Why Love is the Problem

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The idea of love truly seems to infect everything it touches.  In the name of love, sexual revolution is both heralded, and denounced.  In the name of love children are aborted and children are saved.  In the name of love, policies are given, and policies changed, marriages are created and unfaithfulness is justified.  How can love that leads to such vastly different conclusions truly be love? Can love truly take the strain of responsibility that we have placed on it, or has the word been mutilated and then stitched back together and reappeared as a verbetically mutated virus?

How can love lead to different conclusions?  At first glance it can seem that love has many different meanings depending on the person.  Whereas it is easy to conclude this, the problem of love is that love is at the core of all of mankind’s worst atrocities (war, rape, oppression, unfaithfulness, etc.)  All of mankind’s bloody history is a tribute to the wrong kind of love, the love of man.

The problem with mankind is not that he does not have love, but that he loves the wrong thing, himself.

Since man loves himself, he then judges his actions on what he loves.  This foundational starting point is why mankind is so wicked.  This is not the say that we all act out in unrestrained, symmetrical wickedness but rather our actions will filter through our preferences and we will show our self-love in preferential ways.

As an example, a serial killer loves himself and so acts in a way that produces the thrill that he enjoys.  His wrong action is motivated by love for himself.  Self-love may be harder to spot in this next illustration but it is just as flagrantly there.  Suppose a missionary feels bad for all the poor children living in India, so he sells all he has and seeks to help the impoverished.  He builds orphanages, hospitals and shelters in order to help the starving children, yet in reality he has loved himself all along and did not want to feel guilty, and used the orphan children as a smokescreen for his disguised selfishness.  At core, a politician who donates his life to helping others may be motivated by the same love for self as a school bully enforcing his insecurities on the playground.  And what is the problem?  Love.

Love cannot be the end all otherwise all manner of evil and grotesqueness is supported by love.  Love cannot run a society because when I love me more than you, even in a democratic society, I will learn that 51% of me can take from the 49% of you.  Love without constraint will ensure slavery (and it did for most of mankind’s existence), promote bigotry, and segregate society faster than any other force. You see, love is not the problem as much as who is the determiner of love.

In order for love to thrive and actually accomplish the beauty inherent in it, it cannot be the mistress of mankind.  Love must find its definition outside of the thing loving or else it will be constrained by the societal dictates of either the majority or the fittest.  Love then is ripped off of her lofty pedestal and drug through the mud unless it is defined by a higher source.

Love must be defined from its source, and therefore God must be the definer of love.  Only then can I love the way that is proper and truly selfless because love then does not start and end with my preference.  The love of God is defined by the person of God.  Love is pure because God is pure.  Pure love therefore must be submitted to the commands of God or else it is prostituted.

The Bible clearly explains this digression of love and actually pegs it as mankind’s problem.  A Jewish Christian writing to the capital city of the Roman Empire, where love was defined as promiscuity and power called out this problem. “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God.” (Romans 1:21)  Any action that I do, if not submitted to God’s definition is a result of self-love.  Just like a virus that simulates a cell and destroys it, mankind’s love simulate is destroying itself.

But there is a cure.  The cure is found in that God, the definer of love, chose to die for our anarchous love of self and through His sacrifice made a way that God could show His love toward mankind. The cure is rather simple.  Repentance of our own ways (Acts 2:38) and acceptance of what Christ did (Eph 2:8-9).  Many people do not want to submit themselves to God, because that would mean that they can no longer love themselves.  We love ourselves too much to submit to God’s definitions, and therein lies the problem.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – The Suffering Savior

The Terrorist Next Door

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In the wake of the recent surge in terrorist groups, does it make you uncomfortable knowing that known terrorists are able to enter our country? Suppose your next door neighbor was a terrorist, and that tomorrow morning, you observe massive amounts of activity and wake up to a large missile carrier outside your window and see his shed emblazoned with the words, “Death to America!” How would you respond?

I would like to submit to my readers that this exact scenario not only will happen, but has alreadyMissiles happened in towns and cities all across America, and you must be ready to decide how much terrorist activity you will allow in your backyard. The greatest terrorist network has already started moving missile launchers and weapons into position. They are much older than Al-Qaida, more ruthless than ISIS, connected, and well funded, and they already have established base camps throughout our world.

