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EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT - 11/01/2015

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bruce

bruce
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10/28/2015 07:48

Wherefore complain?

Nothing promotes the misery like complaining. The scripture says to search and try our ways and return to the Lord. This option is always available and readily at hand and is the way to prove that punishment is not everlasting.



 
Gary

Gary
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10/28/2015 08:11

Re: Wherefore complain?

The citation in Lamentations makes a great point: "Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?"

It's never fun being punished for doing something wrong. It can be even tougher when you sin against God and don't understand why you are being punished (especially when you are going along with the generally accepted ways of the world). But this says that we should never complain when we are being punished. For it is that very punishment that pushes us back to God and to the learning whatever lesson we need to learn. You wouldn't complain about your math teacher pointing out a mistake in your math problem. The purpose is for you to learn not to make that mistake again. It's the same way with sin's (error's) punishment. Sin is a mistake. It needs to be corrected (forsaken).

And, the more useful you are to God, the quicker will come the punishment, if and whenever it is required.

So, we should be grateful when sin is punished. It is "the design of Love." (S&H) "For the Lord will not cast off forever." (Lamentations) Once the mistake is learned, the punishment is gone.




 
Sharon

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10/29/2015 05:47

Re: Wherefore complain?

Mrs. Eddy says, “Either here or hereafter, suffering or Science must destroy all illusions regarding life and mind, and regenerate material sense and self.” S&H.

Why should we complain? We are given the choice of suffering or Science. I know quite often I take the suffering route, but in the end the Science and the lesson is learned.