I just thought I’d leave a comment I made on The Guardian’s website here, as I guess it will never see the light of day there.
Sentencing implies that there must be a judgement relating to a standard, which of cause is stated throughout the Bible. The Old Testament clearly states that there shall be a day of reckoning when all are resurrected unto judgement...
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt.
The New Testament states that too, where Paul informs the accusing Jews that Christians also believe that there will be a resurrection unto judgement...
I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.
But the standard we must meet is too high for fallen man, we can not attain it and would have been damned if it were not for Jesus, who not only met a standard we could not but paid the price for all of the times we wickedly departed from it if we would only believe on Him who did these things. Thus, just as Abraham believed God’s Word and it was credited to him as righteousness...
And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
...so are we likewise made righteous before God when we believe His promise that Christ’s righteous life shall not only be credited to us through faith, but that He took upon Himself all of the punishment we deserve for our many outrages and hard against God and men. Thus ‘The Gospel of faith’ was preached to the old World as well as it was to ours.
4 - Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 - But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
6 - All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.