A closer look at both judgment, and consequences

Reading over my last entry regarding the Coronavirus and the Judgment of God I was concerned that I may have approached the topics a little too casually. Neither subject is to be taken lightly. To help remedy that, I wish to give a very tiny background on the Judgments of God and the principle of sowing and reaping. The price of foolishness, presumption, ignorance, and error, can be costly and eternal.
 To begin with, God has set order in the universe, both natural laws and moral laws. Regular and often even incidental violation of these has predetermined consequences. From the laws of science and probably through certain life experiences we can learn and have experienced some of the consequences when the natural laws are defied, like disregarding gravity. From the Bible and through the experiences of life itself we can learn and may have experienced some of the consequences of violating God’s immoral laws, like getting caught for stealing or lying.
  There are three basic realms of consequences for what I will term “immoral or sinful behaviour:”

 1 – Natural consequences
 2 – Subjecting and oppressive influences
 3 – Punitive consequences.

 Let us briefly look at them, although each of these are huge topics in themselves.

1-    NATURAL CONSEQUENCES – The natural consequences are the reaping of what a particular behaviour will produce. For instance, sexually transmitted diseases are a natural consequence. Other examples of natural consequences are: hallucinations, liver disease, shrunken brain, which are some of the side effects of drunkenness.

 The natural consequences can and will affect all associated parties, guilty or not. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7

2-    SUBJECTING AND OPPRESSIVE INFLUENCES – This is a terrible and greatly miscalculated possible consequence of dark and sinful behaviour. When we give ourselves over to certain activities we do not realize that we are exposing ourselves and making ourselves vulnerable to demonic forces. Not only so, but we are also subjecting those around us to these influences and their harm.
Satanic forces are behind all sinful activity and can engage us when we embrace sinful practices. Their effect and growing mastery are most easily recognized in: out of control and irrational behavior, deteriorating health and lifestyle, constant bad… (although not everyone who mirrors these have demons).

3-    PUNITIVE CONSEQUENCES – We are all familiar with punitive consequences, like breaking the Law. The Bible says that God actually placed the law enforcers to control evil behaviour among people Romans 13 (if their power is being used correctly). Punitive consequences are meant to curb uncontrolled behaviour and restore order. In other words, if we will not get our behaviour under control the authorities will deal with it, as with theft and violence.
  On another level, the Lord may intervene directly when we as a people do not control our actions. Two huge examples in the Bible are Noah’s flood and Sodom and Gomorrah. In both instances the peoples’ behaviour were severely out of control. During Noah’s day the earth was filled with violence, and God literally washed it away with a flood. In the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, God destroyed those cities by fire because of their rampant immoral behaviour. Genesis 6-8, 18-19
 In conclusion, we must take life, and especially God, seriously. There is good, and there is evil, and we most certainly do not want to miss the mark with God. Consequences, reaping and sowing are guaranteed, so warnings and instructions should not be taken lightly.

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