Is God Just!

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Hello there. Before I could finish the translation of the Book of Romans from English to Nuer, I have a question. Perhaps this is your question too. Have you ever wondered why God seems to choose some and leave some people out? This is one of the most controversial kind of topic since Christendom!

Read Romans 9:10-13 – why did God chose Jacob and rejects Esau? Well, Muslims will tell you a different story anyway. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I also find it hard to understand Paul’s arguments about salvation.

  • Is it true that God has chosen some people leaving some people out?
  • Will God be really just by doing this?
  • Was Paul running away from answering the question?
  • How did Paul know the mind of God?
  • How can we understand this as Christians?
  • How can we explain this to atheists for example?

Please take time to give your answers below this post. May God bless you all.

2 thoughts on “Is God Just!

  1. Hello my younger brother, John!

    You have come upon some of the hard questions of the Christian faith, questions that have perplexed some of the church’s theologians! But there are good answers to them.

    First though, we must always trust that our God and Saviour is just and holy in all His ways. His word tells us this:

    Isaiah 45:21 there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
    Psalm 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
    Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

    This is the helmet of salvation—knowing the truth of our God—and by it our minds are protected from all the arrows and weapons of the devil, and the devil’s men. Jesus said of the word of the Father, “thy word is truth” (John 17:17).

    To look at your questions now. The first two are,

    “Is it true that God has chosen some people leaving some people out?”
    “Will God be really just by doing this?”

    I would answer like this: When the human race fell away from God through the sin of Adam, all men and women and the children to be born to them were by this sin (and their own—for the spiritually dead cannot but sin) consigned to death, both physical and spiritual, and destined to spend eternity with the devil and his angels. These humans—the entire human race!—having forsaken God, now had the devil as their spiritual father.

    So all humankind were en route to eternal destruction. Was God unjust that this was the case? Clearly not, for He had warned Adam this very thing would happen if he disobeyed. In this the result of disobedience the death of the human race only showed God to be just, and man now wicked and rebellious, actually becoming monstrous like his father the devil. There are no righteous men at all among the humans, not one.

    At this point we can see there is no injustice in God at all. Only pure justice.

    Now what if God showed mercy to some in the perishing human race, would there be any wrong in this? Any wrong or injustice at all? Only the ungrateful and rebellious would dare to call such undeserved mercy unjust, accusing the holy and good God of wrongdoing.

    Of course we might seek to know why only some and not others, or not all, but this questioning of God’s freedom to love whom He will trespasses on His holy and righteous will—for there is no answer we might find in His revealed word to satisfy our curiosity, save that it is “the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure” (Ephesians 1:9), which leads us “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

    Yes, those whom He has passed by, whom He has not chosen for mercy, these are responsible for their sin, and are justly condemned; as Jesus put it in John 3:19, 20:

    “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.”

    Your next two questions, John, are,

    “Was Paul running away from answering the question?”
    “How did Paul know the mind of God?”

    Paul was not at all running from this question, but faced it squarely: God elected those whom He granted mercy, undeserved favor. Those passed by received justice, as we saw earlier. If we think to foist upon the Sovereign of the universe the human political doctrine of egalitarianism (the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities), then we are presuming to be judges over God, and claiming our political doctrines are more righteous than His decrees. But we are sinful, rebellious creatures (saved by His grace if we are Christians) and quite incapable of judging the Holy One. Yes, the arrogant and wicked will indeed seek to judge and condemn Him who died in our place, bearing the punishment we deserved for our sins, but they hate the light and would murder Him again if they could!

    Paul knew the mind of God because he was appointed by God to be His apostle, and to teach humankind the deep things of God. Paul’s writings were inspired by the Holy Spirit, and every word of them is true:

    “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 perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

    Your last two questions are,

    “How can we understand this as Christians?”
    “How can we explain this to atheists for example?”

    It is not easy to understand, John, but the Scripture rightly understood confirms it throughout. There are genuine Christians who have different views on this, but err. This doctrine of election is a great comfort to the man or woman of God, for it assures us that it was God’s idea to redeem us, and what He began He will finish, and never lose us nor cast us away—for we have His precious promises on this.

    We need not explain this to atheists! What have they to do seeking to delve into His holy counsels when they do not bow the knee to His majesty and glory? It is mere curiosity—or worse—their seeking this, when what He commands them to do is to turn from lives of evil and unbelief to seek forgiveness of sins and eternal life from the Saviour of the world.

    The gospel to the lost is the mercy of God through Christ, and we are to exalt and reveal Christ to humankind that they may see Him and love Him (though some will indeed hate Him) and be saved. Difficult doctrines are for the mature believers, not for the lost or babes in Christ.

    My dear young friend, I hope these words have been helpful. I will also send them in an email to you to that my formatting may be kept.

    In Christ’s name,

    Steve

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    • A Great Answer

      Dear Steve. Thanks for taking your time in this post. As mentioned in the post, these are important questions we Christians MUST ask, especially if we struggle understanding the doctrine of election. I’m a Christian, but with human logic, I don’t understand the things of God. This is the reason I have to be posting on this website so that people like you can contribute. I believe there are many out there with the same questions, and God can use you to reach out to all of us right here.

      Once again, thanks.

      John
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