Why don’t God implement justice immediately? Why should people need to wait?
Those sentences which are colored in orange are from Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati book Satyarth Prakash (The Light of Truth) and those which are colored in black are Jerry Thomas’s response.
"And they cried wit a loud voice, saying, how long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto everyone of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled." (6:10, 11.)
C. Christians, being handed over to a Judge who is absent from the station and is in on tour, will no doubt cry aloud for justice, but he that accepts the Vedic faith shall not have to wait at all for Justice. Will the Christians tell us if the court of God is closed now-a-days and no justice is being done? Are the judges sitting idle not?The Christian God can also be easily led, since on their request, He begins to avenge them on their enemies. They are of a very vindictive nature because even after death they avenge themselves on their enemies. It seems they have not the least forbearance and where there is not forbearance; misery and sorrow know no bounds.
Answer: Maharishi had overlooked the collective and corporate justice as well as the proportionate justice. Human beings are not an isolated collection of individuals whose actions can be immediately reciprocated at all times. They are all well connected to each other. There are reasons why the corporate and collective justice has to take its own time.
(a) As man is a connected human being, if justice is carried out immediately at all times, sometimes the righteous in the society may suffer due to the wicked ones. LORD Jesus Christ explained this through a parable.
Mark 13: 24-30 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?' He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn."
Abraham, the father of faith, understood that the just God should not punish the righteous along with the wicked.
Genesis 18: 17- 33 And the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him." And the LORD said, "Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know." Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the LORD. And Abraham came near and said, "Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare [it] for the fifty righteous that were in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” So the LORD said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes." Then Abraham answered and said, "Indeed now, I who [am but] dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous; would You destroy all of the city for lack of five?" So He said, "If I find there forty-five, I will not destroy it." And he spoke to Him yet again and said, "Suppose there should be forty found there?" So He said, "I will not do it for the sake of forty.” Then he said, "Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Suppose thirty should be found there?" So He said, "I will not do [it] if I find thirty there." And he said, "Indeed now, I have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose twenty should be found there?" So He said, "I will not destroy [it] for the sake of twenty." Then he said, "Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?" And He said, "I will not destroy [it] for the sake of ten." So the LORD went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.
(b) As much as righteous should not be punished along with the wicked, even the wicked should be given a time for repentance after which their punishment becomes all the more justifiable.
Genesis 15: 13- 16 Then He said to Abram: "Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land [that is] not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions. Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete."
In the light of these there is no reason why individuals should be treated as only separate entities and not as a part of society and be punished immediately.
Now to the second aspect- is there anything wrong in praying for reciprocal justice? There is nothing wrong.
Thirdly, Vedic justice system where the soul who does evil or good shall be born in to different person is totally unjust and irrational. In fact, in the so-called reincarnation, the person in the ‘current birth’ does not have any idea about what s/he did in the previous birth or even who they were. It is totally a different person in all the aspects. Yet, s/he is penalized for the karma which they are not even aware of. It is like compulsorily punishing a person for the karma of another. Leave alone the spee
dy justice, the Vedic system is totally unjust and irrational.We urge the Vedic believers, our fellow countrymen, to leave such unjust and irrational faith and come to the feet of Lord Jesus Christ.