Does God punish people

Does God punish people

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justthinkin

Barboursville, WV

#1 Sep 18, 2008
Does God punish people while they are living (if they do wrong) or does He just chastise Christians when they do wrong, or does Jesus' death prevent Christians from being punished.....or just what do you think????? AND REMEMBER, we can all have opinion, so let's respect everyone's opinion with an open mind PLZ.

Found this somewhere: In Jesus we see a God who is caring, healing, redemptive and reconciling. We do not see a God who punishes, but rather a God that seeks to restore us to our full humanity. We see a God who is more interested in blessing than punishing, more inclined to raise up than strike down. Our human propensity to misuse power distorts our humanity, sometimes to the point where it is unrecognizable. The result of this separation from our full humanity—the humanity God created us to have—is that we suffer, and then we tend to call that suffering God's punishment rather than taking responsibility for it ourselves. It is not God who punishes us, it is we ourselves. As the cartoon character Pogo once put it, "We have met the enemy and they is us."

—The Rev. C. Douglas Simmons
carmen

Princeton, WV

#2 Sep 18, 2008
Well I was always taught to be careful what you do because it will always come back to you in some way.I was also taught to fear no man but fear the good lord himself because although he is a merciful god he is also a very powerful god.
goin green

Oceana, WV

#3 Sep 18, 2008
im not perfect ,ive done things in life that would make the devil blush . thinking ive gotten away with it , but later i would be paid back in a diffrent way , by losing something that was presious to me for example i stole some copper about 15 yrs ago . burnt it and sold it for 300.00 well while traveling to oak hill the next day after i sold it i was pulled over and it cost me exactly 300.00 to get out of it .(vengance is mine ;i will repay , saith the lord . romans 12:19 .....i think god is there and he knows what we all do and we will be punished for our sins . your friend ,,,,,,,,
Concerned

Welch, WV

#4 Sep 18, 2008
You know what they say about Karma!!!
goin green

Oceana, WV

#5 Sep 18, 2008
i agree if you dont mind me saying so thank you
All for one

Greenville, NC

#6 Sep 19, 2008
Well, I am a sunday school teacher, a team kids director at church, and a youth director and youth choir director and even though I hold a lot of titles at church that doesn't mean you have answers to everything. My opinion to this comment is, God shows us all through the bible that he does punish the just and the unjust. Look at Cain for example he killed his brother over jealously then what did God do....he marked him so that every man that looked upon him would know he had been punished by the Lord, yet he found a wife in the wilderness and bore children. Then look at King David, he was a man after Gods own heart, but he feel for a woman that was married and sent her husband on the front line of battle to be killed. He slept with her and what happened...the child died. Then look at King Ramazes (I know I spelled that wrong), God gave him chance after chance to free the people, and Ramazes did not worship God and God took out his wrath on him. Eventually he let them go, but because of his own pride he went back and God caused the waters to fall on them and kill them. So yes, God punishes the christians and the lost. In the end we are all his children and we all will be punished for our wrongs rather we choose to serve him or not he will still punish us cause he still loves us.

“I am just me!”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#7 Sep 19, 2008
I do try to live the best I can. I have been saved. I am not currently in church where I need to be. I do wrong, and I do not claim to be a christian. Although I have been saved and went through babtism, Does not mean I will go to heaven. I do know that before I started going to church and got saved a few years ago nothing was going my way. Everything in my life that could go wrong, seemed to be going wrong. I started going to church and learning more about my savior Things started looking up a bit. After I was saved everything in my life did a complete turn around. My husband got the greatest job ever. We bought our own home. It was wonderful. I miss that life and am thinking very seriously about trying harder for myself and my children to have that life again. I am looking at my options on a church right now. As far as does god punish everyone weather they are Christians or not. Yes I believe if you sin against god then you will be taught a valuable lesson.
gettingby

Napier, WV

#8 Sep 19, 2008
I know several people who have dealt threats forever that have a seemingly great life on this earth....may burn later, but they have a great life here.
gettingby

Napier, WV

#9 Sep 19, 2008
oops...I meant "who have dealt drugs"....lol
maybemaybenotyet

Napier, WV

#10 Sep 19, 2008
A lot of people wonder whether God is really good, or if there even is a God at all. The fact that there is so much evil in the world, causes them to question how a holy and righteous God could allow so many sins to go unpunished (Mal. 2:17). But just because God doesn't immediately punish sin, doesn't mean that He never will. There are times when God does immediately punish sin but more often God chooses to withhold His judgment for later. He does this because of another of His attributes, His forbearance. Forbearance (anoche) means self-restraint and tolerance. The only reason that everyone doesn't die right away when they sin is because God is temporarily overlooking their sins and restraining His judgment against them. God told Adam and Eve that they could eat from any tree they wanted to, except for one. God said if they ate from that one tree they would die. But when they did eat from it, God did not kill them right away. Eventually they did die, but God held back from immediately taking their lives. Because God is just, every sin must be punished. The word just is translated from dikaios, the same Greek word that righteous also comes from. Because God is righteous, no one can get away with even one sin. No sin can go unpunished. However God is satisfied that the death of Jesus Christ was punishment enough for all the sins that would ever be committed. If a person repents and believes in Jesus, His death on the cross paid the penalty for all their sins. If not, when they die they will spend forever in hell being punished for their sins themselves. Until then God is being patient with them. God is giving them time to repent and receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Readings for today: Deut. 32:4; Ezek. 18:20; Psalm 78:38-39; Isa. 53:5-6; 2 Pet. 3:9; Rom. 2:4-5
All for one

