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How can God’s punishment manifest itself and can it be manifested in other people’s behavior towards you?


“God’s punishment” is a wrong expression. The Bible repeats several times that sin inevitably entails pernicious consequences for Man. So the prophet Isaiah writes: “Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated between you and your God…” (Is 59:1-3). And prophet Jeremiah writes about what we usually call “punishment”: “Have you not done this to yourself by your forsaking the LORD your God When He led you in the way” (Jer 2:17). Apostle James says about the relation between sin and “punishment”: “and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.” (Jacob 1:15) .

Sin is a scourge inside itself according to the Biblical doctrine because it separates human being from God and as a violation of Divine ordinances – inevitably brings people to perdition; separation from God makes salvation from this perdition unachievable. By the way the prophet Jeremiah gives a direct prohibition from God for using expressions like “God’s punishment”…

Sin really entails consequences which we didn’t expect and which we consider as a scourge because of this reason. It can appear in different things, including other people’s acts.

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