Is god fair

This bothers me about Christianity and most other religions: If we assume God is fair, and cares about everyone equally, then why would the ‘good news’ be delivered to a small group of people, and not available to the rest of the world for many generations? Think of people in south america + australia who never heard the gospel for hundreds of years because they had no opportunity, through no fault of their own.
The same applies to most other religions that started regionally.

Did God have an obligation to become incarnate?

God isn’t fair. The Gospel reading last Sunday was all about this. Sometimes He gives more gifts to some than to others (no one is owed mercy or owed a gift).

That being said, Scripture says He desires all men to be saved, and therefore, even to those where the full blessings of the Gospel have not been spread, even in ways known to only Himself, He offers them at least the minimal grace to have an opportunity to be saved.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church quotes Lumen Gentium when it says (see #846 and 847 for the entire context)…

“Those who through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience–those too may achieve eternal salvation.”

Read and ponder next Sunday’s (28 Sep) First Reading (Ezekiel 18:25-28)…it should prove interesting and informative to you.

And, it will answer your question!

God’s way is fair; its man’s way that is unfair!

Ezekiel 18:25-28 (NAB)

25You say, “The LORD’s way is not fair!” Hear now, house of Israel: Is it my way that is unfair? Are not your ways unfair? 26When the just turn away from justice to do evil and die, on account of the evil they did they must die. 27But if the wicked turn from the wickedness they did and do what is right and just, they save their lives; 28*since they turned away from all the sins they committed, they shall live; they shall not die.

Thanks for the reminder, Mrs. Dorothy :slight_smile:

Whoaaa…God is NOT unfair…Last Sunday’s gospel WAS NOT about unfairness.

It was about equality in justice for those who turn to the Lord.

Eternal life is the exact same length of time for everyone, Hence, the last will be first and the first will be last.

Augustine has a pretty interesting take on that gospel passage…He says, Adam is represented by those hired at 6am; Noah at 9am, the Patriarchs at noon, the Prophets at 3 pm, and the Christian disciples of Christ at 5pm…

Again, the passage is not about unfairness, but of generosity. Those viewing it as unfair, are validating what Ezekiel tells us God said (Ez 18:25-28), that man’s way is unfair, and the Lord’s way is perfect justice.

The walkaway lesson of the Gospel of the vineyard laborers is its never too late to convert, but don’t put it off since we never know when our end, or the end of the age comes…some wise man once said, “He who is waiting for the 11th hour to turn from sin and to the Lord, usually dies at 10:45!”

Peace and all Good!


Yup, the minute I saw this title, I thought…

God is fair; people, not so much…

You are welcome!


God is neither fair nor unfair. Fairness is not an attribute that applies to God.

God is, however, just - infinitely just.

It wasn’t fair that those who worked more got the same as those who worked less, but it was certainly just.

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