Greenville, NC

#11 Sep 19, 2008
gettingby wrote:
I know several people who have dealt threats forever that have a seemingly great life on this earth....may burn later, but they have a great life here.
Seemingly good life is the key word. They may seem to have it all together, but inside they don't. Material things will only make you happy for a short while, we get bored quick and will always want bigger and better. People who are drug addicts eventually lose it all because nothing is more important to them than their drugs and they get to a point to where they will sell everything they have or what others have to get their drugs. The devil never appears as a ugly beast. He appears to you as your hearts desire to lure you in and then after he has his hands around you only then do you see the ugly. He wants you to see all that this person has and that he is on top of the world, but in time the truth will be revealed.

“I am just me!”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#12 Sep 19, 2008
maybemaybenotyet wrote:
A lot of people wonder whether God is really good, or if there even is a God at all. The fact that there is so much evil in the world, causes them to question how a holy and righteous God could allow so many sins to go unpunished (Mal. 2:17). But just because God doesn't immediately punish sin, doesn't mean that He never will. There are times when God does immediately punish sin but more often God chooses to withhold His judgment for later. He does this because of another of His attributes, His forbearance. Forbearance (anoche) means self-restraint and tolerance. The only reason that everyone doesn't die right away when they sin is because God is temporarily overlooking their sins and restraining His judgment against them. God told Adam and Eve that they could eat from any tree they wanted to, except for one. God said if they ate from that one tree they would die. But when they did eat from it, God did not kill them right away. Eventually they did die, but God held back from immediately taking their lives. Because God is just, every sin must be punished. The word just is translated from dikaios, the same Greek word that righteous also comes from. Because God is righteous, no one can get away with even one sin. No sin can go unpunished. However God is satisfied that the death of Jesus Christ was punishment enough for all the sins that would ever be committed. If a person repents and believes in Jesus, His death on the cross paid the penalty for all their sins. If not, when they die they will spend forever in hell being punished for their sins themselves. Until then God is being patient with them. God is giving them time to repent and receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Readings for today: Deut. 32:4; Ezek. 18:20; Psalm 78:38-39; Isa. 53:5-6; 2 Pet. 3:9; Rom. 2:4-5
That was very educational, I have to say you put time into what you typed. And I am grateful of your opinion, as well as the facts. Thank you!
Concerned

Maineville, OH

#13 Oct 2, 2008
I certainly do not believe that God punishes people necessarily but I do think that wrong is dealt with in other ways such as the way the person who posted about the copper and getting pulled over. God is good and I don't ever dispute that. I have seen to many blessings from God to dispute that. I am in no way perfect and I do things occassionally that I know are not pleasing to God but he still continues to pour blessings down on me because his love is unconditional.
All for one

Greenville, NC

#14 Oct 8, 2008
you are right. God's love is vast and never ending, but if we do things that are wrong we will have to pay for that sin in one way or another. Maybe the better way to put it is not that God punishes us but that if we willingly sin against him we punish ourselves. God loves you rather you love him or not and he is always standing there with his arms stretched out calling for you and even when you sin against him he still loves you and wants you back in his arms again.
All for one

Greenville, NC

#15 Oct 8, 2008
No sin is too great for his forgiveness (except denying that there is a God). It is never too late to turn your life around unless you have already died and are face to face with him now. Being a christian doesn't mean your life will be perfect or without problems but it sure helps knowing you have someone far greater than anything this world could throw at you, on your side and pouring blessings on you during your times of sorrows.
Define Normal

Valley Head, WV

#16 Oct 8, 2008
I don't think God punishes people, but I think He allows things to happen to us. He doesn't do it Himself, but allows Satan to do things to us.
All for one

Greenville, NC

#17 Oct 9, 2008
Satan can only do to you what you let him do. He has no control over you. You have a choice and if you choose to do bad then you have let him win, but Satan himself can not do anything to you, you do it but he gets the glory for it. I was asked once if God owned this side of the line and the devil owns the other side who owns the line? The answer to that is the devil cause if your not for God you are against him and when you walk the line it is the same as strattleing the fence and God says you cant do that. Either do what is right and serve him or don't and serve the devil but you can't serve both.
Renee

Torrance, CA

#18 Feb 4, 2009
Who cares over time.

We are responsible for our own damage that was done to us.
I personally have been blessed by the Lord Jesus after a trial that left me angry and sad.

I have to make the choice to heal myself and go to God to help me heal.
My only wish is to know how to forgive, because I just cannot do it, I am waiting on the Lord and asking people how.

Peace to you all, and that's life.

Forgive and be free, because when you don't, you are the only one to suffer, because your enemies have moved on to their next victim, or living their life.

I pray for you all in Jesus Mighty name, Amen.
Jorge

Torrance, CA

#19 Feb 4, 2009
Yes, afte he is done using their sin to prepare his chosen person, by going through, he or she went through by the actions that the evil party has taken against Gods chosen.
Then he punishes them for being able to do all that he or she did to Gods chosen, because God cannot use a person that is not able to do evil.
But ulimately, God uses evil people to prepare his chosen people, for the position that God has called that particular person.

So those out there that are going through, put this in perspective.

:)
so very true

Old Bridge, NJ

#20 Mar 13, 2012
why did he punish the innocent people like us? then again, he is a scum sucking pig.

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