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Question 263

Pater, when someone purposefully hurts you & makes you suffer do they get punished? 

 

Answer to Question 263

 

If you mean like karma then no. But in the after life we will have to account for the things we have done in this life. Of course we have repentance and confession that can cleanse us from the wrongs we have done and also the opportunity in this life to humble ourselves and ask for forgiveness from those we have harmed.

 

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So even though this person has been wicked & made someone who is ill suffer he won't be punished in the after life?

 

Reply

 

That is not what I said, he will have to give an account of what he has done and his own conscious will punish him because it will distance him from God's love.

 

I hope the following will help you understand how people are punished in the after life and that God doesn't punish because he is love, but we punish ourselves because of our sinful lives.

 

What happens to the soul after its departure from the body depends entirely on its spiritual state while it was still in this life. Angels or demons receive and lead it to a place of rest which we call Paradise or Hades. We should not think of these as physical places but rather as a state of the soul. We use the terms Paradise and Hades to indicate a particular way of life, since the righteous partake of the glory of God, while the sinners receive the caustic energy of God. In the patristic tradition it is clear that there are not two ways, but God Himself is Paradise for the saints and God Himself is Hades for the sinners. God sends His grace to all men, since “He makes His sun rise on the just and the unjust and sends His rain on the evil and the good”. If God gives us a command to love all people, even our enemies, He does the same Himself. It is impossible for him not to love sinners as well.

 

But each person feels God's love differently, according to his spiritual condition. God is light and light has two properties, illuminating and caustic. If one person has good vision, he benefits from the illuminating property of the sun, and he enjoys the whole creation. But if another person is deprived of his eye, if he is without sight, then he feels the caustic property of light. This is how it will be also for the life of the soul after it leaves the body. God will also love the sinners, but they will be unable to perceive this love as light. They will perceive it as fire, since they will not have a spiritual eye and spiritual vision. Therefore the same love of God, the same energy will fall upon all men, but it will work differently. Therefore Paradise and Hell exist not in the form of a threat and a punishment on the part of God, but in the form of an illness and a cure. Those who are cured and those who are purified experience the illuminating energy of divine grace, while the uncured and ill experience the caustic energy of God.