Take for instance The Pharaoh in the book of Exodus of the Old Testament Bible.
I am sure The Pharaoh had some faults, because he was human, and all humans have some faults. By the way, the Bible states no human is perfect. When you put this in a church perspective, church people assumed The Pharaoh was an evil man, from reading the book of Exodus. Even though The Bible clearly states, God said I will harden his (Pharaoh) heart so that he will not let the people go.
To prove a point, let’s say you sell illegal drugs and the police told you if you don’t stop selling drugs they will put your firstborn son in jail, now I know they can’t do this, but I am using this for an example. You don’t stop selling drugs and the police put your first-born son in jail. Keep in mind this article is about God does punish people for disobeying his laws.
Next, the police tell you if you don’t stop selling drugs, they will turn the water in your house into blood, but you don’t stop selling drugs. One day you turn on the water faucet in the kitchen and blood comes out, you try every water faucet in your house and blood comes out.
Then you go to all of your neighbor’s houses, and they are getting fresh clear water from their water faucets. You check the grounds outside of your home for recent construction work, but you don’t see any, but you believe a human had something to do with it.
At first, you may think someone has connected a water line directly to your house so they can pump blood into your house and only your house. So, you do an inspection inside and outside, but you can’t find any evidence of this being done. At this point, you are going to stop selling drugs or think very seriously about it.
What if someone came along and made your heart so hard that you would not stop selling drugs no matter what happens. This is what happened to The Pharaoh, it was not that he was so mean, as a matter of fact, he would have let the Israelites go, but God had hardened his heart so he could not let the people go even if he wanted to.
People are born on this earth to do such deeds, just as Jesus was born to be crucified, The Pharaoh was born to do what he did. My question is do The Pharaoh go to Heaven or was he born to go to hell. Everyone should give this some serious thought.
We do sinful things because we have a sinful nature but are some of the sinful things we do are because God has hardened our hearts, so we won’t stop doing them, so God can punish us. This kind of stuff is confusing, probably so much so until your religious preacher cannot or will not explain it to you.
It would be normal to think all people who sin often and keep on sinning, enjoy living that lifestyle. Some people have tried to stop, but something keeps pulling back. Jesus uses situations like this to teach individuals a much-needed lesson.
If Jesus says you cannot have candy today that means you cannot have candy today. But you can rest assured there will be an abundance of candy around you all day. Now when Jesus is not looking, we have some of that delicious candy, but Jesus knew we would all along.
Jesus will forgive you for having some candy (sin) if you seriously ask him, but that does not have anything to do with the fact you disobeyed him, which requires some type of punishment.
by: John N. | Image: Upsplash