God has no right to judge us

"If the wrongs I did proceeded inevitably from the nature of my fallen being, then what had previously seemed the ineffable grace of God in Christ saving me from the deserved consequences of my deeds became the superfluous action of an arbitrary, indeed quite absurd deity. I should be grateful for being rescued from a situation for which I had no moral responsibility in the first place?"-James Nuecherlein

This quote sums up a question that has been bouncing around my head for a few months. (It was not so well put inside of my own thoughts.) When I ask G- for an answer, I get static. When I ask the people around me, they either have no answer, or tell me it's bad to think. I find both of these answers unsatisfactory, and hope you can help. Thanks.

My response is in Green:

Wow, you ask good questions. I don't know if my answer will be as good but I've got one!! It is not bad to think, if you quit thinking you are in a dangerous position because then you can be fooled by anything that comes along.

I think that the answer to your question is both simple and yet very difficult. It is simple in the aspect that when Adam and Eve sinned we were all tainted by that sin and when we were born we were under the condemnation of a holy God. Does our fallen state condemn God for being an absurd deity? I don't think so. No more than a parent who punishes a child for doing wrong. If the child is prone to doing wrong why should the parent punish him or her? Because that is how the child learns to be good. I would agree with the observation of Mr. Nuecherlein if God sat back and watched us all go to hell without anything we could do to change the outcome, but that is not what He does. He offers salvation free to those who are willing to accept it. Satan on the other hand will try many things to keep a person from accepting it. He will tell them that they are so bad that God cannot love them; or he will tell them that God made them the way they are so He has no right to judge them. Either argument works as far as Satan is concerned because both keep the person from accepting the free gift of salvation.

But lets look at your question more closely. Yes we are all born with the propensity to sin, but that does not mean that we do not have any culpability in the matter. Let's look at an alcoholic. Many people try to say that if a person has a father or mother who was an alcoholic then that person is more likely to become one also. So should we judge that person harshly if they become an alcoholic? Did they have a choice? Of course they did, no one becomes an alcoholic without taking at least one drink. And in fact if they lived with an alcoholic in the family you could quite rightly assume that the last thing they would want to do is start drinking. God judges no one until they know right from wrong either. But when that person does know right from wrong, what is their choice? Most often it is for doing wrong. (Romans 3:22 NIV) This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, {23} for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, {24} and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Now just because they have a heart that will attempt to make them do wrong is not an excuses for wrong doing. If you say it is, then we are right back to the child, why even correct them?

See my point, yes we are all inclined to do wrong, but we don't have a gun to our head making us choose that course. We have the choice to either except what God wants for us or refuse to accept it, but if we refuse we give up any right to argue that God has no right to judge us.

Part of the problem with this kind of thought is that the person often tries to bring God down to their level. He does not have to answer to us, we must answer to Him. He created us and can do anything He wants with us, but He chooses to love us.

One last illustration. Let's say you breed dogs. You get a litter of beautiful dogs but as they grow they are mean. They will not listen to you, they bite you and continue to get worse. There is nothing you can do to change their temperament. What do you do? Most people would destroy that litter, because they are more trouble than they are worth. If you sell them you might get sued, etc... You have the right and many people would say the responsibility to destroy those dangerous dogs. Did the dogs have any choice in their temperament? Can they change if they want to? Yet we think it is okay because you were the breeder and you know what is best....

We are not even to the level of dogs in comparison to God, yet we judge Him for His actions against us and we do have the choice whether we want to change or not. So who is it who is absurd? I say it is we who are, and God who is full of love and grace that He would reach out to us in our absurdity. How many of us would allow someone to speak about them the way people do about God but yet still reach out our hand and forgive them if they only ask?

God is just, He is kind, He is full of love, and He wants us (all of us) to have a relationship with Him so that we can live with Him for eternity, but He owes us nothing.

Well I know I am blunt at times, but there is my answer. My heart breaks for those lost souls who for whatever reason refused to grab God's extended hand of grace. For eternity they will regret not accepting what was freely given, but it will be too late. Satan has no choice, his fate has been sealed. There is no plan of salvation for fallen angels. They hate God and they hate us even more because God has extended grace to us. It is not surprising that Satan will use every trick at his disposal to get people to reject God's offer of salvation. Don't let him fool you. God loves you or He would not have sent Jesus to die for your sins.


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