A comment from my previous post:
Criticizing God for not doing anything about suffering and evil right now is like reading half a novel and criticizing the author for not resolving the plot. God will bring accountability at the right time.
Besides, he HAS done something already, His name is Jesus – no greater suffering and death has the world witnessed as that God himself had to bear on the cross for our sake. He knows what pain is…, so I trust him on this.
The book is only halfway read;
The final page turn’d in Heaven,
When Hitler’s good is finally shown
Like Severus Snape in book seven.
The commenter, Andrew, effectively summarizes the senior pastor and best-selling author’s argument in two brief paragraphs. For that, I congratulate him. It shows how much of the SP&BSA’s argument is padding.
The comment, as I said in the comments there, is self-contradicting. If life’s book is only half-read so far, you don’t and can’t know that Jesus is the good guy. Halfway through Harry Potter, Snape was evil and Dumbledore was immaculate. By the end, though… By your argument, when we get to heaven, we could see Hitler sitting at the right hand of God, and Jesus a figure of shame.
Additionally, your comment cedes Christianity’s claim to an absolute moral compass. If we cannot know what God’s ultimate good and bad are until the last page, then there is no earthly way for you to be certain your compass points north.
The better analogy is not of a half-read book. It is of a glass of wine, which we have sipped and found to be vinegar, and which believers continue to drink, assuring us that the bit near the bottom will be sweet as nectar.