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Dostoyevsky: “… And He will judge and will forgive all, …”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821 – 1881) – Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist, and philosopher.

Dostoyevsky“…  And He will judge and will forgive all, the good and the evil, the wise and the meek…  And when He has done with all of them, then He will summon us, ‘You too come forth,’ He will say, ‘Come forth, ye drunkards, come forth, ye weak ones, come forth, ye children of shame!’  And we shall all come forth without shame and shall stand before Him.  And He will say unto us, ‘Ye are swine, made in the image of the Beast and with his mark; but come ye also!’  And the wise ones and those of understanding will say, ‘O Lord, why dost Thou receive these men?’  And He will say, ’This is why I receive them, O ye wise, this is why I receive them, O ye of understanding, that not one of them believed himself to be worthy of this.’  And He will hold out His hands to us and we shall fall down before Him… and we shall weep… and we shall understand all things!  Then we shall understand all!… and all will understand, Katerina Ivanovna even… she will understand… Lord, Thy kingdom come!”  And he sank down on the bench exhausted and helpless, looking at no one, apparently oblivious of his surroundings and plunged in deep thought.  His words had created a certain impression; there was a moment of silence; but soon laughter and oaths were heard again.” ~ Marmeladov’s Vision from “Crime and Punishment”


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