Some time ago on the WND forums, I saw a comment that read exactly as follows:
The Suffering of the Righteous and the Success of Sinners Introduction My first occasion to preach from Psalm 73 resulted from a tragedy within our church family. The telephone awakened me in the early hours of the morning.
The voice on the other end of the line was that of a friend, whose words were enough to shock me out of my slumber.
There was no apparent cause for her death at the time, nor has there been any medical explanation to this day. He said something like this: Many Christians today seem to think that faith in God comes with a guarantee of freedom from adversity. In fact, too many of our evangelistic appeals are tainted with the false promise implied or stated that coming to faith in Christ will deliver men from their trials in life.
When young Christians come to the realization that this is not so, their faith is sometimes severely shaken. The suffering of the saints and the prosperity of the wicked is an issue which is frequently addressed in the Word of God.
We find the Book of Job dealing explicitly with this matter. We come face-to-face with it again in Psalm In each passage of Scripture the issue is considered from a slightly different perspective. The second is a failure to understand righteousness, so far as it relates to the saint, the true child of God.
In answer to the problem of pain, this psalm forces us to take another look at our definition of good, lest we accuse God of being the author of evil by allowing us to suffer. Let those who suffer look to this psalm for a word of instruction.
Psalm 73 divides nearly evenly into two parts. Surely God is good to Israel, To those who are pure in heart! And is there knowledge with the Most High?
In one sense, verse 1 is the conclusion of the matter. Asaph believed that God existed, that He was good, and that He was sovereign. How can God be good to the pure in heart if observation convinces us that sinners succeed and saints suffer?
This is a serious spiritual issue and one that has precipitated widely diverging explanations. The atheist answers by explaining that there is no God. The cynic says that there is a God, but denies that He is good.
The liberal believes that there is a God who is loving, good, and kind.
He explains suffering by denying the sovereignty of God.Why would a good God create a place where people are punished forever, let alone send people there? In terms of length of punishment, as you say, wouldn’t 50 or years be enough?
Wouldn’t it be enough to punish someone for as long as they sinned? God instituted a law that the punishment should be equal to the crime and no greater.
God is not vindictive toward us, but infinitely loving, so He has no desire to punish sin. Quite to the contrary, He is hurt by sin, not because it somehow damages Him, but because He loves us so much and He knows how much sin hurts us. A level - Philosophy of Religion (OCR) Philosophy of Religion exam questions in a Biblical context, God commands things because they are good or whether things are good because God commands them.
the question as to whether or not a good God should reward and punish. Candidates should be able to discuss these areas critically and their. Does God punish sin? No, He does not. He disciplines and He judges, but He does not punish.
Sin has consequences, but that is punishment enough. More Reasons Why God Does Not Punish Sin. By Jeremy Myers 22 Comments. in conscious eternal separation from God.
I do not, however, believe in conscious eternal torment.
When I was in school (and I am only 22, so it's not as if I am a grandparent talking about the good ol' days) I didn't fear the schools punishment, bc it wouldn't be ANYTHING compared to what would happen when my dad found out. God is not vindictive toward us, but infinitely loving, so He has no desire to punish sin. Quite to the contrary, He is hurt by sin, not because it somehow damages Him, but because He loves us so much and He knows how much sin hurts us. Many Christian acts over the centuries (like the Inquisition or the Crusades) may seem to have been motivated by anger, not love, but they were excused by saying the reason for them was love of God, or love of a person's soul--so much love, in fact, that it was necessary to harm them physically.
The video made good. "Then they said to one another, "We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, but we are keeping silent; if we wait until morning light, punishment will overtake us. “I am the flail of god. Had you not created great sins, god would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.” ― Genghis Khan, Genghis Khan's Rules for (Warriors) Writers.
“I will call no being good who is not what I mean when I apply that epithet to my fellow creatures; and if such a creature can sentence me to hell for not so.