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Does God leave the guilty unpunished?

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Dr G Lee Barrett

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Saturday's discussion will deal with the question does God leave the guilty unpunished. Too many times over the years I have come across many people who walked away from God because they are feeling the loss of a loved one. The pain is compounded even more because it seems or appears the party or parties responsible for taking the life of their loved one are not being punished here on earth. It also seems instead of justice being blind; it sees what it wants to. However, you can still say justice is blind in the sense it turns a blind eye or looks the other way when it comes to punishing the one who took the life your loved one. As little to most times no punishment is doled out. There are even those who murders someone serve no time at all for lack of evidence or because of plea agreement get a light sentence. To the families this is not justice. Again, this is the reason why families or individuals have left the safety of God not understanding and feeling as if God has left them. It is a pain I myself am familiar with, as I have lost a brother who was killed. Then those who killed him received ninety days on weekends only being charged with leaving the scene of an accident. I wondered many times how God allowed the killer to be enjoying their life and family which brought more pain and confusion. However, one day I was asked do I know with certainty my brother’s killers is not being tormented. I couldn’t say for certain whether he was or wasn’t. Finally, I was reminded every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess. So he is yet to go before the ultimate high court; where God sits as ruler and judge. We will use the book of Nahum as a backdrop and a source to show God does punish. As God dealt with Nineveh and his sins; resulting in Nineveh who was being punished by God. It will be my prayer someone can begin to heal through this discussion which will lead them back to God and trusting him.

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