Divine Justice And The Christian Worldview

"It [the Jewish point of view] supplements the Christian picture in one important way. For what alarms us in the Christian picture is the infinite purity of the standard against which our actions will be judged. But then we know that none of us will ever come up that standard. We are all in the same boat. We must all pin our hopes on the mercy of God and the work of Christ, not on our own goodness. Now the Jewish picture of civil action sharply reminds us that perhaps we are faulty not only by the Divine standard but also by a very human standard which all reasonable people admit and which we ourselves usually wish to enforce upon others. Almost certainly there are unsatisfied claims, human claims, against each one of us. For who can really believe that in all his dealings with employers and employees, with husband or wife, with parents and children, in quarrels and in collaborations, he has always attained (let alone charity or generosity) mere honesty and fairness? Of course we forget most of the injuries we have done. But the injured parties do not forget even if they forgive. And God does not forget. And even what we can remember is formidable enough."

Excerpt taken from C.S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms, p. 13

Comments

Anonymous said…
I often wonder how it can be consider "divine justice" when the judgement for everyone, from Mother Teresa to Adolf Hitler is "guilty".

"But then we know that none of us will ever come up that standard."

If everyone fails, then no one is to blame except God who made us that way. Of course, Christianity excels at blaming the victim. No way can we suppose God should take responsibility.

Pix
Anonymous said…
I often wonder how it can be consider "divine justice" when the judgement for everyone, from Mother Teresa to Adolf Hitler is "guilty".

"But then we know that none of us will ever come up that standard."

If everyone fails, then no one is to blame except God who made us that way. Of course, Christianity excels at blaming the victim. No way can we suppose God should take responsibility.

Pix

everyone has not failed. Jesus never sinned
God did not make man fallen Man choose to fall.
Anonymous said…
Joe: everyone has not failed. Jesus never sinned

I would suggest Jesus is significantly beyond the range from Mother Teresa to Adolf Hitler.

Frankly, if God has set a standard that everyone fails except himself, that is down to him.

Joe: God did not make man fallen Man choose to fall.

God created us. He is omniscient so knew what the outcome would be. When everyone Mother Teresa to Adolf Hitler fails, the fault lies in the create of humanity or the guy setting the standard.

Pix
Anonymous said…
Joe: everyone has not failed. Jesus never sinned

I would suggest Jesus is significantly beyond the range from Mother Teresa to Adolf Hitler.

He was a man, an actual man


Frankly, if God has set a standard that everyone fails except himself, that is down to him.

Joe: God did not make man fallen Man choose to fall.

God created us. He is omniscient so knew what the outcome would be. When everyone Mother Teresa to Adolf Hitler fails, the fault lies in the create of humanity or the guy setting the standard.

Pix

blaming god wont save you. Every time you blame God you could be seeking to know God.

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