“All manner of sin and blasphemy,” the Lord said, “shall be forgiven unto men; but the blasphemy against the spirit shall not be forgiven.” God speaks, as it were, in this manner: “I forgive you everything. Not a word more shall be said about your sins—only come out of them; come out of the darkness of your exile; come into the light of your home, your birthright, and do evil no more. Love your neighbor as I love you; be my good child; trust in your father. I am light, come to me, and you shall see things as I see them, and hate the evil thing. I will make you love the thing which now you call good and love not.” And if his child should say, “I prefer staying in the darkness: forgive me that, too,” the Lord will reply, “No, that cannot be. The one thing that cannot be forgiven is the sin of choosing to be evil, or refusing deliverance. He who chooses to go on sinning annihilates my forgiveness. If a man refuses to come out of his sin, he must suffer the vengeance of a love that would be no love if it left him there. Shall I allow my creature to be the thing my soul hates?” There is no excuse for this refusal. God passes by and forgets a thousand sins, forgiving them all—only we must begin to be good, to do evil no more. He who refuses must be punished until he gives way, repents, and come to the light, that his deeds may be seen by himself to be what they are, and by himself reproved. Who knows but such sin may need for its cure the continuous punishment of an eon?