God is good and just. It’s not what nonbeliever [sic] consider just. Their just [sic] is more to satisfy themselves. Really think about it, it is.
I hate to start out with an “Am not!” “Are too!” routine, but I just can’t help myself. I would like to hear examples about how secular justice is selfish. Most of the accusations from Christians state that atheists don’t believe in God because we’re sin addicts and can’t handle being accountable for our actions. Not only is this insulting and ignorant, but also delightfully ironic!
Selfishness and Consequences
I propose that God’s “justice” is extremely selfish and perfectly illustrates the desire to not be accountable for one’s actions. Not only that, but hey, it’s ridiculous. How “just” and “good” is it that someone is able to wreak any amount of pain, harm, havoc, or evil upon the earth and their fellow humans, apologize for it and feel regret, and then instantly be free of any consequences for that action? It may be nice, but it’s not justice.
Consequences are a necessity for responsible individuals and a healthy society. Even when someone is repentant for what they’ve done, they should not be free from taking personal responsibility for their actions. Let’s say you have children (I know the commenter does). If they skip school, steal something from a store, or break a traffic law, but then apologize and feel terribly for what they’ve done, is that enough to satisfy the teachers, the store, and the police officer? Or do you think that they will benefit and learn from the consequences of those actions if they are allowed to experience them? Doesn’t that build character and help us understand how our choices and actions affect our lives and our loved ones? I say they do. I say consequences are an integral part of justice. This is why we have secular laws to enact justice as best we can.
I don’t think I can communicate this clearly enough, so I’m going to pass it along to two guys who can explain it further:
God vs. the Real World
Matt Dillahunty is more rad than footie pajamas and Han Solo combined. I hope you all enjoy his articulate (as always!) explanation of what justice is for God versus what it is in the real world.
Key points: Life isn’t fair, and that’s a good thing. Since justice and rewards aren’t guaranteed in some spiritual future, we are motivated to reward what is good when we see it and work together to right the wrongs in the world here and now—together. Yahweh’s “justice” is not just at all. “It is divine edict, arbitrary, and capricious.”
I could keep going, but you should listen! I think my eardrums got a hard-on.
Jesus’ Death and Justice
LatumWay, a youtuber I very much enjoy, says this about the Christian claim that Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s justice for sin:
Key points: Dying for someone’s sins is not just. You cannot take on someone’s moral responsibility. You can take their punishment, but not their culpability. The “good news” is a protection racket (best. ever.)
So, folks, what do you think?