Hard Questions or Bad Arguments? Part 7

So in this 7th part of this series of responses to J.H. McKenna’s post, we look at the next series that he puts forward.

An eternal tormenting punishment without rehabilitation for the offenders is perhaps the most immoral idea anyone ever conjured. And yet Jesus preached hell. It would be better for all of us to be eternally annihilated than for one child to writhe forever in hell.

Um, just where does he get this idea that punishing offenders for eternity is immoral? As for a time for “rehabilitation“, that is the time to repent and seek after God, is now. Seek Him now, while he is near and may be found. There’s a saying that has stuck with me for years, and I forget where I heard it, but it is true: there will be no one in heaven who deserves to be there, and there will be no one in hell who doesn’t. Jesus preached hell because he didn’t want people to go there.

Since most people who ever lived have never been Christians, most people are going to hell—and the devil wins the cosmic battle.

How do I break this one? Um, no.

The devil wanted to condemn all mankind and if God had done that then the demonic forces who rebelled against God would have won. But God had other plans, namely to redeem some of mankind and displace those rebellious divine beings from their places of authority with a group of resolutely loyal human beings. And it’s not about being “Christian”, it’s about those who have believed and God has counted them as righteous. All of them will have been saved because of Christ.

God must have known millions of years before he created humanity that the vast majority of the humans would end up in the everlasting and hopeless misery of hell, even with his ‘plan’ of salvation.

Yes. And as I previously stated, there will be no one in hell who does not deserve to be there. 

A plan of salvation that manages to save only a tiny fraction of the human race is not a ‘successful’ rescue plan.

It is if the ones who are saved do not deserve to be saved and that the salvation that they receive fully accomplishes what it set out to do.

Each of the above objections hang on the question of whether or not God is just for pouring out his wrath on sinners? The fundamental point that is overlooked, or outright ignored, is that for God to be just he must punish sin and those who sin. Sin cannot go unanswered or unpunished before a holy God.  But God has, in Christ, made a way to extend mercy and grace to those who deserve to be punished because he is also merciful, and desires to demonstrate his mercy. The fact that few are saved, in comparison to the whole, is a testimony to the whole display of God’s attributes. And in that, I praise him because he didn’t have to save anyone, at all.

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2 comments

  1. Really, the thing that amazes me the most is the arrogant assumption that some people make when they call God “immoral.” I mean, seriously, it would seem that judging God for his actions, especially when one claims to believe there are no moral absolutes, is an exercise in pure hypocrisy. Sure, I believe one could make arguments for or against the “rightness” of God’s actions, but these arguments must only be based on what has been revealed about His character through His inspired Word. The only immoral or evil act of God would be one that contradicts His character or spoken Word. And since He doesn’t contradict Himself, those things found to contradict revealed Scripture must be scrutinized. If the atheist is prepared to enter into that argument, then fine; but to claim God is immoral while at the same time holding to moral relativism is ludicrous and not worth our time.

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