier than the Buddhist or Brahmin?

 
Theo:  No; not the educated man, at any rate, since the majority of these have long since virtually lost all belief in this cruel dogma. But it leads those who still believe in it more easily to the threshold of every conceivable crime, than any other I know of.

 
Let me quote to you from Isis once more (vide Vol. II. pp. 542 and 543):

” if we step outside the little circle of creed and consider the universe as a whole balanced by the exquisite adjustment of parts, how all sound logic, how the faintest glimmering sense of Justice, revolts against this Vicarious atonement!
If the criminal sinned only against himself, and wronged no one but himself; if by sincere repentance he could cause the obliteration of past events, not only from the memory of man, but also from the imperishable record, with no deity – not even the Supremes of the Supreme – can cause to disappear, then this dogma might not be incomprehensible.
But to maintain that one may wrong his fellow-man, kill, disturb the equilibrium of society and the natural order of things, and then – through cowardice, hope, or compulsion, it matters not – be forgiven by believing that the spilling of one blood washes out the other blood spilt – this is preposterous!
Can the results of a crime be obliterated even though the crime itself should be pardoned?
The effects of a cause are never limited to the boundaries of the cause, nor can the results of crime be confined to the offender and his victim.
Every good as well as evil action has its effects, as palpably as the stone flung into calm water. The simile is trite, but it is the best ever conceived, so let us use it.
The eddying circles are greater and swifter as the disturbing object is greater or smaller, but the smallest pebble, nay, the tiniest speck, makes its ripples. And this disturbance is not alone visible on the surface.
Below, unseen, in every direction – outward and downward – drop pushes drop until the sides and bottoms are touched by the force. More, the air above the water is agitated, and this disturbance passes, as the physicists tell us, from stratum to stratum out into space forever and ever; an impulse has been given to matter, and that is never lost, can never be recalled!”…
“So with crime, and so with its opposite. The action may be instantaneous, the effects are eternal.
When, after the stone is once flung into the pond, we can recall it to the hand, roll back the ripples, obliterate the force expended, restore the etheric waves to their previous state of non-being, and wipe out every trace of the act of throwing the missile, so that Time’s record shall not show that it ever happened, then, then we may patiently hear Christians argue for the efficacy of this Atonement”,

and – cease to believe in Karmic Law. As it now stands, we call upon the whole world to decide, which of our two doctrines is the most appreciative of deific justice, and which is more reasonable, even on simple human evidence and logic.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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