(05/22/2015) Why Punish Innocence?

Posted: May 22, 2015 in Abraham, Authority, Creation, Damnation, Judgment, Law, Moses, Revelation, Sodom
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Points are shared on acknowledging divine rather than human standards for judgment and justice.  Men are not wrong to seek clear understanding of divine order and sacred process; and have a duty to confess their needs within relationship.  Yet, because created beings and living creatures repeatedly apply finite, imperfect standards now corrupted by sin, their defiant and disbelieving responses to divine love and judgment are often little more than foolishness—whining and complaining; condemning Deity; contending against the Almighty; denying divine authority; and fighting a war they can never win.   The expression of divine being will go forward eternally through displays of diversity and variety (we say, Creation).  Also, the multiple differences among created beings and living creatures will be assessed and assigned value.  It is appropriate that differences in essence, fullness and quality be recognized, endorsed, or removed.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “jordyn” (Level 1 with 3 points, a member since April 15, 2014) posted the following:

Why does god send non believers to hell? if they have good intentions, and overall a good person… why punish innocence?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul:  the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.  The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart:  the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever:  the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold:  sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.  Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.  Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me:  then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.  (Psalms 19:  7-13, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Justifying GOD? (03/15/2015); Relationship With Our Creator? (03/16/2015); Teachings on Judgment (06/06/2013); Those Who Never Heard? (06/07/2013); If You Are Sent…? (06/08/2013); Scriptures and Sayings? (06/09/2013)

“jordyn”, here are a few points shared among mature Christian believers that nourish growth of Spirit:

(1.)  In a demonstration of his faith, respect, and trust in GOD, Abraham who is called “the Friend of GOD” in the Bible, once asked a similar question of our Maker, thereby  interceding in the process of divine judgment on behalf of condemned sinners.  When told that Sodom, Gomorrah and other cities of the plain were about to be investigated and completely destroyed because of sin, the Patriarch petitioned that there continue to be the demonstration of divine love, mercy, and righteousness.  In Genesis 18:  23-25, King James Version (KJV) we read:  23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?  24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city:  wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?  25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?  26 And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.

(2.)  When GOD called Moses to serve as prophet and spokesperson for divinity, he revealed the character and nature of divinity by proclaiming his deeds and reputation (we say, name) whereby Deity could be known among those who would be in covenant relationship.  Thus, we read in Genesis 34:  5-8, KJV:  5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.  6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,  7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.  8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.

(3.)  On the one hand, all the workings of divine law and judgment must be in accordance with fixed standards and unchanging truth that acknowledge and maintain the aspects of divinity that are immutable and incorruptible.  The meaning of “innocence” within the courts of heaven must go beyond assessments of attitude, emotions, physical behavior, and social conduct.  Those who are to be life companions with Deity are embraced responding to the presence and application of divine life essence and sacred substance (we say, the breath of life, spirit, Word) throughout a person’s life experience.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Speaking through the Apostle Paul, GOD speaks to those labeled as sinners and wicked.  Forgiveness and salvation are available as expressions of grace and divine prerogative.  Consider Romans 6:  16-23, KJV:  16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?  17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.  18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.  19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.  20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.  21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.  22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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