Just and Merciful II

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series.

A pair of Christians watching their kids play in a public park

Lucas: Look at them playing together. At this age they’re just so innocent and trusting. It really brings home how much responsibility we have.

Mackenzie: I guess. We all muddle through, though.

Lucas: But everything we do can have such big implications for their lives. I want Colton to grow up to be a good person, but I’m really worried that I won’t do a good job teaching him about God.

Mackenzie: That’s an odd thing to worry about. You’ll do fine. You’re as good a Christian as anyone I know.

Lucas: It’s not that — it’s just that I don’t know how I’m going to answer the tough questions. What if Colton asks why some people have to go to Hell? I don’t understand that myself. How can God be both infinitely just and infinitely merciful.

Mackenzie: What do you mean?

Lucas: If God’s infinitely merciful, then why does anyone ever go to Hell?

Mackenzie: He can’t just send everyone to Heaven. Heaven would be full of unforgiven sinners.

Lucas: There’s still no reason to give anyone an eternity of punishment. That doesn’t seem merciful to me. Couldn’t God just take souls who aren’t able to go to Heaven and destroy them completely? That way they wouldn’t be suffering forever.

Mackenzie: If God let people escape the punishment they deserve, that wouldn’t be just. It would actually be unjust to people to not give them the punishment they earned. It would be disrespectful to them as individuals.

Lucas: But Christians go to Heaven without punishment and we’re all sinners. God wouldn’t do that if it was disrespectful.

Mackenzie: Jesus made an eternal sacrifice to pay for the sins of Christians. That way we can go to Heaven with our sins paid for, and there’s no loss of respect since everything’s even. Justice is fulfilled and God demonstrates his infinite mercy.

Lucas: Okay. I can see that.

Mackenzie: Could you explain it to Colton?

Lucas: Ugh. I think I’m going to be telling him to talk to the pastor a lot.


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Posted on March 14, 2014 at 7:12 pm by ideclare · Permalink
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