More weird justice
From the IAmAnAtheist.com comment form:
In a post you said ‘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.’ But this makes perfect just sense!
If you committed a crime and your father offered to go to prison instead of you having to go to prison and the court said it was OK, wouldn’t you accept? Yes! The debt to society would be paid and you would be free because of the love of your father. This is Jesus’s gift to mankind!
Sorry, that still doesn’t seem like justice to me. Justice isn’t a zero-sum bookkeeping system in which sins are debts and punishment is currency, and all is well so long as the books balance. If it were, then a rich man could justly hire a poor man to server jail time for him, and a person who was wrongly imprisoned would be building up “credit” toward a future crime that she could commit “free of charge” when she was released.
I agree that it would be very loving for my father to offer to serve my sentence for me, but even if it was — for some crazy reason — legal, it would be immoral for me to accept the offer and let my father suffer for my wrongdoing.