The book, The Word of God, is the balance that judges the actions and conduct of men.
262. The book, The Word of God, is the balance that judges the actions and conduct of men: Christianity: John 12:48 “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Judaism: Hosea 6:5 “Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and Thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.” Hosea 6:6 “For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God,” which judgeth their hearts. Christianity: Revelation 20:12 “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 2)
Islam: 114. “Shall I seek for judge other than Allah? when He it is Who hath sent unto you the Book, explained in detail.’ They know full well, to whom We have given the Book, that it hath been sent down from thy Lord in truth (as a discerner of men’s actions). Never be then of those who doubt.” 115. “The Word of thy Lord doth find its fulfillment in truth and in justice.”
(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 6)
Islam: 25. “We sent aforetime our messengers with Clear Signs and sent down with them the Book and the Balance (of Right and Wrong), that men may stand forth in justice;” 17. “It is Allah Who has sent down the Book in truth, and the Balance by which to weigh conduct.”
(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 42 and 57)
ZOROASTRIANISM: 3. “O ye Bountiful Immortals, and thou, the Mazdayasnian law, ye just,” “I desire to, approach this branch for the Baresman with my praise, and the memorized recital and fulfillment of the Mazdayasnian law, and the heard recital of the Gathas, and the well-timed and persistent prayer for blessings (uttered) by the holy lords of the ritual order, for the propitiation (appeasement) of the most just knowledge Mazda-given (God–given), and of the holy and good Religion, the Mazdayasnian Faith;” The law and the knowledge Ahura Mazda gives to mankind is justice itself, and therefore teaches mankind right from wrong which, in turn, creates a standard by which the conduct of mankind can be evaluated and his actions judged.
(Zoroaster, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasnas 8 and 22)
HINDUISM: 4. “Reciters of Nirbhuga ((Nirbhuga is the recitation of the Veda (the word) without intervals)) say, ‘by it one turns out the sandhi, (the union of words) and knows what is the accent and what is not, and distinguishes (by the word) what is the moral and what is not.”’ “And the pureness of thy conduct doth (judge) thy heart’s affection prove.” By the veda text one distinguishes morals of right from wrong and the power of the word is reflected in our hearts and visible in our actions, proving our worth in the sight of (Brahma) God and man.
(Hindu, Mababharata and Upanishads vol. 1, Aitareya-Aranyaka Part 3)
BUDDHISM: “To abstain from all evil; the practice of good, and the thorough purification of one’s mind – this is the teaching of the Buddhas.” “When a man is resolute and recollected, pure of deed and persevering, when he is attentive and self-controlled and lives according to the Teaching,” “Even if he does not quote appropriate texts much, if he follows the principles of the Teaching by getting rid of greed, hatred and delusion, deep of insight and with a mind free from attachment, not clinging to anything in this world or the next – that man is a partner in the Holy Life.” “And whenever, whilst dwelling with attentive mind, he wisely investigates, examines and thinks over the Law-at such a time he has gained and is developing the Element of Enlightenment (by the investigation of the Law); and thus this element of enlightenment reaches fullest perfection.” “Whoever is without craving, without greed, who understands the words and their meanings (an enlightened servant of Brahma, God),” “who controls one’s tongue, who speaks wisely and calmly, who is not proud, who illuminates the meaning of the truth,” “lives in the truth, who finds joy in the truth, meditates on the truth, follows the truth,” “fruitful is the well-spoken word of one who practices it.” “that mendicant does not fall away from the truth.” “that one’s words are sweet.” (who) “discerns justice with the body (of the word) and does not neglect justice is a supporter of justice.” He is enlightened and accepts what is true and positive to the moral generating beneficial influence found within the word. For, the word is the cause of the positive, upstanding nature found within man, by which man actions are judged.
(Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddhas 1, 2 and 3 (tr. J. Richards))
SABEANISM: “Do not slumber and sleep, and forget not what your lord commanded you.” “Those who listen to the speech of the Life (God) Will be greatly increased, Will be enriched and will not lack.” The word of The Life (God/Haiyi) transforms us, makes us better beings, so the creative, purifying, generating influence of the word can be seen by our actions. (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 88, Instruction of Adam)
BABI RELIGION: “ALL men have proceeded from God and unto Him shall all return. All shall appear before Him for judgement. He is the Lord of the Day of Resurrection, of Regeneration and of Reckoning, and His revealed Word is the Balance.”
(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 157)
(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 23)
BAHA’I FAITH: “Know verily that the purpose underlying all these symbolic terms and abstruse allusions, which emanate from the Revealers of God‘s holy Cause, hath been to test and prove the peoples of the world; that thereby the earth of the pure and illuminated hearts may be known from the perishable and barren soil. From time immemorial such hath been the way of God amidst His creatures, and to this testify the records of the sacred books.”
(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 48)
Baha’i Faith: “The Great Being saith: The heaven of statesmanship is made luminous and resplendent by the brightness of the light of these blessed words which hath dawned from the dayspring of the Will of God: It behoveth every ruler to weigh his own being every day in the balance.”
(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 166)