A Tale of Two Judges

January 7, 2009

This is the tale of two judges and their judgments.

A certain man steals an item of food and hurts no one in the process. Before he can eat or get rid ofthe food he is caught and brought in before two judges. The first judge has only the testimony of the witnesses and the evidence that the man had the food in his possessions. The second judge, on the other hand, knows every detail about the event and knows every detail about the entirety of the man’s life, including what led him to steal in the first place.

Based on what the first judge knows the man is sentenced to 1 year in prison to be fed with only bread and water. Even though the second judge knows that the man stole the bread to feed a friend he never the less decides to sentence the man to prison for the rest of his life and to be tortured until death.

We would rightly recognize that even though the first judge’s verdict is harsh, it is not extreme and we could say that his judgment fits the crime. For the second judge, we would have to conclude that the judge is insane since he knew why the man stole the food and that his judgment does not fit the severity of the crime and certainly doesn’t take into account the motive.

The first judge is the human judge. He is limited in both knowledge of the situation and his punishment is no better than a guess. Does it provide recourse? We can only guess. Is it punishment? Prisons are full of those seeking no more than food and shelter.

It is imperfect judgment.

The second judge is modern Christianity’s idea of how a perfect God will judge mankind. Even though he has all evidence before him, he will judge all sins the same…by torture for eternity.

Does this sound like a perfect judge? Of course not! A perfect judge could meet out judgment in the most perfect way. Each sentence would fit the crime perfectly and all of those done wrong would be perfectly conpensated.

We assume that man is rational…that he can think logically. That when presented with a choice to do right and to his long term benefit he will act in his best interest, but we have 6000 years of history to document otherwise.

The scriptures to support this is everywhere from most simplest verses (John 3:16) to the most complex. When you’ve been taught otherwise since childhood it is very hard to see, but study it out for yourself because when you really see it…you won’t be able to see anything else.

God is perfect. He will judge perfectly.

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