Does God punish us?

   
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No affectionate father is ever precipitate in visiting punishment upon an erring member of his family. ~ The Urantia Book, 54:5:4 (617.4)

"No more should you fear that God will punish a nation for the sin of an individual; neither will the Father in heaven punish one of his believing children for the sins of a nation..." ~ Jesus, The Urantia Book, 145:2:8 (1630.4)

When once you grasp the idea of God as a true and loving Father, the only concept which Jesus ever taught, you must forthwith, in all consistency, utterly abandon all those primitive notions about God as an offended monarch, a stern and all-powerful ruler whose chief delight is to detect his subjects in wrongdoing and to see that they are adequately punished, unless some being almost equal to himself should volunteer to suffer for them, to die as a substitute and in their stead. The whole idea of ransom and atonement is incompatible with the concept of God as it was taught and exemplified by Jesus of Nazareth. The infinite love of God is not secondary to anything in the divine nature. ~ The Urantia Book, 188:4.8 (2017.3)

But of one thing you may be sure: The Father does not send affliction as an arbitrary punishment for wrongdoing. ~ The Urantia Book, 148:5:3 (1661.5)

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