Wednesday, February 1, 2017

God As Janitor?

"A common view of God is that he's much like an unscrupulous janitor.  Instead of really dealing with the world's dirt - its sin, evil, and wickedness - he simply sweeps it under the rug, ignores it, and hopes no one will notice.  In fact, many people cannot conceive of a God who would do anything else."

This view of God can't imagine that he would actually punish anyone for sin, but we have to realize that "God's love does not cancel out his justice and righteousness" and that he does not leave the guilty unpunished (Exodus 34:7).  Really, nobody wants a God who won't deal with evil, just as long as it isn't their evil. What we need to realize is that God is truly just, each of us is truly sinful, and God has provided satisfaction for his justice in the death of Christ.

(All quotes from What Is the Gospel by Greg Gilbert)

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