I’m very tired right now - work graveyard and still have not gone to bed because I was working in the sound booth all day - but I wanted to post a little something from the hidden recesses of my own little mind.
In the imaginary situations in my head I sometimes like to use this approach to surprise people and turn the tables on them. Y’know how they tend to say, “Well your God is just a God of love and no justice, all about the puppies and lollipops and not reality”?
Well, I actually think I’ve used this argument with my dad, but anyway, here goes: how could justice truly conquer while crooked hearts still exist? How could God’s encompassing Law be supreme while there was even one misled person, while there was still somebody who didn’t recognize God’s goodness as worthy of the highest praise? For as long as there are people who are willing to spit on the truth and call it something it is not, and to call good evil and evil good, isn’t justice still wronged and maligned?
Their response might be, but every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of the Father, and people will recognize his justice as supreme and right and good and holy, in the end… that does not mean they will not still go to hell.
But that’s just when you have them, for you can come back with the remark: but if they truly recognize God as supreme and his goodness as true and right, are they not then saved? Hasn’t goodness and right begun to conquer in them the moment they believe in its worthiness? And won’t it go on and on convincing them of its inherent truth and rightness as time goes on?
And wouldn’t a soul in such a condition eventually begin to value the nobility, the rightness of such a truth, even moreso than it delights in itself? And wouldn’t the beauty, the pleasure of such a righteousness, of such a justice and truth, overcome them to the point where their pain and misery is swallowed up in this all-encompassing, pervading reality? And would not God then become to them all-in-all, such to the point where they would be as in heaven itself though surrounded by the very flames of hell?
At this point they, in my imagination at least, would have no answer to this. Perhaps some might find some kind of semantics or thought trick to keep them from the inevitable conclusion, but I thought it might prove interesting to hear some of your thoughts at least.
Have fun with this thought process.