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One of the most profound problems is: "How can justice and mercy be reconciled?" The law demands punishment; to set it aside invites anarchy. And God is holy — as Leviticus loudly proclaims. Ignoring our failures and setting aside justice would mar God’s beauty, like placing a Sharpie in the hand of every toddler who enters the Louvre or the National Gallery of Art. Some might cry when their new car is first scratched; if once we see the beauty of holiness, we would weep forever over the slightest tarnish.