Archive for May 2nd, 2011

Dear —————-,

I’ve thought about this for several hours before I put anything in writing. I think God’s justice as a universal principle demands that those who murder should also forfeit their life as taught in Genesis 9:6.  Genesis 9:6 is situated in the Noahic Covenant, a universal covenant (cf. Genesis 9:9-17, with the description of ‘everlasting’, etc). We all remember sunday school lessons that the rainbow is a symbol of this covenant, and unless we say that the covenant can be revoked (that is, God can destory the whole world by flood again), the requirement of Genesis 9:6 stands. Having said that, how Genesis 9:6 is implemented is important: I think we would agree that God has given the state the role of justice (Romans 13:4). In fact Romans 13:4 is unintelligible without presupposing Genesis 9:6. The Osama circumstance was fulfilled by the right institution that God ordained (I oppose to individual vigilantes, or executions practiced by the family or the church). In such a case where the wicked perish, I think it is Biblical to have a multifaceted response to the news. From the Scripture, we see that even in heaven, it is legitimate for people to cry out to God and petition for justice which spells out as judgment upon the wicked (Revelation 6:10-11). We see that even after God’s judgment (in the context, Babylon is view, cf. Rev. 18), the saints in heaven are able to rejoice with the news (Revelation 19:1-3). The rejoicing is with what God has done directly or mediated through His agents. At the same time, the idea of someone who perish should grieve us just as it grieves God. We should be sad that Osama did not repented from his ways in the final end. The two kisses together and I think that we must never forget that though God in some sense does not delight in the wicked perishing, He nevertheless is still a God of justice in His character. We must never forget that God’s judgment of sins are not arbitrary. I believe the third aspect to this multifaceted response is also one of reverential fear…we ourselves deserve punishment for our own sins, but only mercy and grace has saved us from our sins. Hope this makes some sense, it’s 1 in the morning and I”m trying to finish a paper. Again, I think a multifacted response might be biblical.

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