Even though they have collectively declared war, they are hard to spot. Their espionage works not only because they are masters at integration, but because common citizens are willing to defend, protect, and even offer assistance in their unholy war. The worst threat facing America and the world is the embracing of the demonic realm and agenda by Christians.

When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians, one of his goals was to warn them of the cosmic battle that is taking place on a daily basis (Eph 6:11-19). The war has been raging since the dawn of time, the spoils of war have been servitude and allegiance, and the battle ground has always been our hearts. The thought of giving over the control of our hearts terrifies us, so mankind desperately clings to following his own way. God wants the submission of our entire being, yet we resist Him. The longer this battle rages, the more pain is inflicted upon ourselves and others.

The Great King calls to each heart to end the bloody coup. When we lay down our arms of inssurrenderurgency and bow to His Kingship, God takes our failing emotional economy and builds factories of peace and joy, God removes our sewers of despair and gives us hope, He breaks down our walls of pride and the cities that once could only take and maim become centers of love.

This process is started at the moment of surrender to God (salvation) where we in faith repent of our sins and rebellion against the Great King and claim peace with God through the death of the Prince of Heaven.

After our surrender, God begins to build in our lives a great country. But the problem is, our new country although under a new government, is still open to terrorists, because we invite them in.

Paul warns of making room for terrorists in Ephesians 4:27, “Neither give place to the devil.” Paul is saying, “Don’t give the Devil a plot of land to fire missiles from!” As believers we expect threats and missiles hurled from the outside (Thankfully God’s anti-missile program is top-notch. Isaiah 26:3 Phil 4:6-7). Yet God does not protect us from the terrorists (or the missiles they send) when we invite them into our lives.

In context Paul is specifically talking about dealing with anger. “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” Even though the principle of not inviting sin applies to every sin, improper handling of anger specifically will lead to the destruction of our cities.

     Paul does not give Christians an option. He is saying that anger must be dealt with in a godly manner. Notice he does not say all anger is wrong, but simply deal with it according to God’s rules in less than 12 hours (slightly more or less depending on what hemisphere you reside in.)

     Satan is building a launching pad for evil, and that should bother all serious Christians.

Suppose your terrorist neighbor while building his arsenal, knocked on your door and asked you for some extra cash to purchase some Uranium or rocket fuel? The obviousness of your response would not even merit speculation, yet how often do we fork out our financial or mental resources to help Satan send nukes from his home base in our heart?

This constant scenario reminds me of the woe against the ancient Kings of Judah, “Nevertheless he removed not the high places of idol worship.” It does not take long for our cities with our well fed and supplied terrorist to resemble the cities of the unbelievers who are still at war. In war time people get tense, edgy, untrusting, selfish….

After the long siege of Satan, our hearts begin to starve for the way things were, and we then go on the offensive and maim and attack other believers, James 4:1 makes this perfectly clear. “Where do the conflicts and where do the quarrels among you come from? Is it not from this, from your passions that battle inside you?” We besiege other people (friends, family, co-workers, random people at Wal-Mart), and allow Satan to bombard them from the missile hubs of our heart. We launch these missiles, and they flow from our heart to our mouth wreaking havoc (James 3:9).

  The defilement of bitterness has allowed Satan a no fly zone of safety from which to launch his missiles.  

      Satan knows that even though he cannot keep a believer’s heart for eternity, he can bring as much hell into our life after the initial invitation. It may seem like an innocent grudge for a wrong yet from that fireman-100722__180harboring of anger and resentment, a whole assault of your life will take place. Nothing is sacred for Satan, and once we open the door and give him his “Green Card,” he has no reason to go back.

      Satan will sit happily in his fortified bunker, hurling missiles that will destroy your closest relationships.

How do I know if I have been aiding terrorists? What are some tell-tale signs of the destruction and fall-out of Satan’s bombs?

  • Am I consistently thinking about how others wronged me?
  • Am I wanting to give them a piece of my mind? (instead of a piece of the cross)
  • Am I consistently standing up for my “rights?”
  • Am I afraid to ask spiritual people for help?
  • Am I enjoying the company of wicked people?
  • Am I talking about other’s wrongs to other people?
  • Am I always thinking about going to war?
  • Am I always giving excuses?
  • Do I feel apart from God?
  • Do I hate going to church?
  • Do I lie awake thinking?
  • Do I wait till the other person repents before admittance of wrong?
  • Do I envision this entire list as applying to others?

