Last Thanksgiving, I got into a conversation about God’s justice with some of my wife’s family (usually a good time to wax philosophic, right?). Midway through, I was brought up short when someone stated that “God shouldn’t send anyone to Hell because we are all basically good people.” At the time, I didn’t have a good response and the conversation quickly moved on into less tense and menial topics.
The problem I see with that argument is the standard of ‘good’ being used. Is our view of good the same as God’s? We tend to jump straight to the Capital Sins (murder, rape, etc…) but we seem to always ignore the little ones like lying or petty theft, even sinful motives. What we never want to admit is that sin is Sin, no matter the magnitude, and God punishes them all equally… Spiritual Death. So, is our “basically good” good enough?