DISCLAIMER: I am not God. Therefore, I do not have all the answers and I can only speculate based on my knowledge of the Scriptures and the wisdom God chooses to reveal to me. I hope this discussion can be an encouragement to you, but please definitely do your own research as well. And remember: many questions will simply not be answered in this life.
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Is God Unfair?
There seems to be a soul-level understanding within us that things should be fair. Those who do good should be rewarded and those who do evil should be punished, right? We have a deep sense of justice built into us; it is especially apparent when we are affronted personally. Where does that come from?
It comes from being made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). God even said as much to Noah: Genesis 9:6 . What does that mean for us? It means that we have a nature like God’s. I ended the previous post with the statement that God does not need to prove Himself perfect; that history was for humankind. But then we ask, “Shouldn’t we be able to just be declared perfect, like God? Does suffering for our sanctification mean that God cannot make us perfect else-wise?” Perhaps we would understand consequences for evil actions, but why does it “rain on the just and the unjust” (Matt 5:44-46)? I would suggest it is for the very same reason: Our nature is like God’s.
There will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust, (Acts 24:14-16), so both must face adversity. And God does not exempt Himself from adversity. After all, we are shadows of His being. So He faced adversity at its greatest.
The Bible says He made Himself perfect through suffering (Heb 2:9-11). “Wait!” you might say, “I thought history was for humankind. That event didn’t happen until long into our history books.” But God is not bound by time. He resides already in eternity: the ever-present. For Him, “a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day,” (2 Peter 3:8) because He sees all of it at once, and is in all of it at once.
In fact, history is our best indicator of God’s faithfulness. When we look at history from beginning to now, it’s almost as if God is telling His story, with a crossroads at Jesus’ resurrection (Heb 7:26-28), and a climax still to come (Rev 22:11-13). This foundation of faithfulness and hope for the future is the principle persuasion to trust the “author and perfecter of our faith” (Heb 12:1-2) in the present, and even in the pain.
This post is part 2 of 3 parts.
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