02 Dec Does God Judge Everyone The Same Way?
Regardless of your current religious beliefs, most of us have heard of the Final Judgement. We know that at the end of our lives, we will be judged by Jesus Christ for everything we have done while on earth. Many people, both believers and unbelievers, wrestle with this topic. Are unbelievers judged in the same way as believers? What about people who dedicated their lives to Jesus only shortly before death? These are just a few of the questions that are commonly raised regarding the Final Judgement.
Does God judge everyone the same way? God’s judgments are incredibly complex and far exceed human understanding. However, we know that justice, or judgment, is the foundation of God’s throne. He judges everyone according to their thoughts, words, and deeds while on earth. While we may not understand God’s judgments, it is important to realize that He is merciful in his judgment, always just and fair.
As Christians, we must develop an understanding of the way in which God judges everyone. This will allow us to better share the gospel with the people around us, providing them with a clearer picture of what is to come once life on earth has ceased.
At Liberty Justice HQ, we are passionate about pointing people towards the truth found in Scripture as a framework through which to view the world around them. In this post, we will answer important questions regarding God’s judgment. We hope this article inspires you to share the gospel with the people you meet with even greater fervor and a sense of urgency.
Does God Judge Everyone By the Same Standard?
Throughout both the Old and the New Testaments, we learn of God’s judgment. As believers, we know that we will stand before God on the day of the Final Judgment. During this time, He will reveal the inner motives of our hearts, reviewing our thoughts, words, and deeds while on earth. This is a sobering thought and should inspire us to strive to become more like Christ with each passing day.
So, does God judge everyone by the same standard? We know that God is perfect. With the exception of Jesus Christ, there is not one person who has lived their whole life without sinning or rejecting God. Because of this, we are all sinful and deserving of an eternity in hell.
By this standard, we all deserve to be judged by the same standard, receiving the same punishment. Fortunately, God has provided us with a way to receive forgiveness for our sins through the death of His Son on the cross.
Justice is The Foundation of God’s Throne
Psalm 89:13-14 reads as follows, “You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand, high your right hand. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.”
Justice, or judgment, is at the very core of the nature of God. However, this should not be viewed as a negative attribute by any means. While, as humans, our judgment is flawed and sinful, God’s judgment is merciful and just.
God is Merciful in His Judgment
Throughout both the Bible and our modern history books, we have witnessed God’s mercy. When the Israelites continued to sin against God, God acted in mercy by not casting them away forever, maintaining His promise to them. As you reflect on your own life, I’m sure you can think of times when you deserved the wrath of God but, instead, received His mercy.
The ultimate act of merciful judgment is the gift of salvation. While we all deserve to spend eternity in Hell separated from God, we are forgiven of our sins and granted an eternity in His presence.
God’s Judgments Are Always Just & Fair
As sinful humans, it can be challenging to understand a Biblical perspective of justice. Although it may not always be clear to us, God’s judgments are always just and fair. We can have confidence in this fact, realizing that He sees much more than our human minds could ever fathom.
Judgment is Not a Punishment for Believers
It is easy to view judgment, especially the Final Judgment, as a type of punishment. However, as believers, we should view this judgment not as a punishment but as a reminder of the grace of God in our lives. As sinners, we deserve an eternity in hell. However, through salvation, we are forgiven of all of the sins we have ever committed and given the privilege of an eternity worshipping in the presence of God.
Theologian Anthony Hoekema once wrote, “The failures and shortcomings of…believers…will enter into the picture on the Day of Judgment. But – and this is the important point – the sins and shortcomings of believers will be revealed in the judgment as forgiven sins, whose guilt has been totally covered by the blood of Jesus Christ.”
Is All Sin Equal in The Eyes of God?
We understand that sin is in direct opposition to God’s character. However, are all sins equal in the eyes of God? Does God view a “small sin” such as cheating on a test in the same way that He views murder? What does the Bible say about unintentional sin? These are tricky topics to navigate as Christians.
What we do know for certain is this, we are all sinners who do not deserve grace. Sin of any type or degree reveals our need for a Savior. We must repent of our sins and continue to strive to become more like Christ with each passing day.
What Will Happen on Judgment Day?
So, what will happen on Judgment Day? During the Final Judgment, Jesus Christ will judge every person who has ever lived, revealing the inner motives of their hearts. As Christians, we have confidence knowing that we have been forgiven of our sins. Upon accepting the gift of salvation, our names were written in the Book of Life, never to be erased. Because of this, we will be granted an eternity in heaven following our time of judgment.
For unbelievers, however, judgment day will have quite a different ending. If you have not repented of your sins while on earth, you will be sent to eternal damnation in hell. This is a sobering thought. Unfortunately, this fate awaits many people who have chosen to reject Jesus Christ or failed to admit their need for a Savior.
Bible Verses About God’s Final Judgment
The best way to learn more about God’s judgment is to study the Scriptures. Here are a few Bible verses about judgment in which to begin your study:
- Acts 10:42
- Matthew 12:36-37
- Revelation 20:11-15
- 1 Corinthians 4:5
- 2 Corinthians 5:10
- 2 Timothy 4:1
By studying what the Bible has to say about the topic of God’s judgment, we can develop a more thorough understanding. Doing so will enable us to share our faith with greater boldness and confidence.
What About People Who Did Not Learn of Salvation?
It makes sense that to reject God, you must have heard of Him at some point in your life. Many people wonder how God will judge people groups who have never heard of Him. While not everyone will traditionally learn of God and Salvation, even the most remote of locations boast of God’s goodness. Additionally, in our day of technology, the number of people who have never heard the message of salvation continues to decrease, a sign that Christ’s return is near!
As Christians, we know that justice is at the very core of God’s nature. Because of this, He can not allow anything less than perfection in His presence. Regardless of the deeds you have or haven’t done while on earth, we will all face judgment upon our death. None of us are without sin, we are all deserving of eternal punishment in hell. Through the gift of salvation, we are granted forgiveness of our sins and the privilege of spending eternity in heaven worshipping Jesus.
We must continue to share the sobering reality of the final judgment and fate that awaits those who refuse to accept salvation. We must work with great diligence and boldness to share the good news of the gospel with everyone that we meet. In doing so, we offer them the opportunity to escape eternal torment and separation from God. There is no greater gift.
Does everyone go to heaven? While God is a loving and merciful God, He is also just. He can not let anything less than perfection in His presence. Because of this, not everyone will be able to enter heaven. As sinful human beings, the only way to enter heaven is to admit our need for a Savior, accept the gift of salvation, and commit our lives to serve God.
Are some sins more serious than others? Many people wonder if some sins carry less weight than others. Murder, for example, has much more serious consequences than lying. But does God view these as the same? We know that all sin is sin in the eyes of God. We must work to minimize the occurrence of sin in our lives, working to become more like Christ each day.