Monday, July 27, 2009

God as Victim and Judge

"We should not think of Hell merely in terms of offended justice, as if God sits and dispenses impartial judgment on the damned. Quite the contrary. God is the principle victim as well as the prosecutor and judge. He vehemently presses His complaint. He prosecutes the case with ardor. He judges in righteous indignation. God is a jealous God whose love has been betrayed. There is no room in the Biblical doctrine of final judgment for a passionless application of law by blindfolded justice. God sees, feels, and acts with the full passion of His infinite Person."

(Ralph Smith, Trinity and Reality, p. 190)

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8