A Forgotten God: Just
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, if there is anything God is, I would personally consider him to be just–before anything else can describe him. Yesterday’s post on how God is jealous is now followed by how he is ultimately just.
I will judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices. I will not look on you with pity; I will not spare you. I will surely repay you for your conduct and for the detestable practices among you. “‘Then you will know that I am the Lord.'” ” Ezekiel 7:3-4
Before you panic, close your browser and run for the hills, you should probably know that this verse does come from the prophecy of Israel’s judgment through Ezekiel, something which happened just, you know, a little while back. Nevertheless, we will be judged in the same way exactly, every sin being repaid. The difference today is that we do of course have a distinct advantage–Jesus Christ died to redeem our sins for us. Despite this advantage all people still must pay the price they owe, and God will ensure that as we can see above. It may seem a bit harsh, but God must be fair. It’s kind of a Yin/Yang situation…only completely different. God has to allow there to be evil in order for there to be love (see The Story of His Love).
The Lord Almighty is the judge of all. He is very straightforward when he says “I will judge you” directly. We are entitled to be judged like all others in the world. It’s only right that we have to suck up to everything we have done, although, contrary to what the below quote says, I don’t believe that God will truly hold sin against a family if they repent.
Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.”” Exodus 34:5-7