Originally posted by epiphinehas
My point is, God is the way he is (holy) regardless of whether or not we like him that way, and God does what he does (judge) regardless of whether or not we think his way is right. He is sovereign, after all. God, if he is God, couldn't be otherwise.
It doesn't matter what we think is right or wrong. God is judge. Statements is a terrible and fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Heb. 10:31).
Actually the definition of holy is sanctified, set aside for a specific purpose, clean, what this has got to do with a reverential respect for God i do not know, anyhow, these statements are not unqualified, quite the contrary, for the scriptures reveal a personality, a just and loving personality.
secondly we as humans are endowed with a sense of justice, a God given sense of justice because we are made in Gods image. We exercise that sense of justice, we feel incensed when it is encroached upon. To state that God is judge and that is final is a betrayal of a lack of knowledge of his personality. Was he not even prepared to listen to Abraham, a human concerning the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah?
Now if we can exercise justice, to what superlative degree would God also exercise justice, perfectly balanced with love, and power and wisdom. Are we to seriously assume that he would therefore torture individuals for an eternity for certain misdemeanour's while living in an imperfect state for seventy or eighty years? Does that strike you as just? No me neither. Neither is it simply a case of what we believe, as you erroneously assume forms the basis of our argument, it is, as i have constantly maintained, inconsistent with his revealed personality as is recorded in the sacred text.