God and Injustice

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God never overlooks injustice. Some people are quick to point out that other people get away with lying, stealing and murder all the time. The authorities do not solve every crime in America. Some may question, “how can you say God never overlooks injustice when apparently He does?”

Justice for us is when the guilty party is sufficiently punished for his deeds. The Biblical idea of justice is very similar. God will demand recompense for every sin and will punish every sinner. He will not overlook even a single white lie as we call them.

In His word God says that all His ways are justice (Deut. 32:4), that He is a just God (Isaiah 45:21), and that He shows no partiality nor takes a bribe (Deut. 10:17). In order for God to be a just God then he cannot overlook injustice. It would be a sin for God to overlook injustice and God cannot sin.

Yet, it does appear that some people are perverting justice. They lie, cheat, steal, fornicate, and murder but nobody ever catches them. They believe they are escaping justice or in common speech “they are getting away with it.” The people who believe this have a materialist worldview.

The correct view that you should have is a Biblical worldview. God says that life consist of more than just this brief vapor that we live on earth and that He is a just God. The police may never catch some people but God knows what they have done. Your mother may have never found out about ______ (insert your deed here) but God knows about it. Every sin will be paid for.

Spending life in prison for murder may seem like justice in a materialistic worldview but this is not complete Biblical justice. Prison time will never make up for your debt that you owe God. God will demand restitution from you. Every person that has ever lived, is living or will live will pay for their sins. God will punish them by casting them into hell and they will suffer greatly under the wrath of God for all of eternity (Mark 9:43-48, John 3:36). He will receive recompense in that because they will show the glory of God’s perfect justice.

Least you suddenly fear without hope the Biblical worldview teaches that there is hope in Jesus Christ. If you are a disciple of Christ then your sins where paid for by Jesus when he died on the cross. Justice is still carried out. Jesus paid for all the sins of His people, so as far as God is concerned justice has been met.

So to think that someone has gotten away with a sin is really just a short-sighted view. God never promised that every sinner would be caught before death. What God has promised is that in eternity every sin will be paid for. We will either pay for our sins or Jesus will have paid for them.

Don’t Put Words in God’s Mouth

Well said when Paul wrote Timothy, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).” Scripture is powerful and it can change lives. Scripture is inerrant but our minds are not. It is easy for us to blend more than one verse together to make the Bible, which is the Scripture, say something that God does not say. When you do that you are putting words in God’s mouth. That is lying.

This is most evident when you are question where the Bible says what you are asserting and you have know idea. I am not talking about a momentary lapse where you quote a Bible verse but you can’t remember the exact reference. That can usually be resolved with a quick search using just about any Bible phone app. I am talking about when you say something and when questioned, you have know idea where it is the Bible or even what the general wording is so that you can search for it. “I know it is in there,” is not a valid response. “Let me get back to you,” is a better response. You need to remain humble in your assertions because when you search the Bible you may find the Bible does not say what you believe at all. Then you have to go back with, “I was wrong.”

God's View

Some people have trouble understanding the sovereignty of God over the universe. To them it seems odd that an all powerful and all knowing God would enjoys watching history unfold and even permits evil actions to occur. There are many men that have taken up the Bible to explain this but I going to try a different approach.

I enjoy the movies “The Princes Bride” and “The Fifth Element”. There are bad things that happen in each movie that I don’t like. Some that I wish I could change but the bad things are necessary to the story. How can the hero know that he is a hero if he does not have to over come an obstacle. I know exactly how  each story will progress and end. Yet I enjoy re-watching both movies. I have seen them numerous times.

In a way God has written all of history. Even the bits that are still our future. He is enjoying watching his creation story unfold even though He knows the outcome. His hero’s in His story give Him glory and that makes Him smile. Those heroes may be like David when he faced Goliath. Or they may be like a man who passes out food to hungry people. Yes, there is evil that He does not like but He must permit it for the story to unfold to the conclusion He desires. Which is the return of Jesus.

I hope this helps you understand God’s view of the world a little better.