Corrupt and Sinful Official Punished by Heaven

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Jiao Junming was smart and capable. He became a government official when he was very young to the envy of others. However, he did not receive any promotions for a long period of time after he was given his position. He often complained about his tough career and thought that heaven was unfair because he felt he was not being properly compensated for his efforts. He even wrote an article questioning heaven regarding his fate.
At dusk the day he wrote the article, a piece of white silk with words written on it suddenly fell from the sky onto his desk where he kept his incense burner. Taking a close look, he could not understand what was written on the silk because it was written in heavenly characters.
Jiao Junming heard there was a female who had reached an advanced state of cultivation. He sought her help to decipher the words. She looked at the silk, but spoke not one word about its meaning. When Jiao Junming begged her, she said, “You received a bribe of five liang in gold. Consequently, your lifetime was shortened by ten years. You wrongfully killed a person, and thus you will be punished even after death. Have you made such mistakes?”
Upon being questioned, Jiao Junming was stunned and speechless. Not long after, he died from an acute illness.
Jiao Junming obtained fame as a result of his high scores on the imperial exams and became an official at a young age. Afterward, he became corrupt and took bribes. He did bad things and killed innocent people. His life was shortened by ten years. His sins were so great that even after he died, he would still be punished and go to hell. He did not question or blame himself, instead wanted to further his career.
What a foolish daydreamer Jiao Junming was! Moreover, how shameless that he even questioned the divine!
(Story from Ming Dynasty book Methods of Accumulating Blessing and Removing Misfortune)
做官貪財害命 上蒼即予嚴懲
焦俊明聰明能幹,在年紀很輕的時候,就考取了功名。但是,從這以後,經過了很長的一段時間,都沒有任何升遷。他就常常為自己的仕途坎坷,而埋怨上蒼好像沒有長眼,對他的努力,視而不見。他為此,還寫了一篇疏文,向上蒼質問。
就在他質問上蒼的那天黃昏,有一幅素書(白娟上寫的文字),忽然從上空摔落在他擺放香爐的桌面上。他仔細的一看,素書上面所寫的,乃是天庭的文字,他看不懂其中的意思。
他聽說何仙姑有道行,就前往請問。何仙姑看了素書,對其中的內容,就是閉口不說。焦俊明苦苦的哀求,何仙姑於是才向他說:「你接受過五兩黃金的賄賂,就折去十年的壽命;你枉殺了一條人命,死後必定會受到處分。你有沒有犯過這些錯誤呢?」
經過何仙姑這麼一問,焦俊明因此而目瞪口呆,說不出話來。不久便得急病而亡!
焦俊明考取了功名,當了官以後,便貪污受賄,做壞事,殺好人,不僅折壽十年,而且死後,還要下地獄,受懲罰。他不捫心自問、自責,還想繼續步步高升,真是癡心妄想!他還厚顏無恥的去質問上蒼,真是找死啊!
(事據明代《集福消災之道》)

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