The World Is Being Preserved For Judgment

“But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire,being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.” (II Peter 3:5-7 NIV)

It seems like a paradox that God would “reserve” the world for judgment. If He plans to judge the world, why doesn’t He get it over with? The answer is love. God does not enjoy punishing the wicked (Ezekiel 23). He to give as many people a chance to repent:

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (II Peter 3:9)

 

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2 Responses to The World Is Being Preserved For Judgment

  1. treegestalt says:

    “How patient?”

    “Seven times seven?”

    “Seventy times seven?”

    And what does the word ‘Infinite’ mean to you?
    —-

    On another hand, Mercy for some people can look a whole lot like Wrath. Until its purpose has been fulfilled.

  2. schildan10 says:

    Thanks for your comment.

    Christians are commanded to forgive others no matter how many times they sin against us, as the passage you quoted above shows.

    However, this does not mean that God Himself will never punish sin. He will wait a long time to let people repent but in the end He must punish sin eventually. It would not be a good for Him to just ignore the crimes we commit against each other.

    Humans have not right to get mad at God for judging them, because He provides them a way of mercy if they choose it.

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