So what are we to make of salvation? Is there only one way it can be understood or is the grace of God more accommodating than that which is practiced by humans? Certainly, it seems that inclusivism and exclusivism as understood within the Roman Catholic Church may go some way towards offering a model between […]

‘What if God has already judged us and provided a solution? ‘This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.’ ‘1John4v17 The idea of an austere God sitting in judgment over us is one that is common in many religions in […]

‘Is it fair to subject humans to temptation if they are judged on the decisions they make?’ ‘…until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.’ Daniel 7v22 In this series, we have considered a range of issues related to the exercise of freewill. […]

‘Is there a price to pay when humans judge one another?’ “But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.” Matthew 11v24 The human need to judge is common in most cultures and happens so frequently that we are unaware when engaging in it.  Indeed, our experience of injustice […]

”Where do we get our ideas about judgment and hell?’ (part 2) ‘But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.’ Romans 2v5 Jean-Paul Sartre in his play ‘No Exit’ tells the story of three people who find themselves trapped in a […]

”Where do we get our ideas about judgment and hell?’ (part 1) And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.’ (Jude 1v6) For many people, this picture is how they imagine hell. A dystopian existence in an […]

‘Are Adam and Eve responsible for bringing God’s judgement upon the world by allowing sin to enter it?’ (part 2) ‘By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.’ 2Peter 3v7 Following on from the idea of how judgement on the world has been brought about […]

‘How should we understand God’s judgment in a broken and fallen world?’  “I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth,” declares the Lord.’ (Zephaniah 1v2) For many, God’s judgment runs something akin to the man in the picture (above) who stands ready to squash some bug under his shoe. An indifferent and wanton deity who […]