The seventh principle of our Judeo-Christian heritage is based on Hebrews 9:27.

Hebrews 9:27 (NKJV)
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.

Perhaps the greatest restraint against acts of evil toward others is the knowledge that every person will one day give an account for their attitudes and actions to Almighty God.  Unbelievers will stand before the Great White Throne Judgment (in Revelation 20).  They will be judged based on whether their works measured up to God’s standard of righteousness.

Believers (who are already righteous because of the new covenant) will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ (in 2 Corinthians 5).  Every believer will stand before Christ to receive rewards based on their faithfulness during their lifetimes here on the earth.  This will include what they did with their time, talent, and treasure to further the Kingdom of God and to encourage the Body of Christ.

The great American statesman Daniel Webster was once asked, “What’s the most sobering thought that ever entered your mind?”  He quickly responded, “My personal accountability to God.”  Webster knew that he would one day stand before God and give an account for his attitudes and actions.  The same applies to every man and woman.