[quote=mlchance]… perfectly just and is tempered by His perfect mercy.
– Mark L. Chance.
Actually, scripture shows evidence of 2 kinds of judgement. One for collectives and one for individuals. Collectives never see damnation as a punitive option. The maximum type of punishment ever metted out to any collective was temporal in nature.
By this observation we can come to this conclusion:
God loves collectives more than He does individuals. On it’s own, this would make sense, as the degree of love, if it could be quantified, would be proportional to the number of individuals. But this doesn’t satisfy either, as we are told God loves everyone to the maximum He can love.
We can come to another conclusion as well, as this obvious fact does not play into rightful justice for us. Let us substitute hate for love for comparison. (Actually hate is not really the word, but a word satisfying the condition of degree of good would be more appropriate.)
God hates a collective, who by individual standards qualifies for damnation, to a lesser degree than an individual who qualifies for damnation.
One is left with one more fact. Some would say “It does not qualify as it is not an individual.”
We would be glad to leave this problem with this solution, but just recently the Pope asked God to forgive nations. Immediatley this implies 1/ it is individuated into substantial form(St.Thomas Aq.) 2/ and given recognition it can offend 3/ by God’s law to us, it is subject to all the expectations and types of punishments an individual would warrant.
Whatever solution we can find, we cannot exclude the factors outlined here. It has officially been initiated into the species called man. It therefore is injustice to grant it special favor, by any standards. “what you bind on earth, is bound in heaven” is promised to us, now man would like to see that applied.
Man waits expectantly to see that indeed the last outlined statement is true, that collectives can indeed go to hell collectively. That would be justice in it’s Devine meaning. A kind that is not corrupted by earthly double standards, but a heavenly non corrupted justice born by God.
We care about our justice system, not because we are on trial, in prison, on death row, in purgatory, in hell, in heaven, on earth but because the ideal for justice is entrenched into our being, and most of all because we care for the future of every man. We want him to be fairly judged.