It is known to everyone that God - our Creator and Lawgiver is good and merciful, but also righteous. The Lord, longing for our salvation, calls people to holiness: “Be ye Holy as I am Holy”. For good deeds done in His name, He rewards with “a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over” (Lk. 6:38). To merciful people God shows His mercy, to those crying – consolation. But for sins and lack of repentance, He sends punishment.
The most authoritative source of knowledge about God and His expectations with respect to people are the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. On their pages we find examples of God’s boundless mercy towards people who seek His truth with all their heart. There are, however, no fewer examples of God’s punishment sent to people hardened in sin, who ignored His admonition.
The first example of Divine punishment was the expulsion of our first parents from Paradise, as a result of the original sin. The next punishment of God was the terrible flood that devastated the entire mankind who rebelled against Him. The Lord also punished the proud builders of the Tower of Babel and the fornicators of Sodom and Gomorrah. Jewish people, the only receivers of God’s Law and the Prophets’ revelations in the Old Testament, were punished for their numerous derogations from the Lord’s will. Sins of the masses however, although disgusting and punished by the Lord, were not as terrible as the sins of those who were chosen to serve Him- His ministers. Czytaj dalej »