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If you believe that then you have to believe that God punishes the non-evil as well. How many times has a good and decent person died a horrible death or had so many bad things happen to them that people ask why, why them? And decent people are often left to wonder why so many "evil" people prosper.
It's too easy to make God's actions out to be anything you want them to be.
So, while unprincipled people prosper in the short-term, in the long-term they are headed for ruin. Jesus said that those who follow Him have a cross to bear (Matthew 16:24), and His cross involves forgoing the temporary and short-lived pleasures of a self-absorbed life. Jesus gave up earthly power, wealth, and security, even to the point of directly confronting Satans entrenched power in the political and religious systems and authorities of His day. Although the immediate result of His self-sacrifice was persecution, torture, and death, the lasting result was His resurrection and vindication, and the fulfillment of Israels hope.
Those who seek eternal life will experience some short-term pain that others may avoid. But the rewards far outweigh the costs (Proverbs 3:13-24; Matthew 6:33; 11:28-30; 19:29; John 16:33; 2 Corinthians 1:5).Dan VanderLugt
It isn't about this life.