Spinoza on God

From Spinoza‘s Letter LXXVI, to a former pupil of his who had recently converted to Catholicism:

“When you were still in your right mind, you used to worship an infinite God, by whose power all things absolutely occur. Now you dream of a prince, God’s enemy, who against God’s will entraps and deceives very many men (rarely good ones, to be sure), whom God then hands over to this master of wickedness to be tortured for eternity. God in his justice thus allows the devil to deceive men and go unpunished; but he by no means allows to remain unpunished the men who have been so wretchedly deceived and entrapped by that same devil.”

From The Gospel According to Jesus – by Stephen Mitchell.

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