When the daytime temperatures in Southern California dip below 75 degrees, we know that Christmas will be fast upon us. The holiday is a joyous time—particularly for Christians—as it provides us with an outstanding opportunity to talk about Christ.
But the good news of Christ’s birth is increasingly lost on our narcissistic culture. And most of those who do make the connection between Christmas and Christ end up celebrating nothing more than a sentimental infant idol whose central message was “peace and goodwill to men.” Any discussion of the Savior that goes beyond such sentiment is usually met with widespread resentment.
Objections to the God of the Bible come thick and fast in a world that prefers a god on their own terms. And many Christians feel paralyzed and helpless in the face of the annual onslaught. The protests masquerading as questions can seem insurmountable. How can a loving God send people to hell? How can God justly condemn people who have never heard the gospel? Why doesn’t God save everyone? And why doesn’t God punish all the evil in the world?
In short, people without Christ most commonly object to the God of the Bible on the grounds that He is so unfair.
The surprising truth of the matter is that they are right—God is amazingly unfair in the way He treats people. And the birth of Christ is the most lavish example of God putting His unfairness on display before humanity.
The world might be right about God’s unfairness, but the conclusions they draw from it are abysmally wrong—as evidenced by the common objections they raise. Put simply, they’re asking the wrong questions. However, if we can help them ask the right questions they may be able to appreciate a most surprising and glorious truth—that God’s unfairness is actually good news!
To that end, we’re going to consider some of the most common gripes with God’s fairness—or lack thereof—and the truth revealed by a change in perspective.
How can a loving God send people to hell?
That question is rooted in an inflated view of man and a deflated view of God. Such a paradigm needs to be turned completely upside down before any proper perspective can be achieved.
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