If God doesn’t exist then where does Justice come from?
Micah 6:8 – “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
This verse tells us that God has taught us what is good and just, he alone is both good and just. In Genesis 2 we learn that we were created in the image of God. And even though we sin, we still maintain at least the shadow of that image, and one result of that is a longing for justice.
On one hand we have the bible claiming that we get our concept of justice from God. But then we have the world telling us that God doesn’t exist. If God doesn’t exist, then why does justice exist? It seems to me that the concept of justice is anti-evolutionary. It goes against the idea of survival of the fittest. And yet it is constantly what we are calling for and looking for in our own lives and in the world.
The whole push of social justice is preventing the strong from oppressing the weak. It’s one of those ideas that most people agree with – the weak should be protected and not oppressed. That stands in complete opposition to the theory of evolution.
Evolutionary theory says that the strongest survive. It claims that it’s good for the weak ‘weeded out’ of society so that we can progress. It claims that it is natural and even “good” for the weak to be destroyed so that the strong can continue to improve.
If this is what is natural, then why do we long for and seek justice for the oppressed? It would be right and natural for the weak to be trodden on and for no one to defend them. In fact it would be stupid and unnatural to defend those who cannot defend themselves.
If God doesn’t exist then justice shouldn’t exist because we should accept every injustice as a natural outworking of the survival of the fittest. If we die or are oppressed it would be because we are weaker and it would simply be the way things are. And yet everything in us cries out against injustices. We hate it when we are oppressed or treated unfairly, and we have a great sorrow for those who are suffering around the world unjustly while the ‘stronger’ (politically, economically, etc) thrive on corruption.
The truth is that God does exist and so does justice. He will judge, he decides what is right and wrong, and He will be call us all to account. And that bring up the question of where you stand with God.
Romans 3:23 tells us that “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. We have all disobeyed God. We have all rejected his way. Because he is just and perfect that means we’ve done what is wrong. And since God is perfect he must judge evil. That means we all deserve his punishment for sin: hell eternally.
And yet in his great mercy and love and grace God sent Jesus, his one and only son into the world as a man. Jesus lived perfectly – he alone did not deserve to die or be punished for sin. Yet he took our sin and suffered God’s wrath against it in our place when he died on the cross. Romans 6:23 tells us that “the wages of sin is death”. Jesus took our sins and died when he alone didn’t deserve it. And he rose again. Since the result of sin is death, and Jesus dealt with sin, death could no longer contain him. It had no right to hold him since he had defeated sin.
And that’s why we know that there is complete forgiveness in Jesus. He rose again, proving sin had been conquered. And he tells us to “Repent and believe for the Kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15) – if we put our trust in Jesus as the only one who saves and if we turn from sin then we will be completely forgiven by him. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
God’s justice is satisfied in Jesus so that he can rightly show us mercy, love and grace. Have you put your faith in him? Only he can save!