A few months back I asked Dr. William Lane Craig a question regarding divine justice through his website reasonablefaith.org. It is a question that I have posed to many theists over the years that has never quite been answered to my satisfaction. So considering Dr. Craig's reputation as one of the best apologists for Christianity, I thought I would pose the question to him to see just how good he is. Well I have to say that his response contains many standard Christian ideas that I expected to hear but he did lay them out very detailed and thoughtful. So I want to reiterate my question here and his response in this blog, and then analyze his response in part 2 of this post.
My question is regarding the idea of divine justice in Christianity. I've always been confused with the Christian concept of "justice". It seems that Christian justice (at least its Protestant stripes) is not really concerned with whether or not you lived a moral life, but is solely concerned with whether or not you accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior. So people culpable of acts of extreme evil can be rewarded with heaven through the mere act of repentance, while others responsible for no such acts of evil could get the eternal punishment of hell. This always bothered me, and so I asked Dr. Craig a question about it and luckily, he responded. His long, detailed response is a rather interesting insight into the Christian concepts surrounding god's judgement and so will my critique of it. So please read my question and his response below.
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