God’s disproportionate system
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Bible related
Have you heard the question, 'What kind of God would condemn a person to eternal hell for a few years of sin on earth? Can He be the God of love that the Bible claims He is?' God tells us clearly in Revelation 21-22 that His goal is an eternal renewed earth where there will be no more tears, sorrow, pain or death. All people who live with Him there in glory will be safe and secure from criminals, liars, traitors, thieves, murderers, human traffickers, pimps and all such, because they will not be allowed there. God hates sin as it selfishly harms, abuses and destroys other people. His great love is filled with justice and those who inflicted suffering and trauma on their fellows will be locked away for ever where they will get their own medicine in the burning lake of sulfur (Matthew 25:41).
If that sounds strange to you, remember that God is a disproportionate God. His rewards are disproportionate. His punishment is disproportionate. His sacrifice is disproportionately big when viewed on an individual basis. He gave His Son, who worked as a laborer and suffered as a criminal, while He could have enjoyed heaven. Every individual being that ever walked across the stage of history was able to appropriate God's provision. He gives it freely, through His grace and mercy. It costs nothing. It is a big, a very big eternal salvation, with no strings attached, except to be obedient to God's Word. A very big reward for relatively little done, is the way God functions. Even if we feel that we did a great deal, when it is measured in the light of thousands of years of history, it is not much.
The organization of the Bible is also in a sense disproportionate: the initial creation account that gives us a glimpse of God's eternal kingdom, consists of the first two chapters. The final consummation or completed kingdom on the new earth fills the last two chapters. The rest of the Book is a plea to obey God's Word and share in the rewards. Salvation is precious, but people who reject it, unfortunately share in the disproportionate judgement: just as great as God's mercy is while this present earth is in operation, just as great will be His wrath against those people who refused to be obedient.