Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Good news and bad news

Could God be a nice God and not hold anyone accountable? For the good news to be good, does there have to be bad news as well? This comment was insightful.
Without the concept of judgment one does not even need salvation, and any urgency about life and its importance, about justice, or even about God is, if not lost, at least greatly diminished. Grace is only grace if the outcome should have been otherwise, and the significance of life depends on accountability for life. We may not like judgment, but it is a central and necessary message of both Testaments and especially Jesus' teaching.
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