MemberFebruary 25, 2021 at 10:01 am
Christopher Hitchens alleged that God as Father was looking forward to judging people. Rather scripture says, “I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked” (Ezek. 33:11 NIV)
Additionally there is some confusion about how God judges impartially. “you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially,” (1 Pet. 1:17 NIV)
Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, (Jn. 5:22 NIV) The thought continues (or extends) through verse 30.
Yet even Jesus judges no one.
“If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.
There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.”
(Jn. 12:47-48 NIV)
The whole topic of God’s judgment isn’t well understood. “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Rom. 11:33 NIV)
This is a theological topic yet it is related to apologetics since it is brought up in one of the featured debates. The complexity of the topic is such that is sometimes alleged that motivation for evangelism is higher, the more the wrath of God is emphasized. Yet it makes apologetics more difficult when God is portrayed as unbalanced and full of wrath toward those who don’t quite catch “the light of creation” and yet are still living like normal humans who are all beset by sins and “we all stumble in many ways.” Paul has made a number of remarks on the topic, but it is sometimes hard to follow Paul since he sometimes threads many ideas together and some of his threads (by themselves) can support extreme viewpoints of either the grace or the wrath of God.
Christopher Hitchens though, in his desire to prove “God is not great” takes great delight in portraying God as unbalanced, but some Christians have (inadvertently?) laid the groundwork for him to do so.
This is why we can not forget the love of God. Paul makes a point of praying that we understand it.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge– that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. [the apostle Paul] (Eph. 3:17-19 NIV)