So what is the cure? If I have allowed Satan to build a network of terrorism in my heart, what do love-699480__180I do? Thankfully, God doesn’t give us commands without the resources to carry them out. Paul gives the answer, look to Christ.  Ephesians 4:32 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

You may have been hurt in ways that are so grievous that it seems impossible to let go of the comforting inner fire of rage. Forgiveness is not easy, nor is it natural, and that is why God has given us supernatural weapons and perspective. I cannot forgive, until I look at the cross of Christ. When I realize the depths of my grievous sins against God and submit to His example, God’s Spirit enables me to let God handle the consequences (Eph 5:18, Gal 5:16, Rom 12:19).

As much as I long to crucify someone, the cross reminds me, I deserve what Christ received.

The hurt and rage we feel against people for wronging us intentionally or unintentionally, cannot exist when we look through the lenses of the cross. It is impossible to see men and women with rage and malice when we are looking at the gift of our Savior. We must take our eyes off of the bleeding Savior, in order to stay angry and continue to let Satan wage war on our lives.

 

Spiritual Discernment

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 “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:14

     Spiritual discernment is as vital to the health of a Christian as eating vegetables is to the human body. Without the use of discernment, through the proper application of God’s Word, we will never be able to know God more fully or grow in our relationship with Him. We will bandwagon with lies and live by what makes sense to our untrained minds and reckless emotions!

The spiritually undiscerning will often hide behind very powerful truths they misunderstand and misapply.

One example of this is the phrase: ‘God knows my heart.’  The implication is, ‘because God knows my heart, you can’t judge me!’ This is often used to defend one’s actions, particularly when confronted by another believer. While it is true that God does know our hearts . . . This should be cause for the individual to genuinely beg God for a revelation of their own heart instead of a complacent, apathetic, and or stubborn lack of searching and application of God’s Word.  James tells us in 3:17 that true wisdom will listen to admonition instead of denying error so change does not have to be considered. May we never forget that one of the chief reasons for a church is so that others may prod us out of our self-deceived complacency and remind us of who God is and what He requires (Hebrews 10:24-25).

The church as a whole has way too much trust in their own hearts which God says are, “deceitful above all else and desperately wicked…” (Jeremiah 17:9.). We have very little trust for the Creator of our hearts. We are out of practice when it comes to a teachable spirit and a total dependence upon the Word of God to guide our lives. Conversely, we have perfected, to the point of incompetency, the misapplication of individual soul liberty and frivolous feeling driven doctrines.

Woe to anyone who would dare speak contrary to the passions and ideals of the heart. We throw verses at anyone who challenges our lifestyle. Like Satan, we twist Scripture from its original meaning and proudly proclaim, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” (Math 7:1) Or “Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”   (I Samuel16:7)

The spiritually undiscerning Christian will take these and other verses out of context and pick and choose Scripture passages that meet their already achieved level of Christianity. However, they will neglect such verses as Galatians 6:1, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore  wrong-way-167535_1280such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” James 5:19-20, “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” Matthew 18:15, “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained a brother.” Titus 1:13, “. . . Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;”

The undiscerning Christian will not allow another individual to scrutinize their actions for several reasons: God knows the heart, the confronting Christian has faults, and they’ve prayed about it. This kind of individual will not take time to consider the possibility that they have erred.  Sadly, they are often more concerned with their current position in life being confirmed as right than wanting to be stretched and shown their sin.

This is not to say that every instance where a confrontation takes place will always be accurate or even done in the right spirit. Yet, the spiritually discerning individual will welcome Biblical confrontation.  “A wise man will hear and increase learning.” (Proverbs 1:5)  We cannot embrace some portions of Scripture and neglect other portions and present ourselves as those who are exercising or training unto godliness. (I Timothy 4:7, “But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godlintruth-166853_1280ess.”) The Lord wants us to test the things we see and not mindlessly accept them. “He wants us to hold them up to the standard of Scripture and discern whether they line up with God’s plumb line.”(1)

Discernment is crucial to the body of Christ, and is played out by individual believers interacting with the Word of God. When God has clearly spoken our application is a priority that requires no hesitation. In other words, we don’t need to pray about what God has already outlined for us in Scripture. Discernment is played out by individuals recognizing their own faults through Scripture. We then apply God’s grace to our own sin, so that we are qualified to gently, caringly, firmly, and even sharply point other believers to the Savior (Mat 7:3-6). Those who are willing to mutilate Scripture for their own purposes will be tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14), and will defend their unstable Christianity because it endangers their pride to do otherwise.

