Lately, I am concerned about the following issue. Let me, first, write a brief story to make things easier to make my point:
Once there were two neighbors. The one envied the wealth of the other and managed to seize his property by deception. This had the effect of dissolving the life of the wronged completely and broke his family apart. Eventually, they were both found in a court house. Before the beginning of the trial, the judge had the foresight to award the wronged with a multiple of wealth that he had lost and also to set things up so that his family be reunited. Then the trial started.
This is my question: is there a case, since the judge restored the wronged in a much superior way compared to his previous state?
By analogy the question is raised for the final Judgment: If the Judge will restore the wronged in a supreme way, is there a basis for the unjust to be blamed? At the final Judgment, the victim will become immortal, without any physical need for food, property, clothing and generally without any need for all that things that were removed by the defendant. Additionally, regarding the mental anguish of the victim, can the previous torment of some limited time, that the defendant forced upon the victim, be compared with the eternal bliss? And even the loss of life is compensated by the gift of eternity. Will It be so intense the memory of the wronged that will forever keep him asking for reciprocation?
I understand that this picture is simplistic, but the Church presents this simplistic picture as a type of the final Judgment. If the core of "final Judgment" is not the award of a fair penalty, then why use the term "Judgment" in the first place?
Then, some say that God is challenged by the defendant and God must be satisfied by defendant's punishment (the Law was violated, regardless of the state of the victim). But then, can perfection (God) be challenged by imperfection (man) ?
Why even Christ used the analogy of a tribunal when He talked about His future coming? It seems to me that this analogy is flawed (or I do not get the right concept). Why the loss of material or intellectual goods and even the loss of life itself has eternal ramifications, although these losses are going to be restored in the most perfect way?
Let me summarize my questions:
1) Is there a crime with no current bad outcome? In fact, is there a crime with the victim in perfect condition?
2) Even if the culprit is unrepentant, what is the point of repentance for a crime that has been perfectly restored? (this is more like being unrepentant for a failed attempt to perform crime with lasting aftereffect)
3) If I am to be judged for "who I truly am" and "how I understand the meaning of Life", regardless of the consequences of my actions, then (I think) this is not a Judgment. Why am I supposed to be somebody else different from myself whom I am free to define?
Edited by Lakis Papas, 29 March 2013 - 08:38 PM.