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Theologian John Piper justified why **** is a fitting punishment for unrepentant sinners, explaining that those who believe infinite punishment is “abhorrent” and “absurd” possess a “small” view of God.
Episode - Ask - Pastor - John - Podcast
In a recent episode of his “Ask Pastor John” podcast posted on desiringGod.org, the pastor and Bible teacher replied to a woman who took issue with the concept of ****.
“There is certainly great evil in the world, such as war, rape, murder, racism, oppression, etc. But the majority of the world doesn’t need God to see these things as evil or to make a positive change,” she said. “I certainly don’t see how someone innocent, dying a horrible death, somehow makes my wrongs right in the sight of God.”
Piper - Millions - People - Idea - ****
Piper first acknowledged that millions of people don’t feel comfortable with the idea of ****, adding: “Where God is small and man is big, **** will be abhorrent — indeed absurd — and the cross will be foolishness.”
But most people’s conception of evil, Piper said, “can never be big enough to make sense of **** or the cross of Christ,” because evil is defined “only in relation to what harms man, not what demeans God.”
Humans - Depth - Sinfulness - God - Problem
Humans will “never understand the depth of our sinfulness without God telling us what the problem is, which He has very clearly,” the pastor said.
“We must learn it from the Bible,” he explained. “And what God has said is this: The essence of evil — what makes evil evil — is not harm done to man, but indignities done to God. Harm to man is horrible. But it is meant to be a vivid parable of the outrage of failing to honor God, failing to glorify God, failing to thank God as God.”
Piper - Question - Listeners
Piper posed a question to his listeners: “If...
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