Why God must punish sin?

“Why would a loving God send people to hell?” Many ask. But considering how evil people are and can be at their worst, one should ask, “How on earth could God let an evildoer go unpunished?” You need not further then watch the news to see how debased and pernicious people can actually behave. You need not look to far back in the chronicles of History to events like the Holocaust to see mankind at his worst. Given just the right circumstances we all are capable of great evil and sin. Some people will be decent, but given just the right circumstances even the most well tempered man can lash out in destructive rage, and even the most gentle of women under the right conditions will drowned her own children in a bathtub. We have seen stories that shock us, it’s not the nature of the atrocities themselves that are so unsettling as much sometimes, as much as those individuals so seemingly incapable of such villainous acts.

How could God still be loving and just if he didn’t punish evil? If God were that tolerant he would be like the passive father who just sits back without concern and lets his own son shoot up heroine under his roof. The earth is the Lord’s and the people therein, he owns the world and the lives of man so when we violate his laws we violate the rules he created in His House, and Universe that are reflections of His Character.

God is not going to sit back and play the cowardly parental figure, He will eventually punish those severely those who reject the only offer of mercy there is. 

God has to punish sin and cannot tolerate even the smallest sin. He hates sin, from lying to murder, it is all worthy of punishment. 

God does take into consideration our humanity and weakness though, so the judge stepped down from the bench himself and took our beating, served our sentence, and death penalty at the cross. In modern terms he took our lethal injection, when he bore our sins and guilt in his own body.

1 Peter 2:24-25 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

People are without excuse if they reject the Cross of Christ, because our only hope is in that.

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