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87. Knowledge in Risen Man

1. When a man rises from the dead and comes to the generaljudgment, he will know all the sins he has committed in hislifetime. St. Augustine says this complete remembrance of allone's sins will be conferred on each person by God's power;it will be a special gift for the occasion. The judgment willbe most perfect, and therefore the accuser, the witness, thedefendant must know all that is to be judged. Each man'sconscience is like a book that contains an accurate and detailedrecord of his life. And at judgment, the books will be opened(Apoc. 20:12).

2. At the last judgment, each person will know, not onlyhis own sins, but the sins of every other person. For in thisjudgment, God's justice is to be manifested to all.

3. This special knowledge of one's sins and the sinsof all mankind will not be acquired by some time-consuming process,but will be as knowledge that is acquired at a glance.

"Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars."
Thomas á Kempis

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"For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God?"
Thomas á Kempis

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"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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