Questions about the Cross and God's Justice


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  1. Jesus’ crucufixion saved us from the death we deserve, but Jesus did not deserve the Cross. Does this contradict the idea of God the Father being just and fair?

  2. Doesn’t the Cross constitute utilitarianism on God’s part, since His own Son, who did not deserve death, was killed to save all of the human race? Utilitarianism, as we know, is about maximizing the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

  3. Isaiah says that "God was pleased to crush himn in the chapter of the suffering servant. Does this mean God had a desire to punish and condemn someone, so He took out His wrath on Jesus? I have heard of theologians say this very thing.

Thank you.


#2

No. Christ suffered the cross willingly to pay the price for us…one which we could not pay.

  1. Doesn’t the Cross constitute utilitarianism on God’s part, since His own Son, who did not deserve death, was killed to save all of the human race? Utilitarianism, as we know, is about maximizing the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

No. What has “deserve” got to do with it? God WILLINGLY paid a price for us that we could not pay, out of love. It had nothing to do with “deserve”.

  1. Isaiah says that "God was pleased to crush himn in the chapter of the suffering servant. Does this mean God had a desire to punish and condemn someone, so He took out His wrath on Jesus? I have heard of theologians say this very thing.

Thank you.

God was “pleased” to save humanity by sacrificing Himself. (Christ is God, remember?) God paid the price that we could not pay, so that we could be united with Himself. Christ’s willing acceptance of this suffering is a testament to His Love, not His wrath.


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