Lack of discernment can be due to lack of maturity (an element of youth in the LORD). This immaturity  is a natural process of the Christian life, however, one of the main characteristics of immaturity is an unawareness of one’s inability. This is why throughout Scripture, God commands His people to help each other along the pathway of holiness. The babes in Christ need to be nurtured and fed milk. There ought to be a time, however, when the baby moves on to solid food. If this does not occur, it is the responsibility and obligation of the mature Christian to confront and point out their sin, I Corinthians 3:1-3a, “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: . . .”

Once believers have been made aware of an immaturity and refuse to submit to Scripture, the issue then is not a lack of maturity but rebellion. This rebellion results from a lack of discernment due to one’s own neglect to consistently meditate on and apply Scripture. This mentality has nothing to do with youth and everything to do with disobedience! Belief determines behavior; what do your actions reveal about your beliefs?

Written By Christa Mielke

Christa has served the Lord faithfully alongside her husband in full time ministry since 2007.  She has a passion to introduce people to the beauty of a Christ-Centered relationship. She holds a BA in Biblical Studies and Sacred Music and has written extensively on adult and young women’s issues.  Even as a full time mother of three and wife to (one) high maintenance and slightly deranged husband, she still finds time to grow her relationship with God through concentrated Bible and book studies.

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1) Kassion, DeMoss, True Woman 201, pg. 35.

Waiting Alone…. Learning How to Date While You Wait

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Aloneness hurts. What single person after waiting on God hasn’t asked himself, “Now what?” I have talked to dozens of young people that have gone to church or Bible college, kept themselves pure, resisted the temptation to settle, who now find themselves alone every Friday surrounded by little brothers and sisters on family night. Don’t get me wrong, it is fun hanging out with family, eating pizza and playing monopoly, but not if you have no other option.

There is a story in the Bible that may mirror your life, and help give some perspective of what to do, while you wait. Before we jump into the story of our 40 year old single guy, I need to add a caveat. Not every story in the Bible is given for our emulation (i.e Samson, Jonah, Judas, etc.). The Scripture does, however, give us tangible examples of faith, so that we can see faith in action (Hebrews 11, I Cor 10:11). The story of Isaac and Rebekah is one of those great example passages of faithful people depending on an even more faithful God.

   “And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming. And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.” (Genesis 24:63-64) This passage of scripture gives some great instruction on what men are to be doing while they wait. Keep in mind that even though this article is geared toward guys, every girl should be looking for a man with these qualities. If a man is not showing godly characteristics and actions while he is waiting, he will not be doing those things after he has won a girl’s heart. (Next week’s article will explore what a woman should be doing and what men should be looking for from the same passage.)

Godly men wait patiently. Isaac had waited a long time. Genesis 25:20 tells us that Isaac was 40 years old. (Apparently this was a cultural thing because his older brother Esau didn’t get the keys for the camel until he was forty, Genesis 36:34.) This is rather amazing as Isaac was the area’s most eligible bachelor. He was the son of a local millionaire, he was a wonder child, he had promises from God, he had good looking genetics (at least from his mom’s side) In short, he was popular, pretty, and stinking rich, yet with all of that, he wasn’t married. The Bible doesn’t tell us specifically, but he may have been waiting because he saw the pain that was caused by His dad, who didn’t wait in the area of relationships.

Godly men wait obediently. The context of this verse is encased in the entire passage. Earlier we see in Genesis 24:3 that Isaac was obeying God, by not seeking a bride that would not assist him in his pursuit of God. If your future spouse is not focused on God, you will have a love war, and become schizophrenic in your pursuits. Isaac was well aware of the fact that a godly woman may not be found on his timetable. For those who have waited a long time I would ask in invaluable question, “What do you want from a relationship?”

Remember, that a woman will never give more than God has already offered you, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:19) It may help to remember that passage of Scripture was written by a man who at the time was in jail as a single man.

If you are not content with what God is giving you, you will never be content with what God might give you.

