In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge, so that everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent him.
When we see the word “judges” or “judgment,” the root of these words has to do with decisions. When you are judged or judging, it is about deciding what will be your outcome. “Consequences” would be an equivalent word today. To receive judgment is to receive consequences for your action. and out of this same root word, krisis, comes the English word, “crisis.”
The crisis everyone faces is that Jesus and our relationship with him become the measure of our honoring or dishonoring God. We honor God’s ways by honoring the ways of Jesus. The consequences of not following Jesus and his way leads to spiritual death. Separation from God.
We also dishonor Jesus by denying what he has done for us. It looks like this. If it is true that he died for my sins and made it possible for me to live eternally with God, but I don’t acknowledge this, I don’t thank him, I ignore him, it would be like not acknowledging someone who risked his own life to enter a burning building to get me out. I purposefully ignore the hero who saved me.
There are consequences for not honoring Jesus. If you don’t want Jesus in your life, you don’t want God, and he will honor that request. Separation from God forever is the end result. This is hell, and hell is the best God can do with someone who doesn’t want him.
But, aren’t there exceptions?
It is not my place to do God’s thinking for him and come up with exceptions of my own that are going to deny there is a hell. Some theory that attempts to show how non-Christians are saved.
Here are two common examples of Christians trying to find a loophole for non-Christians:
“Jesus works for me, but I’m sure there are other ways.”
“In the end, a God of love will save everyone.”
To the first example, you may be sure there are other ways, but I don’t trust you. Jesus said, “I am the way.” I trust Jesus more than I trust you.
The second example doesn’t describe a God of love. Think about it. God allows people to reject him now, and he doesn’t force himself on anyone. People who don’t want God in their life are left alone. But when that person dies, they are the same person. In the afterlife, if God then forces them to live with him forever, this is not love. This is kidnapping. To force your affections on someone else is assault. Abuse.
Now, God will do whatever he will do, and he will be exactly right in what he is doing. But, I have no biblical basis to follow or teach any other way but Jesus. And, even trying to use logic, those views, “I’m sure there are other ways,” and “Everyone will be saved,” don’t make sense.
We don’t worship a predator, we worship a kind and gracious protector. What does this mean to you?