Japan & Piper: God's Wrath Satisfied But We Still Paying Interest?

I would like to recommend an excellent defense of God’s goodness (one of the marks of Christian traditions).

My friend T.C. Moore, in his post, A BLACK SUN HAS NOT RISEN ON JAPAN: CHALLENGING SO-CALLED “ANSWERS” FOR THE JAPANESE DISASTER, discusses nature, evil, and God giving humanity and creation freedom. He also questions whether the Calvinist commitment to divine wrath is even consistent.

The American author who wrote the post on Japan’s disasters holds a very different view of the cross: that God poured out all his wrath against sin on Jesus that we deserved. For the American author, the cross “satisfies” the wrath of God like the proverbial virgin “satisfies” the volcano. However, this is directly at odds with the implication that Japan’s earthquake is an outflow of God’s wrath against sin. That implication would suggest that Jesus’ death on the cross only partially satisfied God’s wrath. Or that God’s wrath is greater than God’s grace.

If the Japanese earthquake is a result of sin and God’s wrath, as this author implies, then Jesus may not have paid our debt in full—because we’re still paying interest.

I would encourage you all to read his post linked here.

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  1. Jennifer

    If the hairs on our heads are all numbered…and not even a sparrow can fall without the Lord’s knowing…I maintain my agreement with Piper on this one…

        1. T. C. Moore


          The Lord is certainly sovereign and God’s knowledge of even the microscopic details of our lives is not in dispute. But I would contend that in the passage you reference, Jesus is arguing that we can trust God for our provision because we have worth to God and God loves us. Jesus concludes, “don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” This is very good news to those suffering now in Japan. God loves them and they have worth to God. The passage should not, however, be used to support a meticulous view of providence that in turn serves to bolster the view that the earthquake was God’s doing.


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