Bible Q&A: Does God Punish You For Bad Behavior?

Does God punish you for bad behavior?

Why do bad things happen to people?  Sometimes it’s simply due to chance (Eccl. 9:11).  Sometimes it’s because God allows Satan to bring bad things into our lives to test our faith (Job 1-2). 

Sometimes God out of love allows bad things to happen to us in order to discipline us (Heb. 12:3-11).  This helps make us spiritually stronger (vs. 9-11).  It could also be His way to punish us for wrongdoing (cf. 1 Cor. 11:29-32).

Without divine revelation (of which no more is forthcoming – Jude 3), we simply don’t know God’s reasons in a particular case.  Therefore, we shouldn’t assume anything like Job’s friends did (cf. John 7:24).

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