- 25 september 2005 -

Consequence Or Punishment? Ii

more thoughts about the previous post (below)...

if death is punishment for sin, wouldn't true believers never die? because Christ took our punishment.

read somewhere the following question: "is God in hell?". the reason being because of His omnipresence. in the context of the previous post, if God is in hell, then hell wouldn't technically be "separation from God". it was said that it would rather be separation from God's mercy or it would be the full presence of His wrath.

still not sure about all this but it is rolling around in my head still...

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- 17 september 2005 -

Consequence Or Punishment?

first a couple definitions from webster:
2 : something produced by a cause or necessarily following from a set of conditions

1 a : to impose a penalty on for a fault, offense, or violation b : to inflict a penalty for the commission of (an offense) in retribution or retaliation

anyway, the aforementioned (last month) bible study started up again last week. it's on genesis this year.

anyway, i was reading the notes for the first week and something came to me that seems totally unrelated, but it came to me so what can i say?

the thought was this: "death is not the punishment for sin it is only the consequence, the punishment for sin is separation from God."

as a true believer in Christ i am not immune to the consequences for my sin, but i am immune to the punishment for my sin, that is, eternal separation from God. thus the difference between being punished for sin and reaping the consequence of sin.

i'll have to ponder this one more...

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