The traditional view considers the judgment scary. We’ve been taught that it brings punishment. Because the Judge of the Universe determines every verdict, there is no need to explain or reveal anything. The kind of judgment that plays out in our courtrooms, however, makes it hard to see the theological beauty and sense behind God’s judgment.
The common theories and methods for describing the process of justification had become a puzzle for me. I was not a terrified sinner plagued by guilt and seeking justification before a cosmic judge.
Jesus’ parables are more than just nice stories. Everyone should engage with and learn from them, as they are just as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago. They even speak to the struggles of modern times, especially to the divides we face today.