In a courtroom, when someone is under trial and found guilty, the expectation is that the judge will pass correct judgment and the criminal will be punished for their conduct which has hurt society in some way. The criminal is condemned by their own conduct. The judge is merely ascertaining and confirming the wrongdoing then communicating the consequence and punishment attached to that wrongdoing.
In a secular world, we have a sense of “justice”. If the judge were to overlook the judgment and allow the crime to go unpunished, there would be an upheaval in society and contempt for the judge who failed to act justly and with righteousness. His character and reputation, as one who must uphold justice, would be compromised and tarnished. Such a judge would no longer be trustworthy or dependable.
Why is it that God’s character is called into question when He is illustrated as the one who must pass judgment?
Bear in mind, God’s judgement is with exact accuracy and truth as opposed to that of a human judge often trying to ascertain truth.
We try to bypass God’s judgement by denying His existence or excusing even justifying our sin. This way we get to do whatever we want without any accountability…or so we think.
Can we really escape moral accountability by denying the existence or sovereignty of God? Perhaps for a short time but there is nothing hidden “that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known” (Luke 12:2)
Ignoring or rejecting God does render him non existent or make His impending judgment simply go away. Just like a convicted criminal, God’s judgment is based on our own doing. Scripture tells us
..on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter; for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:36-37).
For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. (Matthew 16:27)
These are but a few illustrations to enforce the point that before God, we will stand guilty based purely on our own doing not because God so desires. It is not God’s desire for any to perish:
The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
However, it is incumbent upon God’s character, as one who is equal love and equal righteous, to pass judgement else He could not render perfect justice. If God does not judge, His character and reputation would be called into question.
We seem to have a moral compass and backbone to demand justice when someone does the breaks the law of this world, yet we elect to give ourselves a “free” pass when it comes to obeying God’s Law.
God created this world. This means He gets to set the rules by which we must abide.
When we go against God’s rules and knowingly disobey Him, it is called “sin”.
If a human judge is justified in passing judgment on a criminal, is the Almighty God and creator of this world not so much more justified in passing judgment on those who break HIS law?
Those who break God’s law are called “sinners”.
We have ALL sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). This means under God’s law (the Ten Commandments), we will all be found guilty as charged if we are judged by God’s law. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8). So what’s the solution?
God loves us.
Even though WE sin, God prepared a rescue plan to save the world from this judgment.
This came in the form of Jesus Christ.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life (John 3:16)
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.. (Luke 6:37)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:8-9).
Forgiveness and pardon of our sins through Jesus Christ reconciles us back to God. Jesus paid the price and suffered the sentence you and I deserve for our guilt.
We cannot repay this but we can honor it:
- Live for Christ
- Live like Christ
- Forgive and receive forgiveness
- Pray unceasingly that you might know the will of God
Perhaps you don’t feel repentant over your sins therefore ask God for a repentant heart or if you are struggling to forgive, ask God to step in and assist. Whatever area you might struggle in, pray and ask God for what you need. When your will aligns with God’s, He will deliver!