     Godly men wait worshipfully. Where is Isaac, he is out in the field thinking about the greatness of God. It seems from the text that he was bowed down in worship. When his “girlfriend” arrives what does she find him doing? What do you think went through Rebekah’s mind when she found out Isaac was praying on their first “date?” If you have never been caught worshiping, you may as well say goodbye to a quality, God centered worshiping spouse because they are off in a different field.

Worshipers have a great advantage when it comes to dating, they don’t have to change the object of their affections.

     I feel I must address the heresy that God is obligated to send you a spouse if you are worshiping Him. This is not at all what I am saying, I am simply giving a general principle that if you are already singing praise to your Savior, that a harmony line will fit nicely and you don’t have to change your tune in order to attract a spouse.

     Godly men wait thoughtfully.  The passage continues and describes their first meetincamles isaacg, Therefore Rebekah took a vail, and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.” (Gen 24:65-66) Put yourself in his sandals. You have waited forty years for a wife, you trust your dad and friend to find you a wife, and the first thing you do is…. Talk to the old servant? I think this shows an incredible amount of maturity on the part of Isaac, as he voluntarily seeks wisdom before hormones. The passage says that the servant tells him everything. This is not the Hollywood, first date go to her apartment and see if she is a good kisser philosophy, this is a man whose heart is controlled by his head.

How about you, how many wise mentors do you seek advice from before or during your dating relationship? Far too many couples seem to start with an attraction, move to infatuation, and then when wise individuals offer advice, it is viewed as spiteful and uninformed. “What would old married fogies possible know about love anyway?”

     Godly men wait unselfishly. “And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.” (Gen 24:67)  Ever wonder why the word order is reversed? Marriage then love seems very strange to a culture that grew up on Disney love. Many couples test the waters to see if their feelings are strong enough to get them through. Love can result in an incredible feeling, but it is a result of a choice. If love is all about a feeling then when my feelings go away, I am justified in adultery. In reality love can be incredibly painful (ask the 85 year old couple whose wife has Alzheimer’s).

     My love is not about me. If I am hoping for a special someone to make me feel special, I will soon hate them for what they cannot give me. In reality, I am really more in love with myself. The commitment that Isaac gave was the perfect soil for the seed of love to grow.

I understand that Isaac lived in a different culture, yet he does give us a good model of how to wait and helps us answer the question, “Now what?”

Dating and the Gospel

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Dating is about the Gospel. Dating and marriage image the greatest relationship mankind has ever experienced. Your dating experience should simply be footnotes to the Gospel. When people look at you, they should not only see a couple filled with hopes and dreams, but they should actually see God! All throughout scripture God used pictures to illustrate spiritual truths. The sacrificial system was a picture of Christ, the Passover was a picture of Christ, and your dating/marriage relationship should also be all about Christ and the Gospel. So what does a Gospel centered dating relationship look like?

A Gospel centered relationship is about imaging God. This imaging starts first by imitation, and then all those around will be able to see the image of God. Does your dating cause people to see a better picture of Christ? Do you model Christ to your GF or BF? When they are around you do you cause them to think more of their Savior? I cannot truly image God unless I know Him. Before I can expect a God-honoring and fulfilling dating relationship, I have to be pursuing my first heavenly Love (Rev 2:4).

Your dating relationship is a microcosm of your relationship with your Heavenly spouse. You will never be closer to your date, than you are to your God. You can pretend to love, and even feel like you love the other person, but if you are not honoring your first commitment to Christ, you cannot honor your God or truly love your date.

A Gospel centered relationship is about a choice to love. Falling in love and love’s first kiss work well in Disney movies, but God has given us the perfect example of dating in the Scriptures. In fact God is the one pursing His date. In dating I get to imitate God. Did you know God dated? He zeroed in on one nation and then choose to love it.  “The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: 8 But because the LORD loved you….” (Deuteronomy 7:7-8)

In dating, a couple gets to walk in God’s footsteps by choosing/setting their love on someonebloody-cross-4-1411635-m else. “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” A cursory look at Scripture shows that God’s love was not feeling based, but a choice God made. Love is a choice, and in dating/marriage I get to show God to my date or spouse (I John 4:8). Every decision in dating from choosing to maintain purity to sharing your last French fry is a chance to model God type love.

