Is God’s justice really just?
Why should I burn in hell forever for sinning on earth? Why do I, a finite man get an infinite judgment?
These are critical yet mouthful questions that continue to take shape among the minds of seekers and skeptics.
Looking at these questions brings to the fore the following argument:
- God is perfectly just; implying that hell is a just punishment for sin
- Hell is a place of infinite torture
- Human beings are finite in nature and commit finite sins
Therefore, the primary conclusion for this argument is that Infinite torture equals finite sin
If this is the case, where is justice in all these? If God were truly just, then He would have come up with a finite way of dealing with sin done by a finite man, in a finite way.
A closer analysis of the presenting problem reveals three elements that we may need to interrogate. First, it is the nature of God. Secondly, it is the nature of man. Lastly, it is the nature of sin.
The nature of God
When I stand and state that God in His nature is unjust because of the punishment that he sets against the finite sin, then it implies that I understand God in totality. This overrides the fact that our finite sense of existence does not capture the infinite essence of God. As such, it would be improbable to conclude that God is unjust for apportioning infinite judgment upon a finite man.
The nature of Man
What is man? The first chapter of Genesis presents the nature of man as intended by God. First, man is in the image and likeness of God. Secondly, He is a product of conscious deliberation among the Godhead. Lastly, man is a dominion bearing being. Coming to think about it, if this is the case, then man has a divine essence that triggers his thought patterns, the decision making process and the obligation to have dominion. In light of this, man as a being has an eternal essence based on the choice of action (see Genesis Chapter 2). God would not be all just if He allows man to abuse the divine essence by scaling down the nature of judgment. The location of sin does not hold sufficient ground to warrant adjustment of punishment. The precursors towards that sin (the infinite element of choice) are what defines and influences the consequences thereof.
The nature of Sin
Sin is the tendency of man to server relations or dependence on God. Upon creation, God gave us the power to choose (which is an act of love). We have the chance to choose whether we will allow God to reign in our lives or take the reins ourselves. The decision to server God and take the reins deny us an opportunity to live in the fullness that eternity presents. Consequently, we miss the mark of human meaning and existence. When this takes place the flesh, which seeks the desires that are contrary to the will of God becomes our lead. In the end, we fall into sin. The intentional decision to cut links with God emanates from our inherent divine ability to make decisions that have eternal implications.
In conclusion, God’s nature is above us to comprehend. As such, one cannot provide a conclusive case against God bearing in mind that a finite mind cannot fathom the infinite God. Secondly, we are created in the image and likeness of God. God gave us a soul that has an eternal destiny. Due to this, whatever we do in the present has eternal consequences. Lastly, sin is a separation from God and the only solution is to allow God Himself through the person of Jesus Christ to come in and bring us back to God. Just the same way we choose to walk away from God and lead a rebellious life, it is the same way we can choose to walk closer to God by accepting the gift of salvation.