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The Judgment Of God

Is the judgment of God an outdated concept?

After all, you don't hear the vast majority of Christians talking about it anymore.

You certainly don't hear about it from most of today's television preachers. Mostly they seem to be concerned about "living your best life" and getting as many "blessings" as possible.

So is the idea of an all-knowing, all-powerful God that will ultimately judge all of humanity a concept that society is now moving past?

Certainly atheists, skeptics and other critics of traditional Christianity point to a "judgmental, wrathful god" as one of the most objectionable points of the Christian faith.

Would a loving God pass judgment on someone?

Would a loving God punish someone?

These are some pretty heavy questions to think about.

So let's think about them for a bit.

First of all, I would like you to imagine a scenario with me.....

Imagine a society where the police always caught the criminals. But after catching the criminals, the justice system of that particular society lets those criminals go every single time with absolutely no punishment for their crimes.

What kind of society would that be?

Would that be a just society?

Would that be a fair society?

What would it be like for criminals and murderers and rapists and child molesters to be running around knowing that even if they did get caught there will never, ever be any penalty for any of the crimes they are committing?

Would that be a society that you would want to live in?

What would you call a justice system that had results like that?

Even though justice in our current society is far from perfect, at least there is an attempt to catch criminals and bring them to justice.

But you know what?

A large percentage of Christians in America today believe that God is just like that justice system that never, ever punishes the criminals.

Today many Christians believe that God would never punish anyone for anything.

After all, "judgment" was an "Old Testament" thing, right?


The truth is that God is a God of perfect love AND of perfect justice, and according to the Bible the judgment of God is very real.

In 2 Timothy 4:1, the apostle Paul tells us that God will judge the inhabitants of this world:

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead

In 1 Peter 4:5, the apostle Peter echoes the same sentiments:

But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

In Hebrews 13:4 it tells us that God will judge those who are sexually immoral:

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

In Revelation 11:18 we are told that God will destroy those who destroy the earth:

The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great— and for destroying those who destroy the earth.

In Hebrews 9:27 we are reminded that we only get one life (no reincarnation) and after that we face judgment:

Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment

Well, what about Jesus?

Wasn't his message all about peace and love?

Well, yes it was.

But also there was NOBODY in the Bible who talked about hell more than Jesus did. Just consider a few examples.....

Matthew 5:29

If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

Matthew 23:33

"You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?

Luke 12:5

But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.

The reality is that the Scriptures consistently tell us that a judgment is coming. In John 3:36 it says this:

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him.

The Bible consistently teaches that without Jesus to pay for our sins that we remain under the wrath of God. The love of God is very powerfully portrayed in Scripture, but also the perfect justice of God is also very powerfully portrayed. Just consider the picture of God's justice that is painted in the following passage of Scripture.....

2 Thessalonians 1:6-10

God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.

But most people today do not like to hear about God's justice. They don't WANT to hear that judgment is coming. In fact, the people of today sound very much like the people that the apostle Paul was describing in Romans 2:5.....

But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.

The reality is that most people today are terribly stubborn.

They think that they don't need God.

They think they can do whatever they want.

Even many people who "believe" that God exists think that He would NEVER judge them.

However, if we turn to the end of the book we read about the final judgment of humanity, and it should be sobering for all of us when we read what is to happen.....

Revelation 20:11-15

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

So is there any good news? Yes, there most definitely is.

Remember, God is a God of perfect love AND of perfect justice.

We stand guilty before God because of our sins, but God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to die on the cross to pay the penalty for OUR sins.

In John 5:24 it describes the destiny of those who are willing to accept Jesus into their lives and receive that forgiveness.....

I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.

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If Christianity is real (and it most definitely is - just read the rest of this blog), then the decision that you make about Jesus Christ is the most important decision that you will ever make in your life.

Remember, God is a God of perfect love and of perfect justice.

We all have violated God's laws over and over and over and those sins must be paid for.

Jesus paid for those sins on the cross and so you have two choices.....

#1) You can accept the payment Jesus made on the cross for your sins and ask Him into your life as your Savior and Lord.


#2) You can pay for your own sins.

Which option will you choose?


Bill said...

I work in the Criminal Justice system and punishment without treatment has a high failure rate in reducing recidivism.

If you care about people you also provide a means to change. I wish Christianity was the answer, but it doesn't bear out.

Christian divorce is higher than divorce among non-believers. The more conservative the higher the divorce rate. In all my years of working with the criminal population, I have met very few atheists. Most criminals believe in Jesus, God or some form of god.

What are the percentages of moral failure among believer’s verses atheists? What are the percentages of moral failure among true born-again believers vs. true scientific atheists?

Does believing in a god guarantee moral behavior? Do people follow religious belief out of fear of punishment, reward or simply because they can't imagine being alone in the world? Maybe people demand justice and their concept of god or Allah guarantees justice in the next life.

True loves supposedly casts out fear. I don't see how reminding people of punishment serve Christian values if love is the goal. The greatest commandment is supposedly to love God not fear his punishment.


Bill said...

The mixed messages of love vs. eternal punishment for failing to accept the supposed invisible evidence and assumptions of truth or fact hardly seem fair in my opinion.

Most conservative xtians, and they seem to be everywhere, always point to their faith as evidence, because in the end it's awfully hard to prove that an invisible person exists unless you simply believe.

I've studied the apologetics of Christians and all of it relies on assumed truths and acceptance of claims in the collective of letters and epistles they call the cannon or Bible.

I have no problem accepting factual history. I do have a problem accepting supernatural claims simply because I'm supposed to. And if I don't I will be tortured forever.


Bill said...

I can't think of anyone I know or ever heard of you doesn't think there ought to be punishment for crime, especially heinous crimes.

That is hardly a Christian principle or evidence of God. There were many fair and just laws in secular societies before the 10 commandments were ever written.

For that matter, the first 4 of the 10 commands are harldy moral and neither is the punishment for failing to practice or accept them.

I'd have added, Thou shalt not abuse children to the list of commandments. You'd think a god would have thought of that one??

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