Over the summer I read JC Lamont's Prophecy of the Heir, and not included in my review and author interview is mention that my absolute favorite thing about this book is how Lamont unapologetically, yet with the prowess of an apologist, answers the problem of the harshness of judgment.
In the review, I do mention that Michael’s loyalty to the Prince is challenged mainly by his doubts surrounding why Elohim would bring judgment upon humans (the mud race), or at least not save them from the consequences of their choices. The relationship between Michael and the Prince is forged in the crucible of this conflict. Most of my favorite POTH quotes surround how Lamont handles this delicate issue. So, below, I want to provide some background to those relevant favorites.
“One cannot pardon those who do not wish to be pardoned.” –The Prince, p.45
It is after Lucifer has led the rebellion in Shamayim, and the Prince is explaining to Michael that all who followed Lucifer are no longer the same, but have become Shaityrim. Michael is mourning the loss of his friends, including his best friend, and his mentor. He asks the Prince, "Is there no chance of pardon?"