Christ, the Unjust Judge
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This is kind of related to St. Isaac of Nineveh, who said something to the effect of "Do not say that God is just.  Never say that God is just!  If God were just, we would be cast into hell the moment we committed our first sin.  Rather, say that God is merciful."

Latins have this mercy is justice and justice is mercy thing with God, and the two are indivisible, and the one cannot cancel the other.  Particularly, that his mercy does not cancel his justice.  We never seem to hear about how his justice does not cancel his mercy.  At any rate, this is something that has been on my mind a lot recently.  I think I've found a way to explain God's mercy being greater than his justice that might make sense from a justice perspective.  Let me know what you think:

Man A commits sin against Man B.  Man A goes to confession, is truly repentant, and is absolved.  But the nature of the sin is one that he cannot in any way undo the effects of the sin he committed against Man B.  He can't mitigate them, he can't repay them.  The effects of the sin are permanent.  Doesn't justice demand that he not be absolved of the debt until he is able to repay it?  Yet he can't.  So Man A is truly forgiven by God, and if he commits no other sin, will go to heaven when he dies.  His conscience has been cleared.  Yet Man B is still owed a debt, one that can never be repaid.  Where is Man B's justice?

One might suggest that Man B will be rewarded for suffering such a debt, and that may be true, but it's far from true justice.  It's more of a consolation prize - you suffered this irreparable loss, so have something else nice instead.  And that's only if he makes it to heaven.  If Man B goes to hell, then he suffers eternal loss, along with the irreparable loss, caused by Man A, eternally.  One might also say that, regardless of the ability to repay, it is one's Christian duty to forgive, or else God will not forgive us, and our sins against him carry a greater debt than anyone can create by sinning against us.  True enough, yet still, justice is not completely served.  

This is unjust, because it is not a true resetting of the balances.  But it is to all of our benefit.  By forgiving that which cannot be re-payed, we become somewhat like God, we're molded into his image, and we receive the mercy of having our own debts forgiven, without having to repay them perfectly.  There is still no true restitution.  There never will be true restitution, because what is irreparable is truly irreparable, in this life and the next.  Man B will never have his debt truly repaid by Man A, and God will never truly have his debt repaid by either Man A or B.  Yet this mercy supercedes justice by allowing both the possibility of reward while debt is still truly owed.  Christ is truly an Unjust Judge, and only because of that are we able to have any hope for ourselves at all.
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Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 10:57 AM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by FultonFan - 05-26-2020, 12:09 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 12:33 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by formerbuddhist - 05-26-2020, 12:52 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by formerbuddhist - 05-26-2020, 12:29 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by xsantiagox - 05-26-2020, 12:31 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Augustinian - 05-26-2020, 01:24 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Augustinian - 05-26-2020, 01:34 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 01:43 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by piscis - 05-26-2020, 02:01 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 02:23 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by MagisterMusicae - 05-26-2020, 04:27 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 04:44 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by MagisterMusicae - 05-26-2020, 06:20 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 06:35 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by MagisterMusicae - 05-26-2020, 10:05 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 11:48 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Daniel-AH - 06-11-2020, 11:47 AM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by xsantiagox - 05-26-2020, 04:32 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 04:46 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by ServusDei - 05-26-2020, 08:41 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by josh987654321 - 05-26-2020, 09:03 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by josh987654321 - 05-26-2020, 09:16 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by LionHippo - 05-26-2020, 10:19 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by josh987654321 - 05-26-2020, 11:56 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by josh987654321 - 05-27-2020, 12:24 AM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 06-10-2020, 04:40 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Augustinian - 06-10-2020, 09:52 PM



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