Several of the Scriptures seem to indicate that God's judgement is righteous, wonderful, and something to long for. Here are a few examples:

"Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O YHVH, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.

With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness." Isaiah 26:8-9


"The fear of YHVH is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of YHVH are true and righteous altogether." Psalm 19:9


"Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O YHVH." Psalm 97:8

According to the Reformed church, how should Christians (of any sort) react when an unbeliever (specifically those that have outright denied Christianity: ex. Atheist, Muslims, Hindu, non-Trinitarians) dies and God subjects their flesh to be burned forever and ever in agonizing pain?

This is similar to Do Calvinists rejoice in the destruction of sinners?, except that question is based on a faulty interpretation of Jonathan Edwards Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. My question involves Scripture that explicitly says we should desire, be glad, and rejoice because of God's judgment; and how we can reconcile this with non-believers having their flesh burned forever and ever.

  • Can one not both rejoice in the Lord's perfect judgement and mourn the person's decisions which led to that judgement? Also, are you making an assumption of Particular Judgement here? Reformed theology is not unified on that. For example, I believe that eternal judgement would come all at once for all near the end, not as they die. So that may effect things. I mourn now but will rejoice then? – Joshua Aug 10 '16 at 10:39
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    @Joshua I'm not aware of any official sects within the Reformed church that teach annihilationism. Is that what you believe in? These passages speak of God's righteous judgements in general. I'm having trouble seeing a difference between His "righteous justice" and His ultimate judgment concerning hell. Are you saying that God's righteous justice and law is good, but His final judgement to send people to eternal hell fire is excluded from righteousness, goodness, and something to desire and rejoice over? – Cannabijoy Aug 10 '16 at 13:53
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    Does any Christian group teach that humans can know the heart of another human and thus be able to declare what judgement they will receive from God? No anyone who declares otherwise is presumptuous and ought to be looking into their own heart rather than trying to peer into another persons. Judge ye not ! – Kris Aug 10 '16 at 14:07
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    Okay @Nathaniel. I believe the first two quotes under Yes in Do Calvinists rejoice in the destruction of sinners? answers my question. Thank you for digging that up for me. – Cannabijoy Aug 11 '16 at 7:19
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    @anonymouswho there is at least one reformed theology Protestant denomination that does teach annihilationism. The one I am a member of. We as a community need to stop thinking that our lack of knowledge of something means it does not exist. acgc.us/ – Joshua Aug 11 '16 at 17:40