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God will not give us hardships beyond what we are capable of bearing.


19. Only what we can bear. We are told, in the writings of God, that God will not give us hardships beyond what we are capable of bearingThe shrine10 pix BABI RELIGION: “We have decreed that every long life shall in truth suffer decline and that every hardship shall be followed by ease.” (The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 47) It would be  gross injustice on the part of God to give us hurtles we are unable to overcome and yet hold us accountable for that which we are not spiritually capable of dealing with; and God is definitely about justice: Jewish symbols star-8pix JUDAISM: Deuteronomy: 32:4 “He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He.” Proverbs: 21:3 “To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to The LORD than sacrifice.” Isaiah: 56:1 “Thus saith The LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice:” the cross-5pix CHRISTIANITY: Revelations: 15:3 “Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, thou King of saints.” God, as I said, is all about justice, it is not possible for Him to treat us unjustly. If we endure hardship it is because we are capable of dealing with it and the outcome of the hardship will leave us spiritually better off. Jewish symbols star-8pix JUDAISM: Isaiah: 48:10 “Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.” 1 Chronicles: 29:17 “I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart,” Job: 23:10 “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Psalms: 34:19 “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but The LORD delivereth him out of them all.” Psalms: 66:10 “For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.” Proverbs: 17:3 “The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.” the cross-5pix CHRISTIANITY: 1 Peter: 1:7 “The trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” 1 Corinthians: 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 2 Thessalonians: 4:30 “When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to The LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto His voice;” 2 Thessalonians: 4:31 “(For the LORD thy God is a merciful God) He will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which He sware unto them.” As I said earlier, God tests us but it is not His desire to destroy us, we do that on our own with our own actions. Not all tests come to us from God some tests we bring on ourselves through our own behavior in this life. Say, you become angry and hit someone, is it Gods fault when the police come and arrest you. Tests are like a bounty from God, but to the unprepared soul they are calamity and pain itself. John: 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Acts: 14:22 “Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”

the greatest name-12pixBAHA’I FAITH:“Just as the plough furrows the earth deeply, purifying it of weeds and thistles, so suffering and tribulation free man from the petty affairs of this worldly life until he arrives at a state of complete detachment.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 178)

Jewish symbols-13pix JUDAISM: Genesis: 18:25 “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?Psalms: 37:23 “The steps of a good man are ordered by The LORD: and he delighteth in his way.” Psalms: 37:24 “Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for The LORD upholdeth him with His hand.” David tells us that if a man falls or sins against God, God won’t utterly abandon him, but will, out of His love and mercy, assist him to overcome his difficulties. Lamentations: 3:31 “For The LORD will not cast off for ever: 3:32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.” God will not over burden His servant. Job: 34:23 “For He (God) will not lay upon man more than right.”

Islamic symbol-10 pix ISLAM: 233. “No soul shall have a burden laid on it greater than it can bear.”

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah   2)

Islamic symbol-5pix 152. “No burden do We place on any soul, but that which it can bear;”

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah   6)

Islamic symbol-5pix 42. “But those who believe and work righteousness, no burden do We place on any soul, but that which it can bear, they will be companions of the garden, therein to dwell (for ever).”

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah   7)

 Zoroastrian symbol-12pix ZOROASTRIANISM: “Duty does not exceed one’s ability. None will be held responsible” for what one is not capable of. (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan p. 153)

Hindu symbol-10pix HINDUISM: 158. “Until death let her be patient (of hardships), self-controlled, and chaste, and strive (to fulfill) that most excellent duty which (is prescribed).” Be patient in hardships, “Let him overcome.” “He shall not exceed (in such punishment, hardship).”

(Hindu, Laws of Manu chapter 5 and Khanda 28)

Hindu symbol 5-pix 22. “All the creatures of The Creator severally carry breath (the breath of spiritual life) in their souls. All these the Brahma (God), protects.” “That we may endure and overcome the hardships life throws as us.”

(Hindu, Vedas, Atharva Veda and Ramayana)

Buddhist wheel symbol-10 pix BUDDHISM: “By oneself one does evil. By oneself one is defiled. By oneself one abstains from evil. By oneself one is purified. Purity and impurity are personal matters. No one can purify someone else.” Or take the place of someone else. “Oneself indeed is master of oneself, Who else could the other master be? With oneself perfectly trained, One obtains a refuge hard to gain. Lift up your self by yourself; examine your self by yourself. Thus self-protected and attentive you will live joyfully, mendicant. For self is the master of self; self is the refuge of self. Therefore tame yourself, like a merchant tames a noble horse.” “The evil, done by oneself, Self-begotten and self-produced,” is the self accountable for. “Fare alone and commit no sin.”The one I call holy, though having committed no offense, patiently bears reproach, ill-treatment, and imprisonment, has endurance for one’s force and strength for one’s army. The one I call holy is free from anger, faithful to vows, virtuous, free from lust, controlled, and has received one’s last body.” (Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 1 and 3 (tr. J. Richards))

Mandaean symbol-15pix SABEANISM: “Behold these souls who believed in Thee And for Thy name’s sake stood (in patients) by on earth And were persecuted. Show us pure ether air So that we may forget earthly persecution, That we may forget the persecution of earth And the vexation of the wicked and liars.” In patients the persecutions are over come with the aid of The Great Life. (God) (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 71)“Behold me, who have sought purification before Thee! Look on me, who have borne  persecution for Thy name! End for me acts of violence, for I am Thy servant and Thy child. Now I humble myself and my children to Thy name, for I have been true to thy name, and speak (it) in my heart and talk (of it) in my mind. And I subdue my form and my loins,” With thine aid and assistance. (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 410) “Look upon me with Your eyes and pity me in Your heart! Support me with Your strength, clothe me with Your glory, cover me with Your light. Cut me not off from Yourself! And put far from me fear, dread and terror.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 410)

The shrine-17pix BABI RELIGION: “GLORIFIED is He besides Whom there is none other God. In His grasp He holdeth the source of authority, and verily God is powerful over all things. We have decreed that every long life shall in truth suffer decline, and that every hardship shall be followed by ease;” God will not burden a soul beyond it’s capacity, for “Thou dost suffice Me in every hardship that may descend upon Me and in every affliction that may wax great before Me. Thou art My sole Companion in My loneliness, the Delight of My heart in My solitude and My Best Beloved in My prison and in My Abode. No God is there but Thee!” “I pray to God graciously to assist you to weather the storms of tests and trials which must needs beset you, to enable you to emerge, unscathed and triumphant, from their midst, and to lead you to your high destiny.”

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, pp. 47, 185 and The Dawn-Breakers, p. 42)

the greatest name 8 pix“We learn that even though God does test us He will not send us difficulties beyond our endurance: Our Heavenly Father will always give us the strength to meet and overcome tests if we turn with all our hearts to Him, and difficulties if they are met in the right spirit only make us rely on God more firmly and completely.”

(Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 417)

the greatest name-12pixBAHA’I FAITH: “Know ye that trials and tribulations have, from time immemorial, been the lot of the chosen Ones of God and His beloved, and such of His servants as are detached from all else but Him, they whom neither merchandise nor traffic beguile from the remembrance of the Almighty, they that speak not till He hath spoken, and act according to His commandment. Such is Gods method carried into effect of old, and such will it remain in the future. Blessed are the steadfastly enduring, they that are patient under ills and hardships, who lament not over anything that befalleth them, and who tread the path of resignation….” “Bahá’u’lláh Himself has given the believers (the assurance) that they will never be called upon to meet a test greater than their capacity to endure.”

(Faith, Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 129 and Lights of Guidance, p. 341)