Why does God judge? Is it because he is capricious or judgmental? And how can we reconcile a loving God with a God of judgement. This quote from Miroslav Volf goes a long way to to answering these and more questions about God and judgement:
God will judge not because God gives people what they deserve, but because some people refuse to receive what no one deserves; if evildoers experience God’s terror it will not be because they have done evil, but because they have resisted to the end the powerful lure of the open arms of the crucified Messiah.
The violence of the Rider on the white horse (Revelation 19), I suggest, is the symbolic portrayal of the final exclusion of everything that refuses to be redeemed by God’s suffering love.
Should not a loving God be patient and keep luring the perpetrator into goodness? This is exactly what God does: God suffers the evildoers through history as God has suffered them on the cross. But how patient should God be? The day of reckoning must come, not because God is too eager to pull the trigger, but because every day of patience in a world of violence means more violence and every postponement of vindication means letting insult accompany injury. – Miroslav Volf, Exclusion and Embrace, 298
God judges because he hates violence and injustice. That is why he will judge the world because he will rid the world of anything that can and will harm people.
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