Lesson 11 | Click here to print a PDF copy of this lesson.
At the end of every game—there are winners and losers! The same is true in life! As the contest between good and evil comes to an end, there are winners and losers.
God has received a lot of “bad press” regarding His treatment of losers (those who have chosen evil). Satan wants us to believe that God is a vengeful, cruel tyrant who delights in the torture of evil-doers. He also wants us to believe that God will torture sinners in hell-fire throughout eternity. Understandably, many have a difficult time loving such a God.
Yet God Himself asks, “Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die…and not that he should turn from his ways and live?” Ezekiel 18:23, Ezekiel 18:32; Ezekiel 33:11. Christ’s mission to this earth was not to judge the world nor to condemn it, but to do everything in heaven’s power to save humanity (John 3;17).
However, in spite of all God has done to save sinners, one day He will cleanse the universe from every trace of sin (Revelation 21:8). This deed is so unusual and difficult for God to perform that it’s referred to as “His strange act” (Isaiah 28:20-22, KJV). Yet, notwithstanding His judgment of the wicked, everyone will declare the fairness of God by exclaiming, “Allelujah! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! For true and righteous are His judgments…” (Revelation 19:1-2).
In order to vindicate, or exonerate, His character and reputation among all the created beings of the universe, God has provided a system of justice that allows everyone, saved and unsaved alike, to examine the records and rationale concerning His decisions so that all are completely satisfied with His fairness.