On the meaning and purpose of judgment…
not all things are possible but with God all things are possible.”
model for what we call judgment is limited by man’s own limitations.
An earthly judge can find an accused person innocent or guilty. If
found guilty, he can set forth some form of punishment (or not) and in
some (unfortunately rare) instances might be able to instigate a
measure of restitution on the part of the wrong-doer towards the
earthly judge cannot do is redeem the wrong that has been done
to the degree that victim, perpetrator and all involved are blessed,
benefited, etc. from the once evil – now redeemed sequence of events.
God can do this – witness the Cross.
judge often sentences an offender to prison, as much to “keep him off
the streets” as to punish him. Some prisoners are considered “beyond
rehabilitation”. This again is due our limitations as humans. God, on
the other hand, (and He alone) can change the heart of a man.
meaning of “justice” is to make things right – to restore a situation,
a relationship, to God’s intents and will. We call it “justice for the
victim’s family” when a murderer is locked up. What a powerless shadow
of God’s justice that is -- nothing is truly restored.
call “judgment” must likewise be a feeble shadow of God’s true
judgment. Since God can do all things, His judgment must go
infinitely beyond punishment and the occasional feeble attempts at
God who can bring true justice, true restoration, true redemption,
stop at merely punishing or casting away the convicted ones?
One who sets the prisoners free, lock them up and throw away the key
because they are “beyond rehabilitation”?
judge the nations, will we be merely pronouncing guilt and meting out
punishment? Or will we be correcting, teaching, mentoring, showing the
way of righteousness to a people once rebellious, now subdued?
With all the
talk of the "greenhouse effect" and "global warming", why are vapor
trails (a.k.a. contrails) never (to my knowledge) suggested as a
source of increased cloud cover? There are days when I would estimate
the sun is obscured by 10 per cent or more and contrails are the only
form of clouds. During the first few days after 9/11 when there
was no commercial air traffic, the skies were more clear and blue
than I had ever seen them. No, I don't think it's a conspiracy. I
just wonder why a non-expert like me can think of this but the
talking heads never mention it?
On a similar
note... when the highways are traversed by hydrogen-powered cars that
emit only clean pure water as exhaust, what will happen to that clean
pure water in sub-freezing weather? Will it become ice? ...fog? Will
cars have holding tanks? ...diapers? Am I the only one who has
thought of this?
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