Hell is a testimony of a perfect God

7 03 2007

In our finite understanding, Hell seems to be the unfair portrayal of a perfect and utmost loving God. How can a loving God allow man and most of the time, we justify, children, innocence, to go hell? That statement is even echoed by Christians today. Why did we think that way? The answer is that Christians and non-Christians today have not fully understand the extend and the depth of the consequences of our Sin.

Why God allow war? Or why God allow the pastor to die of SARS, etc and when christians say, God’s ways are higher than ours, is true, but at the same time, we tend to equate God as the culprit to the world’s problems. No, the world’s problems are of our own fault.

Jonathan Edwards’ explanation on the magnitude of Sin against a perfect God.

“The crime of one being despising and casting contempt on another, is proportionately more or less heinous, as he was under greater or less obligations to obey him. And therefore if there be any being that we are under infinite obligations to love, and honour, and obey, the contrary towards him must be infinitely faulty.

Our obligation to love, honour, and obey any being is in proportion to his loveliness, honourableness, and authority, but God is a being of infinitely lovely, because he has infinite excellency and beauty…

So sin against God, being violation of infinite obligations, must be a crime infinitely heinours, and so deserving infinite punishment. The eternity of the punishment of ungodly men renders it infinite.. and therefore renders no more than proportionable to the heinousness of what they are guilty of.

Jonathan Edwards “The justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners”

Jonathan Edwards’ analogy would be the same, if a criminal has offended Tom on the street, his offense is less if he were to offend the President of United States. The magnitude of our Sin and its specific nature reflects the totally perfect God.

When one blame God for the problems, we are pushing the consequences of our Sin on the one perfect God. Do we blame God when it is greed, or violence that one starts a war like Hitler or George Bush? or even in the name of God, the Catholics crusade against the Muslims and slaughtered thousands of innocent people in their war of greed of the Pope? Or Mao in his cultural revolution where millions perished for the sake of the modernization of China which never did happen? How about millions of babies that were aborted in America who claimed to be a Christian nation? How about thousands of immoral homosexuals parading the streets or even getting married in a church sanctioned by the State? And we blame God for the spread of AIDS or War when many died for the greed of a man? Or when calamity strikes, through our own follies and lack of wisdom, can we blame God? We human are expert in pushing blames, for that, no wonder, Man are blinded.

If God is a totally and wholly perfect and loving God, then Hell is necessary, and hence a Saviour is needed. God’s holiness and love is fully demonstrated in this. While we were yet Sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8). Will an innocent Judge take the place of a murderer on the electric chair if it is not out of a perfect LOVE? When one spurned the Good News, God is not offended, but He is heartbroken because you and I are made to bring glory to Him and when we failed to do that, our transgression leads us to a spiritual death, eternal separation from His fellowship.

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