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“The City of God” by St. Augustine. https://www.amazon.com/City-God-Image-Classics-Augustine/dp/0385029101
“As the men turned and walked on toward Sodom, Abraham remained standing before the LORD.23Then Abraham drew near and said: “Will you really sweep away the righteous with the wicked?24Suppose there were fifty righteous people in the city; would you really sweep away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people within it?25Far be it from you to do such a thing, to kill the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike! Far be it from you! Should not the judge of all the world do what is just?”g26The LORD replied: If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.27Abraham spoke up again: “See how I am presuming to speak to my Lord, though I am only dust and ashes!h28What if there are five less than fifty righteous people? Will you destroy the whole city because of those five?” I will not destroy it, he answered, if I find forty-five there.29But Abraham persisted, saying, “What if only forty are found there?” He replied: I will refrain from doing it for the sake of the forty.30Then he said, “Do not let my Lord be angry if I go on. What if only thirty are found there?” He replied: I will refrain from doing it if I can find thirty there.31Abraham went on, “Since I have thus presumed to speak to my Lord, what if there are no more than twenty?” I will not destroy it, he answered, for the sake of the twenty.32But he persisted: “Please, do not let my Lord be angry if I speak up this last time. What if ten are found there?” For the sake of the ten, he replied, I will not destroy it.i
33The LORD departed as soon as he had finished speaking with Abraham, and Abraham returned home.” Genesis 18: 22-33
“53Are you greater than our father Abraham,* who died? Or the prophets, who died? Who do you make yourself out to be?”f54Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing; but it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’55You do not know him, but I know him. And if I should say that I do not know him, I would be like you a liar. But I do know him and I keep his word.g56Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it* and was glad.h57So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?”*58* Jesus said to them,i “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.” John 8:53-58
“God has all eternity in which to listen to the split second of prayer put up by a pilot as his plane crashes in flames.” Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis