In-Justice For All 22 Oct

(Message 3) “That’s not fair!” One of the biggest reasons that people stop believing in God, is the problem of injustice. But is it possible to make the mental leap from our experience of pain a suffering to a declaration about the existence of God? Join us as we look into the nature justice.

Justice:

  1. Fairness and equality for all
  2. Ability to bestow good/pleasure
  3. Power to dispense punishment

 

You cannot have justice without judgement.

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  1. Do you agree with the three criteria for justice? Why or why not?
    1. Fairness and equality for all
    2. Ability to provide good/pleasure
    3. Power to dispense punishment
  2. Talk about a time when you were treated unfairly, either in a large or small way.
    • How did you respond?
    • What happened?
  3. When have you seen God allow injustice in your world?
    • What did that do to or for your faith?
    • How did it influence the way you view God?
  4. Have you ever seen someone who was suffering extraordinarily, but demonstrated extraordinary confidence in God? If so, how did it change the way you think about suffering and faith?
  5. Casey stated, “once you get rid of God you get rid of the objective standard for justice, so injustice disappears, too.”
    • Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?
    • If there is no God, who should decide morality/justice for us? Explain why.
  6. Read Luke 18:1-8.  Is God like or unlike this judge? In what ways?
  7. Do you find yourself struggling with or angry about the evil and injustice in the world?
    • Is it difficult for you to believe that God will one day bring about justice in the world? Why or why not?
    • Read and discuss Romans 3:21-26.

*Something to ponder and discuss:  “If anyone had a reason to stop believing in God because of injustice, it was Jesus. The man who stands at the center of all we believe was treated extraordinarily unfairly. The man who taught us all people have inherent value was executed. The man whose definition of good and just informs your definitions of good and just was treated unjustly. Evil and injustice are not arguments against the existence of God. They are evidence of our need for his mercy and grace.”

Daily Scripture Reading:

Day 1: Psalm 37:1-6

Day 2: Psalm 37:7-13

Day 3: Psalm 37:14-20

Day 4: Psalm 37: 21-28

Day 5: Psalm 37:29-33

Day 6: Psalm 37:34-40

*North Point 

Why did Jesus have to experience so much suffering?

Foxs Book of Martyrs

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