Spotify Podcast Link:
Children need discipline; the purpose of punishment is not to harm them but to give them a sense of right and wrong, and it will benefit them now and also in their future as adults. May I also add that no sensible parents would maim their own offspring.
Many people have wrong perceptions of God. For instance, they often perceive God as a wrathful judge who likes to find out their faults and punishes them in return. It is true that God is just and will eventually judge humanity in the final judgement. However, God is also loving; although He punishes humankind, He does it for their own good.
Jesus foretells the coming great tribulation. In His own words, He says, 21For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be (Matthew 24:21 ESV). It is a period of seven years of extreme suffering that culminates in the establishment of the millennial reign of Christ (Matthew 24:21, 29; Revelation 19:11–16). The purpose of it is as follows: first, to display God’s wrath and judgement; second, God wants to awaken the Israelites, His chosen people, their longing for their Messiah; third, to set the stage for the return of Jesus Christ. The great tribulation might seem inhumanely cruel to you, but it also reminds us that the King of kings is coming.