What does justice look like to you?
Between 1941 and 1945 Jews, Gypsies, Slavs, communists, homosexuals, the mentally and physically disabled and members of other groups were targeted and methodically murdered in the largest genocide of the 20th century. In total approximately 11 million people were killed during the Holocaust including over 1 million children. Of the nine million Jews who had resided in Europe before the Holocaust, approximately two-thirds were killed. –Wikipedia
I’m a good guy. Trouble is I find myself relating more to Adolph Hitler than to God.
- Have you ever told a lie, stretched the truth, or withheld the truth? (What do you call people who lie?)
- Have you ever taken anything at all that didn’t belong to you? (What do you call people who steal?)
- Have you ever looked at another person lustfully? (In Mathew 5:27-28 Jesus said that’s the same as adultery.)
- Have you ever been angry at anyone? (In Matthew 5:21-3 Jesus said that’s the same as murder.)
- Have you ever used “Jesus,” “Christ,” or “God” as a curse word or to express frustration? (The Bible calls that blasphemy.)
These are just five of the Ten Commandments. I admit I’ve been guilty of all five. What about you? If we’re honest, by our own admission, and the standard of God’s Law, we are lying, thieving, adulterous, murderous, blasphemers at heart.
And in case think you’ve managed to avoid breaking one of these commandments the Bible says, “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” (Jas 2:10 NKJV)
What’s worse than murdering six million Jews?
We tend to demand justice for others but expect mercy for ourselves. We are as sure that Hitler is deservingly in hell as we are that God will somehow see our true heart through our innocuous little sins. Trouble is He will.
In God’s view, any sin — big or small — is a capital crime.
So whether it’s an undisciplined, gluttonous binge at the buffet, or Adolph Hitler’s systematic genocide, we have no more hope of reconciling ourselves to God than he did.
There’s no sin that’s worse than murdering six million Jews. Unfortunately you and me ,there’s no sin that’s “better” either.
God demands what we’ll never deliver
God is very clear about the penalty for sin. He told Adam and Eve, “of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Gen 2:17) The tree wasn’t poison, but their disobedience to that command was. Obedience connects us to the Life Giver forever; disobedience separates us from Him forever.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 6:23) Wages being the same as earnings, and death being the eternal sort, or hell, as evidenced by the contrast here with eternal life.
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’” (Matt 25:41) Eternal death means eternity in hell separated from God.
A crime against an infinite God requires infinite atonement to avoid infinite death. How does God deal with the crime of eternity without simply letting us off the hook? He’d have to save us from that punishment without compromising His perfect and just Godly status.
God’s God, and you’re not
Now, some people solve the problem of accountability to God by simply denying His existence. But before you decide that non-belief is the easiest way to live free of God’s Law David Platt points out about the problem with non-belief. It doesn’t stand to reason.
If it’s possible that there is a God, and He’s perfectly just, meaning He cannot overlook your sin and still remain God, and therefore He judges you by the Ten Commandments on judgment day, would you go to heaven or hell?
But because of God’s kindness, if you’re truly repentant there’s something you can actually do to have all your sins forgiven.
God’s ‘Get Out of
Jail HELL Free’ card
Jesus Christ, God the Son, paid the price for all.
All of mankind’s sins — past, present, and future — were placed on Jesus, and He was killed, just as God had commanded the ancient Israelites to symbolically place their sins on a spotless animal and kill it to symbolically atone for their sins. It was faith and repentance that saved them, not the animal sacrifice.
Only Jesus’ death could satisfy God’s justice and reconcile mankind with God the Father.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (Jno 3:16)
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved…” (Rom 10:9-10 emphasis added)
Why do you think many people don’t believe any of this?