How have you been shown this God-love in your relationship?

Does a Loving God Send People to Hell?

 

Imagine you were asked by a coworker, “Does God love me?”  What would you say?

Suppose he asks a follow up question, “If He does then why do you say He is going to send me to hell?”

He continues, “But more importantly, if He loves everyone, why will He send innocent people to hell—especially those who have never heard of Him? Eternal torture seems to me—even in the cases where people have rejected salvation—over the top. Are you sure that He loves us after all?”

How would you answer his three main questions?  (1) How do we know God loves us? (2) Why does He send innocent people who have never heard of Him to hell? (3) How is eternal torment just?

I suppose I would approach the topic differently depending on if the person was a seeker with a legitimate question or a scoffer. I am going to work under the assumption that the person is truly struggling with these aspects of God and has a hard time accepting God because of these intense questions.

The question of the love of God is a question that probably every person has asked at one time or another. The cross is the greatest attestation of the love of God. Before the world was created, God knew that mankind would ruin this earth in sin and He willingly chose to take the pain, sickness, and sin of the whole world on His shoulders. Not only did Jesus suffer an excruciating death at the hands of the Romans, He suffered to absorb all of the white hot wrath of God. God had to destroy sin or else there would be no justice, and Jesus took the penalty for all sin. “The Father watched as his heart’s treasure, the mirror image of himself, began to sink drowning in raw liquid sin. God’s stored rage against humankind for every sin ever committed was placed upon His Son.”(1) Let’s say that your son develops a heart disease and he needs a new heart, and you volunteer to give him yours, and before you are wheeled into surgery your sons comes up to the stretcher and says, “Dad, before you go in, I want to have proof that you love me?” Do you think he could truly doubt your love?

Regarding an innocent person. I would like to see why you believe the person is innocent, especially in God’s eyes. Let me ask you if you think a German soldier of World War II who was part of the group that rounded up “undesirables” and brought them to concentration camps, deserves to be punished? What if the soldier was only the cook that feed all the German Soldiers? Even though he was innocent of outwardly capturing people, he still was on the wrong side and supported great wickedness. So it is with myself and every person, we may not be constantly doing horrible things, but we have been serving the wrong kingdom and supporting the regime of Satan. Furthermore in defining innocent, we are not the judge (in fact we are more like the inmates trying to claim we are all innocent). Let’s take a look at the standard that the Judge holds forth. God holds forth His standard and it is boiled down in the 10 Commandments. Do you think any person has ever kept all of the 10 Commandments? Let’s just imagine that someone sins only once a day and lives to be around 80. That is a grand total of over 29,000 sins. What judge on this earth would acquit a criminal with a rap sheet like that? (2)

In answer to your question regarding the eternality of judgment there are several thoughts regarding that difficult question. First, mankind’s sin is against an eternal God. Since I sin against an eternal God, there are eternal consequences. Let me explain it this way. “If I lie to a child, I probably will not suffer any consequences. If I lie to my boss, I could be fired. If I lie while under oath in court, I could go to jail. Under the right circumstances, if I lie to the U.S. government, it would be considered treason, and I could be executed. The same sin receives varying levels of punishment, depending on whom I’ve wronged.”(3) Secondly, the idea of justice is an interesting idea to accuse God of, let me ask where do you get your idea of justice from? As C.S Lewis noted, “There is a difficulty about disagreeing with God. He is the source from which all your reasoning power comes: you could not be right and He wrong any more than a stream can rise higher than its own source. When you are arguing against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on.”

Finally, I understand many of these questions are deep and you may have suffered an awful lot, but let me ask you another question. When the Titanic went down there were over 2,000 people on board, and over 1,500 of them died. I would like you to imagine that you were on the Titanic watching the lifeboats slip away, and someone yelled to the passengers on deck, we found a lot more life boats below deck there will be room for everyone. Would you refuse to go aboard because other people may not know about the lifeboats, or you were unsure if the person that made the life boats was a caring, loving person?

 

(Special thanks to Dr Timothy Miller of MBU for the original idea, and many of my atheist friends for being so open in their questions.)

  • When God Weeps Tada, Estes pg 54
  • Ray Comfort Witnessing ideas
  • http://defendingcontending.com/2009/03/10/why-is-hell-eternal/
  • S. Lewis Mere Christianity