Some people object to the doctrine of hell by saying, “but if God is love, he wouldn’t sentence someone to hell”. But imagine a judge who knows a guilty verdict for a murderer is right and true, yet he says to the defendant, “I like the way you are dressed. I want to show you love. I’ll allow you to go home under house arrest and see how things go from there.” We would be outraged at such an action, under the guise of love! That is not a just judge! God’s love cannot be separated from his holiness and his justice.
“The Strength to Love” (click to listen, right click to download) Jesus calls his followers to non-retaliation: “If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” This is not a blanket pacifism, nor a call to be the doormat of someone’s verbal abuse, nor is it an excuse to ignore criminal […]