There is a terrible punishment in the Bible, however where does the punishment originate?
Does the punishment originate in the heart and character of God who inflicts an external pain and suffering upon those who would not otherwise suffer…or does the punishment originate in the condition itself of being deviant from God’s design?
The devil did not say God didn’t have powerl…The devil says God is not good.
If you take the idea that God is the source of Punishment…here is the devils argument..and it is the devils argument….The desire of ages page 761 “Every sin must meet it’s punishment urged satan. and if God should remit the punishment of sin then he is not a God of truth and justice” This is satan’s view of God.
It’s like saying “hey God…hey guys” There’s nothing wrong with sin. If God could just get a little hold on his own wrath and anger and not lash out with his power and hurt us. We could live for eternity in sin because there is nothing wrong with it. There is something wrong with God who uses power to punish and cause pain for people who not otherwise have pain from their sin.
This is a fundamental defect on understanding God’s nature, character, the nature and character of sin and God’s law as a design protocol for life. We come back to those truths and reality we understand that God does not have to aflict pain on somebody for deviating from his law any more than you have to punish somebody for jumping off the empire state building, it’s devient from the way life is designed to operate.
If you have an imposed roman law construct, which is what human law is based upon. then you believe there is no inherent consequence and God must punish and if he doesn’t he is unjust. People who see God this way, understandably will passionately argue the need for punishment inflicted because they believe that if God does not do it, then he is an unjust God.
We are not to regard God as waiting to punish the sinner for his sin. The sinner brings the punishment upon himself. His own actions start a train of circumstances that bring the sure result. Every act of transgression reacts upon the sinner, works in him a change of character, and makes it more easy for him to transgress again. By choosing to sin, men separate themselves from God, cut themselves off from the channel of blessing, and the sure result is ruin and death. (1 Selected Messages Page 135 Ellen G. White)