Merciful and just?
From the IAmAnAtheist.com comment form:
Can God Be Both Merciful and Just?
He is Just! and every one will paid for his ouwn sin, but at the same time he is Merciful giving you time to repent and belive in him. He is Merciful and loving becouse he him self come to die for you and paid the panishment of your sin. And you only need to chose to belive in him or not, you are free
The Judge has paid the bail so that the guilty one remain free
If I have to pay for my own sins, why would God die to pay for them? Are you saying that I can pay for my own sins but use God’s credit to do so? If that’s the case, then in what sense am I paying for my sins? That would be like my going to McDonalds with my son, giving him some money, and telling him to buy his own lunch. Sure, he paid for his lunch in the sense that he performed the transaction, but that’s about it.
If God allows one to pay for one’s sins by allowing someone else to suffer punishment, that — to me — is a weird kind of justice.